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What can be done to boost doctors’ numbers?

What can be done to boost doctors’ numbers?

By : Isobel Leybold-Johnson

Indeed, with 4.0 doctors per 1,000 of the population, Switzerland comes in at 7th on the OECD listings for 2013 (neighbour Austria heads the rankings at 5.0). This puts it on a par with Germany and France - and it far outstrips the Anglo-American world in this respect.

What does Karnataka's health data reveal

What does Karnataka's health data reveal

By : Dr. Malatesh Undi

Karnataka is performing better in many health related indicators. But the state is facing a major challenge in healthcare data collection and supervision. A lot of healthcare data is missing or under-reported because of sluggishness  and incomplete reporting formats. And worse, the private sector doesn’t share data.

Why India needs to do more to combat TB

Why India needs to do more to combat TB

By : Dr. Madhukar Pai

Two unique studies, published in The Lancet, highlight the critical importance of engaging India’s massive private sector for improving TB care and control in India. Here is a brief excerpt from the research on why India need to invest more in TB control and take the lead in ending the epidemic.

In Pakistan, a new data initiative

In Pakistan, a new data initiative

By : Dr. Shehryar Khan Toru

Healthcare in Pakistan is facing its own challenges. That includes poor health data collection and storage.  The country’s health information system does not produce the quality data required for planning. A think tank is trying to make a difference by sharing data on health.

Why is AAP unhappy with private hospitals

Why is AAP unhappy with private hospitals

By : Nabeela Khan

Good and accessible healthcare was one of the key poll agendas of the Aam Aadmi Party. It is now opening over 1,000 neighbourhood clinics to improve basic healthcare facilities in the national capital. And it wants to improve accountability and transparency in providing treatment to people.

How medical education reforms can help doctors

How medical education reforms can help doctors

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

India’s medical education is facing multiple challenges. There are issues with the quality of medical education and regulation. A better education system calls for more than money. That is part of the reason why the Union Health Ministry has embarked on an ambitious project to reform medical education in India.