Indian scientists have developed a new vaccine to protect infants and children from rotavirus infections, which cause severe diarrhoea. In India, nearly one lakh children die every year because of rotavirus infections. The scientists at the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in partnership with Bharat Biotech and have developed the vaccine Rotavac and it will cost […]
A new survey by the polling firm Cvoter reveals that Indians trust NGOs, labour unions and religious institutions the most and parliament and the police least. Interesting to note that private hospitals still score quite highly despite a year of disastrous publicity and score much better than public hospitals.
The news was bad enough for Ranbaxy on Monday: in a US court it admitted to massive, systemic fraud in its manufacturing and testing. A New Jersey website reports that a whistleblower earned almost $50 million in rewards from the US government for turning in his ex employers. It might have read like a series […]
The Hindu carries a Sunday Story piece by Dr. D. Thamma Rao of the Public Health Foundation of India on India’s crisis in healthcare staffing. The article is a bit confusing (maybe after editing) but it raises important questions, especially about the level of vacancies in government-provided health services
As reported by the Hindu today, India has the highest number of new born deaths in a year in the world. The article is based on the report released by Save the Children on May 7th. To read more please click here.
As reported in the Hindu today, the government has launched Special Immunisation Weeks to spread awareness on childhood vaccinations. During the course of these weeks, special immunisation sessions will be held in high risk areas of the country. The article then goes on to talk about the the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GEPI) , which now […]
According to Dr Vishwajeet Kumar in todays’s Hindustan Times, “there is a scientific consensus that vaccination is the most effective, equitable and economical health intervention that the world has ever seen. Their impact on preventive health is unambiguously transformational and they should be the cornerstone of any effective health strategy.”
Thursday’s announcement of a global commitment to eradicate polio (this is from Reuters) within five years was largely ignored by the Indian media. This is in part because India has been polio free for two years (something that the media has celebrated). In part ,it reflects just how little notice most of the global media took of Thursday’s […]
According to the World Trade Organisation, no country has objected to India allowing compulsory licences on one cancer drug or to the decision by the country’s courts to invalidate the patent on another. It’s a case of big pharma having no friends, according to this article in The Hindu Business Line. (Compulsory licences allow a […]
Every year an estimated 1.2 million children under the age of five are killed by pneumonia. It accounts for 18 per cent of all such deaths and is believed to be the single largest killer of infants. The second most common cause of bacterial pneumonia is haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) , which can be prevented […]