Bill Gates is in India and doing the rounds of the ‘who’s who’. Over the years he has shown great interest in reaching out to young, ‘gen-next’ politicians. He had written a glowing tribute to Rahul Gandhi as well as Nitish Kumar in his Annual Letter a couple of years ago. This short article from […]
India is part of another global phenomenon: otherwise-rational healthcare professionals remain unvaccinated despite several H1N1 outbreaks in India over the past three years. This Times of India story asks some of them why and quotes Dr Elango (the very respected former Director of Public Health in Tamil Nadu) as saying that unprotected hospital workers could “prove […]
Aamir Khan, India’s top hindi film star explores some critical issues on the provision of healthcare in India and unscrupulous medical practitioners. A bit sensational but fantastic to see meaningful discussions on such issues in the mainstream cultural space in India. Here’s a link to the full episode (unfortunately only in Hindi).
Tamil Nadu is taking determined efforts against non-communicable diseases acorrrding to Mr Jerard Selvam, Deputy Director, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (NRHM – Government of Tamil Nadu). Over twenty percent of deaths in TN are from cardovascular disease and the state is determined to act to reduce the toll, he told a recent meeting of the […]
Is the government finally waking up to the crisis of TB in the country or responding to international alarm at cases of drug resistant TB in India? A short piece in The Hindu about how the GoI has made TB a notifiable disease to facilitate timely action.
India records 1.5 million cases of malaria a year and reports indicate that over 70% of the Indian population face the risk of malaria infection. In the light of these figures, it is alarming to learn that a recent study indicates that 7% of the malaria drugs sold in India are fake. What can be […]
In a statement issued by IAVI(International Aids Vaccine Initiative) said that an AIDS vaccine that is only 50 per cent efficacious, if introduced in 2020, can prevent 5.2 million new infections in low and middle income countries in the first decade.The combination of scaled-up prevention programming and the 50 per cent efficacious vaccine could prevent […]
Interesting interview in Forbes with the head of WHO in India. She comes out clearly in favour of compulsory licensing- ” We welcome India’s move. It is also a good message to the industry that the India government is now mature enough to consider all the options it has and apply them as appropriate for the needs […]
Almost a third of India’s registered doctors do not practice anymore. More worryingly, more than half of the registered nurses in India do not practice anymore. In a country with poor health indicators, the seeming disappearance of a large chunk of the qualified medical workforce is a worrying statistic. Read more about this union health […]
Following on from my post last week on the same issue; here’s a short TV news story on CNN-IBN, one of the most watched news channels in India. It is a seemingly damning report and most drug companies apart from one refused comment.