Gender discrimination and missing women The price of gender discrimination in India is the lives of almost 240,000 girls under five every year. Much attention is given in India to the issue of female foeticide. Sex-selective abortions are considered the major driver of India’s skewed sex ratio at birth (SRB) and its resultant 63 million … [Read more...] about The high death toll of gender discrimination
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This article has been republished under a Creative Commons license from The Conversation. The piece was authored by Madhukar Pai, McGill University. It can be accessed here. Full credit goes to the original author and publisher. … [Read more...] about What else we’re reading: Health care is an essential human right – and so is a proper diagnosis
Indian innovation will benefit from a US$125 million loan from the World Bank. This follows an agreement signed by the Indian government and the World Bank’s investment arm, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The loan will target India’s biopharmaceutical and medical devices sectors through the ‘Innovate in India … [Read more...] about Indian biotech, vaccines and device industries get World Bank cash
Just a few months ago the relationship between India and the US was touted by President Donald Trump as having “never been stronger”. Will India’s policy of price capping medical devices sour this relationship? The US Trade Representative (USTR) is reportedly considering revoking the special tariff with India if it continues to implement price … [Read more...] about US and India’s relationship souring over price capping?
Cosmetic surgery is being offered free of charge in a government-run clinic in Tamil Nadu. Procedures offered include breast alterations, cleft lip repairs and hand transplants. The offer of breast surgery has been the focus of much of the media coverage surrounding the policy. The clinic already offers free reconstructive surgery for cancer … [Read more...] about Free cosmetic surgery for the poor in Tamil Nadu
India’s health sector and medical industry may see negative effects in the future stemming from an over reliance on imports of medicine and raw materials from China, claims the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA), the apex organisation for Indian pharmacists. However, these Chinese raw materials are used in medicines destined for … [Read more...] about Indian pharma saves high-quality APIs for the first world. Indians get cheap Chinese imports.
Indian patients get just two minutes with their doctor on average. India falls far short of the majority of nations when it comes to the length of time a patient can expect to spend with a doctor. An appointment with a doctor at the primary care level was found to average out at around 2 minutes finds a study published in the British Medical … [Read more...] about Average doctor appointment just two minutes long
Controversy continues over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer in women. Reports suggest India’s health ministry will not include it under the country’s universal immunisation programme (UIP). Estimates suggest 1 in 53 women in India will develop cervical cancer in their lifetime. It is believed 423.2 million … [Read more...] about Controversy continues over HPV vaccine and cervical cancer
India takes a defiant stance against patent laws proposed by the Regional Cooperation on Economic Partnership (RCEP) that could see it lose its trading advantage as the “pharmacy of the developing world”. Hundreds of Indian officials have taken part in RCEP negotiations in South Korea in late October. The negotiations covered a potential free … [Read more...] about India defies RCEP opposition to generics
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is keen to capitalise on India’s generic medicines industry. Biateral talks occurred last month between Duterte and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Pasay City. During the talks, Duterte noted the potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to expand … [Read more...] about India to become the pharmacy of the Philippines?