The 2018 Budget contains the Modi government’s biggest commitment to healthcare to date with the announcement of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS). The NHPS - dubbed ‘NaMoCare’ or ‘Modicare’ by the press - is a wholesale effort to extend health coverage to 10 crore (100 million) economically vulnerable households. It is being called … [Read more...] about Modicare: A healthcare revolution or an empty promise?
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Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people today than HIV and malaria combined. In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide and 1.8 million TB deaths, according to the World Health Organization. And India is at the epicentre of this global epidemic, with half a million TB deaths annually. India also accounts for 16 per cent of … [Read more...] about Madhu Pai: India’s ambitious new plan to conquer TB needs cash and commitment
The UN estimates that India will surpass China as the world’s most populous country in around 14 years, at which point the population will number 1.45 billion. Unlike China, which has attempted to implement controversial governmental strategies such as the one child policy, India’s population is still rapidly growing. India is currently the … [Read more...] about India’s growing population: its effect on healthcare
Are climate change and suicides linked? A recent study published in the journal PNAS suggests so, drawing a correlation between increasing temperatures and suicides in India. In the words of Dr. Vikram Patel, an influential Indian psychiatrist and mental health expert with Harvard Medical School, “farming is an inherently risky occupation, with … [Read more...] about Are farmers committing suicide over climate change?
Healthcare services in Madhya Pradesh could become more affordable and state-of-the-art. This is thanks to plans by the state government. The state cabinet on June 13 made the decision to upgrade thirteen hospitals in the state to super-specialty status. These hospitals will be equipped more modern, specialised facilities. Treatment will also … [Read more...] about Planned improvements for healthcare delivery in Madhya Pradesh
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a new Director General - apparently with the support of India. But what does his election mean for the country? Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - a 52-year-old Ethiopian academic and politician - was elected to the position on May 23, following a reportedly “tense vote” by secret ballot of WHO member states. He … [Read more...] about WHO appoints a new Director General: What does it mean for India?
“India cannot get a salutation right now” because of its poor performance on healthcare, says world-renowned economist Amartya Sen. "At the bottom of the world league" India’s dismal track record on public healthcare puts it “at the bottom” of the world league, Sen remarked at an international conference in Mumbai in January. “It is disconcerting … [Read more...] about Amartya Sen, PFI blast India’s low spend on health
The Modi government’s Union Budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1. Jaitley announced a number of steps to address the plentiful problems facing India’s healthcare system. However, critics said that there were only paltry increases in funding following a year of severe cuts - a “nominal” … [Read more...] about Health budget: Making progress or playing it safe?
2016 in India saw earthquakes, terror attacks, fires, floods, elections, and civil unrest. Amidst the year’s headlines, there were a number of important health developments too. Were they, overall, positive or negative? India Live Today took a broadly positive slant, emphasising 2016 as “the year India became free of yaws and neonatal tetanus” … [Read more...] about 2016: the year’s health news in retrospect
A social media photo campaign has aimed to raise awareness of mental health disorders and needs in India. The event was organised by the Harvard US-India Initiative. Participants were invited to photograph themselves carrying placards emblazoned with mental health awareness messages and post them online with the hashtag … [Read more...] about Mental health in India: more action needed