Public Health

October 6, 2016

Growing Concerns about Hysterectomies

Since last year there is a growing concern over Hysterectomy being performed over women mostly poor women in India. Hysterectomies are elective surgeries that are sometimes recommended for women 35 years and older to treat symptoms like uterine fibroids and…

October 6, 2016

Health as a Justifiable Fundamental Rights

There has always been a lingering question so as to make Right to Health as a fundamental right similar to right to education. The draft national health policy, 2015 proposes the following formulation- “the Center shall enact, after due discussion…

October 6, 2016

Universal Health Coverage in India: Various Issues

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is free access to healthcare to all, enabled and guaranteed by the government and provided by public as well as private sector. UHC is now widely adopted by many other countries both as a developmental imperative…

October 6, 2016

National Health Policy, 2015

India’s third {draft} National Health Policy was released in 2015. Prior to this, two National Health policies (1983 and 2002) had served in guiding the approach for the health sector in the Five-Year Plans and for different schemes. Since 2002…

October 6, 2016

Public Health: Achievements in MDGs and Way Forward to SDGs

The deadline to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) expired in 2015. Out of the total 10 health targets, India was able to achieve or get close to achieve only four targets. As per WHO’s annual World Health Statistics for…

May 20, 2016

Issues around Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) Drugs

Fixed-drug combinations (FDCs) refer to the combinations of two or more active drugs {called APIs or Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients} in a single dosage form. Such combination of drugs is used for treatment of wide range of ailments including HIV/AIDS, Malaria,…

May 13, 2016

Project Sunrise

In February 2016, the Union government has launched a new initiative “Project Sunrise” to tackle the increasing HIV prevalence in the North-Eastern states. The AIDS prevention special project aims to diagnose 90 per cent of such drug addicts with HIV…

May 13, 2016

ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi Workers

One of the key components of the National Rural Health Mission / NHM is to provide every village in the country with a trained female community health activist called ASHA or Accredited Social Health Activist. Selected from the village itself…

May 6, 2016

New BCG-based TB vaccine-VPM1002

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis infection can be of two kinds-latent and active. Latent tuberculosis is not contagious and do not show any symptoms since the bacterium remains inactive in the body. Latent…

May 4, 2016

Environmental and Health Effects of Microbeads

Microbeads are tiny pieces of non-biodegradable plastic measuring less than 1mm. These are widely used in face washes, body scrubs, soaps, toothpastes and other such toiletries. They are mainly made up of polyethylene (PE). It may also contain polypropylene (PP), polyethylene…