Public Health

Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA)

June 9, 2017

ASHA or Accredited Social Health Activist is a trained female community health activist as a key component of the National Rural Health Mission under National Health Mission. She is selected from the village itself and works as a link between community and public health system. Eligibility ASHA...

Healthcare in Union Budget 2017-18

April 9, 2017

The major issues in the healthcare sector in India are low government spending and high out of pocket expenditure on health. There was an expectation of increased budget share of healthcare sector to meet these challenges and the dual challenges posed by communicable and non-communicable diseases. The...

Compassionate Access with reference to Tuberculosis

March 31, 2017

India is battling multidrug-resistant TB, with about 2.5% of all new TB cases in the country being resistant to Rifampicin, or to both Rifampicin and isoniazid – the two most commonly used anti-TB drugs. At the end of 2015, India had 79,000 cases of drug-resistant TB, 11%...

Economic Survey 2016-17: Chapter-10: Income, Health & Fertility: Convergence Puzzle

February 14, 2017

India’s continued success as a federation depends on the progress of each of its individual states, so a reasonable standard for assessing how well the states are doing.  In Chapter 10, The economic survey has focused on how different states of India have fared in terms of...

India-United States Partnership on Health

January 25, 2017

There is a special importance of health sector in India United States relations and it ranges from partnering on R&D of vaccines to implementation of disease detection centres. This article presents an overview of India-US partnership in health and pharma sector. Overview of Various Initiatives On global...

Growing Concerns about Hysterectomies

October 6, 2016

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 post-menopausal bleeding. Background Hysterectomies have been reported...

Health as a Justifiable Fundamental Rights

October 6, 2016

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 and on the request of three or...

Universal Health Coverage in India: Various Issues

October 6, 2016

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 and the moral obligation of a civilized...

National Health Policy, 2015

October 6, 2016

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 when the last Health policy was formulated,...

Public Health: Achievements in MDGs and Way Forward to SDGs

October 6, 2016

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 2015, these four targets are as follows:...

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