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Charting the course for accessible health care in cities

Published on Sep 21, 2022 01:06 PM IST

The article has been authored by Mohan HL- CEO, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust.

The 15th Finance Commission report highlights how the Covid-19 pandemic stretched government health facilities in India, particularly in urban areas.(Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)
The 15th Finance Commission report highlights how the Covid-19 pandemic stretched government health facilities in India, particularly in urban areas.(Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)
ByHindustan Times

UHC in India: Insights from Indonesia and China

The article has been authored by Madhurima Nundy, fellow and Pankhuri Bhatt, research analyst, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), New Delhi.

Different country contexts have found different pathways to UHC. Indonesia and China for example, took the insurance path to provide financial protection to its population.(AFP)
Different country contexts have found different pathways to UHC. Indonesia and China for example, took the insurance path to provide financial protection to its population.(AFP)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 09:00 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Saksham Anganwadi: An important step towards a healthier future for India

The article has been authored by Dr Rajan Sankar, CEO, P4i and a nutrition expert.

The new generation Anganwadis are likely to drive enormous transformations in early childhood care and development, not only from a nutrition viewpoint, but in contributing to the overall mental and physical health of children.
The new generation Anganwadis are likely to drive enormous transformations in early childhood care and development, not only from a nutrition viewpoint, but in contributing to the overall mental and physical health of children.
Published on Sep 15, 2022 11:28 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

The pandemic is not over, stay masked for now

The article has been authored by Dr Vikram Vora, medical director, India International SOS, a leading health and security services group.

The pandemic is far from over. It’s time to get your vaccine booster, to mask up and to stay masked.
The pandemic is far from over. It’s time to get your vaccine booster, to mask up and to stay masked.
Published on Aug 06, 2022 01:10 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Breastfeeding is nature’s best health plan

The article has been authored by Sujeet Ranjan, associate director, nutrition, Tata Trusts.

World Breastfeeding Week: Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child(Unsplash)
World Breastfeeding Week: Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child(Unsplash)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 01:09 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Environment must drive a national action plan on AMR 2.0

The article has been authored by Pradyut Bordoloi, MP, Lok Sabha (INC)

Categorised amongst the top 10 threats to public health, AMR occurs when microorganisms acquire the ability to resist the action of antimicrobial agents, thus making it harder to treat infections and increasing the risk of disease.(Yahoo)
Categorised amongst the top 10 threats to public health, AMR occurs when microorganisms acquire the ability to resist the action of antimicrobial agents, thus making it harder to treat infections and increasing the risk of disease.(Yahoo)
Published on Aug 01, 2022 10:46 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Increasing production and consumption of millets

The article has been authored by Neelam Patel, a senior advisor and Saloni Bhutani, young professional, Agriculture and Allied Sectors Vertical, NITI Aayog.

Data on health indicators, as published by NFHS 5 India Report 2022, shows that 59.1% of women are anaemic, 35.5% of children are stunted, 32.1% of children are underweight, 24.0% and 22.9% of women and men are obese, and 8.9% of the population is diabetic. The humble millet is one such whole-grain crop which is not just beneficial for the consumer but also for the farmers, as well as the environment.
Data on health indicators, as published by NFHS 5 India Report 2022, shows that 59.1% of women are anaemic, 35.5% of children are stunted, 32.1% of children are underweight, 24.0% and 22.9% of women and men are obese, and 8.9% of the population is diabetic. The humble millet is one such whole-grain crop which is not just beneficial for the consumer but also for the farmers, as well as the environment.
Published on Jul 28, 2022 01:22 PM IST
ByNiti Aayog

Affordable technology for neuro-rehabilitation in LMICs

The article has been authored by Dorcas BC Gandhi, associate professor, Dr Sivakumar Balasubramaniun, professor and head of department CMC Vellore and Dr John M Solomon, associate professor and head of department, physiotherapy, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

Technology for neurorehabilitation comes in various forms designed to address the different needs of the end users – patients, caregivers, and clinicians.  Most LMICs have to import these technologies from developed countries, thus making them expensive and unaffordable for the end user.
Technology for neurorehabilitation comes in various forms designed to address the different needs of the end users – patients, caregivers, and clinicians.  Most LMICs have to import these technologies from developed countries, thus making them expensive and unaffordable for the end user.
Published on Jul 27, 2022 12:06 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Common myths on blood shortage in India

The article is authored by Dr Parth Sharma, researcher, Ranita De, researcher in Lancet Citizen's Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System and Dr Vaikunth Ramesh.

The shortage of blood products has been a major public health problem in India. It is estimated that nearly 12,000 people lose their lives every single day due to the lack of blood products.(Twitter Photo)
The shortage of blood products has been a major public health problem in India. It is estimated that nearly 12,000 people lose their lives every single day due to the lack of blood products.(Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jul 22, 2022 02:42 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Teleradiology’s role in access to primary health care 

The article is authored by Arjun Kalyanpur, Teleradiology Solutions, Bengaluru

Teleradiology has been at the forefront of the telemedicine revolution, and a review of its value proposition in addressing our current healthcare challenges seems appropriate at this time.((Miguel Medina / AFP))
Teleradiology has been at the forefront of the telemedicine revolution, and a review of its value proposition in addressing our current healthcare challenges seems appropriate at this time.((Miguel Medina / AFP))
Published on Jul 18, 2022 09:00 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Men should be equal partners in family planning

The article is authored by Ashutosh Kaushik, CEO, Foundation for Reproductive Health Services (FRHS), India.

In a country like India, where men are hesitant to undergo vasectomies or use condoms, the responsibility of family planning rests solely on the women.((RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT))
In a country like India, where men are hesitant to undergo vasectomies or use condoms, the responsibility of family planning rests solely on the women.((RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT))
Updated on Jul 11, 2022 09:31 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Preventive Healthcare – An insight into heart health

The article has been authored by Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.

Heart disease can be a silent killer with 75% of the patients being unaware of the disease resulting in only one-fourth taking any kind of medical or surgical treatment. Today, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) including ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular events such as stroke are the leading causes of death globally.(Pixabay)
Heart disease can be a silent killer with 75% of the patients being unaware of the disease resulting in only one-fourth taking any kind of medical or surgical treatment. Today, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) including ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular events such as stroke are the leading causes of death globally.(Pixabay)
Published on Jul 09, 2022 09:23 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Is wastewater in India an emerging ecological problem or valuable resource?

The article is authored by Lior Asaf , who is a water attache along with Neeraj Gahlawat, who is a senior water resources specialist, Embassy of Israel, New Delhi.

Globally India is ranked as the 13th most water-stressed country, using more water the United States and China combine.
Globally India is ranked as the 13th most water-stressed country, using more water the United States and China combine.
Published on Jun 30, 2022 05:16 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

What is China’s zero Covid policy?

The article has been authored by Ananya Raj Kakoti, a field campaign associate, Indian-Political Action Committee (I-PAC) and scholar along with Gunwant Singh, scholar, international relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

China’s zero Covid policy has involved public health measures, such as contact-tracing, social isolation, mass testing, and lockdowns.(Bloomberg)
China’s zero Covid policy has involved public health measures, such as contact-tracing, social isolation, mass testing, and lockdowns.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 03:59 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Fortifying India against Vitamin D deficiency

The article has been authored by Dr Ambrish Mithal, chairman and head of endocrinology and diabetes, Max Healthcare and Dr RK Marwaha, senior consultant, endocrinology and president Society for Endocrine Health of Elderly, Adolescents and Children (SEHEAC)

In India, vitamin D deficiency continues to be seen both in children and adults.(Shutterstock)
In India, vitamin D deficiency continues to be seen both in children and adults.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 04:38 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

UP’s public health facilities are now geared towards maternal health outcomes

The article has been authored by Amit Mohan Prasad and Devendra Khandait.

C-section deliveries have been started to be growing in parts of western UP, including Ujhani, Badaun, Gunnaur and Sambhal, and the list is growing.(Shutterstock)
C-section deliveries have been started to be growing in parts of western UP, including Ujhani, Badaun, Gunnaur and Sambhal, and the list is growing.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 06, 2022 02:38 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Key indicators from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) 2019-21 factsheet

The piece has been authored by H. Lhungdim, Chander Shekhar, et al

The National Family Health Survey 2019-21 (NFHS-5), the fifth in the NFHS series, provides information on population, health, and nutrition for India and each state/Union Territory (UT).(HT File)
The National Family Health Survey 2019-21 (NFHS-5), the fifth in the NFHS series, provides information on population, health, and nutrition for India and each state/Union Territory (UT).(HT File)
Published on May 18, 2022 01:59 PM IST

 Heat waves: The silent epidemic

The study has been authored by  Dileep Mavalankar, director Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar (IIPHG).

The India meteorology department (IMD) has forecasted that this summer is going to be very hot.(HT Photo)
The India meteorology department (IMD) has forecasted that this summer is going to be very hot.(HT Photo)
Published on May 12, 2022 11:43 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

 Impact of Covid- 19 on mental health of children and adolescents

The article has been authored by Kritika Amin, Kanishka Sharma, therapist of Plexus Neuro and Stem Cell Research Centre. Parth Sharma, research fellow, Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System.

Covid-19 has brought about disproportionate changes in the lives of children and adolescents, pushing them far away from the ‘normal’ growing curve
Covid-19 has brought about disproportionate changes in the lives of children and adolescents, pushing them far away from the ‘normal’ growing curve
Published on May 09, 2022 04:09 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Partnerships that can power people and the economy

The article has been authored by Shama Karkal CEO Swasti Health Catalyst and Chair Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Evidence exists that investing in primary health care can boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by as much as 6% and four times the economic returns.
Evidence exists that investing in primary health care can boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by as much as 6% and four times the economic returns.
Published on May 02, 2022 03:36 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Role of gene testing in identifying different variants of SARS-CoV-2

Dr Subramanian Swaminathan, director, Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai

The variant Omicron was first detected in South Africa and Botswana and is believed to be even more transmissible, laying upon more challenges to detect. The virus just like any other virus proliferated into various sub-variants, namely, BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, and the most recently tracked ones like the XE, BA.4, and BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron.
The variant Omicron was first detected in South Africa and Botswana and is believed to be even more transmissible, laying upon more challenges to detect. The virus just like any other virus proliferated into various sub-variants, namely, BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, and the most recently tracked ones like the XE, BA.4, and BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron.
Published on Apr 19, 2022 11:56 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Leapfrogging into the future of Indian pharma 

The article has been authored by Samina Hamied, executive vice-chairperson, Cipla and vice-president, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.

The Indian pharmaceutical industry ranks third worldwide for production by volume and caters to 20% of the global demand in the generic market in terms of volume.(AP)
The Indian pharmaceutical industry ranks third worldwide for production by volume and caters to 20% of the global demand in the generic market in terms of volume.(AP)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 04:49 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Role of gene testing in identifying different variants of SARS-CoV-2

The piece has been authored by Dr Subramanian Swaminathan, director, Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai

Genome sequencing is a time-driven procedure and even if we can sequence all Covid-19 samples in India, the S-gene target failure still be the fastest way to detect Omicron cases.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Genome sequencing is a time-driven procedure and even if we can sequence all Covid-19 samples in India, the S-gene target failure still be the fastest way to detect Omicron cases.(Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 06:48 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Tackling effectively the maternal and child health emergencies

The piece has been authored by Tapasvi Puwar, Associate Professor and Dileep Mavalankar, Director - IIPHG

According to government data, 52% pregnant women access public health facilities for delivery services. Under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, India’s maternal mortality rate has to be brought down to below 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.(HT Archive)
According to government data, 52% pregnant women access public health facilities for delivery services. Under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, India’s maternal mortality rate has to be brought down to below 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.(HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 11:31 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Feed more hungry people for less money– help them plant

The piece has been authored by Rein Paulsen, Director, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Billions of people have already struggled through the last two years; acute hunger skyrocketed and the threat of famine once again returned.
Billions of people have already struggled through the last two years; acute hunger skyrocketed and the threat of famine once again returned.
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 11:27 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

First 1,000 days of life are key to addressing malnutrition 

The article has been authored by Dr Shariqua Yunus, United Nations World Food Programme in India 

Prevalence of malnutrition remains high at 35.5% stunting; 19% wasting, and 32.1% underweight including a high prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency disorders.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Prevalence of malnutrition remains high at 35.5% stunting; 19% wasting, and 32.1% underweight including a high prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency disorders.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 05:55 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Health Savings Accounts for India - Another string in the bow?

The study is authored by Aarushi Gupta, senior research associate at Dvara Research. Bindu Ananth, co-founder and chair of Dvara Trust. Bindu Ananth and Hasna Ashraf are fellow, Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Reimagining India’s Health Systems. 

Health Savings Account (HAS) could be used for low impact-high frequency needs (medication for chronic conditions).(HT File)
Health Savings Account (HAS) could be used for low impact-high frequency needs (medication for chronic conditions).(HT File)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 02:35 PM IST
ByThe Lancet

Palliative care in India: Care, beyond cure.

The article has been authored by Dr Parth Sharma, Dr Ajoy Oommen John, Department of Medical Oncology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach that aims at improving the quality of life of both terminally ill patients and their caregivers. (REUTERS)
Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach that aims at improving the quality of life of both terminally ill patients and their caregivers. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 04, 2022 03:24 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Ending TB by 2025 needs more clinical research on drug resistance

Dr Lorenzo Guglielmetti is a doctor and the Médecins Sans Frontières director of the international endTB project. Dr Vijay Chavan is a chest specialist at the MSF TB Clinic in Mumbai.

A few weeks after the initial diagnosis of TB, more bad news awaited Zainab. Microbiological tests showed that the TB bacteria were resistant to all four usual TB drugs and to some of the drugs used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
A few weeks after the initial diagnosis of TB, more bad news awaited Zainab. Microbiological tests showed that the TB bacteria were resistant to all four usual TB drugs and to some of the drugs used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
Published on Apr 02, 2022 03:27 PM IST
ByHindustan Times
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