Public Health


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

Updated on Feb 15, 2023 11:23 PM IST

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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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).
Published on Apr 02, 2022 03:27 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Defining a new pathway for enhanced healthcare

The article has been authored by Nachiket Mor, visiting scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health.

Defining a new pathway for enhanced healthcare.
Published on Mar 19, 2022 06:50 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Putting air pollution on the agenda

The piece is authored by Amar Patnaik is a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Odisha; a former CAG bureaucrat and currently a lawyer.

A 2019 study revealed that although 90% of Indians are aware of what air pollution means, their understanding of its causes and effects is sorely lacking. (PTI)
Published on Mar 19, 2022 12:48 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

How to win the struggle with alcoholism

The study has been authored by Dr V Ramana Dhara 

People with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), the medical term for alcoholism, have an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.(Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 12:15 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Hidden hunger is a threat to achieving 2025 global nutrition targets

Dr. Ashutosh Mishra, clinical epidemiologist and senior Regional technical director, Southeast Asia, Vitamin Angels. Dr. Hema Divakar, senior consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and is the chairman and CEO of ARTIST for Her, a premier institute based in Bangalore to create a lasting social impact for the advancement of women's health care in India.

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals required by our bodies in very small quantities. Although required in minimal quantities, their deficiencies during pregnancy can lead to poor pregnancy (women with severe anemia are twice as likely to die during pregnancy) and birth outcomes (children born to malnourished mothers are more likely to be born too small, too soon, or stillborn).
Published on Mar 16, 2022 01:17 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Investment in Primary Health Care: COVID-19 and beyond

Dr. Swati Mahajan, Chief of Party, NISHTHA/programme director, Jhpiego and Dr. Mayank Shersiya, senior programme officer- health systems development, NISHTHA/Jhpiego.

Investing in primary healthcare is foundational for achieving UHC and Sustainable Development Goals.
Published on Mar 16, 2022 01:08 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Learning to live with Covid

Dr Anurag Agrawal, Director of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology

The severity of an infection is best seen through the lens of host immunity. Chickenpox and measles, which strike no fear in our hearts, decimated the native American population during the European colonization.
Published on Mar 16, 2022 12:51 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Focus on policies to encourage made in India drugs against rare diseases

The article is authored by Anjali Taneja, associate director of Science Policy Initiative at Ashoka University.

In India, nearly 70-90 million people suffer from RDs; which is expected to be an under-reported figure; the actual number could be higher.(Twitter/This_Life_Mag)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 02:20 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

In search of India’s Chen-Kuo-Fu and the Charak Shapath

Bhanu Duggal is Officer on Special Duty (Health), NITI Aayog, and head of cardiology, AIIMS Rishikesh The views expressed are personal 

In 1822, the Britishers established the Native Medical Institution (NMI) in Calcutta to provide medical training to Indians. Anatomical, medical, and surgical texts were translated into vernacular languages and indigenous systems of medicine were taught alongside western medicine.
Published on Mar 02, 2022 03:45 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Medical colleges today must focus more on research to improve health

The study has been authored by Sanjay Zodpey, vice-president, academics, Public Health Foundation of India and director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi

The co-location of medical college hospitals supports the training of students as well as providing a spectrum of health services.
Published on Feb 01, 2022 05:18 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Do our current health system challenges give us an opportunity to leapfrog?

The study has been authored by Nachiket Mor, a visiting scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Tamil Nadu and Raghu Dharmaraju, president at AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) at IISc and fellow, Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System. 

Over three lakh adults still die from tuberculosis each year in India, while in China, a country with an equally significant tuberculosis problem, annual death rates have been reduced to below 40,000. Simultaneously, the burden of chronic diseases like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes is rapidly rising across the country.
Published on Feb 01, 2022 05:05 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Impact of Covid on cancer care: Unaddressed problem and the possible solutions

The piece has been authored by Dr Parth Sharma a registrar of the department of medical oncology, Christian Medical College, Vellore. And Dr Ashish Singh is associate professor and the head of the department of medical oncology, CMC Vellore. 

Studies from India and abroad have shown that community-based cancer screening leads to a significant reduction in cancer-related deaths. (Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)
Published on Jan 31, 2022 06:37 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Long Covid syndrome – the hidden pandemic

This article is authored by Lenny Vasanthan T, Dr. Bhagteshwar Singh, Dr. Priscilla Rupali

The study reveals abut the long covid.(AP | Representational Image)
Published on Jan 31, 2022 05:41 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Sedentary behaviour and Covid-19 risk

The study has been authored by Ekta Jain

 Sedentary behaviour goes beyond being a behavioural or lifestyle risk factor in public health studies.(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 06:24 PM IST

SnehAI - Artificial Intel chatbot for young Indian’s sexual, reproductive health

The study has been authored by Hua Wang, Sneha Gupta, Arvind Singhal and Poonam Muttreja

The SnehAI chatbot aims to provide a safe space for Indian youth to have conversations about SRH, dispel sex-related myths and taboos, offer accurate information about safe sex and contraceptive choices, and address mental health concerns.
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:13 PM IST

Not so novel coronavirus: A fresh perspective on the pandemic

The piece has been authored by Dr Dileep Mavalanka, director, Indian Institute of public Health, Gandhinaga, & Dr Mukesh Maheshwari, senior histopathologist and Media convener at the Gujarat state branch of the Indian Medical Association.

We know a lot about the virus and its behaviour after five variants. We have coped with it quite well when compared to the 1918 influenza pandemic. The pandemic has been a political issue in many countries.
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:03 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Check the rapidly emerging pandemic of antibiotic drug resistance

The piece has been authored by Konda Chavva, assistant representative in India for Food and Agriculture Organization ( United Nations) and Rajesh Bhatia, consultant, FAO

Unfortunately, a similar dimension of most, if not all widely prevalent human and animal bacterial diseases has been begging recognition of all stakeholders but has been able to attract an inadequate response.(AP)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:02 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Telehealth for neurorehabilitation

Dr Dorcas BC Gandhi, associate professor, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana

The role of telehealth in improving healthy lifestyles (diet and exercises), prevention of certain diseases has been well-recognised for many years.(HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 05:22 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Involvement of people living with non-communicable diseases 

This article is authored by Radhika Shrivastav, Shikha Bhasin,  Jyotsna Govil, Nalini Vemuri, Seema Bali, Nupur Lalvani, Rohan Arora on behalf of Healthy Alliance India

Every year, approximately 100 million people are pushed into poverty as a result of out-of-pocket expenditure for health care, a large proportion due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:22 PM IST
ByPublic Health Foundation of India

The political pathway to health system improvements in India

The piece has been authored by Sandhya Venkateswaran, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social & Economic Progress, Shruti Slaria Policy Associate, Swaniti Initiative; Nachiket Mor, Visiting Scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Tamil Nadu.

Despite the progress, healthcare delivery in India remains largely focused on periodic treatment, with inadequate attention to preventive and primary care.(Vijay Bate/HT)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 08:07 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Boosting India's surveillance potential for pandemic preparedness

The piece has been authored by Dr Bruce Gellin, chief of Global Public Health Strategy, Health Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation and Dr Rakesh Mishra, director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

There is an emerging global consensus that continuous pathogen surveillance and robust genomic sequencing is vital to our understanding of the trajectory of this pandemic and will also lay the groundwork for preventing future ones.(Pixabay)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 07:53 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

A case to use drones for primary health care in India

The study has been authored by Dr.Suresh Munuswamy, MBBS from Madras University, MPH from Oxford Univrersity, PhD from Tokyo University; Associate Professor,  Indian Institute of Public Health-Hyderabad

SKY BRIDGE is based on heavy payload, long range drone paired to a custom developed modular temperature-controlled box (patent pending) platform that can safely and reliably deliver multiple medical payloads simultaneously and improve access to vaccines, lab samples and possibly on demand medical products to primary health centres and sub-centre’s in rural, remote, and hard to reach areas.
Published on Dec 16, 2021 03:28 PM IST
ByPublic Health Foundation of India

Food fortification is a necessity, not a myth

The piece is authored by Dr Rajan Sankar, senior consultant physician and senior advisor, Tata Trusts

Food fortification is increasingly being recognised as a viable solution to address the widespread vitamin and mineral deficiencies in Indian population.
Published on Dec 14, 2021 04:06 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Need to implement Covid-19 learnings to strengthen routine immunisation

The piece has been authored by Dr Rakesh Kumar, Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Dr Yonette Thomas, Social Epidemiologist and Founder & CEO, UrbanHealth360, US.

India’s Covid-19 vaccination achievement has been a result of meticulous planning and joint efforts by the Centre and state government (s) on production, procurement, and supply of vaccines complemented by technological advances.
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 01:51 PM IST
ByHindustan Times
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