Public Health


Not so novel coronavirus: A fresh perspective on the pandemic

Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:03 AM IST

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.
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

Investing in adolescent development: A case for India

The study was commissioned by the Population Foundation of India and conducted by the Institute for Competitiveness.

The group suggests a sharp decline in India’s adolescent population—aged between 10 and 19 years—who comprise roughly 20% of the country’s population at the moment.
Published on Dec 04, 2021 01:26 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Citizen’s engagement is the backbone of Universal Health Coverage

Poonam Muttreja, executive director, Population Foundation of India

To achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals, it is imperative to include the voices of communities, across sociocultural contexts, recognising the differential healthcare needs of people.(AP FILE)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 10:33 AM IST
ByHindustan Times

Should financial protection be separated from universal health care?

The piece has been authored by Nachiket Mor and Hasna Ashraf, Lancet Commission

FFS payments reflect a deeper design flaw in indemnity insurance, the separation of financial protection from healthcare andhealth outcomes.
Published on Nov 20, 2021 07:10 PM IST
ByThe Lancet

Childhood Cancer in India: Analysing the impact of good nutrition

The study has been authored by cuddles foundation.

Approximately 50,000 children  are diagnosed with cancer every year in India, that’s about one child every 11 minutes.(Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 12:00 AM IST
ByCuddles Foundation

Missing data: Who’s using Bengaluru’s water?

The piece has been authored by Veena Srinivasan and Apoorva R (CSEI at ATREE, Bengaluru)

To take effective action, we need to know how much water is available and how much is being used by whom.(Pixabay)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 11:28 AM IST

India needs time-use data for public health management

The study has been authored by Dr Soumyadip Roy, associate professor of Economics & assistant dean, Jindal School of Banking & Finance, O.P. Jindal Global University

Studying time allocation choices made by people can be useful for policymakers.
Published on Oct 30, 2021 07:59 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

The Future of Nutrition in India

The piece has been authored by Dr Virander Singh Chauhan,  Arturo Falaschi emeritus scientist and founder of Empower, Transform, Inspire (ETI)

The PM Poshan Shakti Nirman or PM POSHAN scheme promises to provide nutrition for 24 lakhs, additional children, in pre-primary classes, along with interventions like nutri-gardens in schools and promotion of locally grown traditional food items.(Getty Images for representation)
Published on Oct 22, 2021 01:01 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

World Food Day 2021: An indispensable march to ending hunger

The piece has been authored by QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

India is now behind neighbours Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, according to the Global Hunger Index that is based on estimates by the UN’s FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). (AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 07:16 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Covid-19 and a surge in unplanned pregnancies in India

The article has been authored by Dr Ratnabali Chakravorty, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; Director, MAGS IVF and Infertility Centre, chairperson, National Advocacy Committee, Indian Menopause Society.

A survey conducted by the World Health Organization suggested a 68% disruption to family planning and contraceptive services across 105 countries amidst covid-19.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 02:54 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Strengthening nursing and midwifery for enhancing health care services in India

The piece has been authored by Leila Varkey Sc.D, Centre for Catalyzing Change and commissioner associated with The Lancet Commission on Re-imagining India’s Health System.

Measures such as the integration of ASHAs into the health workforce, and families providing substitute bedside nursing care in hospitals, hide some of this acute shortage in the public health system.
Published on Oct 05, 2021 01:54 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Transforming food systems for rural prosperity

The study has been conducted by International Fund for Agricultural Development

The report examines how opportunities in the food system can generate more diversified and equitable outcomes. (AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 10:34 AM IST

Turning the tide: Is Mumbai ready for the next wave?

The study has been authored by Sayli Udas Manikikar

MumbaisS unique health service delivery system is led by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and aided by a robust private hospital network.(AFP)
Published on Oct 02, 2021 02:39 PM IST

Health workforce in India: Why, where and how to invest?

The study has been authored by Prof Sanjay Zodpey, Dr Anup Karan and Dr Himanshu Negandhi of Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with World Health Organization

Investments made in HRH not only strengthen the health system but also generate employment and contribute to economic growth (WHO).
Published on Sep 30, 2021 10:43 AM IST
ByPublic Health Foundation of India

Reimagining human resources for health in India

The piece has been authored by Thelma Narayan is a public health professional and health activist who currently works as an honorary Community Health Adviser at Centre for Public Health and Equity

The pandemic brings to our collective mind the need for a futuristic, planned, scientific, evidence-based approach to addressing health workforce
Published on Sep 17, 2021 01:31 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

‘More health for the money’: Obtaining more value from financing

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

The contribution by the government is clearly too low and needs to go up substantially.
Updated on Sep 15, 2021 01:13 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

The continuing challenge of Covid-19: Lessons from the second wave

The piece has been authored by Dr Virander Singh Chauhan, Arturo Falaschi emeritus scientist and founder, ETI, Deepali Khanna, managing director, Asia Regional Office, Rockefeller Foundation

To prepare the nation for the next wave, it is crucial to address the gaps in the health care infrastructure.(PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 13, 2021 03:44 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Effective Migraine Care: Gaps and Barriers

The piece has been authored by Dr Debashish Chowdhury, professor and head of neurology, G B Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) and in-charge, Headache Clinic, GIPMER, New Delhi

This Migraine Awareness Week, it is important to take a step towards enhanced understanding of this invisible illness so we can usher in a new era of care.
Updated on Sep 10, 2021 10:30 AM IST

Selecting the most effective nudge: Evidence from immunisation study

The study has been authored by Abhijit Banerjee, Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director, J-PAL; Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Department of Economics at Stanford University and J-PAL affiliate; Esther Duflo, Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Scientific Director, J-PAL South Asia and others.

A team of researchers led by J-PAL founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo randomised the provision of incentives, targeted reminders, and local immunisation ambassadors across seven districts in Haryana (HT ARCHIVE)
Updated on Sep 06, 2021 12:18 PM IST
ByJ-PAL South Asia

South Asia needs a collective pandemic agenda

The study has been authored by Shashika Bandara, Soumyadeep Bhaumik and others from the South Asian region.

For Bihar, data shows that there were 251,053 “excess deaths” since the start of the outbreak compared to the corresponding four-year period before the pandemic (2015-2019). (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 30, 2021 07:32 PM IST
ByGeorge Institute

‘More Money for Health’: Financing Universal Health Coverage in India

The study has been authored by Nachiket Mor, Visiting Scientist at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health.

Health Ministry on Tuesday said there has been no scarcity in oxygen supply in the last 10 months.(Bloomberg file photo)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 05:00 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Ongoing and future Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials: Challenges, opportunities

The study has been authored by Dal-Ré R and others.

Only a small proportion of the population in many low-income and middle-income countries will have access to available vaccines.
Published on Aug 21, 2021 06:58 PM IST
ByGeorge Institute
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