Bihar’s Poorest Prefer Public Health To Jobs, Road, Cash Transfers

Mumbai: As 128 children died of encephalitis in Bihar over 19 days to June 21, 2019, a new study reports that the state’s rural population prefers government investment in public healthcare over roa...

How Pharmacies Can Help India’s Battle Against TB

Mumbai: Pharmacies trained in tuberculosis (TB) screening and doctor referrals can significantly improve the detection and diagnosis of the disease in India, according to a recent study. TB scree...

‘For Children’s Nutrition, Mother’s Education More Important Than Family Wealth’

New Delhi: Cutting across the wealth divide, more than a quarter of Indian children under two years of age who were surveyed for a new study did not eat a diversified diet. More than household wealth,...

Assam’s World-Famous Tea Gardens Are Deadly For Pregnant Women

Sonitpur, Assam: “Mothers are now able to reach us even during the monsoon,” said Arundhati Das, 52, pointing at the asphalt road outside a one-room government health sub-centre in Bhojkhowa villa...

Terror Accounts For 0.007% Of Indian Deaths, Ill-Health 90%

New Delhi: “One has to be alive to be a patriot,” former Indian health secretary K Sujatha Rao wrote on Twitter on May 13, 2019, referring to election debates that focussed on issues of “nationa...

How Karnataka Is Improving Children’s Health By Focusing On Mothers

Ballari, Tumkur and Mysuru: Rekha M, 30, is six months into her second pregnancy and visits the Shankarbande anganwadi (care centre for children in rural areas) in her village for a nutritious meal ev...

India’s Infant Mortality Down 42% in 11 Years Yet Higher Than Global Average

New Delhi: India has reduced its infant mortality rate (IMR) by 42% over 11 years--from 57 per 1,000 live births in 2006 to 33 in 2017, as per the latest government data released on May 30, 2019. ...

Treatment Is Free, Yet 1 In 4 Indian TB Patients Must Sell Assets Or Borrow Money

New Delhi: One in four tuberculosis (TB) patients had to sell assets or borrow money--that is, resort to ‘hardship financing’--to pay for their treatment, a new study has shown. “The elimin...

Indian Children Fare Worst Among Neighbours, Except Pakistan

New Delhi: India ranks 113 of 176 countries on an index that evaluates countries on the wellbeing of children. The End of Childhood Index is part of the Global Childhood Report released on May 28, 201...

Staff Shortages, Fund Crunch/Delays Imperil India’s Healthcare Delivery System

New Delhi: Public spending on healthcare has not crossed 1.28% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the last decade. With disease transition--where more Indians are afflicted by lifestyle dise...