‘The pain is overwhelming’: As India’s Covid crisis deepens, we need Christians to act

By Joseph D'Souza* As coronaviris cases in India pass 20 million and oxygen shortages push the healthcare system to the brink of collapse, Indian church leader Bishop Joseph D’Souza, issues an urgent plea to Christians around the world. Global media have characterised India’s current Covid-19 crisis as a descent into hell or an apocalyptic catastrophe. … Continue reading ‘The pain is overwhelming’: As India’s Covid crisis deepens, we need Christians to act

Ambarish Rai’s death shows the collapse of the healthcare system

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* It's devastating news. My dear friend Ambarish Rai passed away in the morning today. His death is a big blow to all of us who have been associated with him or have known him for more than two decades. His death is an example of callousness and complete chaos in our … Continue reading Ambarish Rai’s death shows the collapse of the healthcare system

India’s child malnutrition: Troubling data from the National Family Health Survey

Reproduced below is an article “India's child malnutrition story worsens”, by Patralekha Chatterjee, published in one of the world's oldest and best-known general medical journals, Lancet: India's economic growth in recent decades has co-existed with alarming levels of chronic hunger and stunting. The country ranked 94th among 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2020, way … Continue reading India’s child malnutrition: Troubling data from the National Family Health Survey

Mistakes made in H1N1 epidemic are being repeated in COVID epidemic

An international alert message about COVID-19 by United Health Professionals to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: We are health professionals of the international collective United Health Professionals, composed of more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from different countries … Continue reading Mistakes made in H1N1 epidemic are being repeated in COVID epidemic

Depressed minds, suicidal thoughts, unsafe nests: Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Dr Anita Mishra, Ritika Gupta* Experts believe that there will be a surge in cases of mental illness in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic due to lasting impact of physical distancing, quarantine and socio-economic factors. According to World Health Organization (WHO),every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide, and it is the second … Continue reading Depressed minds, suicidal thoughts, unsafe nests: Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Why you don’t need an epidemic for the public health system to collapse

By Priyal Vijayvargiya* The first COVID-19 case in India was detected on January 30, the same day that WHO declared it a public health emergency of international concern. Around 10 million cases have been recorded in the country since then with around 150000 casualties. While the crisis has shaken the entire world, the situation has … Continue reading Why you don’t need an epidemic for the public health system to collapse

Slow learners: Neither an illness nor a disease. Then what it is?

By Anshika Agarwal* A slow learner is one who is neither an average child nor mentally retarded, and they are somewhere in between the two. There are several terms used to address slow learners- dull normal, borderline, below-average, sub-average or partially mentally-subnormal. Often it is misunderstood that these children are ‘mentally weak’ or ‘dumb’. But, … Continue reading Slow learners: Neither an illness nor a disease. Then what it is?