Rise in institutional deliveries as well as average OOPE per delivery in public health facilities: Findings from NFHS 5

By Sampurna Kundu, Prof. Sanghmitra Sheel Acharya* Despite the efforts of the Reproductive and Child Health Services (RCH), that provided free or nominal cost public health services, the average out of pocket expenditure (OOPE) per delivery in public health facilities has increased for many states. States like Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Assam, which are in … Continue reading Rise in institutional deliveries as well as average OOPE per delivery in public health facilities: Findings from NFHS 5

Allow consumers to correctly identify products that contain excessive amount of sugars, fats, sodium

Consumer organisations unanimously demanded for immediate notification of FoPL Regulations in the interest of public health. A note:  In a bid to allow consumers to correctly, quickly, and easily identify products that contain excessive amount of sugars, fats, and sodium, consumer organisations across the country unanimously adopted an eight point Charter of Demands in the National Consumer Convention … Continue reading Allow consumers to correctly identify products that contain excessive amount of sugars, fats, sodium

How Big Pharmas benefited from the COVID-19 crisis, and why TRIPS agreement should be scrapped

Excerpts from the publication by Peoples Over Profit and Asia Pacific Research Network, produced with the financial assistance of the European Commission: The world is in dire need of vaccines. Close to two years into the coronavirus crisis, the global death toll has reached 5 million. Deaths are feared to be higher than recorded. Despite … Continue reading How Big Pharmas benefited from the COVID-19 crisis, and why TRIPS agreement should be scrapped

Healthcare expenditure through the lens of Health Satellite Accounts

By Dr Poonam Munjal, Dr Palash Baruah* The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The role of health as an engine of economic growth is not entirely unsubstantiated. Investments in health care lead to better, healthier … Continue reading Healthcare expenditure through the lens of Health Satellite Accounts

Importance of World Ostomy Day, Oct 2, for those who undergo continent diversion surgery

By Sheshu Babu* October 2 this year is  not only observed as the birthday of Gandhi, it is also a World Ostomy Day. Ostomy is an artificial opening during operation in the organ of the body such as a colostomy, ileostomy or gastrostomy, a stoma. Ostomy surgery is a life saving procedure that allows bodily … Continue reading Importance of World Ostomy Day, Oct 2, for those who undergo continent diversion surgery

Clinical trials: Downright violation of patients’ rights across the country

By Tanmay Lad* Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, all eyes have been set upon the development of a successful vaccine that could take humankind out of the socio-economic crisis. On Jan 16, 2021, India launched the world’s largest vaccination program amid clinical trial allegations. Several trial participants, most of them being illiterate, had … Continue reading Clinical trials: Downright violation of patients’ rights across the country

Inspirational story of first-ever care centre in Karnataka for adolescent girls infected by HIV-AIDS

By Ashwin Kumar* As per the latest government reports (2019), India is estimated to have around 23 lakh people living with HIV-AIDS. Though the epidemic has an overall decreasing trend in the country, the lives of infected individuals in our society have seen the least improvement. Here is the story of one such individual battling … Continue reading Inspirational story of first-ever care centre in Karnataka for adolescent girls infected by HIV-AIDS