Silicosis deaths: Gujarat must revise its schemes for agate workers, make them human rights sensitive

Text of the order by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), delivered on December 21, 2017, following the complaint by Jagdish Patel of the People’s Training and Research Centre (PTRC) on fatalities due to silicosis in the Khambhat region of Gujarat: These proceedings shall be read in continuation of the earlier proceedings of the Commission … More Silicosis deaths: Gujarat must revise its schemes for agate workers, make them human rights sensitive

Prevalent conflict has had a powerful negative effect on the mental health of people in Kashmir

By Mujtaba Hussain and Jitamanyu Sahoo* The rising global burden of violence due to armed conflicts is increasingly recognised as a key to the rise of stress and anxieties of the population. Moreover, constant infliction of violence by the State has a direct association with mental health problems. Another, disturbing aspect of the conflict-related violence … More Prevalent conflict has had a powerful negative effect on the mental health of people in Kashmir

Addressing mental health problems: One of the solutions for tackling farmers’ suicide in India

By Moin Qazi* How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That too many people have died The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind. –Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate India’s economy may be soaring as it glows as the new poster-child of emerging markets, but agriculture … More Addressing mental health problems: One of the solutions for tackling farmers’ suicide in India

Mental healthcare: India faces treatment gap of 50-70%, a huge lag in treatment, medical facilities

By Moin Qazi* According to an India Spend report, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent. Further, … More Mental healthcare: India faces treatment gap of 50-70%, a huge lag in treatment, medical facilities

India’s public health discourse is mostly driven by market forces and profit making motive

By Jitamanyu Sahoo and Monis Ahmad* The repetition of the ghastly episode were 49 children died in Farrukhabad at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital this September is nothing but a reflection of our health inequities that is deep rooted in our public healthcare system. In all 19 children died during delivery and 30 children at … More India’s public health discourse is mostly driven by market forces and profit making motive

Why most state govts, hospitals and doctors are unwilling to admit that cases of silicosis exist

Delhi Declaration at the National Consultation on Women and Silicosis Prevention and Rehabilitation, held on 3rd October, 2017, at Constitutional Club, New Delhi: Silicosis is a serious occupational health hazard in India especially among mine workers. Many groups and workers’ unions in India have been trying to highlight the plight of silicosis victims and have been bringing … More Why most state govts, hospitals and doctors are unwilling to admit that cases of silicosis exist