We are failing mentally ill: Depression remains stigmatised due to enforced silence, social isolation

By Moin Qazi* Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb. An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million from anxiety disorders. For those who   suffer from   mental illness, life can seem like a terrible prison from which there is no hope … More We are failing mentally ill: Depression remains stigmatised due to enforced silence, social isolation

Manipulated graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural India: Defective implementation

By Michael Iacobelli, Sejal Saraf, Kevin Welding, Katherine Clegg Smith, Joanna E Cohen* India is unique in its dual burden of tobacco use. Nearly 200 million individuals use smokeless tobacco (SLT) products in India,1 with almost 200 000 deaths attributed to SLT use in 2010.2 SLT users tend to live in rural areas and have lower levels of education.1 India has made substantial … More Manipulated graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural India: Defective implementation

Unsafe water, poor sanitation, malnutrition, lack of proper housing frustrate govt’s healthcare thrust

By Moin Qazi* The Indian economy has made rapid strides in recent year but its abysmal health system remains an Achilles heel and has impeded millions of people from sharing the gains of India’s new prosperity. India has a laggardly record in its healthcare coverage. In per capita terms, adjusted for purchasing power, the public … More Unsafe water, poor sanitation, malnutrition, lack of proper housing frustrate govt’s healthcare thrust

Would Ayushman Bharat make Indians healthier and health conscious? Results of a flash field survey

By Dr S Jayaprakash, Dr Arjun Kumar, Micael Ha, Dr Simi Mehta* The Ayushman Bharat—Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY)- the signature health insurance scheme announced in the budget of 2018-19, was launched in Ranchi, the capital city of the second poorest state of India- Jharkhand. Massive preparations were done in the state with all … More Would Ayushman Bharat make Indians healthier and health conscious? Results of a flash field survey

Chrysotile asbestos: Violation of ethics by NIOH and NHRC has caused public health hazard

By Dr Gopal Krishna* Experiences from Gujarat-based National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) and New Delhi-based National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) bring forth violation of ethics by these two institutions in the matter of research on white chrysotile asbestos by the former and the use of the outcome of this research by the latter. Ignoring … More Chrysotile asbestos: Violation of ethics by NIOH and NHRC has caused public health hazard

A new avenue: Visually impaired, blind women are being trained in detection of breast cancer

By Sheshu Babu* Women are forging ahead in many new sectors which were hitherto considered male bastions. Adding to their achievements, the visually impaired and blind women are being trained in detection of breast cancer. In a unique initiative, the women in Delhi are being trained to detect breast cancer by medical tactile examination. According … More A new avenue: Visually impaired, blind women are being trained in detection of breast cancer

Married women account for the highest proportion of suicide deaths among women in India

Excerpts from the Lancet study “Gender differentials and state variations in suicide deaths in India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2016
”: India had 17.8% of the global population in 2016, but accounted for 36·6% of the global suicide deaths among women and 24.3% among men. The proportion of global suicide deaths in India has … More Married women account for the highest proportion of suicide deaths among women in India