Grand daughter carries forward legendary Baba Amte’s motto: Give them a chance, not charity

By Moin Qazi* The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -- Eleanor Roosevelt The world is witnessing a spring of a new generation of young game-changing women social entrepreneurs that is gate crashing and boldly scripting inspiring stories even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion … Continue reading Grand daughter carries forward legendary Baba Amte’s motto: Give them a chance, not charity

Whither Tobacco Free Gujarat campaign? State’s performance vs other states deteriorates in a decade

By Rajiv Shah Has Gujarat faltered in the fight against tobacco vis-à-vis other states? It would seem so, despite the data suggesting the percentage of men and women using “some form of tobacco” (smoking cigarettes, bidis, cigars, pipe, hookah, chewing paan with tobacco, using gutkha or paan masala with tobacco, using khaini, using usoing snuff … Continue reading Whither Tobacco Free Gujarat campaign? State’s performance vs other states deteriorates in a decade

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