West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments’ ability to repair these problems.
The presence of Boko Haram militants has prevented farmers from planting crops or accessing Lake Chad to provide water for their animals. Fishermen have also been prevented from accessing the lake which is shared between Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
While most policy discourse tends to argue for an increase in healthcare spending to improve overall services, little attention is paid to the quality of healthcare facilities.
Although UNICEF data shows the need for increased dialogue on menstrual health, little has been done on the ground to facilitate that.
The health ministry’s “Saathiya Resource Kit” for adolescents represents a glimmer of hope in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
The government has decided to move to an ‘explicit’ process of priority setting for health expenditure, which looks at cost effectiveness and equity concerns.
While we have adapted in the past, we might not be able to adapt again by relying on biology alone.
Medical associations, hospitals and pharma companies have no interest in making healthcare affordable
A pregnancy complication that causes the mother’s blood pressure to rise – often fatally – is more common in women of African descent than any other.
January’s fatalities were up to four times higher than the same month in past years, and brought the total H7N9 death toll to 100 people since October.
Roche is dragging companies that are manufacturing similar medical products through endless legal battles, discouraging them from entering the market and hence affecting the availability of affordable medicine.
In ‘Do We Care: India’s Health System’, K. Sujatha Rao tells us an insider’s tale of the languishing Indian Public Health System and how it could be rebuilt.
The Budget allocation for the health sector is not even one-third of the target laid out in the draft National Health Policy.
Where do Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur stand in terms of mental healthcare? And why is it necessary for politicians to take the issue more seriously?
On studying three unauthorised colonies, it was found that the incidence of children’s diarrhoea was related to the lack of safe excreta disposal systems.
The chances of surviving breast cancer are improving everyday due to advanced research and new treatment techniques.
Eighty-five cases were tested for swine flu on February 1, 18 of which came back positive.
Drug resistant malaria superbugs have appeared in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and are threatening to undermine all progress made against the disease.
What the health sector needs is much greater attention – in terms of both financial and human resources – to meet the demands of providing universal and free healthcare.
Despite emphasis on ’empowerment’ over ‘entitlements’, which comes with its own set of problems, health and education remain invisible in the Modi government’s social policy agenda.
Health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda had previously maintained that the sector had no funding issues, but recently revealed documents show he now believes his department needs more money to meet its objectives.
Thanks to universal testing and easy access to treatment, the Canadian province of British Columbia has seen a major decease in HIV-related mortality.
Aimed at curbing the use of opioid based painkillers, the proposed measures would include cigarette-style warning stickers on every prescription.
Trump has vowed to use new bidding procedures to curb the soaring cost of new drugs. There’s a better solution, however, that doesn’t risk also curbing the development of lifesaving treatments.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective.
Researchers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have said that none of the 14 antibiotics used to treat the “nightmare” bacteria had worked.
“My depression was always tied up with the conviction that I was literally good for nothing. I spent most of my life up to the age of thirty believing that I would never work.”
There are several issues with the National Medical Commission Bill – the primary being that it fails to provide a holistic approach to healthcare, and excludes nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals from its ambit.
Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will kill eight million more people a year by 2030, the study by WHO and US National Cancer Institute said.
Experts who carried out the studies found that medicine and healthcare are routinely both over- and underused, causing avoidable harm and suffering and wasting precious resources.
In the last three years, malnutrition has claimed the lives of about 1,600 children in Palghar, a tribal region battling high unemployment and poverty.
Emerging diseases on which the experts are keeping a close eye.
The Rs 6,000 announced by the prime minister as universal maternity entitlements is already mandated under the National Food Security Act 2013, although the government has chosen not to implement it yet.
Alternative faecal sludge management systems that are effectively planned in a network to cover entire cities can make Swachh Bharat a reality.
Australia has fewer than 300 aboriginal doctors, but things are gradually changing with some aboriginal doctors determined to make a difference.
According to doctors working in hospitals providing low-cost treatment, the number of patients has reduced by about 30% since demonetisation.
Many families in China have turned to the increasingly popular, unregulated market of online pharmacies, agents and peer groups for cancer drugs.
Known as rVSV-ZEBOV – Vesicular Stomatitis Virus–Ebola Virus Vaccine – the vaccine was first developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The concept of ‘feeling emotions’ often finds itself at loggerheads with dispensing effective medical care, and should be done away with.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a mechanically-run government programme without a strong economic and environmental foundation and accompanying consciousness about what toilet cleanliness means.