Ambitious priorities, strained budgets and a changing political order dominate the World Health Organisation’s upcoming annual executive board meet in Geneva.
It is evident that prime minister Modi’s ambitious strides in search of a ‘New India’, coupled with his government’s disdain for welfare, are leaving the basic lifelines of the poor far behind.
No group claimed responsibility for the killings in the southwestern city of Quetta but such attacks have in the past been carried out by Islamist militants, who oppose the immunisation of children as un-Islamic.
Papua is one of Indonesia’s poorest provinces despite being rich in resources and President Joko Widodo pledged to speed its development when he came to power in 2014.
The Gujarat election results are a wake-up call for the key political parties, as they gear up to draw strategies for the ensuing elections to three states.
To get favourable verdict, “prasad will be needed. We will give the prasad. We have to give the prasad”, say conspirators accused of bribing public functionaries.
Singer maintains that disability, unlike race or gender, comes with intrinsic suffering – sometimes great enough that it is more compassionate to end the lives of infants than to force them to live in pain.
Even after a gap of ten years between two government health and family surveys, the burden of sterilisation – with all its risks – on women remains unchanged.
The fourth National Health and Family Survey found that 56% of urban India chooses private healthcare and 49% of rural India makes the same choice.
The health ministry’s proposal of a “bridge course” for doctors of homeopathy and Indian medicine is being rejected by homeopaths and allopaths. Those with Indian medicine are supportive, but of a very different idea.
While it is not known what transpired in the conversation between prime minister Modi and the then health minister Harsh Vardhan, the RTI replies reveal a level of inertia in governance.
“We have remained unimpressed by the said proponent as we are inclined to think that health of a citizen has primacy and he or she should be aware of that which can affect or deteriorate the condition of health,” the bench said.
Healthcare providers need to be held responsible for their actions and must treat women in labour as autonomous individuals.
Through the National Medical Commission Bill, the government appears to be taking the easy way out and creating a new institution rather than reforming an older one.
Research suggests that ‘pathogens might not get such an easy ride on their migratory hosts as we might assume.’
The Supreme Court of India is shifting the paradigm on disability rights.
The World Medical Association’s new Hippocratic Oath is re-energising but has two obvious deficiencies.
In the year UP chief minister Adityanath turned the ‘suhaag raat’ into the stuff of national headlines, Khabar Lahariya follows the trail of condoms in rural Bundelkhand.
The long-term implications of the National Medical Commission Bill have not been adequately debated, and several of its features have caused widespread anger.
The WHO pre-qualification makes the vaccine eligible for procurement by UN agencies such as UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Nearly 20 years since the problem of poisonous water first surfaced in the some villages of the province, they still do not have a functional water filtration plant.
Rosy Mondal, a Guwahati-based researcher, is working to develop a non-invasive way to diagnose head and neck cancer patients in Assam.
LG Anil Baijal has demanded adding an income criteria to the scheme which proposes free tests, surgeries at private labs and hospitals for all in case of delay in government facilities.
Technical glitches in the delivery of rations and pension led to the death of a 67-year-old widow in Garhwa district.
The controversial Bill has been sent to a parliamentary standing committee.
The private hospital in Sonipat where the woman was taken has denied the allegations made by her son.
Should the focus be on improving public health systems or should we instead strengthen and support the development of the private health systems?
Maharashtra cannot retain its position as a progressive state if health budget cuts become a characteristic part of its budgets.
Doctors Without Borders has treated around 2,000 patients in the past few weeks and is receiving around 100 new cases daily.
The Commission has issued a notice to the UP chief secretary, asking him to furnish information about the incident within two weeks.
Ahir was speaking at the launch of a 24×7 chemist shop at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandrapur, which he represents in parliament.
Even with apparent deformities to their bodies, many leprosy-affected individuals are not recognised as ‘disabled’ by the state health department.
The case of Soumya Swaminathan rising to the top ranks at the WHO is an exception.
Philip Morris International’s $1 billion fund to help stop smoking is being debated and examined by academics and health leaders worldwide.
Cardiomyopathy, a condition characteristic of showing abnormal heart structure and function without the usual causes of heart disease, is feared for causing sudden death in people younger than 35.
A study done in the mid-1980s suggested that one in every 7200 Afrikaans people in South Africa is affected by the condition.
In the first reported instance of HIV remission in an African child lies the proof that HIV remission is possible.
The Supreme Court bench asked the high court to upload the judgement on its website and fixed the appeal against it for further hearing on January 8 next year.
A Karnataka high court order had quashed the government regulation that packets of tobacco products must carry a pictorial warning covering 85% of the packaging.
Medical science has evolved rapidly over the last century or so but has yet to attain a level at which organ transplantation can become a routine remedy, available to all.