The Bill falls short of committing to universal access to treatment for people living with HIV, thanks to the phrase “as far as possible”.
Researchers have found that some one in five cases of tuberculosis, a bacterial infection, are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug.
The Bill was passed without amending the contentious clause that puts no legal obligation on the state if a patient is denied treatment.
Why aren’t doctors talking about ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which can be potentially fatal to women undergoing IVF?
The new National Health Policy identifies what needs to be done, but fails to address who will do it and in what manner.
Public-private partnerships offer little assurance in providing integrated and universal healthcare, and act as means for the expansion of the private sector.
Explaining what ‘non-governmental’ means, two bureaucrats clarified it meant both NGOs as commonly understood as charitable organisations as well as private for-profit organisations.
The new policy unveiled in parliament also envisages an increase in the health budget to 2.5% of GDP but only by 2025.
Sources said the new policy will strengthen primary healthcare centres.
The study found a “weaponisation” of healthcare in Syria in which people’s need for it was used against them by denying access.
A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is allowing more people in Kerala to end their days at peace and at home.
Despite the medical council issuing a directive nearly 20 years ago to set up physical medicine and rehabilitation departments, most states do not have them.
Despite the visibly painful effects of Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome, political parties have not thought of it as an important political issue.
The drug, JCAR015, was being tested by Juno in adults with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rare and deadly blood cancer.
A lack of innovation in diagnostics is making Indians more prone to drug-resistant TB, which is difficult to treat and could be fatal.
“The river was beautiful many years ago. Now, the waters are murky and sludgy. The companies have caused destruction. The river is gone and with that our lives are gone.”
WHO said that the pathogens have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment and can also transfer genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant.
For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform mobility for millions around the world.
Concerns remain over the impact of RCEP negotiations on public health and access to medicines.
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.
Between 2011 and 2016, as many as 27 drug manufacturing plants in India got FDA warning letters for data integrity violations.
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.
Iron deficiency can be fatal. But in places where patients are also likely to have other serious diseases, so can the iron supplements used to treat it.
A tea garden worker in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal runs a unique ‘bike ambulance’ free of cost for villagers. He was recently awarded the Padma Shri.
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?
Though scientists have claimed that they have solved the two-decade-old mystery, enough questions remain unanswered to suspect that we haven’t seen the bottom of this issue.
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.
What explains the mysterious deaths of children in Muzaffarpur? How is it connected to litchis? And is this really new information?