Most medical tourists need translators, who are hired by hospitals and charge high commissions. Patients are also often forced to do expensive tests, even if they may not understand what’s going on.
Previously, caregivers had to break adult tablets into the dosages required for children and infants.
The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorised into three groups: “Access”, “Watch” and “Reserve”.
The coveted and unusual aphrodisiac found only at very high altitudes can fetch up to US$100,000 a kilo.
Do sex markers on birth certificates take away the freedom of self determination and become bases for discrimination?
While there are fewer than ever children being born free of HIV today, the global pandemic still persists, particularly among young women. It roots itself not only in poverty but also gender-based inequalities.
Recent research is beginning to throw some light on whether eating meat during pregnancy impacts the development of the foetus’s brain.
Many believe that bioequivalence testing is necessary for only a handful of medications. In reality, it should be the norm for virtually all drugs.
India was moved up from the safest category 4 to category 2 in WHO’s country-classification table for the Zika virus.
Indian officials say there was no responsibility to inform the WHO about the three Zika cases, while the WHO says this is not true.
Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom has set universal health coverage as a priority. There are several ways to make headway with this goal.
A Global Water Partnership-led forum in December 2016 found a dangerous nexus between water insecurity, enduring unemployment and increasing migration in the Mediterranean. Rome: Water – everybody talks about it, warns against its growing scarcity, excessive waste, the impact of climate change, the frequent severe droughts and so on. […]
Thanks to illiberal treatment guidelines, a complex treatment regimen and a formidable bacterium, the rise of extensively-drug-resistant tuberculosis is always waiting to happen, especially in India.
While the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme reports in detail about food poisoning, cholera and even Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, it has reported zero cases of Zika, though the government and WHO confirmed three cases.
In the last decade, the US has been the leading funder for preparing and responding to global infectious outbreaks, and the delivery of basic healthcare to low-income countries.
Massive central funding for health and development goes missing on the ground, leaving residents of remote districts to fend for themselves.
It is slowly but surely becoming socially acceptable to start talking about periods, a biological fact as old as womankind itself.
In November 2016, the Delhi high court had ordered the government to finalise a policy on rare disease as patients repeatedly petitioned the court asking that the expensive drugs required for treatment be provided for free.
In this period of post-truths, it is untenable to have the progress of medicine and public health, as well as trust in science, be eroded by irresponsible sections of the media – either due to ignorance or conflicts of interest.
Republicans have sought to unravel Obamacare since its passage and President Trump promised on the campaign trail to repeal it.
The epidemic began in October and grew until December. It then dwindled but was never brought fully under control and cases have been surging since April.
The public-health discourse must move beyond a top-down approach and listen to people to formulate best insurance practices.
The former health minister and foreign minister, who vowed to make universal health care his priority, won over half the votes from 189 member states in the first round and prevailed in a third-round ballot against Britain’s David Nabarro.
The new law has missed the opportunity to recognise the rights of students with disabilities to reasonable test-taking environments.
In the fifty-sixth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in support of Bhim Army, and takes stock of the status of public healthcare in India.
The plan would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over ten years, balancing the budget by the end of the decade.
The overall number of cases of the haemorrhagic fever discovered since early May has risen to 37 from 29.
Cancer researchers are deviating from mainstream approaches to cancer treatment to look for natural molecules capable of derailing cancer in its early stage.
A mysterious kidney disease is striking down labourers across the world and climate change is making it worse.
Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too.
India has performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and rheumatic heart disease, a study in The Lancet says.
Uterus transplants raise several ethical concerns drawing from the health risk posed to women, especially since the surgery is not meant to treat a life threatening condition.
This post takes a look at the statistics on suicides in India and whether men are more likely to commit suicide than women.
In 2005, India, Nepal and Bangladesh launched a joint kala azar elimination initiative to bring down the incidence to less than 1 case per 10,000 people by 2015. That goal has not been reached.
The research will focus on glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of barely 5%.
Conditionalities related to utilising health services do not make any sense in the absence of a service guarantee and only serve to blame the victims and not the system for its failures.
Is the taboo of drugs holding us back from using them for medical purposes to aid serious conditions like depression and anxiety?
“Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea.”
Ever more people are stuck with shift work in a globalised economy that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Accredited Social Health Activists are considered to be voluntary workers who are paid a honorarium by the government, making only about Rs 1,000 a month.