Senior WHO appointments are praised but raise questions

The Lancet Tedros, in unveiling his 15-strong top leadership team in October, declared “The team represents 14 countries, including all WHO regions, and is more than 60% women, reflecting my deep-held belief that we need top talent, gender equity and a geographically diverse set of perspectives to fulfil our mission.” This was the first time […]

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Budget 2018: India’s health sector needs more funds and better management

Published in Livemint | On January 25, 2018 Bengaluru: The growing reports of child deaths from different parts of the country since last summer’s Gorakhpur tragedy have finally put the spotlight on India’s growing healthcare crisis. Poor funding is one big reason behind the crisis but poor management of health funds is equally to blame, a Mint analysis shows. Notwithstanding […]

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Budget 2018 | National Health Mission: The institutional barrier

The National Health Mission has been focused on improving infrastructure and access since its inception. Yet, public healthcare facilities remains the last resort for most people, inhibited by poor service quality. Even as the new National Health Policy of 2017 urges a widening of the service net, can outcomes improve without reform of underlying institutional […]

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How India’s polio win keeps giving

Published in Hindustan Times | By Sanchita Sharma |On January 14, 2018 India’s last polio case was recorded on January 13, 2011 — two-year-old Rukhsar Khatoon from Shapara village in the Howrah district of West Bengal. Three years later, the World Health Organisation certified that India had eradicated polio and seven years later, it remains […]

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India fit case for cervical cancer vaccine, says WHO official

Published in Indian Express | By Abantika Ghosh |On January 14, 2018 While the government has taken an in-principle call against the introduction of the cervical cancer vaccine in the public health programme, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General (programmes) of the World Health Organisation, has said that India is a fit case for introduction […]

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In 2018, let govt policies focus on health of 1.3 billion Indians

Published in Hindustan Times | By Soumya Swaminathan |On January 11, 2018 India is at the crossroads of its journey to provide healthcare to its 1.3 billion people. While major achievements in the past decade include big reductions in maternal and under-5 mortality, elimination of polio, maternal and neonatal tetanus and guinea worm disease and […]

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