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Breathing life into healthcare systems in India

There are about 479 medical colleges in India, churning out a little more than 53,000 doctors every year. The doctor-to-patient ratio for rural India stands at 1:30,000, which is well below the WHO’s recommended 1:1,000. With a significant portion of the population living below poverty line and about 70 percent living in rural areas, a […]

Health Information Helplines and their importance in a health crisis

Last few decades have witnessed unprecedented human growth. The population has grown rapidly in urban/semi-urban cities and towns compared to the rural areas. Parallelly, there is also an increased incidence of infectious diseases. These diseases fall into three categories, new infections; undefined infections and age-old infections with new features (like multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis). Some of […]

Still more battles to win in curbing tobacco use in India

The focus of the World No Tobacco Day 2018 is cardiovascular health. It is common knowledge that tobacco use and consumption is a prime risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. According to World Health Organization (WHO), 12% of all heart disease deaths are due to active and […]

Piramal Swasthya: The Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel 

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes  A child is Mother Nature’s most unique and pure gift to a woman. A child’s laughter brings a world of happiness to its mother and its tears reduce her to the epitome of helplessness. In today’s […]

5 Steps to Improve Tribal Healthcare Status in India

Health parameters of tribal population have always been a concern for India’s march towards Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals. Tribal communities in India contribute to 8.6% of the total population and most of them live in forested areas. They suffer from extreme deprivation and economic underdevelopment. One of the key reasons identified for poorly designed […]

Unleashing effectiveness in Public Health systems in India – A 3 Step Strategic Approach

Public Health is defined by a set of functions that utilizes available data on health and assures that multiple sectors are taking part in organized efforts towards universal health coverage. It is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts through a multi sectoral approach. Much has […]

Community Involvement – Key to addressing Public Health challenges in India

Over the years, it has become more evident than ever before that improving health status of communities infact starts in domains that lie largely outside the hierarchical set-up of the health services. One such important start point should be the ‘Community’ itself. The current Public Health issues in India majorly include chronic diseases, Non-Communicable diseases, […]

Community Health Workers Program – Organic link to Health Systems Strengthening

Access to quality healthcare is a right of every individual but lack of basic facilities at public facility centers and dearth of qualified medical professionals is a major roadblock in securing this objective. Community health workers play an important role in improving the healthcare service delivery on ground by acting as a link between healthcare […]