Assam, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh worst states to be born in

Context: While India’s birth rate has dipped from 21 births per 1,000 population in 2014 to 20.4 births per 1,000 population in 2016, some states have seen a significant increase in birth rate. Worryingly, the laggard states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh have the highest birth rate: 26.8 births and Read More …

Why so few women enter the job market in India

Context: Women’s participation in the labour force declined sharply in the country precisely when the country’s economic engine was growing the fastest: between 2004-05 and 2011-12. National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) Survey: Data from the two latest quinquennial employment surveys of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) show that this Read More …

The cost of the missing women in Indian politics

Context: B.R. Ambedkar once said that “political power is the key to all social progress”. What, then, to make of the fact that India—a country where women suffer substantially greater socio-economic disadvantages than Western democracies like Spain—has a cabinet that is only 22% female and a Lok Sabha that has Read More …

Washing of hands is an instant self-administered vaccine

Context: May 5 was World Hand Hygiene Day. This month, medical care centres across the world re-educate themselves about the importance of this one basic practice. The World Health Organization’s ‘Clean Hands Count’ campaign aims to improve healthcare providers’ adherence to hand hygiene recommendations. What is the importance of hand Read More …

Ayushman Bharat: a health scheme that should not fail

Context: The launch of Ayushman Bharat, a national health protection scheme (NHPS), in the last stretch of this government’s tenure comes as no surprise.  Health policies have two objectives: to enhance the health of the population and reduce the financial risk for those accessing treatment. Success in the first is measured Read More …

Women’s health crucial to combat stunting: study

Context: A first of-its-kind study across all 640 districts of the country, highlights the impact of women’s health on stunting of children. About the study: According to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) study, analysing data from the National Family Health Survey (NHFS)- IV, parameters related to women, including education Read More …

What is hepatitis control all about?

What is it? The World Health Organisation has listed viral hepatitis as a major public health problem throughout the world and particularly in India. “… it is a serious health concern in India, with over a crore people suffering from hepatitis C.  A WHO release says hepatitis is preventable and Read More …