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 …

Limit trans fats to 1% of calorie intake to keep diseases at bay

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that adults and children should consume a maximum of 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of saturated fat (found in meat and butter) and 1% in trans fats.  Other facts & Figures: These draft recommendations, the first since 2002, Read More …

Flawed, unjust

Context: New reservation norms in faculty appointments threaten to diminish opportunities for Dalits, tribals and OBCs. Indian universities preserve of a privileged caste elite: Indian universities, like most other institutions in the country, were historically the exclusive preserve of a privileged caste elite. It is to make them more inclusive Read More …

Can Ayushman Bharat make for a healthier India?

Context: Ayushman Bharat, the new, flagship health initiative of the government, has two dimensions. First, it aims to roll out comprehensive primary health care with Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) serving as the people-centric nuclei.  A nationwide network of 1.5 lakh HWCs will be created by transforming the existing sub-centres Read More …

Self Help Groups: What should be next for women-led entrepreneurship in rural India?

Context: The last few years have seen interest among policymakers in women-led rural entrepreneurship Much of it has sought to leverage the experience gathered from the estimated 46 million rural poor women mobilized through the Self Help Group (SHG) architecture These organizations, since their start in the 1990s, have been Read More …

A first step: National Health Protection Mission

Context; The union government’s scheme to provide health cover of ₹5 lakh per year to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families through the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission has taken a step forward with the Union Cabinet approving the modalities of its implementation. State’s Responsibility: The States, which have a statutory responsibility Read More …