National Registry of Voluntary Organ Donors

Context The Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Centre and the states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to implement ‘The Transplant of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994’ in letter and spirit, and to also consider the recommendations of an Expert Committee Read More …

National Health Stack (NHS)

Context With the launch last year of Ayushman Bharat, the world’s largest state-funded health insurance programme, and the slow but certain progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the challenge of making quality and affordable healthcare accessible to every one of India’s 135 crore citizens has acquired an altogether new dimension. Read More …

National Health Profile (NHP) 2019

Context According to the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence’s (CBHI) National Health Profile (NHP) 2019, India has registered an improved sex ratio and a decline in birth and death rates with non-communicable diseases dominating over communicable in the total disease burden of the country. The NHP covers demographic, socio-economic, health status Read More …

Global Hunger Index 2019

Context Recently India has slipped to 102 positions in the Global Hunger Index 2019 of 117 countries, slipping from its 2018 position of 95 and behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The GHI score is calculated on four indicators — undernourishment; child wasting, the share of children under the Read More …

Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report

Context According to the latest report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), India accounted for 27 per cent of total tuberculosis (TB) cases, followed by China with 9 per cent, Indonesia at 8 per cent, Pakistan (6 per cent) and Bangladesh (4 per cent). Details: The report notes that Read More …

Two Child Limit

Context : Following up on the population policy passed in the state assembly two years ago, the Assam Cabinet decided Tuesday that those with more than two children will not be eligible for government jobs from January 2021. About the Policy Two rules have been made. First, those who have a Read More …

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2017

Context : Recently the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was released the much delayed crime data for 2017. About NCRB data on Crime The NCRB has introduced more than three dozen new categories and sub-categories of crimes under various heads. The report omits data on mob lynchings, khap killings, murder by influential people Read More …

Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report-2019

Context : Recently the tuberculosis incidence rate in India has decreased by almost 50,000 patients over the past one year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)-2019 edition of the Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report. Key Findings of the Report Report notes that in 2017, India had 27.4 lakh TB patients which Read More …

Section 124-A – Sedition Law

Context : Recently FIR was registered in Bihar’s Muzzaffarpur district against 49 persons, including Ramachandra Guha, Mani Ratnam and Aparna Sen, who wrote an open letter to Modi raising concerns over the growing incidents of mob lynching. What is sedition? Under Section 124A of the IPC, the offence of sedition is Read More …

What does ‘no dengue deaths’ really mean?

Context Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted the “stunning results” of his government’s campaign to get people to invest 10 minutes every week to stop dengue mosquitoes from breeding: “The number of cases in Delhi so far is just 356, compared to 650 by this time last year”, he posted; “most importantly, we have Read More …