Women Scientist And Entrepreneurs

In the field of Science and Technology and Entrepreneurship, Indian women have had a major presence over the last 100 years. The first women to receive a medical doctorate degree was  Anandibai Joshee in 1885, the first Indian women Doctorate in Basic Science was Janaki Ammal in 1931 and India’s first woman to get Read More …

SC seeks views on guidelines for abortion

The Supreme Court has sought a response from the government on framing of guidelines for setting up a permanent mechanism for termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks in exceptional cases. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notices to the Ministries of Health, Women and Child Development and Read More …

Why do infant deaths vary between States?

Why should States track child deaths? Infant mortality, the number of babies that die before their first birthday for every 1,000 live births, is a powerful indicator of the quality of life in a community. High infant mortality has been linked to poor maternal health and inter-generational poverty in families. Read More …

Why hunger in India is worse than in Nepal?

HIGHLIGHTS: With over 21 per cent of children wasted-low weight for height, India has been ranked 100th among 119 developing countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), behind North Korea, Bangladesh and even Nepal. Here are top reasons for India’s slump in the scores: CHILD MALNUTRITION India was ranked 97th Read More …

Need for harmonious construction of pro-child laws: SC

Introduction: Inconsistencies in laws dealing with offence of sexual assault of girl child today came to fore in the Supreme Court, which said there was a need to harmonise conflict in the laws to protect their human rights. Background: Section 375 of the IPC, which defines the offence of rape, Read More …

Childhood Obesity is a “Global Epidemic”

With increasing evidence that childhood obesity is a “global epidemic” affecting even the poorer nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on how trained professionals can better identify youngsters in need of help. India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China. Read More …

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a concept of weekly or fortnightly virtual clinics that use teleconferencing to bridge the gap in healthcare resources by using the best specialists to reach out to underserved areas. But unlike telemedicine, ECHO clinics do not provide care directly to patients. Instead, they Read More …

Many Indians skip nutritious food

A nation-wide study, carried out by the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) to assess urban nutrition, shows not only a great diversity in food consumption in 16 States in the country, but also that Indians consume far less than the recommended quantum of several micro-nutrients and vital vitamins. Fodder Points: Read More …