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Expenses Fell, Usage Rose After Public Healthcare Improved In 3 TN Blocks

Expenses Fell, Usage Rose After Public Healthcare Improved In 3 TN Blocks

Mumbai: Strengthening rural public health systems in three Tamil Nadu blocks made more people utilise their services while reducing their out-of-pocket expenditure on outpatient care, an assessment of a government-run pilot project by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), has found.…

164 Aadhaar-Related Frauds Reported Since 2011, Most in 2018: New Database

164 Aadhaar-Related Frauds Reported Since 2011, Most in 2018: New Database

Mumbai: In January 2018, eight persons were arrested in Chandigarh for purchasing expensive mobile phones with fraudulent loans secured using fake Aadhaar cards. The accused, among whom were former bankers and employees of a finance company, had placed their own photographs on others’ Aadhaar cards to secure bank loans, and were booked for cheating, fraud, forgery…

Most Indians Non Vegetarian; Men More Than Women, South & East Most

Most Indians Non Vegetarian; Men More Than Women, South & East Most

New Delhi: India’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has been advocating vegetarianism on grounds of religion and ideology, the latest being an effort by Indian Railways railways to enforce vegetarian menus on all trains on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, October 2.…

Only 4.75 Million Join India’s Workforce Annually, Not 12 Million As Claimed

Only 4.75 Million Join India’s Workforce Annually, Not 12 Million As Claimed

New Delhi: On average, 4.75 million people are added to the labour force in India per year, an analysis of labour bureau data over a period of four years from 2012 shows. This is less than half the 12 million that people think enter the labour force on an annual basis. Entering the labour force means that you are either employed or unemployed but actively looking for work.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Improving Slowly, India Ranks 145 Among 195 Countries on Healthcare Access and Quality

Improving Slowly, India Ranks 145 Among 195 Countries on Healthcare Access and Quality

New Delhi: India has improved its ranking on a global healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index from 153 in 1990 to 145 in 2016, yet ranks lower than neighbouring Bangladesh and even sub-Saharan Sudan and Equatorial Guinea. In 2016, India scored 41.2 points on the healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index created by the Global Burden of Disease study published in the medical journal The Lancet on May 23, 2018.…

Diarrhoea Took More Lives Than Any Other Water-Borne Disease In India

Diarrhoea Took More Lives Than Any Other Water-Borne Disease In India

New Delhi: Over five years to 2017, water-borne diseases--cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and viral hepatitis--caused 10,738 deaths, latest government data show. Diarrhoea remained the leading killer, causing about 60% of all deaths, according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) by Jai Prakash Nadda, minister for health and family welfare, on April 6, 2018.…

Muslims Have Highest Fertility Rate, Lack Access To Healthcare

Muslims Have Highest Fertility Rate, Lack Access To Healthcare

Mumbai: Hindus have India’s highest infant mortality rate with 41.6 deaths per 1,000 live births and the third highest fertility rate--the average number of children a woman would have by the end of her childbearing years--of 2.13, the latest health data show. Muslims have India’s highest fertility rate, 2.61 per woman, and the second lowest access to antenatal care provided by skilled professionals (77%).…

1 In 5 Multidrug-Resistant Patients Do Not Complete Treatment, Imperiling India’s Battle Against TB

1 In 5 Multidrug-Resistant Patients Do Not Complete Treatment, Imperiling India’s Battle Against TB

New Delhi: Nearly one in five multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) patients put on treatment in the public sector were lost to follow-up (LFU). This means that they either did not start treatment or their treatment was disrupted for more than two months. India has approximately 2.8 million TB patients, a quarter of the world’s total TB cases.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

New Delhi: After the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and as a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. More than one-in-two (54%) children under five were stunted and around four-in-ten (39%) children were underweight in Afghanistan in 2004.…

‘Safe Daycare For Children & Safe Public Transport Will Increase Women’s Socio-Economic Involvement’

‘Safe Daycare For Children & Safe Public Transport Will Increase Women’s Socio-Economic Involvement’

New Delhi: Women in urban India turn down better employment opportunities further away from home in favour of lower-paid local opportunities as the public transport system is often unreliable or unaffordable. Safe, comfortable, convenient and affordable transport can play an important role in women’s strategic empowerment by facilitating access to social and economic opportunities, IndiaSpend reported on April 9, 2018.…

‘Even Without India’s Water Crisis, Doubling Farmers’ Income In 5 Years Impossible’

‘Even Without India’s Water Crisis, Doubling Farmers’ Income In 5 Years Impossible’

Mumbai: India is the world’s largest consumer of groundwater, extracting twice as much as China, the world’s most populous country. India extracted 250 cubic kilometre of groundwater in 2010--1.2 times the capacity of the world’s biggest dam--of which 89% was used for irrigation, 9% by homes, and 2% by industries.…

‘This Is India’s Most Desperate Generation, But It’s Also Bent On World Domination’

‘This Is India’s Most Desperate Generation, But It’s Also Bent On World Domination’

Jaipur, Rajasthan: “This is the most desperate generation of Indians since independence--86% of them have been found to feel anxious about their future--but also the one most bent on world domination,” writes Snigdha Poonam in “Dreamers”, a recently released book on the hopes, aspirations and struggles of India’s young men & women.…