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83% Shortage Of Specialists In Community Health Centres

83% Shortage Of Specialists In Community Health Centres

  India’s public-health system needs urgent attention and investment–especially in the rural areas, reveals an IndiaSpend analysis.   There is an 83% shortage of specialist medical professionals in community health…

PM’s Claim Of Toilets For Girls In Every School Fails Scrutiny

PM’s Claim Of Toilets For Girls In Every School Fails Scrutiny

Two new toilets were built at a government primary school in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, but since there’s no outlet, the wastewater stagnates in the toilet.   NEW DELHI: “Ma’am, can…

Six Cities Corner 27% Of India’s Health-Insurance Payouts

Six Cities Corner 27% Of India’s Health-Insurance Payouts

  Recent news has it that the government is considering introducing two universal health-insurance policies—offering Rs 50,000 and Rs 100,000 cover for a family of five, the premium for which…

How India’s Tax System Helps Heavily Taxed Cigarettes Flourish

How India’s Tax System Helps Heavily Taxed Cigarettes Flourish

  In March 2015—in response to a drop in sales as taxes more than doubled over four years—India’s leading cigarette company ITC Ltd. shortened its discount Bristol-brand cigarettes by 5…

Why India Ignores A $16-Billion Smoking-Led Health Crisis

Why India Ignores A $16-Billion Smoking-Led Health Crisis

  In January this year, the government asked for public opinion on tougher new laws to curb smoking: To raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and to…

Inside Godda, India’s Heart Of Maternal-Care Darkness

Inside Godda, India’s Heart Of Maternal-Care Darkness

This ground report by Video Volunteers was produced by a community journalist and activist, one among many women who endure the sparse health facilities of Godda, Jharkhand’s lowest-ranked district in…

Progress With Nitish, But Bihar Still On Lowest Rungs—II

Progress With Nitish, But Bihar Still On Lowest Rungs—II

  Bihar has the lowest enrolment in secondary schools among poor states   Bihar’s crime rate is second highest among poor states   Bihar has cut its infant mortality rate…