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Support Groups Welcome New Rare Disease Policy, Seek Incentives For Orphan Drugs

Support Groups Welcome New Rare Disease Policy, Seek Incentives For Orphan Drugs

  Shashank Tyagi, a 27-year-old Delhi-based businessman, was diagnosed with Gaucher’s disease when he was five. “I still remember I used to vomit after every small meal as food wasn’t…

New Toilets In Indian Trains No Better Than Septic Tanks: IIT Study

New Toilets In Indian Trains No Better Than Septic Tanks: IIT Study

  A new kind of toilet using bacteria to break down human excreta has been deployed in Indian trains over four years to 2017, at a cost of Rs 1,305…

56% Abortions Unsafe Despite Being Legal; Proposed Amendments On Hold

56% Abortions Unsafe Despite Being Legal; Proposed Amendments On Hold

  Niketa Mehta was in the 24th week of her pregnancy when a test revealed substantial abnormalities in the foetus’ heart that posed a risk to its survival. Mehta decided…

Making India Anaemia-Free: Can India Achieve What It Has Failed To For 70 Years?

Making India Anaemia-Free: Can India Achieve What It Has Failed To For 70 Years?

  “The government is putting in place dedicated, preventive and promotive strategies to make India anaemia-free,” declared Preeti Sudan, secretary at the central ministry of health and family welfare, at…

732 Million Indians Have No Access To A Proper Toilet, At Risk Of Diseases: New Report

732 Million Indians Have No Access To A Proper Toilet, At Risk Of Diseases: New Report

“When I got pregnant, it was hard to walk to the field to defecate as the path was not safe. My mother-in-law used to accompany me because I needed help…

Non-Communicable Diseases Rise In India, Poor States Still Grapple With Infectious Diseases

Non-Communicable Diseases Rise In India, Poor States Still Grapple With Infectious Diseases

Students from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences conduct a community education programme in a Delhi slum. The Indian health system faces a dual risk: Non-communicable diseases such as…

New TB Infections Fall, But Drug-Resistant Cases Rise

New TB Infections Fall, But Drug-Resistant Cases Rise

A patient collects his medicines for tuberculosis from a Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) centre in Meethapur, 17 km south-east of the national capital. In 2016, India had 3.57%…