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18 Children Die In Gujarat Hospital, Spotlighting State’s Malnutrition, Infant Mortality

18 Children Die In Gujarat Hospital, Spotlighting State’s Malnutrition, Infant Mortality

  As national attention was focussed on the death of 18 children over three days in Ahmedabad’s main civil hospital in October 2017, officials said most children were underweight and…

Caste, Father’s Education, Sanitation Affect Child Malnutrition: New Data

Caste, Father’s Education, Sanitation Affect Child Malnutrition: New Data

A health worker measures the mid-upper arm circumference–an indicator of nutritional status–of a child in Madhya Pradesh. A disadvantaged community background, illiterate father and lack of access to a toilet…

How India Can Cut Rampant Antibiotic Misuse In Food Animals

How India Can Cut Rampant Antibiotic Misuse In Food Animals

In the absence of clear regulations, most poultry farms keep chickens in confined areas lacking proper sanitation and mix small doses of antibiotics with the animal feed to prevent disease.…

How India Could Save Rs 532 Crore In Treating Multidrug-Resistant TB

How India Could Save Rs 532 Crore In Treating Multidrug-Resistant TB

A frontline health worker visits a family to build awareness about tuberculosis (TB). Decentralised care for multidrug-resistant TB could potentially cure an additional 1,058 patients, help patients gain additional 3,824…

Risking Health Of Its Women, India Uses Controversial Contraceptive In Family Planning Programme

Risking Health Of Its Women, India Uses Controversial Contraceptive In Family Planning Programme

  In July this year, the Indian government introduced an injectable contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), best known as depo provera, into the public health system. The contraceptive would be…

Why India’s National Health Insurance Scheme Has Failed Its Poor

Why India’s National Health Insurance Scheme Has Failed Its Poor

Beneficiaries enroll themselves for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana in Andhra Pradesh. The programme has not led to any reduction in out-of-pocket expenditure by its 150 million beneficiaries, according to…

Indian Children Remain Underweight Even As Childhood Obesity Soars Globally

Indian Children Remain Underweight Even As Childhood Obesity Soars Globally

  Obesity among children between the ages of five and 19 years has increased ten times over the past four decades across the world, a new global study has found.…