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The Mystery Behind India’s Present-Absent Doctors: Study

  Highlights *Cost of medicine is the largest driver of out-of-pocket health expenditure *Absence of doctors and lack of diagnostic facilities are the major reasons for people to avoid public…

Punjab Tops In Rural Healthcare Access, Gujarat Lags

Highlights  * Gujarat has among the lowest doctor density ratio (1.5) in rural areas as against the national average of 2.4 doctors * India’s public health system has a shortfall…

Why More (1.65 M) Children Die Annually In India Than Anywhere In The World

  Highlights * 1.65 million children under 5 died in 2011; 599,000 deaths due to pneumonia and diarrhea * Only 13% children received antibiotics for pneumonia and 26% received oral…

Can One More Scheme Improve Healthcare For Children?

Can One More Scheme Improve Healthcare For Children?

The Government of India recently launched a new programme – Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) – under the National Health Mission (NHM) in February 2013 to focus on the health…

Where The Government’s Flagship Schemes Really Fail

Where The Government’s Flagship Schemes Really Fail

In 2005, the Indian Government launched a nation-wide programme to ensure safe motherhood. Christened Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), it attempted to ensure proper facilities for maternal and newborn care.  …

A 30-year, Rs 50,000 Crore Child-Care Effort Fails To Deliver

The Government allocated Rs 17,700 crore for the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme in its Budget 2013-14. The ICDS is today the 5thlargest flagship scheme of the Congress-led UPA…

IndiaSpend Budget Primer – VI: Will Healthcare Spending Be Doubled?

The UPA Government has hinted at the possibility of cutbacks in allocations for several social programmes in Budget 2013-14, thanks mostly to due to the difficult financial position. While there…

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