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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?

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

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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