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 INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

 
CASE STUDY

Mobile Medical Units Can Improve Access To Quality Healthcare, If Funded Well

In the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, where even short distances take long to traverse, it can be difficult for the sick to travel to a primary healthcare centre. Sometimes, primary health centres do not have a doctor or other facilities. Mobile medical units, recommended by India’s National Health Mission (NHM), are bringing medical facilities closer to people’s homes. However, not all districts have a van, the quality of care varies with funding, and most do not have all the facilities recommended by NHM guidelines, as our reporting from five Himachal districts revealed.
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An emissions trading scheme in Gujarat’s Surat district, billed as the world’s first for particulate pollution, has reduced particulate emissions from factories by 29% while also cutting costs. Under the “cap and trade” scheme, industrial clusters are set a limit on how much particulate pollution they can collectively emit; they can then either install equipment to cut their emissions, or purchase credits from those that do. This is an important pilot because particulates are extremely harmful to human health, and factories and power plants account for a fifth of India’s PM 2.5 emissions, which are the fourth highest in the world and more than nine times the World Health Organization’s safe limits. 


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