India’s Public-Health Failures That PM’s Insurance Scheme Won’t Plug: The Story Of Arti And Kailash

Palghar, Maharashtra: In March 2015, Kailash Burange, a painter of traditional art, and his wife Arti walked into the Nashik Civil Hospital in Western Maharashtra with their newborn baby girl. It had ...

6 In 10 Indian Babies Miss Out On Early Breastfeeding And Its Life-Saving Benefits

New Delhi: While there has been an improvement in the number of babies getting breastfed in the first hour of life in India--reflected in a rise from 23.1% in 2005 to 41.5% in 2015--the majority of In...

Why Health Workers, Paid Rs 4,000 Per Month, Are Vital To India’s National Nutrition Mission

Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh: Every morning, 26-year-old Meenakshi Gangwar packs a rucksack--a baby doll, a register and some nutrition charts--and sets off on her scooter to visit one of the 41 anganwa...

Why National Nutrition Mission Must Focus On Improving Women’s Well-being

Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh: About 400 metres from the sub-divisional magistrate’s office in Manikpur block of Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district, 18-month-old Chandni Kol sat crying outside her m...

Why Every Child In India Is Not Vaccinated: Wealth, Mother’s Education, Birth Order

New Delhi: A child born to a household in the richest wealth bracket in India is 2.26 times more likely to receive the critical, three-dose vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and t...

Being Urban, Wealthy & Educated Increases Risk Of Heart Disease

Mumbai: Heart disease is the highest killer among Indians but the risk of heart disease varies across states, with wealthier and more urbanised states having higher risk, according to a new study.   ...

Fewest Mothers Die In States With Best ‘Health Performance’

Mumbai: Fewer Indian mothers died in states that improved their overall “health performance”, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of the latest maternal mortality data. Seven of 10 Indian s...

Shoddy Sanitary Napkins Impact Menstrual Hygiene Drive

Mumbai: The use of sanitary napkins has increased from 50.7% to 54% between 2014 and 2015, driven by a government scheme to promote menstrual hygiene. But the scheme suffers from multiple problems--th...

Delaying Babies, Using Toilets Could Roll Back Anaemia Crisis Of Indian Women

Jaipur: Improved sanitation facilities and delayed pregnancy in India could reduce the rates of anaemia in pregnant women faster. The prevalence of anaemia in pregnant women in India (50%) is higher t...

Rs 3: Amount India Spends Every Day On Each Indian’s Health

New Delhi: The amount India spends on public health per capita every year is Rs 1,112, less than the cost of a single consultation at the country’s top private hospitals--or roughly the cost of a p...