Despite Better Immunisation, Diarrhoea Or Pneumonia Kills 1 Child Every 2 Minutes In India

Mumbai: In 2016, almost 261,000 Indian children died before their fifth birthday due to diarrhoea or pneumonia, both preventable diseases. This is the highest toll taken anywhere in the world by the t...

4 Ways India Can Aim For Universal Primary Healthcare

Mumbai: India has to move from vertical to comprehensive programmes, improve quality and access, hire more mid-level health workers and increase funding to improve primary care for achieving universal...

Toxic Air Killed More Children Under 5 Indoors In 2016 Than Outside : WHO Study

New Delhi: Indoor air pollution caused 66,800 deaths of under-five children in India in 2016, 10% more than 60,900 deaths of under-five children caused by outdoor air pollution in the same year, accor...

Half Of Indian Teenage Girls Underweight, Anaemic, Without Sanitary Menstrual Protection

Mumbai: As many as 50% of teenage Indian girls are underweight, 52% are anaemic, about 39% still defecate in the open and about 46% do not use hygienic methods of menstrual protection. These are t...

Without Better Private-Sector Care, India Cannot Eliminate Tuberculosis By 2025

Jaipur, Rajasthan: Only 35% cases of tuberculosis (TB)--an infectious air-borne bacterial disease that mostly affects the lungs--were handled correctly by the private healthcare sector in Mumbai and P...

India’s Villages Don’t Have Enough Health Workers. But Here Is How Modicare’s Wellness Drive Can Still Succeed

Mumbai: The acute shortage of qualified medical professionals in rural India may impact the relaunch of 150,000 health sub-centres and primary health centres (PHCs) as “health and wellness centres...

How Kerala Has Enlisted The Private Sector In Its War Against TB

Kochi, Kerala: In 2016, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, one of the largest private hospitals in Kochi district in Kerala, treated more than 200 tuberculosis (TB) patients. But it reported (o...

In One Kerala District, A Community Group Supports TB Patients At No Cost To Govt

Pathanamthitta, Kerala: For the past five months, 42-year-old Giridharan* has not been able to work. An auto-driver in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) last D...

How Once ‘Backward’ Idukki Is Leading Kerala And India In Ending TB

Idukki, Kerala: In 2006, Idukki was the worst performing district in tuberculosis (TB) control in Kerala. The scenic hilly district, famous for its tourist destinations of Munnar and Thekkady, has dif...

How Kerala Is Fighting TB, And Winning

Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki (Kerala): Agathi mandiram (poor people’s home) in Kollam city was built after Independence to provide shelter to beggars. Today, its 123 residents are mostly homeless ...