Improving Slowly, India Ranks 145 Among 195 Countries on Healthcare Access and Quality

New Delhi: India has improved its ranking on a global healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index from 153 in 1990 to 145 in 2016, yet ranks lower than neighbouring Bangladesh and even sub-Saharan Sudan...

How Conflict-Ridden Afghanistan Improved Its Health In 10 Years

New Delhi: After the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and as a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. More than one-in-two (54%) children under ...

Karnataka Has India’s 2nd Lowest Unemployment Rate, Lags On Women Empowerment

New Delhi: Karnataka has amongst India’s best economic and child health outcomes, but women’s empowerment lags some of India’s poorest states, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of national dat...

Diarrhoea Took More Lives Than Any Other Water-Borne Disease In India

New Delhi: Over five years to 2017, water-borne diseases--cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and viral hepatitis--caused 10,738 deaths, latest government data show. Diarrhoea remained the leading kille...

Muslims Have Highest Fertility Rate, Lack Access To Healthcare

Mumbai: Hindus have India’s highest infant mortality rate with 41.6 deaths per 1,000 live births and the third highest fertility rate--the average number of children a woman would have by the end of...

For Rich And Poor Indians Alike, Diabetes Epidemic Shows No Sign Of Abating

Mumbai: India’s economic development has brought higher incomes--and a large helping of diabetes. As salaries have increased, and all socio-economic groups have experienced a rise in living s...

Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims Die Earlier Than Other Communities

Mumbai: At 43 years, the mean age of death for adivasis (scheduled tribes or STs) was the lowest, meaning they were more likely to die before other Indians, according to a new paper. Apart from a...

1 In 5 Multidrug-Resistant Patients Do Not Complete Treatment, Imperiling India’s Battle Against TB

New Delhi: Nearly one in five multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) patients put on treatment in the public sector were lost to follow-up (LFU). This means that they either did not start treatme...

Puducherry Has Among The Best Health Indicators In India, And Here’s Why

Puducherry: Between 8.00 and 9.00 a.m. every day, 150 diabetes patients gather at the out-patient department (OPD) of Puducherry’s Kosapalayam Primary Health Centre (PHC) to get their daily insulin ...

Better Nutrition In Early Life Could Give India 3.17 Million More Graduates

Mount Abu (Rajasthan): Ensuring supplementary nutrition for children in the 0-3 years age bracket could raise the number of graduates in India by 3.17 million, according to new research. Childre...