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Promoting health through the life course

Afghan women refugees resurrected as India's plastic waste warriors

Employed under "Project Patradya" - an initiative led by Delhi University students - Afghan refugee women produce and supply edible bowls, cups and cutlery to cafes and ice-cream parlours as an alternative to non-biodegradable plastic ones. Made from millet and wheat flour, the biscuit-like tableware is gaining popularity in the West as a sustainable, environment-friendly option to disposable plastic utensils, and those behind the initiative believe India is an untapped market. "We wanted to create a social enterprise model which was not only looking at improving the environment but also had a business plan that could employ excluded communities such as refugees," said 20-year-old commerce student Nishchay Hans

June 23, 2017
Reuters

Preparedness, surveillance and response

LG Baijal wants weekly report on dengue fight

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday to assess preparedness to prevent an outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in the city. Despite high temperature, Delhi has reported nearly 100 chikungunya and 40 dengue cases over the past five months and officials fear that the numbers may increase significantly following the monsoon season

June 8, 2017
Times of India

As dengue arrives early in Delhi, municipal bodies rush to get their act together

With 38 cases of dengue reported in May, the highest for a month over the last six years, the vector-borne diseases have seen an early onset this year, official websites have been updated for details of ‘domestic breeding checkers’ in any locality and a schedule of their visits to different colonies has been added

May 28, 2017
Indian Express

HC slams Delhi for lack of campaign on dengue, chikungunya

The Delhi High Court slammed local government in Delhi for its failure to launch a public awareness campaign about mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya, their symptoms and treatment. Last week the court pulled up the government for celebrating National Dengue Day on May 16 without taking a single step to prevent it

May 22, 2017
India.com, Siasat.com
May 23, 2017
Times of India

Swine flu back in the city, 53 test positive

A city hospital has confirmed four swine flu-related deaths since January this year, with three of the four deaths recorded in April. In all, 53 people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus across Delhi and the surrounding areas up to May 5th this year, according to health authority data. But, the government has denied any swine flu related deaths in the capital

May 20, 2017
Sunday Guardian

89 chikungunya cases reported so far

Delhi has already recorded 89 cases of chikungunya so far this year, while there had been no cases of the disease before July last year, according to health data released on Monday. As per this report, there were 89 cases of chikungunya, 36 cases of dengue and 15 cases of malaria as of May 13

May 16, 2017
The Hindu, Arunchal Times
May 15, 2017
Millennium Post

Who will be held liable for dengue, chikungunya outbreak, asks HC

The Delhi High Court asked the government and civic agencies to name the officers who would bear responsibility for combating the outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya that have occurred in the national capital. As of today, 86 cases of chikungunya and 32 cases of dengue have already been reported this year and the figures look likely to rise

May 2, 2017
Daily Pioneer, Times of India
May 1, 2017
PTI News
April 30, 2017
The Hindu

Delhi: 79 chikungunya, 24 dengue cases reported in 2017, according to SMDC data

At least 79 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital this year, revealed a report on vector borne diseases by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). The data also revealed that 24 cases of dengue have been reported in the capital in the last three months. Of these, 11 patients had acquired the infection from one of the neighbouring states, the report states

April 11, 2017
Indian Express
April 10, 2017
Business Standard, PTI News

Non communicable diseases

Delhi's Love For Booze Has Brought The City To The Brink Of A Heart Disease Epidemic

A unique set of data generated by Indian researchers has confirmed a trend doctors have been worried about for some time, Delhi is heading towards an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, chiefly heart attack and stroke cases, due to a prevalence of alcohol use, obesity and raised blood pressure – all illnesses which have grown in number over the course of the last twenty years

April 18, 2017
India Times

Health systems

Medical waste piles up, trash timebomb ticks

According to a report, Delhi used to generate 10 tonnes of medical trash per day in 2010. This figure is believed to have touched 100 tonnes per day in the past seven years. With the number of healthcare facilities increasing, Delhi has seen a steep rise in biomedical waste generation in the past few years. However, lack of proper disposal of hospital trash can pose serious risks to people`s health and environment, warn experts

June 13, 2017
Times of India