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Crowdfunding restores ponds in drought-hit south India

The worst drought in more than a century in southern India has led to protests, farmer suicides, and clashes at the water taps as reservoirs and lakes dry up in the searing heat. It has also led to an unusual crowdfunding campaign that helped restore a village pond in one of the worst affected areas, with a similar effort planned for a second pond. The effort, led by The Better India website, raised more than 1.1 million rupees ($17,000) on crowdfunding site Milaap

July 27, 2017
Trust.org

India plans overhaul of colonial-era land titles

India is considering updating its colonial-era land records with a system that cuts fraud and protects the poor as mounting wrangles over land crimp economic growth, an official said. But the overhaul could take decades to come good, he added, despite a growing thirst for land deals in fast-growing India. "Every transaction is imperfect, and the onus of establishing ownership is on the buyer," said S. Chockalingam, director of land records in western Maharashtra state

July 26, 2017
Trust.org

Bangladesh cuts red tape to bring home girls sex trafficked to India

Mosharaf Hossain, head of the consular section of the Bangladesh High Commission, has sent about 438 Bangladeshi girls trafficked to India for the sex industry home, nearly half of them in the last six months and most from Maharashtra, India`s second most populous state and a major destination for trafficked girls. "The process has only got smoother now as High Commission officials are taking interest," said Jyoti Nale, programme director for Save the Children India, which works with the Maharashtra government to repatriate girls

July 13, 2017
Trust.org

Haryana looks at zero diarrhoea childhood deaths

According to National Family Health Survey-IV, at least 10 per cent of children below the age of five years in Haryana die of diarrhoea. The health officials noticed that the problem was more prevalent among underserved population, without access to clean drinking water and those who lived in unhygienic condition were found to be more vulnerable. For children under the age of five years, around 7.7 per cent of the children across state suffered from diarrhoea

July 3, 2017
Times of India

Tap water dwindles as cities parched by South India drought

One of southern India`s worst droughts in decades has dried up reservoirs in the region, severely impacting the availability of drinking water in Chennai and other cities. Water supplies across the port city of Chennai have dropped by half, with the government saying tap water may dwindle to a trickle in the days to come. "We are supplying between 450 to 470 million litres of water every day," compared to the normal requirement of 830 million litres, said Arun Roy, of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board that supplies water across the city

June 28, 2017
Trust.org

India submits report on sustainable development goals to UN

The review is centred around the goals of ending poverty and hunger, and ensuring healthy lives, besides achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, etc. On ending poverty in all its forms, it said there was compelling evidence that the rapid growth India has achieved following the economic reforms in 1991 had led to significant reduction in poverty. The report cited Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to emphasise that over two billion person-days of employment were generated during 2016-17 alone, largely for the disadvantaged sections of society

June 20, 2017
Business Standard

Indian police thwart indigenous people in land complaints, activists say

Indigenous people in central India are thwarted by police when trying to file complaints about their land being forcefully taken, activists say, highlighting the enormous challenges they face in securing their land rights. More than 80 tribal men and women in Chhattisgarh state who say they were coerced, threatened and duped into giving up their land, could not file First Information Reports last week in Raigarh city. "They didn`t even realise they no longer owned their land, or who the new owners were. That is why it took them so long to approach the police, who are always resistant to filing FIRs in these matters," Sudha Bharadwaj, a rights lawyer, said

June 19, 2017
Trust.org

'No place for the poor' in India's Smart Cities, campaigners say

Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Smart Cities Mission aims to modernise 100 cities by 2020. An ambitious government plan to upgrade India`s cities risks further marginalising poor and minority communities and hastening slum evictions, while failing to address the reasons villagers move to urban areas, campaigners said. The $7.5 billion plan does not address the needs and rights of poor women and marginalised groups including minorities and migrants, according to a report by New Delhi-based advocacy group Housing and Land Rights Network, India (HLRN). The drive for Smart Cities has already triggered evictions of people from slums and informal settlements in cities including Indore, Bhubaneswar, Delhi and Kochi without adequate compensation or alternate accommodation

June 12, 2017
Trust.org

Why Safe Drinking Water Should Be At The Centre Of Public Health Policy In India

India, with the second largest population in the world, is staring at a major health hazard due to poor drinking water and hygiene facilities. According to a report by Water Aid (2016), India has the highest number of people in the world without access to safe drinking water. The delinking of safe drinking water from public health policy, thus, has led to the state`s failed response in making potable water available for all

June 11, 2017
Huffington Post

Deadly heatwaves surge in India, with worse ahead, researchers say

Increasingly scorching summer heat in India is leading to a big jump in heatwave deaths – and much worse is likely on the way, researchers said. A modest 0.5 degree Celsius rise in average temperatures in India over the last 50 years has led to a nearly 150 percent hike in heatwaves that kill at least 100 people, said researchers at the University of California in Irvine. But with India now on a path to between 2.2 and 5.5 degrees Celsius of temperature rise by the end of the century, the rate of heatwave deaths in India – and other Asian nations – could soar

June 7, 2017
Reuters
June 8, 2017
Bloomberg

Fund crunch delays rescue of India's bonded labourers - activists

India`s plans to rescue more than 18 million bonded labourers by 2030 have been delayed by a lack of funds, activists said, calling for stricter law enforcement to end one of the most prevalent forms of human trafficking in the country. A year after the Indian government announced a scheme to assist bonded labourers - including a fivefold increase in compensation for these exploited workers - many rescues have been postponed because funding has not come through. The 1 million-rupee ($15,500) funds mandated for each district have not yet been created in southern India, according to Krishnan Kandasamy of the non-profit National Adivasi Solidarity Council, a network for indigenous peoples` welfare

June 6, 2017
Trust.org

Traffickers lure Indian girls into sex slavery with 'Taj Mahal' promise

Human traffickers in India are luring village girls into sex slavery with promises of visiting the Taj Mahal, a charity said, as criminal gangs find new ways to enslave the poor, so much so that they form part of the almost 46 million people enslaved worldwide - trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude - according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index. Forty percent, or more than 18 million, are in India. Many are from poor rural regions and lured with the promise of good jobs or marriage but end up sold into prostitution, domestic work, or industries such as brick kilns or textile units

June 5, 2017
Trust.org

Child brides are on the rise in India's towns and cities - report

An increasing number of underage girls in India’s towns and cities are being married off, a study has revealed, challenging long-held assumptions that child marriage in the country is largely a rural phenomenon. Child marriage is illegal in India, but it is deeply rooted and accepted in society and is widespread in some parts of the country. Data from the 2011 census shows more than 5m girls were married before the legal age of 18. Yet while the number of underage brides declined by 0.3% in rural areas, they have increased by 0.7% in urban parts, according to the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the charity Young Lives

June 2, 2017
Trust.org

Big data maps India's human traffic hot spots

An Indian charity (My Choices Foundation) is using big data to pinpoint human trafficking hot spots in a bid to prevent vulnerable women and girls vanishing from high-risk villages into the sex trade. Specifically designed technology identifies villages that are most at risk of modern slavery, then launches local campaigns to sound the alarm

May 31, 2017
Trust.org

Around 2,305sq kilometere of India's forest cover could be wiped out by 2025 ISRO study

A staggering 2,305km of forest cover in northeast India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands – slightly more than the size of Mauritius, could disappear by 2025, a simulation study by ISRO scientists has predicted. Published in the Journal of Earth System Science in February, the study investigated the distribution of forest cover in India and predicted the ever continuing deforestation in selected parts of India with high deforestation rates

May 20, 2017
The News Minute

India begins legalising mica mining after child worker deaths expose

Authorities in eastern India have begun the process of legalising mica mining, a senior government official said last week, after a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation uncovered the deaths of children working in illegal mines. A three months investigation in Jharkhand found at least seven children had died in just two months in the illegal mines – as they picked and sorted the prize mineral which adds the sparkle to make-up and car paint

May 4, 2017
Trust.org, Jakarta Globe

Now, Get Condoms Delivered To Your Doorstep Absolutely Free

A bold new initiative in India is seeking to find a way around the social stigma of buying condoms and a lack of privacy in chemist shops by delivering them to your door free of cost. The global charity AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched this first free condom store and any NGO, government body or private institute which wishes to add condom distribution to their services can do so. The aim is to meet the shortfall in supply and for active measures in controlling the spread of HIV (

April 28, 2017
Huffington Post, Doctor NDTV, zeenews
April 27, 2017
International Business Times
April 28, 2017
News Nation
April 27, 2017
The News Minute, The Ladies Finger

Indian court orders police to rescue boys trafficked to sweet shops

An Indian court on Monday ordered police to rescue 50 boys believed to have been trafficked from Tamil Nadu to sweet shops in western India. Responding to a petition filed by the father of a missing teenager, the high court told police to form a special team to rescue the boys and submit a report in three weeks

April 24, 2017
Trust.org

In India, Ratio of Young Women Will Drop Sharply, Study Says

The ratio of women to men among India’s young people, which has been low compared with western nations for decades, will drop further in coming years, the Indian government reported. The decline outpaces a more modest drop in the sex ratio among the general population and indicates the continuing practice of sex-selective abortion, experts say. India outlawed prenatal sex determination in 1994 but enforcement is lax

April 20, 2017
New York Times

India, better access to contraception is key to reducing maternal deaths

In India one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every 12 minutes, the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide. For an estimated 45,000 Indian women every year, getting pregnant turns out to be a death sentence but it does not have to be this way. Maternal mortality could be reduced by a third just through healthy timing and spacing of births. So it is essential to a woman’s health that they be able to control whether and when they get pregnant, and this means they need access to

April 11, 2017
The Wire

Late marriage of women may boost child’s health and well being

Reducing child marriages and delaying the marriage of younger women in India may have significant results in improving child health and educational outcomes, a study found

April 5, 2017
Indian Express

Kailash Satyarthi launches child rights campaign in Bangladesh

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched his child rights campaign in Bangladesh aimed at mobilizing millions of children from affluent families to speak up for their underprivileged peers. He said 100 million children were exposed to trafficking, slavery and other forms of violence while another 100 million youths want to change the world. Satyarthi said he describes his campaign as the globalization of compassion

April 2, 2017
Indian Express

Forged documents trap Indian children, help traffickers evade justice

In a two-year study of criminal networks trafficking girls from Bangladesh to India, the charity Justice and Care found that school leaving certificates were the most forged documents used by traffickers to hide the ages of their victims. Corrupt doctors and village leaders are helping traffickers to obtain fake documents to pass these child victims off as adults and evade justice for crimes affecting thousands of young people

March 31, 2017
Reuters

Women in slums face greater heat risk

A recent study by the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar on women in various slum clusters in the city revealed their body temperatures rise sharply during peak summers. The rise is by three to four degrees, up to feverish levels. The most vulnerable groups included kite makers, rag pickers and street vendors who saw body temperatures rise by an average of 80%. More startling was women working indoors also had higher body temperatures, by a degree or two, compared to those outdoors. Constant exposure to heat and increases in mean body temperature is hazardous to a woman’s health and can lead to health issues

March 29, 2017
Times of India

Growing child labor in India's cities is just the tip of the iceberg, say activists

Urban India is employing an increasing number of children, many under nine years of age, who are producing everything from pickles to fireworks, working in tourism and labouring on building sites – a UN children’s agency report and campaigners say

February 27, 2017
Reuters

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Mysterious disease outbreak in Manipur: 41 hospitalized

After the flood, Manipur has been struck with the spread of vector-borne and other diseases particularly in Imphal Valley and Churachandpur district, a state Health department official said. There were reports of an outbreak of an unknown disease in the interior parts of Churachandpur district, particularly Henglep village, where around 41 people had fallen ill, most of them children. The state Health department has been hectically engaging in combating outbreak of diseases like Swine Flu, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and Scrub Typhus following the flood in Manipur

July 30, 2017
Nagaland Post

Tuberculosis surveillance to cover 70 vulnerable areas in Mumbai from August 1

Around 35,000-40,000 people are diagnosed with TB every year in Mumbai but health workers said certain patients could be missing treatment and spreading the disease. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 70 areas that are vulnerable to tuberculosis and created a team of 374 health officers for ‘door-to-door’ surveys to identify patients

July 28, 2017
Hindustan Times

Hyderabad: Alarm as swine flu comes to town

A 55-year-old man from Mahboobnagar has contracted swine flu and was rushed to Gandhi Hospital for treatment. Doctors at Gandhi Hospital said that the patient does not have any other co-morbid conditions and is undergoing treatment. Superintendent of Gandhi Hospital, Dr Shravan Kumar explained, “As the temperatures have come down the virus is active again and is affecting those whose immune systems are low”

July 12, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Swine flu surge: 1 in every 5 tested for H1N1 virus positive

Every fifth person who underwent a test for H1N1 since April in Mumbai has tested positive for the virus. The wide footprint of swine flu becomes clearer given that only a fraction of H1N1 patients -those hospitalized or belonging to the high-risk groups -are being tested according to the government protocol. Data compiled by the BMC showed that of the 2,603 people tested for the infection since April, 484 were positive

July 11, 2017
Times of India

Tamil Nadu reports first case of Zika virus

The first case of Zika in Tamil Nadu was reported from a hamlet in Krishnagiri district by the state public health authorities on Monday, nearly two months after the WHO confirmed such cases in India. Blood samples of a 28-year-old tailor, a resident of Natranpalayam Panchayat who reported to the Anchetty primary health center with complaints of fever, redness in the eye, photophobia, skin rashes and joint pain, was confirmed to be positive for Zika virus by labs, including National Institute of Virology in Pune

July 11, 2017
Times of India

Here’s What’s Causing India’s ‘Superbug’ Problem

A 2016 study examined the evolution of resistant microbes in India and found that the over-prescribing and unregulated use of antibiotics, antibiotic use in agriculture and for livestock, and a lack of regulation of the discharge of antimicrobial waste into the environment all contribute to the superbug problem. In 2010 India consumed more antibiotics for human health per person than any other country. What’s more, the nation’s intake spiked by 62 percent from 2001 to 2010. There’s also conflict of interest: one study found doctors are compensated by pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists for prescribing antibiotics

July 6, 2017
Huffington Post

Experts find new strain of cholera that spreads faster

Forty-five strains of ‘vibrio’ cholera were isolated from 10 different places in India and their genetic modules compared to the Haitian strain, which was responsible for the outbreak of cholera in 2010 in Haiti. The new strain does not lead to sporadic cases, but attacks groups of people, which is why it is stated to be virulent. The samples were taken from sewage treatment plants in Hyderabad and 16 strains were isolated, showing that that there was a gene mutation. The new strain of vibrio cholera showed that it had minor difference from the existing strain and this difference didn’t affect the toxin production in the bacteria

June 28, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

113 malaria cases set alarm bells ringing in Delhi

With monsoon approaching, people in the city have another health worry — malaria. The city has already witnessed 113 cases of the diseases, while the numbers of dengue cases have inched close to 100. According to a corporation data released on Tuesday, the number of chikungunya cases recorded stand at 149. Of the 113 people affected by malaria, 70 belonged to Delhi, while the rest were traced to other states. Officials said at least 40 malaria cases have been recorded this month alone

June 28, 2017
Times of India, The Quint, Hindustan Times

Malaria rampant, over 6k cases registered so far

The number of people landing in hospitals due to the diseases caused by the vector has increased manifold. To date, over 6,000 malaria cases have been registered in the State. The supply of mosquito nets in agency areas has not been implemented yet and fogging measures are also not being carried out on a regular basis. Malaria fevers are rampant in coastal Andhra Pradesh right from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts

June 28, 2017
New Indian Express

H1N1 claims 260 deaths in Maharashtra, Health dept yet to procure vaccine: report

The H1N1 influenza virus has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra, claiming as many as 260 lives so far, with Pune witnessing the highest number of deaths – 62 – this year, a media report said. Despite the high occurrence of deaths, state authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain. This, despite a strong recommendation by the state committee earlier this year to prevent communicable diseases

June 28, 2017
India TV

Mosquito Menace: New Species Of Deadly Mosquitoes Enters Delhi

Yet another malaria causing species of mosquitoes have arrived in the city, putting people`s lives at risk. The National Institute of Malaria Research has recently found two species of the carrier anopheles mosquito-stephensi (urban vector) and culicifacies (rural vector) circulating this year, and resurfacing after 10 years. The Municipal Corporations of Delhi have reported around 113 cases of malaria, which are racing ahead of the number of Dengue cases

June 28, 2017
NDTV

‘Clean Kerala’ campaign: State government finally wakes up to over 100 fever deaths in 2017

More than 100 people have died of fever in 2017 alone, with official data from the Health Department revealing that around 14 lakh people were affected by communicable diseases this year. While 53 people have died of H1N1, there were 800 confirmed cases of swine flu. Data also showed that until June this year, there were 7,300 confirmed cases of dengue, with 13 people dying from the mosquito-borne disease. Health Department stats reveal there were 204,926 cases of Hepatitis A and B, and 295 cases of malaria. And while these numbers are only from government hospitals, the actual figures may be twice this, with a number of patients going to private hospitals in Kerala as well

June 27, 2017
The News Minute

Andhra tragedy: 16 tribals die of water borne diseases in East Godavari village

At least 16 tribals of a village in East Godavari district died of suspected water poisoning, malaria and typhoid since May 29. Andhra Pradesh Home Minister N Chinnarajappa said that a dead cow may have contaminated their primary water source. He said that nine persons died in the hamlet itself earlier, while another seven who were brought to primary health centres died in the last two weeks

June 27, 2017
Indian Express

H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria in Maharashtra

The H1N1 influenza virus which entered the list of infectious diseases with a global pandemic in 2009, has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra. In the first half of 2017 alone, 247 people died of the airborne disease in Maharashtra, including 10 in Mumbai. Three deaths occurred in the last week, two of the victims being a pregnant woman and another a TB patient. Early diagnosis is becoming an issue with doctors waiting for test results. In H1N1, however, mortality could go up to 20% if treatment has not been started in the first five days, experts said

June 24, 2017
Times of India, India TV, Indian Express

92 Swine Flu patients found in Mumbai in a week, death toll climbs to 10

As many as 92 people were found to be H1N1 infected in the last week in Mumbai. This brings the number of total swine flu infected patients to 285 in 2017. Between 16 June to 22 June, 92 patients who were infected with H1N1 were admitted in different hospitals in Mumbai. Out of 285, 10 infected people have died. Six out of 68 H1N1 infected patients, brought from other cities to Mumbai for treatment, also lost their lives

June 24, 2017
Nagpur Today

Dengue cases in Bengaluru shoot up by nearly 1,000 over a month

Dengue cases increased from 541 in the first week of May to 1,425 till Thursday. Chikungunya saw a spike from 132 in the first week of May to 284 till Thursday. As many as 21 fresh cases of chikungunya were confirmed on Thursday. The silver lining is the fact that there have been no deaths in the state so far

June 23, 2017
New Indian Express

Dramatic increase in dengue cases in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Dengue fever is spreading fast in the southern tip of India. Tamil Nadu ranked second in the country with 3,259 cases and two deaths in 2017 so far, compared to 2,500 cases and five deaths last year. Its neighbor, Kerala, is not far behind. Seven out of 10 dengue cases reported in the country are registered in these two states, according to the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme. Coimbatore, Pollachi, Udumalpet, Palani, Theni, Kadaiyanallur, Kanyakumari and Sankarankoil were reported to be the worst affected areas

June 23, 2017
Asia Times
June 22, 2017
Times of India

How rubber plantations are exacerbating the dengue outbreak in one north Kerala area

Many residents of Koorachundu, in Kozhikode district in north Kerala, have been affected with fever in the last three months. Media reports suggest that about 12,000 residents have been infected with some kind of viral fever in the panchayat, which has a total population of 17,000. The microcosm of the Koorachundu panchayat reflects the falling health standards across Kerala. Reports suggest cups used to collect latex from where rubber trees were grown are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Another is the fact coconut farmers have not cleaned the crown of palm trees and the fibrous stalks remain a good habitat for mosquitoes

June 22, 2017
Scroll.in

No let-up in fever cases in Kerala

The fever situation in Kerala continues to be grave with more people falling prey to dengue and other fevers. As per official figures, one person died of leptospirosis in Kozhikode district and one died of dengue in Thiruvananthapuram district on Tuesday. The day also saw an increase in dengue cases with 933 suspected cases and 170 confirmed cases in the state. While 21,000 fever cases were reported, 31 people were reported to have leptospirosis. According to the DHS figures, 56 chicken pox, 15 H1N1 and six malaria cases were reported on Tuesday from across the state

June 21, 2017
New Indian Express

Rise in vaccine-preventable diseases raises alarm

One more suspected case of diphtheria was reported in the district on Tuesday, taking the total number of diphtheria cases to eight this month. Pertussis, another vaccine-preventable disease, was detected in a person on Monday. Last month, three cases of pertussis or whopping cough were reported in the district, taking the total number of cases to four. While the management of the disease is said to be easier than diphtheria, it could be lethal in children

June 21, 2017
The Hindu

Dengue, chikungunya cases on the rise - Karnataka

According to sources, the number of dengue cases reported in the district are 94, including 35 in Chitradurga taluk, 13 in Challakere, 18 in Hosadurga, 12 in Holalkere, five in Molkalmuru and five in Hiriyur taluk. The number of chikungunya cases reported in the district are 42. Of these, 31 cases are reported in Chitradurga taluk, one in Challakere, two in Hosadurga, five in Molkalmuru and three in Hiriyur

June 21, 2017
The Hindu

488 malaria cases in 17 days of June

At a time when the civic body and the state government have intensified their efforts to destroy mosquito breeding sites and curb spread of vector-borne infections, malaria cases appear to be on the rise. According to data of the civic body, Ahmedabad registered 488 cases of malaria in the first 17 days of June. AMC health officials have also confirmed that they have received complaints of polluted water supply from at least 10 areas in the city. The weekly health report of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) states that six more cases of vector-borne infections including four cases of dengue and one each of chikungunya and falciparum malaria were also registered during this period

June 20, 2017
Times of India

146 Chikungunya, 87 Dengue Cases in Delhi Before ‘Season’ Starts

Nearly 150 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with 9 of them being recorded this month, even as authorities gear up to combat the outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Eighty-seven cases of dengue have also been reported till 17 June, according to a municipal report

June 20, 2017
the quint

Spurt in H1N1, dengue cases in district

The number of both H1N1 and dengue fever cases has increased in Ernakulam compared to the last month’s figures. With the number of H1N1 cases already touching 51 this month with a death (of a pregnant woman at Pallarimangalam on Sunday), severity of the spread of the disease looks imminent. Dengue fever this month has already had 423 suspected cases and 66 confirmed cases. So far this year there were five H1N1 deaths in 164 cases. There were 1,208 suspected and 160 confirmed dengue cases in the district

June 20, 2017
The Hindu

Kochi declares war on mosquitoes after spurt in fever cases

Incessant rains have resulted in an increased number of fever cases in the state. So far, a total of 6,808 cases of dengue have been reported in Kerala. A total of 13 persons lost their lives. The number of fever cases reported is 11,624 among which 22 death cases were reported. 764 H1N1 cases were confirmed and of these 51 lost their lives while the total number of rat fever cases reported is 631 out of which seven have died in the State. Health experts warn that because of fluctuation in climate, the threat of contagious diseases will prevail for another couple of months

June 19, 2017
The New Indian Express
June 17, 2017
The Hindu
June 19, 2017
Scroll.in, The Indian Express

Government labs stay shut during dengue crisis in Thiruvananthapuram

Even as the capital faces a war-like situation battling dengue, not even a single case of dengue was confirmed on Sunday as the Public Health Laboratory and Medical College did not despatch any test result. Also, Health Centres barring the ones with two or more doctors remained close on Sunday despite several fever deaths being reported this week

June 19, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

15 swine flu deaths, 63 positive cases this year

Though the numbers of deaths and positive cases have declined lately, swine flu continues to make its presence felt in Nagpur. As per the data of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, 15 deaths and 63 positive cases have been recorded since April this year. It means 2017-18 financial year has recorded the third highest number of deaths due to swine flu

June 18, 2017
The Times of india

IMA chief wants pregnant women be tested for Zika

The national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for screening of all pregnant women for Zika virus as a precautionary and vigilance measure against the disease. Dr Agrawal says that the very presence of the virus, even in three cases, proves that the virus is there in India and must be a cause of concern for all the health authorities. "Epidemiology says that for every single positive case, there are 200 subclinical cases that are not reported”

June 18, 2017
The Times of India

H1N1 strikes Kerala ahead of monsoons, 36 people dead

Before the monsoon arrives in Kerala, viral infections are on a killing spree in the state. According to the Health Department statistics, 36 persons have died due to H1N1 infection this year. In 2016, there was only one death recorded from the state. But now the H1N1 influenza outbreak that is spreading across southern Indian states is not the only infection killing people of Kerala. Dengue, viral fever, jaundice and rat fever (leptospirosis) are also on the rise in the state

June 18, 2017
India Today

Warning against cholera outbreak

The Palakkad health department issued a warning on the possible outbreak of cholera in the district. The officials said a large number of dysentery cases were reported after the onset of monsoon from different parts of the district. This could be a prelude for the outbreak of cholera. Meanwhile, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission has directed the health department to inform it within two weeks of the number of deaths due to dengue and other monsoon-related diseases in the district and the action taken to prevent them

June 17, 2017
The Times of India

U.S. issues Zika advisory in India

Taking note of the World Health Organisation categorising India last month as a site of active transmission of the Zika virus, the United States sent out an advisory informing its citizens in India about the number of confirmed Zika infections in India. The WHO, it noted, placed India as a ‘Category-2’ country for Zika risk. A Category-2, the second highest on a four-point scale and that also includes 2015 Zika-hotspot Brazil, indicates that the virus is being actively transmitted within the country. Until April, India was a Category-4 country

June 16, 2017
The Hindu

Dengue ground zero: 1 malaria inspector for 3.3 lakh people in East Delhi

Sources told The Indian Express that of the 65 posts for malaria inspectors, 54 remain vacant; of the 153 posts for assistant malaria inspectors, 90 remain vacant; of the 420 posts for field workers, 112 remain vacant; and of the 710 posts for domestic breeding checkers, 34 remain vacant. “There are 64 malaria circles, 40 lakh people and just 12 inspectors to monitor the work. Even a full strength of 420 field workers can’t check if all the drains are covered. Money issues mean the area keeps witnessing a surge in infections,” the official said. “We need to take action, but we have very few workers for legal enforcement”

June 14, 2017
The Indian Express

Spurt in dengue cases

The incidence of dengue fever seems to be getting out of hand in Kerala with nearly 150 confirmed cases reported on average daily. On Tuesday, according to the figures of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, 220 new cases were reported across the State, out of which 130 cases were from Thiruvananthapuram. The total number of confirmed dengue cases this year so far has reached 6,340, while the suspected dengue cases have crossed an unprecedented 20,882. The IDSP also reports about 30 suspected dengue deaths from the State, while the confirmed deaths number 11

June 14, 2017
The Hindu

Health department to intensify drive at tribal colonies to avert diseases outbreak

The district health department has decided to take a special drive against communicable diseases in the tribal colonies which fall under the limits of various local self-government bodies to avoid disease outbreaks. The District Medical Officer in-charge has told the officials to submit a detailed report on the status of the tribal colonies and various cases of communicable diseases to chalk out an effective action plan. According to the Integrated Diseases Surveillance Project unit, a total of 91,205 fever cases have been reported in the district from January 1, 2017 to June 12

June 13, 2017
Times of India

Diarrhoea assumes epidemic scale in Gurugram, officials take urgent steps

Measures might have been taken to tackle vector-borne diseases like Dengue and Malaria but the increase in a number of cases of microbial diseases like Diarrhoea and Typhoid has become a major medical challenge in Gurugram. Even before the arrival of the monsoon, there have been over 2000 cases of diarrhoea registered in the city public hospital and a dozen of serious cases of diarrhoea are being reported daily. The district health department has tested water samples from thirteen prominent areas in the city. Shockingly out of the 75 water samples collected 40 have failed while the rest have been marked as suspect

June 13, 2017
milleniumpost
June 12, 2017
milleniumpost

Six people rumoured to have Congo fever admitted in Bhavnagar

Six persons from Dambhalia village of Umrala taluka in Bhavnagar were admitted to the Sir T Hospital in Bhavnagar after they were suspected of having the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) or Congo Fever. However, doctors at the hospital claim the six patients are suspected of having H1N1 (swine flu) and for now doctors have ruled out Congo Fever. Of the six persons admitted to the hospital from the same family, cluster and community, one may have dengue. They have undergone virology tests and the blood reports show that it is not CCHF. But a conclusive picture will emerge only after the reports come in later in the week

June 12, 2017
Ahmedabad Mirror

Spurt in suspected dengue cases in Karnataka

With a spurt in suspected dengue cases across the State, larvae surveillance, fogging and other precautionary measures have been stepped up in high-risk areas. As many as 11,000 suspected cases of dengue — of them, 550 tested positive — have been reported from 1,139 villages in 123 taluks since this January, according to the Department of Health and Family Welfare. As many as 9,596 suspected dengue cases were reported in the State till May 5

June 11, 2017
The Hindu

Dengue second wave hits Thiruvananthapuram

A second wave of spiralling dengue cases has swept the capital taking the life of a woman. While District Health Officials confirm only three dengue deaths this year, nearly 10 fever-stricken patients have died of suspected dengue

June 11, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

More than 29,000 breeding sites in Ahmedabad: Survey over 10,000 malaria cases likely

At least 10,295 suspected cases of malaria and 29,402 mosquito-breeding sites were identified in Ahmedabad city during the 16-day-long anti-malaria drive that concluded on Friday. Out of the suspected malaria cases, 56 have been confirmed. Besides, two cases of falciparum malaria — a more lethal strain of malaria — and two cases of dengue have also been detected

June 11, 2017
The Indian Express

District in the grip of dengue fever

Ernakulam is in the grip of dengue fever as at least 25 to 30 cases are getting reported every day from various parts of the district. On Friday, 29 cases were reported taking the total number of cases this month to 203, and the number of cases from January to June 9 to 988. The spurt in diseases had started last month with intermittent pre-monsoon showers. Payipra had reported most number of dengue cases last month (335). “The number of cases has gone down there now,” said District Surveillance Officer Dr. Jayashree. In April, there were 156 cases. There is also an increase in the number of leptospirosis and acute diarrhoeal diseases. Hepatitis A and H1N1 cases are also being reported daily

June 10, 2017
The Hindu

Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis on the rise in city

Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis is on the rise in Kolkata and its outskirts at an alarming rate, said doctors who joined a programme organised by Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI). Statistics say that 2 percent more paediatric TB cases have been reported from the city than the national average. Malnourished children in Bengal are more vulnerable to TB than others. Around 34 percent of children are overweight which also contributes to the increasing number of victims. Dr Sushmita Roy Chowdhury, a lung expert, said that what is alarming is that more children are falling victim to the disease

June 10, 2017
Millenium Post

Kelantan almost free from H5N1

Kelantan is close to being declared H5N1-free now that it has passed 72 days without any new cases of the bird flu, the Veterinary Services Department director-general, Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizamm said that if there were no cases after 90 days, the state can be declared free of the virus

June 10, 2017
The Star

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

Delhi corporation brainstorms to fight dengue and chikungunya

South Delhi Municipal Corporation held a special house meeting on Tuesday to discuss the action plan for prevention of vector-borne diseases, but with around 40 cases of dengue and 97 cases of chikungunya reported across the capital this year, the Corporation claimed everything was under control and there was nothing to worry about

June 7, 2017
Times of India

Fight against malaria begins as disease strikes two kids

The year’s first two cases of malaria have been reported in Gurugram. Both affected patients are children who have been put on radical treatment for malaria and discharged from hospital. The authorities are inspecting the areas the two cases come from and are preparing to react

June 5, 2017
Times of India
June 4, 2017
Times of India
June 5, 2017
Hindustan Times

Hepatitis A back to haunt Kalamassery again

Hepatitis A has returned to Kalamassery, even as the district is in the grip of a dengue outbreak which has seen 93 suspected cases reported in a month. There were a further four new cases of Hepatitis A in Kalamassery, making the total number of cases this month rise to 11, on top of the 77 Hepatitis cases reported in the district last month. Besides this, there is one case of leptospirosis and two fresh cases of H1N1

June 5, 2017
The Hindu

TB cases up 23% in state in just one year

Despite the Karnataka state government spending large sums on preventative measures, tuberculosis has risen by 23% in the state in just one year. The percentage could even be much higher than this when the number from private hospitals are included. According to revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme figures, the number of registered patients with TB in 2016 was 60,751 up from 49, 396 a year before. Around 900 of the registered patients have been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB)

June 4, 2017
Deccan Herald

Dengue, chikungunya menace Delhi HC summon MCD commissioners on June 21

The Delhi High Court issued notices to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for violating court orders in relation to sanitation. The court asked the MCD Commissioners to show cause as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them. The court questioned them over their zero preparation leading to clogging of drains everywhere caused by light showers. It also attacked them over the problems of garbage lying unattended in the city causing vector-borne diseases

June 2, 2017
Yahoo News, Medical Dialogues
June 4, 2017
The Pioneer
June 2, 2017
Millenium Post

Days Before Confirming Three Zika Cases, WHO Moved India to Same Category as Brazil

India was moved up from the safest category 4 for possible Zika infection to category 2 level, in the World Health Organization’s country classification system for the Zika virus. This indicates WHO believes India is now “an area with ongoing transmission of Zika”

June 2, 2017
The Wire

Health department on toes as dengue spreads in city

Pune Municipal Corporation has recorded 114 cases of dengue from January this year, out of which 79 were reported between March and May. Even though this is not the season for the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses health authorities were clearly concerned

June 2, 2017
Pune Mirror

Dengue cases on rise in Ernakulam

The month of May has seen the maximum number of confirmed cases of dengue and leptospirosis this year. While 47 confirmed cases of dengue were reported in May, there were 17 cases of leptospirosis. In contrast, in May last year, Ernakulam registered 131 cases of dengue. Fever cases have gone up by 15,416 in May 2017. There are 18 confirmed cases of viral hepatitis, 108 cases of chicken pox and 53 cases of H1N1

June 1, 2017
Times of India

Would have tested if we knew, say doctors

Some Indian doctors expressed consternation that the Gujarat authorities have known about three Zika cases and did not make the information more widespread. A physician in Bapungar was quoted as saying he’d seen what he thought were a few cases of severe dengue which he would have tested for Zika had he known. Gujarat’s health commissioner said the NIV Pune has yet to give a report on the gene sequencing of the virus to pinpoint its origin. He added that the first Zika case detected in November 2016 was only confirmed by the NIV on January 4th 2017, still not fully answering why the lack of transparency

May 29, 2017
Times of India, Economic Times

Nearly 100 cases of chikungunya in Delhi, 40 of dengue

At least 96 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with 10 of them being recorded this month, just as authorities are gearing up to combat any outbreak situation of the vector-borne disease. As many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported up till the end of 2016. To date, there have been 40 cases of dengue according to municipal authorities

May 29, 2017
India TV

Changing patterns of this year’s swine flu outbreak has Indian health authorities flummoxed

India has recorded nearly 9,000 infections and 882 deaths caused by the H1N1 virus since January, leaving doctors, scientists and government authorities baffled at their inability to control the swine flu it causes. Maharashtra is the worst hit, followed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Kerala. In Kerala there are guidelines to administer oseltamivir to patients in vulnerable groups with H1N1, in 15 out of the 40 H1N1 deaths reported in Kerala, patients did not receive oseltamivir. In the other cases the drug was administered at a much later stage of the infection

May 29, 2017
Scroll India

Tripura: Water-borne diseases affect people more than malaria, over 40,000 people affected

The state of Tripura has recorded over 40,000 people affected by malaria, water-borne diseases and bacillary dysentery between the start of the year and now, although no deaths have been recorded. Water-borne diseases (13,159 patients) turn out to be a bigger villain than bacillary dysentery and malaria, with 1,081 dysentery victims and 703 malaria affected people

May 29, 2017
The Northeast Today

Malaria cases in Nagaland on increase, preventive measures to be taken

The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme said it would carry out DDT spraying as it believes it is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of malaria. It went on to say mosquitoes in Nagaland are susceptible to DDT and there is no cheap alternative to this effective chemical which can be used on a large scale

May 29, 2017
Web India 123

WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus

India has reported cases of the Zika virus, WHO said, on May 15th India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat, these cases were detected during testing in February and November last year, while one was detected in January, according to a health ministry statement

May 27, 2017
Reuters, Hindu Business Line, Hindu, Business Standard

40 deaths in Kerala due to H1N1 in 4 months

Forty people have died in Kerala due to H1N1 infections in the last four months, the local health minister told the media, adding since the beginning of January this year, 2,349 people have been screened for H1N1, out of which around 500 were found to be positive and 40 have died

May 22, 2017
Business Standard

Karnataka: Rains unleash swine flu scare

In Karnataka the H1N1 death toll has risen to 15 with 1,985 people testing positive since January, compared with just 110 people last year and no deaths

May 8, 2017
Banglore Mirror
May 6, 2017
India Blooms

After 4 years, cholera makes a comeback

After a lull of four years, cholera has raised its ugly head around Nagpur once more with 31 positive cases over the last twelve months. Gastro enteritis, with 1,514 positive cases, is the dominant water borne disease in the city but the health authorities are sounding an alert as cholera returns 

May 6, 2017
Times of India

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

Swine Flu deaths cross 100 in Maharashtra

The number of Swine Flu deaths in Maharashtra has crossed 100 this year and there is a rise in number of cases in March and April due to the scorching heat and prevailing conditions

April 10, 2017
Deccan Herald

Crores ‘wasted’ as dengue still a peril; staff, machines missing in hospitals

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said the capital and the government’s health department woke up far too late during the 2015 dengue virus outbreak, which claimed at least 60 lives. CAG slammed the huge amount of money wasted along with missing machines and staff and the authorities failure to properly account for the huge sums of money spent 

March 11, 2017
The Hindu
March 10, 2017
DNA India, New Indian Express
March 11, 2017
Indian Express

H1N1 claims fifth victim in Rajkot since January

H1N1 swine flu claimed another life in a village on the outskirts of Rajkot, taking the death toll due to H1N1 virus to five in the city since January. Sagar Taluk in Karnataka, is reeling under the outbreak of 42 positive cases of H1N1, with 11 reported in just the last week 

March 10, 2017
Times of India
March 9, 2017
Business Standard, Times of India
March 10, 2017
The Hindu

Half of 4.3 million undocumented TB cases in India, Indonesia,

The World Health Organization said that India, Indonesia and Nigeria accounted for almost half of the estimated 4.3m cases of tuberculosis worldwide that were not documented by health authorities in 2015

March 8, 2017
DNA India

12 new chikungunya cases reported, toll rises to 39

As many as 12 new chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi this week, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 39 this year. In the corresponding months last year, there were no cases at all

March 7, 2017
DNA India

Swine flu does not seem to be under control in Coimbatore

The number of swine flu cases in Coimbatore is fluctuating each day but it does not seem to be under control as yet. Officially there has only been three deaths from swine flu, but, sources in the health department say there has been more than 15 deaths that have been under reported in the city

March 2, 2017
Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Chronicle

Khammam in the grip of dengue fever

After two months of lull, dengue has resurfaced in the district and ‘is spreading its wings across other areas of Telangana’

March 1, 2017
The Hindu

27 fresh cases of swine flu reported in Telangana

Twenty seven fresh cases of swine flu were reported in Telangana, where 21 people have died due to the H1N1 virus and other complications since last year  

March 1, 2017
Press Trust of India

Swine flu infects 44, claims 10 lives in Maharashtra

Swine flu has claimed 10 lives while it has infected 44 people in Maharashtra, so far this year, officials form the state health authority told The Times of India 

March 1, 2017
Times of India

Non communicable diseases

High NCD concerns among children

A high number of students are suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases forcing stakeholders of the education system to rethink the delivery of its physical education programs. Speaking at a workshop on Quality Physical Education today, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy said stakeholders needed to place children at the centre of learning. “Our children all over the world are falling prey to junk food and poor eating and lifestyle habits which are affecting their growth and development," he was quoted saying in a Government statement

June 28, 2017
Fiji Times

Lifestyle illnesses reach tribals too: Study

A two-year study by a professor from a Chennai-based government-run epidemiological department has revealed that both urban and rural areas of India are undergoing an epidemiological transformation and the nation will soon face a huge burden of non-communicable diseases. The findings are based on a study conducted by Professor Vijayaprasad Gopichandran from the Katkari tribe of Raigad district. They show prevalence of 16.8 per cent hypertension and 7.3 per cent diabetes among tribe members who were observed and tested over a period of two years

June 27, 2017
Asian Age

New ethical lapses alleged in controversial India cervical cancer screening trial

A long-debated study aimed at validating a low-cost way to screen for cervical cancer in India has come under fire again, based on new evidence of ethical lapses contained in documents obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Critics of the 18-year trial said that U.S.-funded Indian researchers used ineffective screening that endangered thousands of poor women in Mumbai. They were told the test could help prevent cancer, but far fewer pre-cancerous lesions were found than expected, suggesting that some lesions were missed — possibly leading to an unknown number of deaths. The trial should have been stopped years earlier for another reason, critics said: Other research had already shown that the screening method worked when properly applied, making it unethical to use an unscreened control group

June 23, 2017
statnews.com

India’s ballooning obesity and undernutrition issue: The health risks and remedies

More people are overweight in India than the combined populations of France, Spain and the United Kingdom, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine said. The number of overweight people almost doubled from 10.5% of the country’s population in 2006 to 19.6% in 2016, latest data shows. Anaemia has not shown a corresponding decline, affecting 53% women in 2016, down from 55.3% a decade ago. In comparison, 22.7% men were anaemic in 2016, as against 24.2% in 2006. This shows India is struggling with the twin burdens of chronic malnutrition and obesity

June 16, 2017
Hindustan Times

In 35 years, obesity doubled among children and tripled in adults: Study

Obesity in India more than doubled in children and tripled in adults between 1980 and 2015, shows an analysis of data from 195 countries from the Global Burden of Disease Study. According to the study, India’s 180 million adults, including 14.4 million children between the ages of two and 19 years, are obese. “The rate at which obesity is growing in children is quite alarming as it means we will be faced with a large number of obese adults, prone to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and even certain types of cancer,” said Dr VK Bahl, head of cardiology department at AIIMS

June 13, 2017
Hindustan Times

OPPI to develop integrated disease management process

Speaking at the OPPI Sixth Healthcare Access Summit, Shailesh Ayyangar, President of OPPI and Managing Director of Sanofi India, said, “Collaborating with the government and other stakeholders at national, state and local levels, the summit endeavours to develop and expand an integrated disease management process broadly engaging with affected communities in the fight against non-communicable diseases.” “The good news is that we have therapies that can combat the non-communicable diseases and help patients live a full and normal life by strengthening patient self-management education; community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization,” said Ayyangar – this is needed given the scale of the issue and the rising costs of NCDs to the Indian healthcare system

June 9, 2017
Economic Times
June 11, 2017
Hindu Business Line

India’s improving economy driving diabetes rise among urban poor

Diabetes in India is undergoing a demographic transformation, shifting from largely afflicting the affluent to increasingly burdening the poor and middle income population. According to a new study, this metabolic disorder is increasingly affecting the urban poor in part due to the improving economy. On average, the study found that diabetes was twice as common in urban areas as rural – 11.2 percent and 5.2 percent respectively. And although the disease was still more common, for the most part, in wealthier populations, it was actually higher among the urban poor in seven of the more economically advanced states

June 9, 2017
Humanosphere
June 8, 2017
Scroll, Hindustan Times, Business Standard

16 pc tobacco-related deaths taking place in India: Survey

A new global study into deaths from 55m deaths per year linked to smoking says that 9m tobacco-related deaths each year occur in India and the number is set to rise higher in the next decade. This number reflects a higher mortality rate than from other diseases such as TB, HIV/Aids and malaria combined

June 2, 2017
The Statesman

Pro-tobacco group takes prime space to praise govt crackdown on NGOs

An Indian NGO called the Federation of All India Farmer Association (FIFA) describes itself as ‘a non-profit federation whose mission is to support the farming community in India and create a sustainable future for farmers.’ In its latest ad hoarding campaign it has taken billboards outside the Health Ministry praising the action of the ministry in taking action against some NGOs, which it says take foreign cash and who pressurise Indian farmers. In this case it is backing the action of the ministry in moving against Public Health Foundation of India for allegedly lobbying against tobacco and violating foreign funding norms

May 20, 2017
Indian Express

India Is Facing a Mental Health Crisis – and Its Education System Is Ill Equipped to Handle It...

The Wire discusses the taboo surrounding mental health problems and the unwillingness of most Indian colleges to take up the costs of professional counselling in order to protect India’s highly vulnerable youth

May 7, 2017
The Wire

Research busts myth of tribals’ mental health

A study by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) found a prevalence of somatic symptoms, psychological and physical ailments and a lower quality of life for the indigenous peoples in the Araku Valley of the Vizag district

April 24, 2017
Times of India

South India's scorching drought forces farmers into debt bondage

One of the worst droughts in decades across south India is forcing tens of thousands of farmers and labourers to take out loans to survive, pushing them into debt bondage and increasing the risk that they may be exploited, activists warn. Then there follows on from this that there is a chance of not managing to cope, leading to a higher risk of suicide

April 18, 2017
Trust.org

Heart attacks, suicides kill more CRPF than Naxal operations

Heart attacks, depression and suicides have killed more CRPF troops, over 24 times more, than have operations and ambushes in Naxal violence hit areas over the last two years. Five CRPF men were killed in 2015, 31 in 2016 and thirteen so far this year in the three left-wing extremist affected states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

Is liver disease the next major lifestyle disease of India after diabetes and blood pressure?

Commonly caused by Hepatitis B and C, the most common causes of liver disease can now be called alcohol and other obesity related disorders. There has also been a paradigm shift in the dynamics of liver cirrhosis with about hundreds of thousands of new patients diagnosed with it in India every year

April 11, 2017
Times of India

Inconsistent healthcare across India with gaps due to stigma and service holes

According to the National Mental Health Survey, conducted by NIMHANS Bangalore, it was reported that despite three out of four people experiencing severe mental disorders, there are huge gaps in treatment. This has been reported due to the stigma associated with mental disorders and nearly 80% of those with mental disorders had not received any treatment despite being ill for over 12 months

April 11, 2017
Daily O

We can no longer afford to ignore India’s mental health crisis

In 1990 suicide in India was not among the top killers of Indians, now it is. Some 20% of the Indian population will suffer some form of mental illness in the next few years yet only 10% of them will receive treatment. By 2030, mental illness will reduce economic growth in India and China by $11 trillion, it needs addressing

April 5, 2017
The Quint

New Mental Healthcare Bill decriminalises suicide attempt

The new Mental Healthcare Bill passed by the Lok Sabha decriminalises suicide attempts and bans the use of electric shock therapy for treating children with mental illness. The bill also gives an opportunity to a person to give advanced directions on the kind of treatment they would want in the event they were diagnosed with a mental illness in the future  

March 29, 2017
Hindustan Times, First Post
March 28, 2017
India Today

Every 40 seconds a person commits suicide in world

A Rawalpindi conference on mental health was told that over 800,000 people die of suicide every year around the globe and 75% of those occur in low or middle income countries such as Pakistan. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among ages 15-29 and most alarmingly there is a death from suicide every 40 seconds

March 28, 2017
The News Pakistan

Health systems

Restrictions on sale of swine flu drugs lifted partially

The India Food and Drug Administration has sent out a circular alerting chemists that antiviral drugs Oseltamivir and Zanamivir have been withdrawn from Schedule X and moved to the far less stringent Schedule H1. Available under several brand names, both drugs are prescribed to H1N1 patients

July 7, 2017
The Hindu
July 3, 2017
Hindustan Times

Adulterated blood racket revealed in India

Three people in India, including the managing director of a hospital, have been arrested for allegedly adulterating blood with saline and selling it to patients. Dr Vakati Chakravathy, the managing director of Venus Hospital, along with manager Chepuri Shravan and blood bank technician Bandi Prem Kumar admitted they had tampered with the blood products in order to make a profit. The blood dilution scandal came to the attention of authorities after a complaint was made by the son of a farmer who needed a blood transfusion

June 28, 2017
Securing Industry

India Fares Miserably in Providing Quality Healthcare Access to Its Citizens

India ranks last amongst all the BRICS nations in quality and access to healthcare, and 178th out of 195 countries worldwide. It even does poorly even compared to all of its neighbours, bar Pakistan. The second largest and the fastest growing economy in the region, India saw its gap widening by 5.5 points, 1.4 points less than Pakistan, in 1990-2015, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of the Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index published in The Lancet

June 25, 2017
The Wire

MSF urges Modi to withstand US pressure to change India's IP laws

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has urged India to withstand U.S. pressure to change its drug regulatory and patent system as it could result in millions of people in the U.S. and around the world losing their lifeline of affordable medicines. It said that as an international medical humanitarian organization, MSF relies on affordable generic medicines produced in India to run its medical programs in more than 60 countries. MSF urged Modi to stand strong and protect India`s role as the "pharmacy of the developing world"

June 23, 2017
Business Today

Thiruvananthapuram: Ambulances mere showpieces!

Many of the ambulances available at Government health centres in the district do not cater to patients due to the absence of drivers or their unwillingness to drive, say activists. The crew members of 108 ambulances say that this puts pressure on their fleet which was primarily meant to attend to accident cases. For instance, the ambulance at Nedumanagaud hospital has not been functioning during the dengue epidemic outbreak. The driver appointed by the Public Service Commission has gone on leave citing health issues

June 21, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Patients in India are not empowered and this leads to distrust: Dr D S Ratna Devi

Dr D S Ratna Devi, CEO, DakshamA Health & Education, New Delhi, talks about the major issues that the patient faces in the current healthcare system, which is ‘all fragmented and once a patient enters into a system they are lost in it, they keep asking questions and they don`t get all answers from one services provider’. ‘There is a lot of variation between what happens in the diagnostic area, treatment area and post treatment. There isn`t information given to the patient and that is why there is a lot of distrust and people don`t feel empowered at all’

June 21, 2017
Economic Times

Counterfeit curers: They claim to be doctors, but they are not

They say they are doctors but they are not. And they are a big reason why India`s healthcare system is not in the best of health. As part of the series Bad Medicine - The Ugly Truth of Indian Healthcare, CNBC TV18`s Archana Shukla uncovers a parallel world of unqualified medical practitioners, who appear to fill gaps in the public health system, but more often than not, create medical complications

June 20, 2017
Money Control

Exclusive: Ahead of Modi visit, U.S. lawmakers ask India to rethink price cap on stents

A group of U.S. lawmakers has backed medical device makers by urging India to reconsider its decision to cap prices of heart stents, raising the issue ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to the United States. In a letter sent to the Indian ambassador to Washington last month, 18 members of Congress said they were "troubled" by the price cap, warning that it could deter firms from launching new medical products in India. Modi`s government has in recent years capped prices of hundreds of life-saving drugs to make them more affordable. And in February, it imposed a 75 percent price cut for certain heart stents

June 19, 2017
Reuters

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

'Withdraw irrational fixed dose combinations from government scheme'

In a letter on Thursday, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement – India) said the scheme operated by India’s department of pharmaceuticals, which falls under the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers, has about 90 Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) that are unscientific. “Most of these medicines are combinations of vitamins and supplements or that of antibiotics, which have no pharmacological validation. Only about a dozen of the FDCs in this list can be scientifically justified and out of these only half a dozen have been from those which have been included in the National List of Essential Medicines. (NLEM-2015),” JSA informed the minister. The many doctors who are part of this nationwide group said irrational FDCs are a matter of grave concern and expose patients to the risk of adverse drug reactions

June 9, 2017
Times of India

India’s great healthcare challenge, also an opportunity

Findings of a recent study published in medical journal Lancet on the healthcare access and quality index across different countries, reveal that there is a reason to worry, this study, which created an index involving 32 causes of death and rated 195 countries for each of these for a period of 25 years, gave India a poor 154 rank. There are calls to back the government’s public commitments to launch an action plan to tackle and eliminate major diseases which are menacing the healthcare system and the economy in equal measure

June 7, 2017
Hindustan Times, Business Today,

India regulator wants medical devices added to price control list, document shows

India`s drug-pricing regulator has asked the health ministry to add four more medical devices to a list of products eligible for price controls to reduce costs to patients, which if agreed could be another blow to the country`s $5 billion-a-year medical-technology industry. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had said it did not plan further measures after prices of some heart stents were cut in February by 75 percent, part of a government push to make life-saving drugs and devices more affordable. But a letter to the health ministry sent in March, which has not previously been made public, shows the regulator pushed to get four more devices on the "essential medicines" list that would allow the government to impose price caps if and when it was ready to do so

June 7, 2017
Reuters

Indian origin charity gives healthcare to 3 million Nigerians

An Indian origin charitable organization, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF), has provided public healthcare to over three million disadvantaged children and adults in Nigeria, TCF achieved the feat in the past two decades through its three key programmes: Mission for Vision, Mission for Primary Health and Mission for Water

June 7, 2017
Economic Times

76% Indians without health insurance, forcing them to dip into savings

India added 450 million people over the 25 years to 2016, a period during which the proportion of people living in poverty fell by half, but, this period of rising prosperity has been marked by a “dual-disease burden”, a continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable or “lifestyle” diseases, which accounted for half of all deaths in 2015, from 42% in 2001-03. While the private sector dominates healthcare delivery across the country, a majority of the population living below the poverty line (BPL)–the ability to spend Rs 47 per day in urban areas, Rs 32 per day in rural areas–continues to rely on the under-financed and short-staffed public sector for its healthcare needs, as a result of which their healthcare needs remain unmet

June 7, 2017
Business Standard

Ban on foreign funds for non-profits may hurt India health programmes

India’s ban on foreign funding for the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a non-profit group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, may damage some government health programmes, according to the group and a health ministry official. In a letter to the health ministry, dated May 3rd, the non-profit said many of its programmes linked to the ministry were in suspended animation and that its domestic funds would only help it run operations until June. Affected programmes included those on eliminating black fever, HIV prevention, tobacco control and universal health coverage

May 30, 2017
Reuters

Health ministry takes PHFI off vaccination campaign over foreign funding

In its first action dissociating one of its programmes from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), the Health Ministry has decided to take away its role in the Mission Indradhanush vaccination campaign. The decision has been taken keeping in mind that till its problems with foreign funding are resolved, the PHFI cannot access money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for the programme, and therefore cannot possibly discharge its role. It is the first sign that the PHFI’s troubles with the government may not end any time soon

May 29, 2017
Indian Express

India’s dismal record in healthcare

New research by The Lancet shows India ranking at 154 out of 195 countries in terms of access to healthcare, which is worse than Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Liberia. Live Mint takes three comparative charts and shows how relative prosperity in India in many places counts for little if the government significantly underinvests in its own healthcare system

May 24, 2017
Live Mint

Need more focus on health; country’s spending to be 2 per cent of GDP: Owaisi

MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi pitched for increasing India’s health budget to two percent of GDP, he based his comments on points raised in The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 which reported that the country has to focus more on health. The Lok Sabha member said ‘if the country doesn’t spend two percent of GDP on health, then the health indicators in India would be below those of sub-Saharan countries’. He called on the government to focus more on improving health standards

May 23, 2017
Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, DNA India

India's drug pricing regulator clamps down on drug cocktails

India’s drug pricing regulator has demanded explanations from 65 domestic and global drugmakers for selling new forms of essential diabetes and antibiotic drugs without its approval. These companies have launched formulations by altering an essential drug without even applying for price approval from NPPA as required, it said in its website notice. The companies on this list include Sanofi, Abbott laboratories and Indian firms such as Lupin and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

May 18, 2017
Reuters

India's drugmakers need more time to meet international standards: industry group

India’s big drug makers will need at least five more years to improve their manufacturing standards and data reliability to a level demanded by international regulators, said a senior official. The industry has struggled to improve factory processes and train staff since 2013, when major violations were found at India’s then largest drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories. Complaints have ranged from issues over hygiene and maintenance to concerns over falsifying manufacturing related test results and data 

May 17, 2017
Reuters

Doctors are scapegoats for India’s failing health system

The FT’s Amy Kazmin argues that Indian doctors are scapegoats for the country’s failing healthcare system. Public expectations about treatment simply cannot be met without more public spending. Symptoms of the problem are occurring with a growing number of assaults on doctors by patients. India is suffering from an acute doctors shortage, with just one physician for every 1,800 people. Government spending is just 1.4% of GDP, compared with China which spends 3.1%. As a result the healthcare system has neither the manpower nor the equipment to provide a reasonable standard of care for patients

May 8, 2017
Financial Times

Budget to eliminate TB slashed by Rs 4,000 crore

The budget for the Indian National Strategic Plan to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 has been cut back from Rs16,000 to Rs12,000 crore in the proposal sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for final approval. The plan originally envisaged a budget of Rs19,000 crore, according to health ministry sources. The plan proposes greater and better incentivized engagement with the private sector that treats the bulk of TB cases, availability of molecular tests, SMS service to ensure better patient compliance and a new body to coordinate better nutritional support

May 7, 2017
Indian Express

Martial arts training for doctors at Delhi hospital after rise in attack

Doctors at one of Delhi’s top government hospitals will be given daily martial arts training, in response to a sharp rise in reports of violence against medical practitioners. About 1,500 resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences will attend taekwondo classes in the hospital’s gym every evening from May 15th

May 3, 2017
Guardian

US major market for illegal online drug sales from India

The modus operandi of racketeers is to create websites that look authentic and make customers believe that even if calls are being taken/made from outside their local countries, dugs are procured locally. The global anonymity of the internet provides a safe haven for illicit prescription drug sales and many counterfeit products sold in the U.S. seem to have been manufactured outside the USA, particularly in China and India

April 26, 2017
Times of India

India's antitrust watchdog orders probe into Roche cancer drug

India’s anti-trust regulator has ordered a probe into Roche for using anti-competitive practices to restrict cheaper copies of a blockbuster drug from reaching patients. Roche’s Trastuzumab is being challenged by several biosimilars which are sold at about 25% discount to the original. India’s Biocon and U.S. firm Mylan, which sell biosimilars of the drug in over a dozen countries including India, filed a complaint with the Competition Commissioner of India alleging Roche misled doctors and regulators to thwart competition to trastuzumab

April 26, 2017
Reuters

Absent staff renders most health centres useless

A report on the functioning of health centres in Barmer reveals that a large number of sub-centres are lying closed and several others are not functional as the staff are missing. The report was compiled by district authorities responding to complaints against the non-functional health centres in rural areas in Barmer

April 12, 2017
Times of India

Yogi Adityanath’s big plan to revamp UP’s health services, ‘6 AIIMS-like hospitals, 25 med...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, called for an end to kickbacks involving medical transactions and the exploitation of poor people in the name of expensive treatment. He said he hopes to revamp the state’s health service with more hospitals and medical colleges over the next five years

April 5, 2017
Financial Express, inUth

A healthy nation necessary for economic development

K Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India, said the poor performance of India on many healthcare counts related to the well-being of its people. He said India was second from bottom of the Human Development Index and linked this to health-related indicators, with only 64% immunization of the total population, which is far higher in many Sub-Saharan countries. He also pointed to 30% of children as being underweight, attributing it to poor nourishment and criticized India’s high mother and infant mortality rates 

April 5, 2017
The Hans India

Govt apathy hits vaccine unit

India’s only Yellow Fever vaccine manufacturing unit at the Central Research Institute in Kasauli has been shut for the last five years, even as the government continues to import the critical vaccine. While production at the unit was halted on the grounds of poor manufacturing practice, over the years the government has done precious little to upgrade the unit. The CRI was one of three public sector vaccine manufacturing units that were shut in 2008

April 3, 2017
Deccan Herald

Jharkhand will soon be second state in India provides 'free health services'

The Health Minister for the state of Jharkhand said he is looking to encourage Public Private Partnership and that Jharkhand is going to be the second state in the country to offer ‘free health services’ for all minors in government-run hospitals

March 28, 2017
Siasat.com

‘Fully doctor-dependant model of primary health care must change’

Dr K Srinath Reddy has been appointed to advise the Odisha state government on health . He spoke to The Times of India about his new advisory role, indicating that the ‘fully doctor-dependent model of primary health care must change’ in his opinion 

March 11, 2017
Times of India

No need to panic, enough medicine available: Health Minister

With Tamil Nadu reporting an increasing number of people contracting H1N1 virus, health minister, C Vijayabhaskar said ‘the situation in the state is under control and there is an adequate supply of Tamiflu tablets and vaccine’ 

March 2, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Communicable diseases

10 die of TB every day in Delhi, finds NGO

At least 10 people die every day in Delhi of tuberculosis, a curable disease, exposing a huge healthcare deficit in the national capital. Nearly 47% of the deaths are of people in the productive age group of 15 to 44 years. This data, an average of TB deaths in 2014 and 2015, was accessed by NGO Praja Foundation through RTI applications in all municipal and state government-run hospitals. "The actual number of deaths due to TB in Delhi could be much higher. Our data is based on deaths reported by hospitals which constitute only about 60% of all deaths,” the NGO said

July 27, 2017
Times Of India, India Times, Business Standard

Battle against malaria: Fighting mosquitoes that killed 24,000 Indians in 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation is providing remote-sensing technology to detect, map and classify mosquito breeding areas in the country, the latest in India’s war against the disease that is believed to have killed an estimated 24,000 people in the country in 2015. The number of officially recorded deaths for the year is, however, 384

July 18, 2017
Hindustan Times

Emerging infectious diseases, One Health and India

Researchers writing in the journal Nature analysed associations between 754 mammals and 586 viruses to understand what determines viral richness, diversity and zoonotic potential. Bats were found to harbour the highest numbers of zoonotic viruses and are also a major reservoir for coronaviruses. These include the SARS virus that emerged in China in 2002, spread to 27 countries and killed 774 people and the MERS coronavirus that caused 640 deaths. The transmission of infectious disease requires contact, the probability increasing with population density. With 1.34 billion people, 512 million livestock and 729 million poultry, the density and rates of human–animal, animal–animal and human–human contacts are high in India

July 15, 2017
The Hindu

NGO says 18 people succumb to tuberculosis every day

Estimating that Mumbai has witnessed at least 32,862 deaths due to tuberculosis since 2012, NGO Praja shared projections that 18 people succumb to the infectious disease every day. Cases of tuberculosis have risen from 36,417 in 2012-13 to 50,001 in 2016-17, information obtained through the Right to Information law from government hospitals, dispensaries and clinics in Mumbai showed

July 13, 2017
Indian Express, NDTV, Times of India

Central labs moot ‘human first’ approach to test malaria vaccine

What if a potential vaccine for malaria was to be first tested in humans before mice and animals? This November, experts at the Indian Council of Medical Research and labs affiliated to the Department of Biotechnology will have a first-of-its kind “ethics meeting” to discuss the feasibility of conducting these so-called ‘human challenge’ trials in India. The meeting will also discuss testing two vaccine-candidates — one that causes falciparum malaria and the milder-but-more-prevalent vivax — developed at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

July 8, 2017
The Hindu

WHO's Recommended Treatment To Tackle Tuberculosis Not Yet Implemented

India may be sitting on the edge of yet another tuberculosis epidemic. India accounts for 2.8 million of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis cases globally, according to the World Health Organisation Global TB Report 2016. WHO revised its estimates in 2016 after improved surveillance data from India and found a 34% spike in new cases. Amongst this the cases for Multi Drug Resistant TB have also risen

July 6, 2017
NDTV.com

New report reveals that countries are still not tackling tuberculosis

The third edition `Out of Step’ report published by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Stop TB has highlighted the need for governments to increase efforts to combat tuberculosis. India has not taken up this challenge and the molecular test is not the initial TB diagnostic test for adults and children being investigated for TB here, the Out of Step report has said. Smear microscopy is often used as the initial diagnostic test in the private sector, where up to 70% of people are treated - and delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are common

July 5, 2017
Indian Express, MSF.org

WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases

The World Health Organization released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. A single device called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. “With the power and adaptability of molecular technologies, we are in an era of great advancement for the rapid diagnosis of many diseases using single platforms,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme

June 27, 2017
The Hindu

Sun Pharma joins hands with NIV

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and National Institute of Virology (NIV) have signed a pact to test new medicines developed by the company to combat zika, chikungunya and dengue diseases. Sun Pharma will provide drug molecules to NIV for testing against zika, chikungunya and dengue in model systems. The new molecules could be based on phytopharmaceutical, biologic and chemical entities. Candidate molecules with encouraging data will then be taken forward for commercial development. NIC Director Devendra Mourya said that dengue and chikungunya are major public health problems in India like most of the tropical and subtropical countries

June 27, 2017
BioSpectrum Asia

Govt lacks tools to stem virus infection cases: Health officials

At a time when viruses like the H1N1, malaria, influenza and dengue are on the rise, the Mumbai government is lacking the tools to combat them and is yet to design a vaccination plan to fight them. Health officials have also said that there is no proper awareness campaign in place either to educate people about the spread and effect of these deadly viruses, which is on the rise in the city due to temperature fluctuations brought by intermittent rainfall. Officials said viral infections have claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, most as a result of dengue and malaria. Viral infections are now proliferating in addition to tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS in the state’s list of top contagious killer diseases, they added

June 25, 2017
Asian Age

Malnutrition, lack of hygiene add to Tuberculosis risk

Tuberculosis spreads faster in packed settings and the transmission of the disease is high in large crowds if a person infected with TB is a part of it. The burden of TB in India is 2.2 million which is the largest and its spread has to be controlled to tackle the disease. The Indian Council of Medical Research is looking at these aspects at the ground level as reports show that the disease burden continues to be high, despite various interventions by the government to control it. Congregate settings have been known to be a high risk environment for TB due to overcrowding, poor levels of nutrition and lack of hygienic conditions in their work environment. These factors add to the spread of the disease and tackling them by identifying the people early will help, experts say

June 25, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Asian strain of zika virus has mutated: Scientists

In a cause for concern, the Asian strain of zika virus has mutated, the scientists have confirmed. According to Hyderabad doctors, zika virus has been most possibly present in the country for decades, but due to lack of diagnostic facilities at the local level, the disease has gone undetected. Now that the WHO has confirmed the presence of zika virus in Hyderabad, they warn that a strong surveillance is needed to prevent the spread of the virus, particularly in the backdrop of research reports that the Asian strain of zika has mutated. "We have not yet developed widely accessible tests for zika infection. We may, at times miss out the coinfection due to low index of suspicion and poor availability of diagnostic tests," experts warned

June 23, 2017
Times of India

Government asks private clinics to submit list of AIDS patients they are treating

The National Aids Control Organization (NACO) under ministry of health and family welfare has written to all states and Union territories in India to direct private clinics and hospitals in their respective areas to compile and submit a list of HIV/AIDS cases they are treating. The move has been taken in a bid to get a definite data on HIV/AIDS

June 21, 2017
Live Mint

Over 600 new HIV patients detected in a year

As many as 644 new patients, including 19 pregnant women, were detected as HIV positive in Aurangbad district over the last year, to date, a total of 70,250 individuals were screened for HIV between April 2016 and March this year, of which 625 were found positive. Another 19 pregnant women tested positive for HIV of the 72,805 checked during the same period. With this, the total number of registered HIV positive patients in Aurangabad district is now 15,977. Of these, about 4,889 have been taking regular medication at state-run Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres

June 8, 2017
Times of India

Hepatitis detection remains high among voluntary blood donors, HIV dips

While the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) programme conducts active screening and treatment for HIV infections, making a considerable dent in new cases, hepatitis has no active screening campaign under central or state government, however, SBTC data showed that while blood donation escalated in 2015 to 2016, the government had to do away with at least 50,799 blood units in two years due to HIV, hepatitis, malaria or syphilis detection. The WHO says that the size of the Indian hepatitis population remains hidden as most do not know about the infection until they suffer from liver cirrhosis

June 6, 2017
Indian Express

India Cannot Eliminate TB By 2025 Without Also Tackling Poverty And Undernutrition

The economics of tuberculosis remain neglected and often ignored by policymakers; poverty sustains TB and TB reinforces poverty, to date, TB costs India close to $24bn each year and mostly affects those in the 15-55 age group, impacting on productivity and creating unemployment. In India, a study established that the average period of loss of wages for an individual diagnosed with TB was three months. This is catastrophic for those employed in the ‘informal sector,’ and TB-induced poverty affects nutrition which impacts on recovery time and treatment completion

June 5, 2017
Huffington Post

India continues to record high child mortality rate due to diarrhoea

India continued to have more than 100,000 under-five diarrhoea deaths reported on account of it in 2015, a new Lancet study has found, with the highest rates of mortality for the under-fives were in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with India and Nigeria combined registering 42% of the 499,000 global under five deaths due to diarrhoea in 2015

June 2, 2017
Financial Express, India.com

Authorities who failed to share information about Zika cases have violated medical ethics codes

When a disease of this sort is detected, local authorities must be alerted so they can inform the public about taking the necessary preventative measures. This lack of transparency can have consequences when it comes to public health actions. The detection of Zika should have been widely disseminated to the academic community and to clinical and research facilities. This information helps the states to strengthen and/or set up surveillance and diagnostic systems. This lack of sharing of information is a serious ethical violation of the medical codes of best practice

May 29, 2017
Scroll India

Smart insects put a fly in the gene-editing ointment

A new study, by Michael Wade and Gabriel Zentner, from Indiana University, studied the flour beetle and focused on three stretches of the beetle’s genome where CRISPR technology could potentially snip out or insert genes. Two targets were chosen for their links to male and female fertility. The third because it mirrors a pot in the mosquito genome previously scouted as a potential anti-malarial target. They discovered there was sufficient natural variation in the flour beetles to get rid of any CRISPR i tampering in just six generations. Not only that, subsequent generations favoured genes that circumvented the CRISPR intervention, even if they were rare ones

May 22, 2017
Financial Times

Video: India's battle against 'superbugs'

France24 looks briefly back at the case of NDM-1 and its various mutations which spread to over 70 countries while authorities argued over its name. It points out India was losing nearly 52,000 newborn infants to antibiotic resistance each year. It emphasized how easy it is to buy antibiotics over the counter in any pharmacy in India and the urgent need to educate people about antibiotic resistance and its dangers

May 19, 2017
France24

Is India Really 'Winning Its War' on Open Defecation?

Journalists from the Indian Express have investigated Indian government and local government claims about the elimination of open air defecation in some areas under PM Modi’s ‘Clean India’ programme and they found serious corruption and claims of 100% elimination false. For example, in Modhi village approximately 100 out of the 300 total households do not have a toilet. Toilets built by the government are often unusable as they don’t have water connections or tanks and are far from sewage pipes and often linked to open drains. This flatly contradicts claims by Bill Gates praising India for winning its war on open defecation

May 9, 2017
The Diplomat
April 25, 2017
Gates Notes
May 8, 2017
Business Insider

India’s Indicators for Mapping SDGs Reveal Our Flawed Understanding of Sustainability

As the Indian government released its indicators for mapping the Sustainable Development Goals in the country it became clear that the policy approach to SDGs is marked by apathy and a tendency to make sustainability a burden of technocratic formality rather than a policy-implementable mainstay

May 8, 2017
The Wire

Why 8% Of India's Population Accounts For 46% Of The Total Malaria Burden

While a state or two in India may be on the brink of eliminating malaria in the foreseeable future, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and the northeast are far behind. These states bear the largest share of India’s malaria burden and specifically the killer falciparum malaria. Eight percent of India’s population, largely the tribal residents of these states, account for 46% of the total malaria burden

May 8, 2017
Huffington Post

WHO urges India to up spending on healthcare

Addressing the SYMHEALTH 2017 international conference on healthcare, WHO representative Henk Mekedam told delegates that India needs to increase its spending on healthcare. “Currently investment amounts to 1.2% of GDP. This has pushed 60m people below the poverty line.” WHO had previously recommended 2.5% of the country’s GDP should be allocated to healthcare. Mekedam went on “globalization leaves us far better connected but this poses challenges such as the faster spread of infectious diseases”

May 7, 2017
Times of India

TB eradication by 2025 unrealistic, says ICMR's Dr Soumya Swaminathan

DNA India interviews Dr Soumya Swaminathan about prospects for healthcare in India over the next few years. She says “TB eradication in India by 2025 is unrealistic,” but she does feel “it is possible to eliminate leprosy by 2018”

May 1, 2017
DNA India

Amid WHO praise for tackling tropical disease, concern over rise in leprosy

While India earned an honourable mention in a new WHO report on neglected tropical diseases (NTD), it is also one of the handful of countries around the world that have shown an increase in leprosy cases. The number of leprosy cases in India went up from 125,786 to 127,326 between 2014 and 2015 

April 20, 2017
Indian Express

Home Ministry cancels FCRA licence of NGO linked to Gates Foundation

The Indian government has cancelled the FCRA registration of the NGO Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) barring it from receiving foreign funds. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of its biggest donors. The MHA order listed a six point violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act accusing the leading NGO of misusing foreign funding by working with the anti-tobacco lobby

April 19, 2017
India Today, Live Mint
April 20, 2017
Indian Express

India topped the global list for reporting new cases of leprosy in 2015 at 60% of all cases

Recent analysis of a WHO report into leprosy for 2015 shows that India accounted for 60% of the new global cases reported that year by 136 countries

April 12, 2017
Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age

India vulnerable to infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola

A new report says that South Asian nations, including India, are vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola and their level of preparedness is adequate to protect public health. Inadequate surveillance and uneven health system capacity may accelerate the spread of emerging infectious diseases in the region, which is already burdened by diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. This was an analysis published as part of twelve analyses on health in South Asia published in the BMJ

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

Swine flu scare in the summer? Researchers discover new strain in India as H1N1 cases continue t...

Researchers from the National Institute of Virology in Pune identified a new strain of swine flu which has been circulating in India since September 2016, called the Michigan strain. This strain was identified in Hyderabad and other parts of India. The ICMR says they will be recommending new vaccine for this flu season as the existing flu vaccine may be ineffective against the new strain. At the same time, a prevalence of swine flu during India’s summer is also a cause of concern as the virus may be becoming increasingly tolerant to heat, ICMR says it is monitoring the situation closely. So far, more than 5,000 people have tested positive for swine flu infection and over 100 people have died this year across India

April 11, 2017
zeenews

Crookery of clinical trials

A long-drawn out battle over collusion between the Indian Health Ministry and international non-governmental organizations to test experimental drugs on Indian landed on a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court. It is alleged that among all the clinical trials conducted between 2005 and 2012 nearly 2,800 patients may well have died in India.  P parliamentary panel pointed to gross ethical violations be all parties behind the trials. However, because of a legal hurdle this report could not be considered. Now these allegations are in the Supreme Court’s hands the evidence can soon begin to be considered

April 8, 2017
The Hindu

Researchers discover new Swine Flu strain in India, govt working on vaccine

Earlier this year, Indian researchers discovered a new strain of the H1N1 virus called the Michigan strain, which they isolated from samples in Maharashtra. The Indian Council of Medical Research is going to decide upon a new vaccine for the coming flu season as some fear what is being used at the moment may be ineffective against the new strain   

April 5, 2017
Hindustan Times

Railways asked to reject ads of junk food

With the Indian Railways planning to brand trains and stations to augment revenues, the Union Health Ministry has asked it not to allow advertisements of products which may have a negative effect on health. The Health Ministry said the initiative could be used to promote alcohol, foods with high fat content, sugar and salt and sweetened beverages. Ads for these products could increase the problem of NCDs in India and lead to more cost and premature deaths

April 5, 2017
The Hindu
April 3, 2017
The Telegraph India
April 4, 2017
NDTV

In India, switching to vegetables, oranges and papaya could help save water: study

A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health Journal said India could save water and reduce planet warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits, like melons, oranges and papaya to their diets while reducing wheat and poultry, according to researchers

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Medical Xpress

108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity: World Food Programme report

A report by the World Food Programme states that around 108 million people in the world were severely facing food insecurity in 2016. Notably, this figure has risen from 80 million in 2015 which indicates the situation is worsening. The WFP report lists 18 countries in which it projects the prevailing Food Security crisis Phase 3. Yemen tops the list with 14.1m people, about half the population facing severe food insecurity. Ethiopia and Afghanistan came in second and third with 9.7m and 8.5m facing food insecurity respectively

April 3, 2017
India, Trade Arabia, Yahoo India, global agriculture

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards SDGs

Dr Shamshad Akhtar, under-secretary general of the UN and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, praised the efforts made by Asia Pacific nations to push ahead with the implementation of the 17 SDGs. She highlighted the domestication of the action plan by these countries, many of whom have developed a national sustainable development strategy, as a particular success. She picked out progress on gender equality in primary education and maternal mortality rates which are down, except for isolated pockets

April 3, 2017
The Phnom Penh Post
April 2, 2017
Malay Mail
April 3, 2017
Eurasia Review
March 31, 2017
The Irrawady

How successful were the millennium development goals?

A new study tries to measure the success of the Millennium Development Goals. The research indicates that at least 21 million lives were saved due to accelerated progress. Two-thirds of the lives saved were in sub-Saharan Africa, around a fifth were in China and India and the remainder were spread across the developing world. Between 8.8 to 17.3m of the lives saved were due to faster progress on child mortality; 8.7m due to expanded treatment for HIV Aids, 3.1m due to declines in TB deaths and approximately half a million due to improvements in maternal mortality

March 30, 2017
The Guardian
January 11, 2017
Brookings Institute

Indian leather workers risk health, life to make shoes for global market: report

About 2.5m Indian workers work long hours with toxic chemicals for poverty wages in the country’s leather industry, making shoes and clothes for Western brands, a study has found

March 15, 2017
Reuters

Malaria goes sub-microscopic, proves its existence in Chennai

A study carried out by the National Institute of Malaria Research Chennai, along with other institution, has shown the existence of asymptomatic malaria in Chennai, which remains undetected. ‘This sub-microscopic malaria acts as a transmission reservoir in endemic areas and poses a major challenge to those working on elimination,’ the study lead said

March 1, 2017
New Indian Express

India issues fresh antibiotic guidelines to tackle superbug menace

India’s ICMR has issued fresh antibiotic guidelines in order to tackle the growing superbug menace. The purpose of issuing these guidelines ‘is to bring about a change in the way these antibiotics are prescribed,’ the ICMR deputy director said  

February 28, 2017
Reuters, Economic Times