In India, the average growth in expenditure on total healthcare is lower than the average GDP growth rate. The GDP spend percentage is lower than most low income countries. India is a low-middle income country as per the World Bank classification. In fact, the growth in expenditure on total healthcare in India has been decreased […]


After success with Polio, the government has renewed its efforts on eradicating Measles. Though program was announced some time ago, for details please read this piece we carried in 2011 but we see a renewed focus on the effort currently. Many schools in Bangalore are running a school inoculation program against Measles. Recently my daughter […]


India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.21 billion people, sustaining 16.9 percent of the world population. India was the first country in the world to start family planning program way back in 1952 to facilitate the use of family planning services as a step towards reducing the fertility rates, increasing […]


Immunity is the ability of the body to resist the attack of pathogens, or to fight against the infection which is caused due to unwanted biological invasion. It is an indication of the tolerance level of the host to strike back against the infection, reacting by the action of specific antibodies.


Finally some validation for us Tennis players. Playing tennis can help you live longer according to a study by Oxford and some researchers in Finland and Australia. The study was conducted over a period of 9 years over a pool of 80,000 people mostly of Scottish and English descent. These people consisted of 52% women […]


  Disease Surveillance is an important tool today with the advent of new and fast spreading diseases. In some healthcare systems, it is used not only to check the spread of the infectious diseases but also to monitor communicable diseases. India has had a disease surveillance system in place since 2004 and systematically the disease […]


India is perhaps the only country in the world (of its size) where addressing preventable diseases continues to drain public resources. The Delhi dengue outbreak is a case in point. This is the third or fourth time in a decade (the first being in 2006) that the city has failed to prevent the spread of […]


When I was in school, my good friend Ankur told me something very interesting. He said students in the American School in Delhi had an advisory not to come out in the morning between 8-10 AM and in the evening between 4-6 PM. He remarked that it was because of the pollution on the streets […]


Yesterday, Sri Lanka was officially declared Malaria free by WHO. It is a great achievement for our Island neighbor, being only the second country in the tropics to achieve this distinction. Maldives was declared Malaria free some time ago.


About 18 years ago when P&G launched Whisper with Wings through a TV Ad, there was an awkward moment in our house. My mother was angry, I was embarrassed and my younger brother (around 11 years old) was supremely alert and curious. Now with two daughters of my own and a doctor husband, we don’t […]