India may have many challenges on the Healthcare front but one cannot deny the new initiatives being taken by state governments to improve the standards. Earlier this year I wrote about E Mamta the initiative from the government of Gujrat to reduce mortality rates among mothers and infants. This week the government of Karnataka is launching the […]


(Image Source:Indianeducation.com) Most of you after reading the headline would be wondering if this is some kind of joke. After all media has been circulating the fact that India is currently 600,000 doctors short. Not only doctors, India is short of nurses as well. The figure for that shortfall is in the thousands as well. […]


(Source: http://kshsrc.org) Last week there was a flurry of announcements from the Union government on measures to improve the state of Healthcare in India. One among them was the first step towards a Universal Healthcare model in India. If the Union government is to be believed, soon Government run hospitals will stop charging for primary healthcare treatments like consultations, basic medical tests and […]


Though the role of Pharmaceutical companies in public health is very significant, it has often not been covered very extensively. One good example is the work done by Cipla in Africa to counter AIDS. Similarly Sanofi does extensive work in India to eradicate pneumonia and Novo Nordisk has been active in the diabetic’s space. Many […]


(Image Source: Forbes.com) Public Health programs often ignore a very critical factor that affects the health of many. That factor is the weather. Since time immemorial, weather has affected the general population. It is not uncommon to see certain diseases make their appearance during the turn of weather. A good example in India is the […]


(Image source: http://wellness.ucsd.edu) Yesterday I was doing some research on the chyawanprash market in India and I found some rather interesting stats. The Chyawanprash market which is roughly Rs 400 crore saw a 25% growth in 2010. This is after a decade of single digit growth for the category. Then in the evening I was […]


  Obesity is one aspect that is heavily covered in media in India. There are numerous reports on how the ‘Fight against Fat’is the paradigm shift in Indian public health policy. Obesity has been linked to heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension. And the information is all correct. But I believe in a country of a […]


(Image Source: CDC) After declaring and winning the war against polio, the Indian public health administration has declared war on Measles. Measles is a viral disease which kills about a million people a year. Out of the million almost 90 % are children. In India the statistics is very alarming as almost 500 children die […]