Alcoholism has many negative connotations in India. Not only is it considered an unfavorable practice but also one which is banned on religious days. But the above graph shows a very different story with Alcohol indeed being consumed by 25-50 % of men in most regions of the country. Though most of the recent references to alcohol […]


A recent report finally uncovers the truth behind the facade of Indian healthcare prowess. A report by the institute of health metrics and evaluation places India below even counties like Pakistan. The report which was featured in an article by Times of India. The article led to think what is actually wrong with India. At […]


  (Image source: http://en.rylkov-fond.org/blog/tbr/effective-tb-treatment/) In India it is cool to start tackling conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Actually most celebrities lend their support to even cooler issues like AIDS. But the biggest killer in India today is Tuberculosis(TB). Almost 1/5th of the global cases according to the WHO occur in India. Of the 2 million […]


when we talk of tele-medicine the first thing that comes to our mind is helplines. Like the 104 helpline that has been running in Assam and Andhra Pradesh.  The success of the 104 helpline has led to it being set up in Karnataka as well. But Tele-Medicine is more than just helplines. It is the […]


  One of the first projects I got involved in, after joining CSC in Chennai was a education portal for a major US based Health Insurance company. The portal was essentially targeting the African American Community and addressed the common health issues for that ethnic group. So why was a Health Insurer spending so much […]


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 […]