Viral Hepatitis is a major public health problem in the South-East Asia Region. Each year viral hepatitis infects millions of people across the region, causing the death of around 410 000 persons – more than HIV and malaria combined. It is also a major cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis, contributing to premature morbidity and […]


A few days ago we published an interview with Lt Col Binu Sharma, VP Nursing Services at Columbia Asia. As a doctor, this was the first time that I had spoken to someone in detail about the situation of nurses in the country and what I heard and eventually published, broke my heart. My grandmother […]


  Healthcare ecosystem in India is still evolving. Considering the diverse landscape in India, various technologies have been considered for increasing access and improving the care outcomes. In this context Telemedicine continues to be a relevant discussion and one that many feel will ultimately solve our issues with care specially in the rural parts of […]


A study has revealed that more adolescents in India are now dying of non-communicable diseases (NCD) than communicable diseases. The research has also shown that NCDs and injuries are responsible for a higher number of deaths and Disability-Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) than tuberculosis, malaria, or hepatitis, which are among the most prevalent communicable diseases in India today. According […]


Recently I was greatly distressed to read the experiences of Dr Bhagwan D Aggarwal with the state of scientific research in the country. Dr Aggarwal is a scientist who had worked with University of Pennsylvania in the past and had come back to India to participate in the scientific progress of the country. After 5 […]


Diabetes is a major concern for India. Not only does it affect the individuals directly, but also accelerates the degeneration of nerves, blood vessels and tissues. Is it estimated that India has around 40 million diabetics as on today. And this condition is not new to India. Charaka has written about diabetes in his hallmark […]


As the years roll by, life seems to go full circle, and we find ourselves taking care of and worrying about those parents and elderly relatives who took care of and worried about us in our childhood. Ironically, one of the biggest individual concerns also goes full circle – trying to encourage them to eat […]


“People with physical or mental disability are not only among the most deprived human beings in the world, they are also, frequently enough, the most neglected” Prof Amartya Sen , Leading Economist and Nobel Laureate, keynote at the World Bank   Sadly, the statement remains largely true in the popular discourse for disability development in India. […]


Five decades ago, the dengue fever was known to just about a handful of nations. Today it is a deadly endemic that has enveloped more than 120 countries. In 2016, there was an abnormal surge in dengue inflicting over one lakh people pan India and the numbers this year have already crossed 11,000. The unreported […]


Almost everyone working in corporate India would have seen at least once in their tenure. Most CSR activities or corporate wellness activities, seem to incorporate at least one blood donation camp. Blood donation is relatively new concept. Ancient texts have shown instances of blood transfusion in Egypt and Greece. Even ancient Indian texts talk about […]