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 […]


Life expectancy has gone up in India. But are people able to live fully functional lives ? Is the quality of life improving as medical technology keeps more Indians alive year after year ? To answer some of these questions the WHO has started calculating Health Adjusted Life Expectancy (HALE), or healthy life expectancy,  to […]


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.


While watching the Jurassic Park in 1993, the message I left the theater with was that no matter how scientific we get about controlling nature, it will find a way. In the case of the movie, the dinosaurs found a way to reproduce and proliferate. We are no different.


  There are two important aspects to a marketing document. The first is the content and the second is the delivery. When it comes to prescriptions things are no different. There was the all time joke about the doctor’s handwriting, which it seems only a chemist could read. This long standing joke probably starts from […]


What is common to Indian healthcare and soccer? Well they languish in the triple digits when it comes to rankings.   According to WHO rankings, Indian Healthcare system ranks 112th in the world, way behind countries like Colombia, Sri Lanka and Egypt. The highest ranking Asian nation is Singapore at 6. Japan is a respectable […]