• Like advanced nations, India too has its share of increasing number baby boomers from all walks of life. Sadly, healthcare does not reach this most neglected population.

    Geriatric population begs for attention

    Senior population below poverty line in India has been at the receiving end of neglect of healthcare authorities. From chronic ...

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    Baby boomers of a different kind

    Unlike increasing geriatric population crowding hospices in the west, our seniors and oft found dying on streets. ...

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    Dravid bats for AIDS. Celebrity power for a cause.

    Star batsmen join growing number of leading politicians, private corporations and celebrities who have lent their voices ...

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    Can you heal her?

    She is poor, HIV positive, mother of 3 children, bread winner and dying. What will you do? ...

Most of us have received an email that stipulates that there is Supreme court ruling that in case of any accident, you should go ahead and help the victim, without being bothered about the legal hassles, police paperwork, etc. While this should be the best thing to have happenend to the public, it is not confirmed if this is legal or just an email hoax. [Read more…]

India is home to the largest population of malnourished and hunger-stricken people and children leading to high infant and maternal mortality. Along with these issues are a deluge of problems ranging from diseases, lack of education, lack of hygiene, illness, etc.

To combat this situation, the Government of India in 1975 initiated the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) scheme which operates at the state level to address the health issues of small children, all over the country. It is one of the largest child care programmes in the world aiming at child health, hunger, mal nutrition and its related issues.

Under the ICDS scheme, one trained person is allotted to a population of 1000, to bridge the gap between the person and organized healthcare, and to focus on the health and educational needs of children aged 0-6 years. This person is the Anganwadi worker. [Read more…]

Kingfisher Airlines is the only domestic airline in India to introduce special fares for medical emergencies, with 50% discount to air passengers customers travelling on account of a family medical emergency or bereavement in the family. The travellers have to pay the full fare amount while buying the air ticket and then submit the death or hospitalization certificate to the airlines within 60 days to avail the refund of 50% on the basic fare. [Read more…]

Time for a reality check. Thanks to marginal (read low and negligable) budget allocation for medical and healthcare sector, India has earned a shameful distinction of being one of the lowest in the world in terms of public spending on health. Low budget allocation means not many hospitals, facilities, resources and manpower to take care of healthcare.

And because most of the expenditure on health comes from people’s pockets, it is but natural for aam-junta to look out for cheaper alternatives, solutions and cures – without knowing the consequences of taking that route.

This video is a slice-of-life of Indian healthcare scenario. The dilapidated centers that provide healthcare, quacks that replace medical doctors, serpentine queues at existing medical facilites, and more. [Read more…]

CNN on India’s Health Care System

Here is an excerpt video of feature broadcast by CNN talking and comparing healthcare scenario in many countries. Comparison to USA is made to show that our life expectancy, expenditure on health – per capita spending, and healthcare consumption of the GDP…. is way too less.  And like always, India is conveniently (and mostly) about inaccessible healthcare, poverty, malnutrition, child mortality and more. [Read more…]

The National Rural Health Mission for the year 2005 to 2012  seeks to provide effective healthcare to rural population throughout the country and to raise  public spending on Health from 0.9% of GDP to 2-3% of GDP. Whilst it looks good on paper, it is still a long way to go for our country so fraught with red-tape, corruption, mis-appropriation of funds, and more.

Read this  all encompassing vision for the rural health of the country, which is available on the Minstry of Health and Family Website for download. Here are the salient points…

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