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New organ donation campaign to crack down on thriving black market

India’s kidney villages may be living on borrowed time. These desperately poor villages are preyed upon by organ traffickers who seek to buy kidneys from healthy but impoverished rural people. A nationwide awareness campaign aims to increase the number of legitimate organ donations in response to shortages in the country and to stop the booming […]

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The AI revolution and India: can it be done?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionise the world at large. Maybe no area will feel the impact more than healthcare. In India, access to healthcare is limited and there is an enormous shortage of medical professionals. This is especially true of rural areas. AI could compensate for these deficiencies, capitalising on ground already

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Iron fortified nutrition bars to combat anaemia

Iron-fortified nutrition bars could help treat anaemia, a severe problem in Indian women. Though iron supplements are a commonly used treatment for anaemia, this study – published on January 18th in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – adds further potential for food supplementation on a more widespread scale. The study was conducted over a

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Amartya Sen, PFI blast India’s low spend on health

“India cannot get a salutation right now” because of its poor performance on healthcare, says world-renowned economist Amartya Sen. “At the bottom of the world league” India’s dismal track record on public healthcare puts it “at the bottom” of the world league, Sen remarked at an international conference in Mumbai in January. “It is disconcerting

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Health budget: Making progress or playing it safe?

The Modi government’s Union Budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1. Jaitley announced  a number of steps to address the plentiful problems facing India’s healthcare system. However, critics said that there were only paltry increases in funding following a year of severe cuts – a “nominal”

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Positive results from immunisation campaign Mission Indradhanush

Progress is being made with India’s Mission Indradhanush (MI), a free vaccination campaign started on the 25th December 2014 by union health minister J P Nadda. The aim of the programme is to expand routine immunisation to include new vaccines, with the programme primarily aimed at children. DNAIndia reports that since the founding of the

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Price cap in sight for cardiac stents

The Indian government has declared that within 10-15 days (as of the 18th January) the price of cardiac stents is to be capped. This announcement follows a host of condemnation over the high cost of stents along with the corresponding cardiac operations. Criticism had also been aimed at the fact that Indian-produced stents were costing

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Few families have health cover in Assam

A new survey reveals that pitifully few families living in the northeastern Indian state of Assam have health coverage, reports the Times of India The latest National Family Health Survey, for 2015-16, reveals that just 10.4% of families living in rural Assam have at least one member covered by health insurance or under a health scheme. This

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Malnutrition in Maharashtra: An intimate crisis

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread”, Mahatma Gandhi said. Nearly seventy years after his death, his words are as apposite as they ever were. A national and regional tragedy The world is home to 795 million undernourished people. This equates roughly

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India stalls in Kenya medical cooperation?

Bilateral talks between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta resulted in a number of agreements regarding medicinal and agricultural cooperation. It has been reported, however, that Prime Minister Modi has remained silent on the topic of Kenya hiring Indian doctors, thought by many to be a strategy of replacement for Kenya’s

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