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Exclusive interview: Dr Mikashmi Kohli on why essential diagnostics matter in realising universal healthcare

Health Issues India talks to Dr Mikashmi Kohli, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill International TB Centre, about a recent study she co-authored with Dr Madhukar Pai about the importance of essential diagnostics in the path towards universal healthcare. The study, “Essential Diagnositcs: A Key Element […]

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#HealthForPolls, Interview with Amir Ullah Khan: Health is not a political subject

Experts believe that India’s healthcare is in a dismal state because of lack of funds and now the implementation of Ayushman Bharat too is stuck for the same reason. As part of our ongoing campaign to pitch for health, we speak to Amir Ullah Khan – former policy advisor, Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation and Professor, 

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#HealthForPolls, Interview with Dr Sanjiv Kumar: The BJP fulfilled Congress’s Health manifesto

Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections five years ago, both the Congress and the BJP, promised the people of India that they were entitled to the ‘Right to Health’. The Constitution of India guarantees this. Elaborate manifesto promises were made to improve the accessibility and quality of healthcare. Now, as this year’s polls approach, it

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#HealthForPolls, Rajeev Gowda: Health a question of competing priorities

In a bid to make public health a part of national discourse ahead of 2019 elections, Health Issues India is speaking to policymakers and health experts to understand the long-standing issues surrounding healthcare in India and attempt to find solutions as part of its ongoing series, Health For Polls. Today, we are in conversation with

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Exclusive interview with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO Deputy Director General

Earlier this year, Dr Soumya Swaminathan – director of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – was appointed Deputy Director General (DDG) of programmes at the World Health Organization (WHO). Health Issues India has interviewed Dr Swaminathan, about the progress made in public health, both in India and on the global level, and what she

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Exclusive interview: Sir Andy Haines on climate change, a global health challenge

This year environmental issues have grabbed the headlines in India, from large-scale monsoon floods to the Delhi Smog. A study in The Lancet also found that air pollution kills more people in India than anywhere else in the world. Health Issues India has had the opportunity to interview Professor Sir Andy Haines, a professor with

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India’s first nutrition atlas goes online

India’s first ever nutritional atlas goes live online, thanks to Telangana’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN). An essential tool In an exclusive interview with Health Issues India, Dr M. Vishnu Vardhana Rao of the NIN says he hopes that the atlas will useful to “policy makers, programme managers, researchers, media, students and other stakeholders.” Given the

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Exclusive interview with Dr. Harald Nusser: NCDs and the role of young people

This year, on August 8, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the World Economic Forum convenes a meeting of ASEAN countries, allowing senior decision-makers from a range of sectors to “facilitate greater collaboration between industry, government and civil society, and to work on shaping the brightest

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Exclusive Interview with Joël Calmet on the status of polio eradication and the introduction of IPV

With its last reported case of a wild polio infection dating back to January 2011, India completed the three-year mandatory period that a country needs to stay free of fresh infections in 2014, allowing it to be endorsed as a country which has eradicated the virus. India will now introduce injectable polio vaccine (IPV) in

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Interview with Mr. Gopi Gopalakrishnan, President- World Health Partners (WHP)

Mr. Gopi Gopalakrishnan is the President of World Health Partners (WHP) and has over 20 years of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programmes in low-resource settings. We recently had the opportunity to interview him for his thoughts on the status of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), family planning and health care in India. WHP was

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