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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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“Historic” HIV/AIDS law passed in Parliament

An end to HIV/AIDS discrimination? A ‘historic’ bill has been passed in the Indian Parliament, making it illegal to discriminate against those with HIV/AIDS. The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill was first tabled in 2014 and received the Indian cabinet’s seal of approval last year, before being introduced during the 2016 winter session.

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India’s abortion law: time for change?

Abortion is a divisive issue in India: socially, legally, morally and religiously. A number of incidents in recent years have sparked debate over whether or not it is time to revise the country’s abortion laws. In India, the 1971 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act says “a pregnancy may be terminated…[if an] opinion is formed, in

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Mental healthcare bill passed through Parliament

The mental health care bill proposed in 2016 has been passed through parliament. The bill has a number of key aims. Foremost amongst these are the decriminalisation of suicide and the provision of free government provided mental health care for the homeless and poor. The bill will be “patient centric” and to “compel the state

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Bucking the trend: Is India’s drug market back on the up?

“Bucking the trend” India’s drug market is starting to show signs of improvement after a rough few months, with everything from demonetisation to Donald Trump taking its toll. However, the future remains very much unclear. Demonetisation The Indian pharmaceutical market (IPM) is “bucking the trend of a sequential decline” according to MoneyControl, growing 9.6 percent

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Healthcare goes domestic – but is it a home run for patients?

The home healthcare industry is on the rise in India – and it has the capital to prove it. But is it a safe bet for patients as well as investors? Increased interest from investors Home healthcare services are witnessing increased interest from investors, says The Hindu Business Line. It puts this down to “a

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Repealing Obamacare: Boon or bane for Indian start-ups?

President Donald Trump’s plan to repeal American healthcare legislation could present challenges for Indian start-ups.  Trump’s effect on Indian healthcare is a topic Health Issues India has explored before. In November 2016, we wrote that Indian pharma experts were emboldened by his upset election victory. His “pro-industry” leanings and calls for “barriers to entry into

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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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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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