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Budget 2017: eliminate measles

Measles will be eliminated by 2020 promises the 2017 health budget. Doing so would eradicate a public health scourge that kills thousands of children in India every year. To fulfill this ambitious yet viable pledge, the Indian government will seek to build upon the country’s success in combating the disease in recent years, through a …

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Budget 2017: Eliminate filariasis

India aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis by the end of 2017. Previously mentioned in a national health policy in 2002, it was aimed to be eliminated by 2015. Like many of the other disease mentioned during the 2017 budget, previous deadlines for elimination have not been met. This casts a shadow of doubt over the …

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Budget 2017: eliminate kala-azar

The 2017 budget set out by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has established a number of diseases set to be eliminated. Among these is kala-azar.  However, previous governments have often said before that India was on the verge of elimination and all have been proved wrong. Of the disease targeted in the budget such as TB …

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Budget 2017: Tuberculosis elimination

At the rate of decline of tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in India over the past 24 years (0.91% per year), it would take India 183 years for the disease to be considered eradicated. The recently released government budget set 2025 as a target for TB elimination from India. Critics have responded by saying that this is …

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