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Digital technology: Boon or bane for kids?

In late March, the Government elected to impose a wholescale lockdown in India to facilitate physical distancing. Similar measures are being enacted worldwide. While lockdown is being eased in many parts of the country, a return to normalcy seems a way off. One effect of the pandemic and ensuing physical distancing measures researchers are flagging […]

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PandemiCast XI: International Day of the African Child

This week we observe International Day of the African Child. COVID-19 is impacting all segments of society and children are hard-hit. In a special edition of PandemiCast, we talk to Professor Anne Njom Nlend and Sheriff Bojang, Jr. about the effect of COVID-19 on children in Africa and their mental, emotional, and physical health. Watch

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Recognising the Importance of Timely Paediatric Cardiac Care

Dr. Srinivas L, Pediatric Cardiologist, Jupiter Hospital, Mumbai ​​​​When a child is born, the first thing every parent wants to know is whether the baby is healthy. But imagine that moment when parents hear the words, “Your child has a congenital heart defect.” Heart diseases are often considered as age-related associated with medical conditions such

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The measles vaccine and why it matters

When it comes to health issues, it is unsurprising the pandemic of COVID-19 dominates the conversation. Yet, as we appraise the gravity of COVID-19, it is important to remember that the world grapples with a plethora of public health concerns. Among them is measles – and it is deeply concerning that the line of defence

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Childhood cancer: The world needs to invest in the fight

By 2050, the world is expected to register 13.7 million new cases of childhood cancer – and without scaling up investments, cancer will kill 11.1 million children.  These are the findings of a landmark report released earlier this week by the Lancet Oncology Commission, a report bringing together the insights of 44 leading experts from

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Autism in India: Why we need awareness

As April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day, there is a prime opportunity to talk about autism in India – a health issue that is too often overlooked. An estimated three million people live with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) on the Indian subcontinent according to a 2018 paper. That report notes that “there has been

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Child health and wellbeing: The world needs to invest

Child health and wellbeing: “The most powerful investments a society can make” What kind of country does one wish theirs to be? There are many possible answers to this question. Perhaps one of the most compelling and morally imperative answers would be that it is a country that provides for its children – in both

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“Toxic air” – The price we pay for pollution

A recently unveiled report has calculated the cost of air pollution due to fossil fuels, pegging it at US$2.9 trillion a year – equivalent to 3.3 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) lost to toxic air. The cost of toxic air as a result of fossil fuels translates to US$8 billion – a

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Disadvantaged from birth, India’s silent problem

Health issues for many children may begin long before they are even born. As many as twenty percent of Indian children are born stunted according to data from UNICEF. Such revelations means that a significant proportion of the child population is born with a condition that is marked as a key risk factor not just

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Rare disease policy deemed ‘Just an eye wash’

Advocacy groups for those suffering from rare diseases within India have voiced their disappointment regarding the National Policy for Rare Diseases 2020 Bill, arguing that – in many cases – the Bill offers no support to those affected by rare diseases at all. An estimated one in twenty Indians suffer from illnesses that full under

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