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Methylene blue: India’s next weapon against malaria?

A study published earlier this year in The Lancet Infectious Diseases showed promising results for methylene blue as a malaria treatment, potentially indicating its future use as a first line treatment. Commonly used in the treatment of the blood disorder methemoglobinemia, the study indicates the dye could be a means of tackling even drug resistant …

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India’s health check: It’s bad news

In August 2016, a tribal man in Odisha walked ten kilometres from the hospital where his wife died. He carried her body with him – in the presence, no less, of his twelve-year-old daughter. He was forced to do so because the state hospital could not provide an ambulance.  The incident served as a graphic …

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Sister company of Health Issues India evaluates EU investments in Indian health

A new study reports that it is difficult to show the overall impact of massive European investment in poverty-related diseases. The study was conducted by RAND and Baird’s CMC, a policy research company that is in the same group of companies as Health Issues India. The study, commissioned by the European Union (EU), did report …

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The inequality of improvement: What the HAQ Index tells India

Access to healthcare has improved in India since 1990 – but not enough. Meanwhile, inequality persists. The country takes the 145th place out of 195 countries on the Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index. This measures the accessibility and quality of healthcare in countries by drawing on a plethora of data, including the 2016 Global …

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Emerging infectious diseases in India: the scourge that could boost urban development

This article has been republished under a Creative Commons license from The Conversation. The piece was authored by Olivier Telle, research scientist at CSH, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). It can be accessed here. Full credit goes to the original author and publisher. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Human societies have seen a significant decrease in mortality from infectious diseases …

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Malaria vector resurges in Delhi after 10 years

Malaria can be carried by a number of mosquito species, the most common of which is aedes aegypti. However, more species exist that can adapt to differing conditions, allowing the reach of the disease to expand. Worryingly, the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) has detected the presence of two mosquito species in and around …

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Drones vs. mosquitoes: Gujarat Chief Minister’s solution

In the fight against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, could drones be the answer? Shankar Chaudhary, the Health Minister for Gujarat, seems to think so. At an event in May to launch an anti-malaria campaign in the state, he said “the mosquito is a terrorist…a silent killer.” To this end, the minister suggested, “we should …

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Can malaria be eliminated by 2030?

Malaria can be eliminated from India and the South Asia region by 2030, claims the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), marking World Malaria Day. This positivity may be overshadowed by the spread of drug resistant malaria in a number of south Asian countries. Though not yet spread to India, there are reports of Artemisinin-resistant …

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Fight against malaria: is the end in sight for India?

Malaria has been a global scourge for millennia. This is especially true of India. For as long as the country has been an independent nation, malaria has posed a major threat to the health of the nation. In 1947, an estimated 75 million Indians were infected with malaria – more than a fifth of the …

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Distribution of mosquito borne illness in India

The most prevalent mosquito-borne diseases occurring in India are malaria, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Though distributions and severity of each disease vary considerably. It is worth noting that despite high concentrations of each disease in specific regions, due to rainy seasons mosquitos are capable of spreading across the vast majority of India, with only a …

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