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Prime Minister Modi’s “four pillars to UHC”

At the United Nations meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out his approach to achieving UHC in India.  The approach revolves around four pillars, each assessing a different aspect of the provision of healthcare. The meeting occurred following the one-year anniversary of Modi’s flagship healthcare scheme Ayushman […]

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Modi hardsells AYUSH at G20

The UN General Assembly adopted an India-led resolution in 2014 declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The purpose of the day is to recognise and promote that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. At the G20 this year, Prime Minister Modi has continued to promote the practice, alongside other AYUSH

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Tragedy in Gorakhpur: Newborns die, oxygen shortages to blame?

Thirty children have died in the last 48 hours (as of August 12) at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Sixty had died if taking into account five days prior to August 12. The children were all aged below 12. Many of them were newborns. Investigations by the media revealed that the

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Modi to “go beyond” Paris Agreement

India will “go above and beyond” on climate change, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The pledge was made during a speech with new French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the Paris Agreement on climate change, which India ratified last year. Modi’s declaration comes shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United

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No one questioned the Chief Minister: Double standards in Vyapam scam corruption case?

The Vyapam scam rocking the medical community in Madhya Pradesh implicates the Chief Minister in corruption, according to the Indian National Congress – who are calling for him to stand down. Shivraj Singh Chouhan – who has been Chief Minister since 2005 – is facing heat in the wake of the scandal, which has led to

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Two more years of Modi, future policies

The Modi administration has pledged massive reforms to healthcare, with its National Health Policy (NHP) being  perhaps one of the most ambitious healthcare projects in the world. However,  providing adequate healthcare to a population as large as India’s calls for a phenomenal budget. The results of the NHP programme, as well as the Swachh Bharat

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