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Tribal areas see increase in health infrastructure: Is it enough?

Tribal areas witnessed a 73 percent increase in the availability of healthcare facilities between 2005 and 2020, according to government data. In 2005, the number of sub-health centres in tribal areas stood at 16,748. By 2020, this increased to 29,745 – a 78 percent increase. Primary health centres, meanwhile, increased by fifty percent from 2,809 […]

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The Chipko movement, Sunderlal Bahuguna, and the continued deforestation crisis

Katherine Goldsmith once dubbed environmental activist Sunderlal Bahuguna ‘a gentle warrior’, in an exploration of his decades-long quest for environmental justice — perhaps most notably via the Chipko movement. Recently, Sunderlal Bahuguna passed away aged 94 after contracting COVID-19 — but his legacy endures, as does the Chipko movement he was such an integral part of. Chipko — or, “to hug”,

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Rural Gujarat still struggles with doctor shortages

In the state of Gujarat, recruiting doctors to fill positions in government hospitals remains a challenge – with rural Gujarat bearing the brunt.  In 2018 and 2019, the state government recruited 2,228 graduates of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) courses. However, a mere fourteen percent of them – translating to just 321 medicos

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India’s pollution crisis: 2 million lives a year

Air pollution continues to claim millions of lives every year with India leading the world in this regard. More than two million lives are lost to breathing toxic air in the country every year, in a grim reminder that India’s pollution crisis is among the leading threats to its environment and to public health. The

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Adityanath announces rural health boon

In a move to improve access to healthcare in rural areas, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that government medical college graduates in Uttar Pradesh will be required to work for two years in villages.  Speaking at an event to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Ayushman Bharat, the Chief Minister said that the village work requirement

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India’s shortage of specialist doctors is still staggering

July 1st marked Doctors’ Day – and while the occasion was an opportunity to thank the medical professionals who work to ensure good health, it also was a bitter reminder of the public health crisis India is facing. The government has put a figure to the mammoth medical staff shortage India is battling.  The new

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World Environment Day highlights a health crisis

World Environment Day is observed annually on June 5th to commemorate the importance of conserving our environment from the many threats it faces. For India, World Environment Day offers a valuable opportunity to recognise one of the major issues confronting the nation: its poor environmental health, ranked as the worst in the world in the

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Telemedicine: Bridging the accessibility gap?

When it comes to dispensing healthcare, telemedicine has emerged as an innovative method of bridging the accessibility gap. Start-ups are leading the way. One such enterprise, Mfine, has just collected a massive cash injection to further its efforts to expand access to telemedicine services. It is the latest e-health development in India, suggesting a digital

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Villagers boycott election over pollution

Amidst India going to the polls to determine the composition of the 17th Lok Sabha, by-elections took place in Tamil Nadu to fill eighteen constituencies in the state’s Legislative Assembly. And in one village, residents are refusing to participate. The reason? Pollution. A polling booth established in the village of Nagaraja Kandigai has not seen

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Air pollution is India’s apocalypse that won’t go away

More than two years ago, Greenpeace warned that India was facing an “apocalypse” because of air pollution. This week, we are given yet another warning about the public health catastrophe brewing in the air and festering in Indians’ lungs. This is thanks to the 2019 State of Global Air Report. In 2017, India lost 1.2 million

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