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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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NCDs: how does India compare to the rest of the world?

More than half the world’s nations are not on track to reach the UN target to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes by 2030, according to a new analysis published in The Lancet. India is one of them. NCDs have long since reached epidemic

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75 percent of pollution deaths happen in rural India. Why is it thought of as an urban problem?

Pollution kills millions worldwide every year. In 2015, India witnessed 1.1 million pollution-related deaths. The vast majority of these deaths were borne by the country’s rural population, a new study suggests. “A pan-Indian problem” 75 percent of the 1.1 million pollution-related deaths which took place in India in 2015 took place in rural areas. Exposure

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Over 4000 doctors lose registration in Maharashtra

The government of Maharashtra has revoked the medical registration of 4,548 doctors after the doctors reportedly refused to provide services in rural areas. At a time when chronic shortages of medical staff cause widespread issues across India, the move is unlikely to be well received. Further reducing the number of doctors could place an unnecessary

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Early detection in rural areas may stem cancer epidemic

Breast cancer kills tens of thousands of women every year in India. Those in rural environments may not have access to healthcare facilities in order to receive check ups, leading to late stage cancer development before treatment is obtained by the patient. This lack of early detection could lead to a far higher risk of

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Rural healthcare: 3 percent of doctors, 70 percent of the population

Rural populations are estimated to make up 70 percent of the total population in India. Despite this only three percent of doctors operate out of rural locations. This creates the foundations of a highly unequal healthcare system in which those in rural areas often fall through the gaps in terms of access. Many in India

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Health maps to provide visual representation of rural India

A new book looks to provide a visual – and perhaps vital – representation of the disparities in Indian healthcare. Recently published by the Chhattisgarh-based non-profit Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS), “An Atlas of Rural Health: Chronicles from Central India” consists of fifty true stories, coupled with various health maps and cartograms. The book aims to

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