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Chikungunya, dengue and emerging infectious diseases
Nov 10, 2016

Chikungunya, dengue and emerging infectious diseases

Chikungunya is an example of what public health specialists call emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases in developing countries.

China’s surge in non-communicable diseases may limit its progress in SDG 3 on good health and well-being
Mar 31, 2021

China’s surge in non-communicable diseases may limit its progress in SDG 3 on good health and well-being

China seems to be far behind with SDG — with the possibility of achieving 12 out of the 28 health-related SDG targets.

Dealing with vector borne diseases better: Learning from Sri Lanka's success with Malaria
Sep 30, 2016

Dealing with vector borne diseases better: Learning from Sri Lanka's success with Malaria

It is not the best picture that we, as one of the fastest growing economies, present to the world — where people are still dying of vector borne dis

Gendered Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases in India’s Older Adults
Feb 16, 2024

Gendered Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases in India’s Older Adults

Rapid advancements in medicine and falling fertility rates have contributed to the rise in the population of India’s older adults in recent decades. This demographic and epidemiological shift has a gendered impact: A higher proportion of women over the age of 60, compared to their male counterparts, suffer from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and bone diseases, cancers, cognitive decline, and depression. T

India's triumph: A journey towards eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases
Jan 17, 2024

India's triumph: A journey towards eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases

India has shown commendable progress in eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases through robust immunisation programmes

Rare diseases in India: Still a blind spot
Feb 28, 2021

Rare diseases in India: Still a blind spot

On Rare Disease Day, an analysis of India’s policy for those suffering from these ailments

Rare Diseases in India: ‘Orphan’ No More?
Jul 14, 2022

Rare Diseases in India: ‘Orphan’ No More?

Of all cases of rare diseases across the globe, around one-third occur in India. Yet, these diseases—‘rare’ because they affect a relatively small number of people—are hardly given attention in the country. With its resource constraints, India continues to lag in awareness, diagnosis, and drug development relating to such diseases, and there is inadequate medical and scientific research, too. India formulated a National Policy on Rare Dis

The heightened prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in women
Mar 08, 2023

The heightened prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in women

A combination of prevention, early identification, and treatment is necessary for a significant decrease in noncommunicable disease mortality

The Kigali Global Dialogue: A Discussion About Health and Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries
Aug 07, 2019

The Kigali Global Dialogue: A Discussion About Health and Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries

There is significant research to support the fact that diet and lifestyle have impact on reducing risk for chronic disease.

A Food Systems Approach to Food Security and Nutrition
May 16, 2023

A Food Systems Approach to Food Security and Nutrition

The world is currently witnessing an increase in the prevalence of undernourishment as well as a rise in the incidence of overweight, obesity, and non-communicable diseases. Addressing issues of food security and nutrition would not be possible without adopting a food systems perspective—from farm to fork. Indeed, in 2021, countries developed national pathways to transforming food systems to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Developme

A long-drawn and rising public-health concern: Hepatitis in the post-COVID world
Jul 28, 2022

A long-drawn and rising public-health concern: Hepatitis in the post-COVID world

As World Hepatitis Day is being observed, it is imperative to be aware of this public health threat, especially since the incidence of hepatitis cases

A warming warning: Why climate crisis is a public health emergency
May 31, 2024

A warming warning: Why climate crisis is a public health emergency

Recognising climate change as a public health emergency is imperative due to its profound implications for human health and well-being

AI in health: Promises, pitfalls, pathways
Apr 05, 2024

AI in health: Promises, pitfalls, pathways

Mirroring global trends, the Indian market for AI in healthcare is growing rapidly, but many pitfalls must be negotiated and opportunities tapped befo

Botched-up operations again
Dec 09, 2014

Botched-up operations again

In healthcare, one of the main rudimentary elements is health education which is lacking in India. Hygiene and cleanliness are very important as is emphasised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and if basic habits like washing hands before eating are inculcated in the people, a lot of diseases could be prevented.

Can India Herald a New Dawn in Telehealth Through Platform Thinking?
Aug 23, 2022

Can India Herald a New Dawn in Telehealth Through Platform Thinking?

Open Digital Telehealth Initiative will not only aid the pace of growth of healthcare services across India but will also help deliver a wide set of p

COVID-19 and cooperative federalism in India: So far, so good
Apr 30, 2020

COVID-19 and cooperative federalism in India: So far, so good

More states are beginning to relax lockdown restrictions to restore normalcy with preventive measures. How did a country of 1.3 billion, with large sl

Enhancing population health: India's policies and programmes
Apr 05, 2024

Enhancing population health: India's policies and programmes

India is prioritising access to affordable, high-quality healthcare services through recent government policies, reflecting a strong commitment to hea

Flailing giant state of Nigeria: Reassessing problems of human security
Nov 23, 2021

Flailing giant state of Nigeria: Reassessing problems of human security

Nigeria is at the risk of becoming a failed state as it faces multiple challenges such as terrorism, secessionist movements, political violence, and w

Health is Wealth: Indian Private Sector Investments in African Healthcare
May 22, 2023

Health is Wealth: Indian Private Sector Investments in African Healthcare

The increasing range of cross-boundary health issues has prompted the integration of health into the discipline of diplomacy, and this trend is reflected in India-Africa partnership. India’s development partnerships are, however, predicated on the idea of development effectiveness, which requires active private sector engagement. By focusing on four opportunity sectors — medical tourism, tele-health, frugal innovations, and the pharmaceutica

Health Policy belongs to the national security domain and different stakeholders must engage
Apr 18, 2020

Health Policy belongs to the national security domain and different stakeholders must engage

Samir Saran, President, ORF was interviewed by Oxford Political Review in the backdrop of the Indian government’s decision to enforce a complete loc

In the Shadow of COVID19: Reimagining BIMSTEC’s Health Futures
May 24, 2023

In the Shadow of COVID19: Reimagining BIMSTEC’s Health Futures

BIMSTEC member states have issued, on occasion, joint statements recognising the importance of holistic public healthcare and the need for alliances. Yet, intra-BIMSTEC collaborations so far have been limited, mostly focused on traditional medicine. Amidst COVID-19, the region’s states have an opportunity to take their health-sector partnerships to a “new normal”.  Given the highly endemic nature of communicable diseases and the porous bor

India and the U.S. Make a Strategic Case for Health Cooperation
Aug 17, 2023

India and the U.S. Make a Strategic Case for Health Cooperation

India and the United States (US) have been cooperating in the health sector since the late 1960s. The cooperation has intensified in the past decade, riding on institutional structures established following the launch of the US-India Health Initiative in 2010. It has seen further expansion since the COVID-19 pandemic, and today covers a wide range of areas including disease prevention and combating infectious diseases, maternal and child

India's heath sector in trouble
Oct 28, 2015

India's heath sector in trouble

Not having a focused national health policy and leaving it to the states to take care of this serious issue is not going to improve India's health profile or indicators. This is already evident in the growing number of diseases that make seasonal rounds in all cities and towns.

India’s efforts in strengthening public health surveillance: Role of integrated public health laboratories
May 15, 2023

India’s efforts in strengthening public health surveillance: Role of integrated public health laboratories

IPHLs and the PRISM framework offer a comprehensive approach to strengthening India's public health system

India’s fight against health emergencies: In search of a legal architecture
May 24, 2023

India’s fight against health emergencies: In search of a legal architecture

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2) has exposed glaring gaps in India’s domestic laws. Absent a rationally structured legislation to fall back on, the Union government in March advised states to invoke the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 to tackle the pandemic in their jurisdictions. The 123-year-old colonial law, however, does not even define what a disease is, let alone an epidemic or a pandemic. Ind

Lessons from the pandemic: State capacity and third-tier governance
Nov 27, 2021

Lessons from the pandemic: State capacity and third-tier governance

It is apparent that local government bodies played a big role in controlling the pandemic, therefore they should be further empowered

Mapping the Literature on Development Assistance in Health: A Bibliometric Analysis
Apr 22, 2024

Mapping the Literature on Development Assistance in Health: A Bibliometric Analysis

This paper presents a bibliometric analysis of the literature on private health aid and official health assistance between 2000 and 2022. It provides an overview of the sites and themes in the literature pertaining to development assistance in health, and collates the significant policy recommendations presented therein. Several crucial findings emerge from the bibliometric analysis: 44.2 percent of the 489 papers/articles assessed focused on low

Modification of natural landscapes and pandemics
Mar 26, 2020

Modification of natural landscapes and pandemics

Let us resolve to leave the standing forests and other natural landscapes alone and revisit the provisions of forest land diversion under the legal fr

Of variants and vaccines: The nuts and bolts of COVID-19 trajectory
Feb 03, 2022

Of variants and vaccines: The nuts and bolts of COVID-19 trajectory

The rapid mutation of the coronavirus and threat of new variants have indicated that COVID-19 is likely to remain for the long term

Overcoming data challenges in tracking India’s health and nutrition targets
Dec 29, 2016

Overcoming data challenges in tracking India’s health and nutrition targets

In May 2016, the Health Secretaries of the States and Union Territories of India gathered in the capital and issued “The Delhi Commitment on Sustainable Development Goals for Health”. Among others, the document acknowledged the need to invest in health data collection, analysis and research so that these can properly inform government policies and strategies necessary to address the various challenges facing India’s healthcare. Such commitm

Population health in India: Challenges and strategies for improving public well-being
Jul 31, 2023

Population health in India: Challenges and strategies for improving public well-being

A comprehensive approach needs to be undertaken by raising awareness of rights and encouraging community involvement and self-reliance to improve the

Prevent Zoonoses: Now or never
Jul 06, 2023

Prevent Zoonoses: Now or never

The G20 has the potential to leverage its influence and resources to address the root causes of zoonotic diseases through joint initiatives and take p

Pursuit of an inclusive and equitable healthcare system
Mar 08, 2024

Pursuit of an inclusive and equitable healthcare system

As part of this effort, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) launched a report, Health Equity and Inclusion in Action, which seeks to examine the ways different health initiatives in six countries across Asia and Africa are exploring to address this complex problem. The report, created by the ORF in collaboration with Gilead Sciences who commissioned it, examines case studies from Bangladesh, India, Morocco, Rwanda, South Africa and Vietnam to

Rising meat consumption, climate change and pandemics: Untangling the multilevel connections
Jun 23, 2020

Rising meat consumption, climate change and pandemics: Untangling the multilevel connections

One of the less debated causes of growing greenhouse gases is the increasing global meat consumption.

Slovenian children as pawns in the pandemic powerplay
Sep 14, 2021

Slovenian children as pawns in the pandemic powerplay

As the government flip flops between opening and closing schools, children are suffering from the confusion in policy directives