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Every man's doctor

By Neeta Deshpande

Throughout his career in reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation for the leprosy-afflicted and in building community healthcare models, Dr Noshir Antia worked to take healthcare to the grassroots, realising that the fundamental cause of disease is poverty

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Painful facts

By Benita Sen

Over 7 million people in India suffer avoidable pain simply because they have no access to morphine, says a Human Rights Watch report on India’s obligation to ensure palliative care

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47% of children in India are underweight: Unicef

Over half the world's underweight children live in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, says a new Unicef report on the global progress on children's issues. About 5.6 million children worldwide die every year for lack of adequate nutrients

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Clear evidence that investment in TB control works: WHO director general

Three of the world's six regions are expected to achieve tuberculosis (TB) control targets set by the World Health Assembly, according to a new report on the global status of the disease published ahead of World TB Day on March 24

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Malnutrition amongst Maharashtra's tribals: How bad is it?

By Pratibha Shinde

A survey of 22 tribal villages in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district throws up disturbing facts about levels of malnutrition among children. The root of the problem is the absence of sustainable livelihoods

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World ill-prepared for bird flu: WHO

A World Health Organisation factsheet on the H5NI virus, or avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, answers frequently asked questions about the disease

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A world where children everywhere live beyond the age of five

It is likely that 90 countries, 53 of them developing nations, could reduce child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015 if they maintain their current rate of progress. Worryingly, however, 98 developing countries lag behind, finds a new Unicef report

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The unheard scream: Reproductive health and women's lives

By Laxmi Murthy

A review of a new book on the neglect, deprivation and non-existent reproductive healthcare in India

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'One fly is deadlier than one hundred tigers'

In a new report, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council records the experiences of community workers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America on the all-important issues of safe water, sanitation and hygiene

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Bollywood cinema glamourises tobacco use, says WHO study

A recent study commissioned by the World Health Organisation reveals that an overwhelming majority of Hindi films depict some form of tobacco use, and that three-fourths of top-rated films send out a message to the youth that smoking is a trendy lifestyle option

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Report card grades India's tuberculosis control efforts

A report card grading each Indian state on its effectiveness in controlling tuberculosis was issued on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24. As the report indicates, India's success in tackling the disease has been mixed

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Eradicating tuberculosis: The unfinished agenda

By Sandhya Srinivasan

TB is a disease of poverty. But the poor and unemployed, the ones most in need of treatment, are more likely to default on treatment. 'Defaulting' on treatment can lead to multi-drug resistant TB, which the National TB Control Programme cannot, or will not, afford. This is an account of the human side of tuberculosis in India, which has the highest number of TB cases in the world and a third of the global burden

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Where there are no doctors

By Sandhya Srinivasan

Sandhya Srinivasan reviews a manual on primary health care written for primary health workers

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National Health Policy - 2002

The complete text of the National Health Policy

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BODHI: Contuining medical education for healthcare workers

By Sandhya Srinivasan

For 20 years, Dr PK Sarkar has been publishing bulletins and magazines to provide doctors and patients unbiased and objective information on drugs and rational therapy. His journals are fiercely independent, even if that means a hand-to-mouth existence

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What to do with our waste: the Sulabh solution

By Lalitha Sridhar

Dr Bindeshwar Pathak is founder of the Sulabh Sanitation Movement, which has constructed over 650,000 toilet-cum-bath complexes and 62 excreta-based biogas plants in India. In this interview he explains how he brought the 'untouchable' subject of toilets and sanitation to the national agenda

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Drs Nandakumar and Shylaja Menon: Coming home

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara

From top-of-the-line healthcare centres in New York to the Gudalur Adivasi Hospital in Tamil Nadu was one hell of a jump for Drs Nandakumar and Shylaja Menon. But it's been 12 years, and they're still working in their dream village

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Bimla Devi: Health messages and hymns

By Alka Arya

Bimla Devi, a young dalit woman from Nagal Teju village in Haryana, has managed to ensure safe motherhood and deliveries in her village. She has got the upper and lower castes drinking water from the same tap. She has prevented a child marriage. And she has spread awareness about gender equality and panchayati raj.

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Drs Roopa and Narayanan Devadasan: Incredible odds, fighting the gods

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Until the '90s the tribal people of Gudalur Valley summoned the Bettakurumba gods for all their health problems. It was years before Drs Roopa and Narayanan Devadasan could begin to change the tribal health scenario. But slowly and painfully their determination paid off. Now the Bettakurumba gods have started sending patients to the Gudalur Adivasi Hospital!

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Trust built on vision

By Frederick Noronha

The Aravind eyecare organisation, which does 1,000 surgeries and 6,000 consultations every day, was inspired by the MacDonald’s model of efficiency and affordability

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