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