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Backgrounders

Health : Background & Perspective

By Sandhya Srinivasan

India has made rapid strides in the health sector since Independence: life expectancy has gone up markedly, the infant mortality rate has been halved, 42 per cent of children receive the essential immunisations. We have a huge private healthcare infrastructure. And yet, critical ...

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Analysis

The larger implications of the Novartis Glivec judgment

The larger implications of the Novartis Glivec judgment

By Sudip Chaudhuri

The Supreme Court judgment on the Novartis-Glivec case has gone beyond technical and legal issues and linked the question of patenting with net benefits to society. What the judgment says and what it implies has significance for patent regimes in developing countries

 

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Features

Waves of change in rural health

Waves of change in rural health

By Usha Rai

A communications initiative that has spread awareness of healthcare needs and entitlements in hundreds of villages across Gujarat and Rajasthan has had a huge impact

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Books & Reports

Mothers tell the malnutrition story

Mothers tell the malnutrition story

By Pamela Philipose

The hunger and malnutrition (HUNGaMA) survey underlines the close links between a mother’s physical and educational status and her child’s nutritional status. In the six best-performing rural districts roughly 95% of mothers had been to school, whereas in the worst-performing dist...

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Changemakers

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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Stories of change

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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