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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 districts 66.3% of mothers had never been to school

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


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


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


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


Where there are no doctors

By Sandhya Srinivasan

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


National Health Policy - 2002

The complete text of the National Health Policy