Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Targeting doctors and hospitals is an unproductive ‘solution’ for unnecessary C-sections – it is time we enlisted them as partners

This was published in The Swaddle on October 1 2017. Here is the link and below is an extract: The government, having already displayed interest in addressing this issue, must arrive at an evolving strategy through a general consensus of patient advocates, doctors, nurses and midwives, public health experts, and social workers. It could begin… Continue reading Targeting doctors and hospitals is an unproductive ‘solution’ for unnecessary C-sections – it is time we enlisted them as partners

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Why the MTP Bill 2014 favors AYUSH docs and nurses as abortion providers

This was published in The Swaddle on September 3. Here is the link, and below is an extract. “One way to do that is to expand the number of trained abortion practitioners. Women in India undergo unsafe abortions for several reasons, but a major factor is the unavailability of safe and legal abortion services in most… Continue reading Why the MTP Bill 2014 favors AYUSH docs and nurses as abortion providers

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

What we can learn from hospitals which have successfully brought down their C-section rates

This was published in ‘The Better India’ on May 6 2017. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt. New research from Harvard Medical School in the US, where too the ‘profit motive’ gets disproportionately blamed, emphasizes what could be called system factors: limited resources, high workload, limited motivation, and limited accountability. These put… Continue reading What we can learn from hospitals which have successfully brought down their C-section rates

Fiction · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook

Using hypothetical Facebook conversations and some satire, I have attempted to highlight the challenges faced by India’s poor in maternal care. 1. Almost 70% of Indians live in villages, and a majority of villages have poor govt health infrastructure and unreliable electricity supply. People manage somehow, but these ‘jugaads’ are dangerous & unsustainable. Besides, the… Continue reading India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Shunned for Years, Can Trained Midwives Fix India’s Maternity Mess?

This article appeared in Quartz India on March 02, 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: By and large, the most persuasive argument for making midwives more mainstream in India is a feminist one. It can hardly be contested that the current system in which women receive care here is heavily biased towards… Continue reading Shunned for Years, Can Trained Midwives Fix India’s Maternity Mess?

Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

The Cesarean Epidemic: Let’s Make Normal Deliveries the Norm Again

This article was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Jan 9 2016. Here is the link: Following is an extract: The public health problem of unnecessary Caesareans has been around for some time now. But only recently, with distrust in the healthcare system increasing, have Indian patients begun questioning needless surgeries… Continue reading The Cesarean Epidemic: Let’s Make Normal Deliveries the Norm Again

Politics · Public health

What India Can Learn from Scandinavia and their ‘Welfare’ Models

This article appeared in India Today’s ‘DailyO’ on 12 Nov 2015. It can be found here. Below is an excerpt: For India, where generally, the amount you earn dictates how well you get treated (medically and otherwise), Scandinavia offers some wise health policy lessons. What broadly defines their success in healthcare is extensive government participation.… Continue reading What India Can Learn from Scandinavia and their ‘Welfare’ Models