Medicine & Doctors · Politics · Public health

Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

[Before we delve in, perhaps it is important to clarify that most such debates are not about whether private and public health sectors are ‘good/bad’ or necessary/unnecessary. It is implied that both are essential. The debate is more regarding which one should be the ‘model’ or the dominant system in a community; and regarding which… Continue reading Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

Cinema & Bollywood · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

These Movies Show How Sending Doctors To Villages Isn’t The Cure For Rural Healthcare in India

This article was published in HuffPost India on 27 June 16. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: In many community health centres and district hospitals, for example, surgeons frequently cannot operate because surgical and radiological facilities are not modernized, and obstetricians are often compelled to refer patients elsewhere (generally expensive private hospitals) because… Continue reading These Movies Show How Sending Doctors To Villages Isn’t The Cure For Rural Healthcare in India

Politics · Public health

Snake Antivenom: Making ‘Make In India’ Relevant for Rural India

This article was published in HuffPost India on 02 June 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: In fact, each hour snakes bite dozens of people and kill around five Indians (they kill about 45,000 annually). Tens of thousands lose limbs or are disfigured and disabled permanently. In comparison, there were 100,000 dengue… Continue reading Snake Antivenom: Making ‘Make In India’ Relevant for Rural India

Politics · Public health

Without Universal Health Coverage, World Health Day means Little to Most of India

World Health Day 2016: one can’t lose the opportunity to remind India’s policymakers of the single most important need of the country’s citizens and health system – Universal Health Coverage. This article appeared in Scroll on April 7 2016. Below is an excerpt: The more one thinks of it, the more it’s clear how painful… Continue reading Without Universal Health Coverage, World Health Day means Little to Most of India

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Article series on Women’s Health / Maternal Health In India

Through generous funding from New Delhi’s Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, I was able to pen a series of articles on an important public health topic in India: maternal health. I worked on these articles from mid-November 2015 through February 2016. Following is a list of those: On the worrying trend of unnecessary… Continue reading Article series on Women’s Health / Maternal Health In India

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?

Politics · Public health

Net Neutrality to ‘Health Neutrality’: It’s Time We got Serious about Universal Health Coverage

This article was carried by Scroll.in on Jan 20, 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: According to the World Health Organization, the right to health includes access to “timely, acceptable, and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality”. It’s an embarrassing truth for India that high medical expenses force more than six crore citizens… Continue reading Net Neutrality to ‘Health Neutrality’: It’s Time We got Serious about Universal Health Coverage

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

‘Botched’ Surgeries Are a Tragic Exception: India Still Leads the World in Good Quality Cataract Surgeries

This article appeared in India Today’s ‘DailyO’ on 04 Dec 2015. It can be found here. Here is an excerpt: Since 1976, with the launch of the National Program for Control of Blindness, the government has been providing cataract surgeries free of cost. In the early 1990s, realising that that this had not produced the… Continue reading ‘Botched’ Surgeries Are a Tragic Exception: India Still Leads the World in Good Quality Cataract Surgeries