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?

Fiction · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals

This part-satire fictional article was published in India Medical Times on 30 jan 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: “We have this pet phrase of ‘skilled birth attendance’. Politicians and bureaucrats naively believe that getting women give birth in hospitals instead of homes satisfies the ‘skilled birth attendance’ recommendation of the World… Continue reading Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals

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

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

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

Politics · Public health

The GBD Project Could Do For Health What RTI Did for Governance

This article was published in ‘The Wire.In’. Here is the link. An excerpt: The project’s current attention on the country is ambitious because it will be studying diseases and deaths in each Indian state separately. These estimates are scheduled to be published next year and then updated annually. Considering the many disparities between states, this… Continue reading The GBD Project Could Do For Health What RTI Did for Governance

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Piku – India Finally Talks About Being Mortal

This was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Oct 2 2015. Here is the link. Excerpt: Kids need to start eliciting from parents, maybe in subtle ways, their thoughts and choices about death and dying: How they would like to be treated in a ‘worst-case scenario’, what their priorities are, what… Continue reading Piku – India Finally Talks About Being Mortal

Politics · Public health

How TB Punctures the Great Bubble of India’s ‘Greatness’

This article was published in the DailyO (India Today) on Oct 6 2015. Here is the link. Excerpt: Thus, it is perhaps prudent to mute national pride celebrations until TB in the country comes down. Not because bringing down TB will magically set things right, but because only when things are alright with India will… Continue reading How TB Punctures the Great Bubble of India’s ‘Greatness’