Medicine & Doctors · Public health

93rd Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare

This report, presented on April 27, was ‘on Demands for Grants (2016-17) of the Department of Health and Family Welfare’. It analysed the resource allocations to health made and promised in India’s national Budget of Feb 2016. The article was published in HuffPost India on 05 May 2016. Here is the link. Below is an… Continue reading 93rd Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare

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

Unsafe Medical Care and Preventable Healthcare-Related Errors in India

An op-ed written by me, titled ‘When Hospitals Breed Illness’, appeared in the Times of India on March 31 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: Such errors are not just about doctors and nurses committing a mistake – in fact they are hardly about individuals. Research has consistently shown that unsafe healthcare… Continue reading Unsafe Medical Care and Preventable Healthcare-Related Errors in 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?

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 Care

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 Care

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