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ENERGY SECURITY
Rural LPG: On the back burner
ENERGY SECURITY : Rural LPG: On the back burner

The distribution of LPG to rural households is far from satisfactory. A comprehensive review of the performance and accountability of different institutions in the supply chain is needed.

#Energy #Economy
COVID-19
Battling the pandemic with technology

Start-ups and technology wizards put together the largest ever tele-medicine effort to fight Covid-19. India must use this start to create a National Health Digital Core, says Ramesh Menon.

#Public Health
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS
Vulnerable to more than the virus
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS : Vulnerable to more than the virus

The Working Peoples' Charter on Coronavirus Crisis in India lists a number of steps necessary to ensure that the likely disruption to the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people is thoughtfully addressed.

#Labour Issues #Economy #Livelihoods
WOMEN HEALTH CARE
Our Health, Our Initiative
WOMEN HEALTH CARE : Our Health, Our Initiative

A vocal community demanding its health rights through greater participation local governance is the key to long term change, and this may be finally starting to happen in a few places.

#Public Health #Women's Health #RAJASTHAN
PASSIVE EUTHANASIA
Freedom to choose death
PASSIVE EUTHANASIA : Freedom to choose death

The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment has allowed passive euthanasia, thereby giving succour to terminally ill patients and their relatives, but is India culturally ready for this move? Ramesh Menon reports.

#People
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
Defeating the deadly diarrhea
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE : Defeating the deadly diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in our country. Reasonably priced vaccines backed by the government are now available to help stop this malady, says Swapna Majumdar.

#Children #Child Health
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chugging along in the name of sustainability
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS : Chugging along in the name of sustainability

Kanchi Kohli raises questions on the Voluntary National Review report which shows India’s efforts to achieve seven of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

#Government #Poverty
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Ignorance can lead to blindness
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY : Ignorance can lead to blindness

There are 70 million diabetics in India, 80 percent of them have vision problems about which they are either not aware or lack access to good eye care. Swapna Majumdar reports how NGOs are partnering to reach out to the marginalised and providing them better eye care and prevention.

#Women's Health
ODD-EVEN FORMULA
With road rationing, Delhi fights air pollution

Delhi, infamous for high air pollution, has been experimenting with odd-even formula by curbing the movement of private vehicles from Jan 1st. After one week of the execution of the programme, there is no visible change in the pollution level. Will road rationing help to reduce the pollution level or does Delhi need much more action to control the pollution, writes Akshatha M.

#Environment #Government Opinions
EYE CAMP FIASCO
Why must only the poor suffer?
EYE CAMP FIASCO : Why must only the poor suffer?

In Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, people lost their sight after botched up cataract surgeries. Was it because the organizers, the medical and paramedical staff of the district hospital did not take necessary steps? Or was the quality of medication used questionable? Or, because the victims are too marginalised and too poor to protest? Asks Shoma Chatterji.

#Public Health #Poverty #MADHYA PRADESH
WORLD AIDS DAY FEATURE
Surviving stigma: HIV care and the aftermath

Much has been said about India’s success in containing the spread of the AIDS epidemic. But can it build on the progress so far and ensure that survivors receive the dignity and social security they need? Pushpa Achanta’s conversations on the eve of World AIDS Day aren’t heartening.

#AIDS #Health Laws and Governance
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
How long before we can address mental health issues humanely

On World Mental Health Day, Pushpa Achanta shares the struggle of some mental illness survivors she met recently and hopes that our nation's Mental Health Program is implemented by the government earnestly.

SANITATION & HYGIENE
Slum dwellers in Assam suffer from poor sanitation and hygiene

Sanitary conditions in most of the slum areas in Assam are abysmal. Ignorance about cleanliness, lack of water supply and proper working toilets, absence of covered drainage and sewage, and no action from the local and state government are to be blamed for the mess, reports Nilotpal Bhattacharjee.

#Sanitation #Urban Environment #ASSAM
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE
Why rural girls need more than just sanitary napkins

Handing out non-biodegradable sanitary pads to rural school girls who have reached menarche will not address their menstrual hygiene issue. Clean and functional toilets with water supply, awareness about menstruation, economical and biodegradable pads and more is needed, finds Puja Awasthi.

#Girls' Education #Women's Health
ACCESS TO HEALTH
Nowhere near to being a healthy nation

The out-of-pocket health expenditure by the poor is spiraling and the government spending on public health care is reducing. The existing public health programes and insurance schemes are failing; private health care sector is not properly regulated; Shambhu Ghatak finds the health of our nation worrisome.

#Health Laws and Governance
DISABILITY IN DELHI
In the national capital, no policy for Persons with Disabilities

The Comptroller and Auditor General performance audit of the social welfare schemes for Persons with Disabilities run by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Delhi, covering the years from 2009 to 2014, which got tabled recently brought forth some shocking facts, writes Himanshu Upadhyaya.

#Disability #DELHI
TOILETS FOR ALL
India’s sanitation puzzle: Missing the complete picture?

The focus on ending open defecation and ensuring a toilet in every home is a limited one. Lasting success will require a much larger focus on sanitation, writes Aditya Bhol.

#Sanitation #Urban Poor
PRIVATE HEALTHCARE
Is your blood sample flowing down the laboratory sink?

Unnecessary tests, forced hospitalisations to meet the targets set for employed physicians, and the infamous but real ‘sink test’: the shocking realities in the private healthcare sector are many, as Pavan Kulkarni finds out at a panel discussion on the issue. Is more regulation the need of the hour?

#People #Society
MAGGI CONTROVERSY
Food Safety: The devil could be elsewhere!

As the country boils over in outrage against Nestle following the detection of dangerous levels of lead in its popular Maggi brand, Sarika Agarwal takes an objective look at the possible real sources of contamination and the core issues related to food safety.

#Environment #Laws
MEDICAL CORRUPTION
When an honest doctor chose to give up medical practice

Tales of medical malpractice and its impact on patients are all too common in India. But what does the culture of corruption mean for one who wishes to remain true to the noble profession that he had chosen for himself? Pavan Kulkarni finds out.

#Health Laws and Governance #People
PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD
Coal energy: Can communities fight the threat?

A recent workshop in Karnataka focused on the health impact of coal-based power plants and other industrial pollutants and shared inputs on how to empower local communities to combat the same. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

#Energy #Environmental Hazards #Public Health
EMERGENCY CARE ON TRAINS
The one thing every traveller on Indian Railways needs

The Railway Budget this year has been hailed for its pragmatic approach and emphasis on modernisation and customer experience. Tanvi Bhatikar raises a critical issue that needs to be addressed in order to deliver on those fronts.

#Public Funds #Government
HOSPITAL NIGHTMARES
What’s turning women in labour away from hospitals?

Institutionalised delivery is encouraged as a means of reducing maternal/infant mortality, but the misbehaviour meted to pregnant women in government hospitals deters them from seeking such care. Ruhi Kandhari reports.

#Public Health #Women's Health #Government