THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
28 March 2017
Health : Health Laws and Governance
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

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
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 People
FAMILY PLANNING POLICY
Sterilisation deaths: What’s new, after all? The death of 14 women in Chhattisgarh following botched sterilisation procedures has rightfully led to furore across the country. But a detailed, historical analysis of family planning as it has evolved, by Shoma A Chatterji, exposes an inherent and sustained gender bias in policy as well as practice.
Women's Health Society Women
COUNTERFEIT DRUGS
Why the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy may happen again With a recent drug sample report confirming the presence of rat poison in medicines administered to Chhattisgarh’s hapless tubectomy victims, it is yet another wake-up call for India to address the threats posed by its $4.25-billion fake drugs market. Tanvi Bhatikar lays out some stark facts.
Law and Order Health
MEDICAL CORRUPTION
Who will lead the anti-corruption agenda in the health sector? The conduct of election of members to the Medical Council of India in 2013 and its subsequent actions over the past year have underlined the brazen corruption in the regulatory body. Developments in the health ministry raise doubts over whether these issues will be tackled at all. A round up:
Law and Order Education Government Health Laws
SURROGACY LAWS
What surrogate parenting entails in India While India satisfies all conditions for emerging as an attractive surrogacy hub, confusion over legal requirements and conditions reigns supreme as the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill hangs in limbo. Vinita A Shetty has more on why formal legislation is critical to the growth of the practice.
Laws Women
ENDOSULFAN VICTIMS
A committee to exonerate industry? The recommendations of the committee constituted to look into the claims of endosulfan victims in Kasargod and decide on the need to set up a tribunal to settle those, appear to be largely sympathetic towards the Plantation Corporation and endosulfan manufacturers. P N Venugopal reports.
Environmental Hazards Environment Justice Kerala
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT
Hot ash burns child to death Illegal dumping of industrial waste around Raigarh takes the life of 7-year-old Twinkle Thakur, raising familiar troubling questions about the trajectory of 'development' in India. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environmental Hazards CHHATISGARH Environment Creative Politics Child health
ENDLESS STRIFE
Awakening the somnolent state The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
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PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill The Central government proposes to shuffle the composition of the IMC and bring in more of its own appointees, reducing elected members to a minority. The government claims this will increase the IMC's accountability, but will it also turn it into an arm of the government? M R Madhavan and Ruchita Manghnani present a legislative brief.
Laws
PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
Food Safety and Standards Bill, 2005 By consolidating several different laws for the food sector, the proposed bill seeks to establish a single reference point for all matters relating to food safety and standards. The scientific development of the food processing industry is also sought. M R Madhavan and Kaushiki Sanyal present a legislative brief.
Consumers Laws
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