Breastfed Right: How Shrirampur’s Babies Escape Malnutrition

Shrirampur, Mumbai (Maharashtra): Five years ago, Hina Shaikh, 28, delivered her second baby boy, a healthy 3.5 kg at birth. But within a week he had lost a kilo -- the infant simply refused breastmil...

Two Key Health Datasets Differ, Reveal Incorrect Reporting By States

New Delhi: India’s progress on public healthcare has failed to keep up with its economic growth over the past decades, putting a binding constraint on the economy, Niti Aayog’s 2018 report, ‘Hea...

Why India Must Move Policy Away From Population Control

New Delhi: As India prepares to become the world’s most-populous country by 2024, family planning--the ‘Family Welfare’ in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare--continues to get a dominant ...

Why Goti Bai’s LPG Cylinder Lies In A Cowshed, Unused

Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh (Rajasthan): It has been over two years since Goti Bai, 36, got her first cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) under a three-year-old government scheme to promote clean co...

In Rajasthan, India’s First Right-To-Healthcare Law Takes Shape

New Delhi and Jaipur: The image of a tribal who carried the corpse of his dead wife for 12 km after a local government hospital refused him transport made headlines nationwide in 2016. On Augus...

With BJP, Congress Batting For Universal Health Care, Data Can Inform Voter Choice

New Delhi: In March 2019, the government released the much-delayed National Indicator Framework (NIF) as well as a provisional version of the official baseline report of the Sustainable Development Go...

Indians Dying Of TB Every Year = 2,100 Boeing 737 MAX Crashes

New Delhi: Tuberculosis (TB) costs India $32 billion (Rs 2.2 lakh crore) every year, 3.5 times its 2019 health budget. India has the world’s highest TB burden and mortality, and the country is not d...

New Method Reveals India’s Malnutrition By Parliamentary Constituency

New Delhi: A new technique can measure malnutrition by parliamentary constituency in India, which has the world’s largest number of malnourished children, according to a new study. The analysis...

Indians In White-Collar Jobs Are More Prone To Obesity, Chronic Health Risks

Mumbai: Indians in white-collar jobs, with low levels of activity in their workday, have a higher average body mass index (BMI)--an indicator of obesity--than those in blue-collar occupations, accordi...

India’s Poorest Women Benefit Less From Public Health, Nutrition Services

New Delhi: Despite a four-fold increase in the number of women and children receiving supplementary nutrition under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme in the 10 years to 2016, ...