Epileptic pregnant women need more care
Published on : Mar 26th, 2018
Source : Times of India
JAIPUR: Pregnant women with epilepsy are always at a higher risk of giving birth to an infant with birth defects in comparison to normal women. Aiming to minimise the chance of foetal malformation, the health department is alert on it and has categorised such pregnancies with epilepsy as high risk.
“Whenever a case of pregnancy with epilepsy is reported in the hospital, we immediately put her in high risk category. It helps in providing her treatment for preventing birth defects in infants. Such pregnant women need proper care and treatment for birth of healthy baby,” said Dr Mohan Meena, professor gynaecology, Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College.
Read more at : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/epileptic-pregnant-women-need-more-care/articleshow/63457079.cms
168 women health volunteers felicitated for project MANSI
Published on: Mar 27th, 2018
Source : avenuemail.in
Jamshedpur, March 27: Tata Steel today felicitated the women health volunteers for project Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI). The ‘SahiyaSaathiSamman’ was organized at the Seraikela Community Hall, Seraikela-Kharsawan District. Chhavi Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner, Seraikela-Kharsawan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
On the first day of the two day event, a total of 168 women community health volunteers (Sahiyas/ASHAs and SahiyaSaathis/ASHA Saathis), were felicitated for significantly contributing to the project MANSI, in parts of Jharkhand and Odisha
Read more at: https://www.avenuemail.in/jamshedpur/168-women-health-volunteers-felicitated-for-project-mansi/118478/
Neonatal Mortality Rate in India
Published On : Mar 28th, 2018
Source : pharmabiz.com
The United Nations children's agency UNICEF's recent report on the Neonatal Mortality Rate (the number of deaths per 1000 live births) has revealed some interesting facts about the chances of survival of the newborns in different nations in the world. According to the report, Pakistan is the riskiest country to be born in, with one in 22 babies born there dying before they turn one month old. India’s neonatal mortality rate is 25.4, which ranks it at 12 among 52 lower middle-income countries in terms of risk for newborns.
Read more at: http://www.pharmabiz.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?aid=108049&sid=3
The maternal guilt - When women do not go back to work after a childbirth break, it represents a huge loss of brainpower
Published on: Apr 8th, 2018
Source : thehindu.com
Here was a recent survey of women who quit their jobs post-pregnancy and became homemakers later on, never returning to their jobs, including those who rejoined and quit for reasons relating to childcare. It was disappointing to know that most of them were high-achievers and toppers in their universities and workplaces. What exactly made them do that? What runs in those brilliant minds? Is this not a kind of gender-related brain drain? In a way I could relate to it, easily.
An Indian woman is always raised with a lot of values inculcated in her, with strong roots and love for her family. She is brought up with the belief that one day she should bear the responsibility of running a household all by herself. What is not taught is how to let go of her dreams and unlearn all that she has passionately learnt till then and to sacrifice her ambitions for the sake of the family that she is going to be a part of.
Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/the-maternal-guilt/article23467514.ece
How NGOs Can Support Healthcare Sector - NGOs must also play a key role in supporting the public health system at grassroot level by enhancing the management of Primary Health Centres and related bodies
Published on: Apr 9th, 2018
Source : businessworld.in
Historically, Private sector is primarily considered superior to the public sector in terms of delivery and quality of healthcare services in India and the not for profit sector is considered as a "third stakeholder" whose role had been mostly constricted to diagnosis camps and advocacy. However, considering the poor performance of healthcare services throughout the country, there is a growi ng realization that the role of each stakeholders, including the NGOs needs to evolve.
If we look at the situation through a development management perspective, we realize that majority of our efforts have mostly been on curative side of the healthcare system than preventive. To reach to a level of sustainability we must focus on prevention, even more than cure, so as to reduce the 'disease burden' on common man. Under "Swachch Bharat" mission, millions of toilets have been built, many of which remain unutilized.
Read more at: http://businessworld.in/article/How-NGOs-Can-Support-Healthcare-Sector-/09-04-2018-145880/
Govt to launch 1,000 Day-care Scheme - The programme will help expecting rural women and curb infant and maternal mortality rate
Published on: Apr 12th, 2018
Source : tribuneindia.com
To control the infant and maternal mortality rate, the Health Department will launch a 1,000 Day-care Scheme. The beneficiaries will benefit starting from pregnancy till the immunisation of the child is completed.
This comprehensive mother and child care programme has been covered under the Vision-2018 of the state government. It will include providing quality ANC check up at least three times to pregnant women, nutrition supplements and tracking of high-risk pregnancies.
Read more at: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ludhiana/govt-to-launch-1-000-day-care-scheme/572670.html
Empowering women by better access to Sexual, Reproductive Health Tech
Published on: Apr 7th, 2018
Source : dailypioneer.com
Over the last century, advancements in health technologies have been a key strategy in combating various diseases and significantly bringing down morbidity and mortality rates. The discovery of penicillin, one of the world's first antibiotics, marked a true turning point in human history —when doctors finally had a tool that could completely cure their patients of deadly infectious diseases. Since then, we have made huge strides in increasing access to various vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. However, in India, advancements in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) technologies have not been effectively leveraged to improve women’s health. Two technological advancements that deserve attention are — emergency contraception pill (ECP), and medication abortion (MA).
Read more at: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/empowering-women-by-better-access-to-sexual-reproductive-health-tech.html
Tharu village turns model for safe motherhood
Published on: Apr 12th, 2018
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com
While family planning targets are still a distant dream in the country, the Tharu community in UP’s Sravasti district has achieved 100% goals, according to an assessment by the district health office.
The report showed that 100% women in MotipurKalanvillage in the forests of Katarniaghat were using family planning methods. In contrast, current use of family planning methods by women (in reproductive lifespan of 15-49 years) in India is 53%. The number of women using family planning measures in UP has increased from 43% to 45% in the past decade.
Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/tharu-village-turns-model-for-safe-motherhood/articleshow/63724543.cms
Tamil Nadu: Clinics treating STIs see more in adolescent age
Published on: April 12th, 2018
Source : Newindiaexpress.com
CHENNAI: The number of people treated for sexually transmitted infections and reproductive tract infections at Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinics increased from 3.55 lakh in 2014 to 5.58 lakh till February 2018, data collected by State AIDS Control Society shows. The data also shows that more number of cases were reported in the adolescent age group 16 to 18 years, the cases increased from 4,285 between April 2014 and March 2015 to 5,462 between April 2017 and February 2018.
Officials say this is due to the awareness and increase in population. The data shows that from April 2014-March 2015 across Tamil Nadu, 3, 55,180 people were treated at Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) clinics.
Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2018/apr/12/tamil-nadu-clinics-treating-stis-see-more-in-adolescent-age-1800290.html
Abortion has been legal in India since 1971 but it is still not a woman’s right
Published on: Apr 22nd, 2018
Source : theprint.in
Legal barriers, such as the blanket 20-week gestation limit, no mention of unmarried women in the clause of contraceptive failure, the need for physician’s consent – all constrain and deny women reproductive justice.
According to a Worldometers projection, the world has witnessed 36.4 million childbirths since the beginning of this year, and 10.8 million induced abortions. The birth of a child usually gets attention, support and celebration. Abortions usually get judgment, stigma and punishment.
Read more at: https://theprint.in/opinion/abortion-has-been-legal-in-india-since-1971-but-it-is-still-not-a-womans-right/51634/
There’s a new male contraceptive pill that’s actually safe to use - Contraceptive pills for men are coming to your nearby drug store sooner than you think
Published on: Apr 23rd, 2018
Source : gqindia.com
Male contraceptive pills could be a part of your bathroom cabinet sooner than you think. While condoms are one of the most popular forms of birth control that are out there, men will soon have access to a revolutionary new method that will neither require surgery — the way a vasectomy does — nor will it be irreversible. Gone are the days when you would panic the morning after because these new male contraceptive pills will ensure that you have an equal say — even if your swimmers wish to fervently disagree.
Read more at: https://www.gqindia.com/content/contraceptive-pills-male/
Thomson Reuters Foundation, UNICEF and IIMC launch Critical Appraisal Skills online course for Health Journalists
Published on: Apr 24th, 2018
Source : UNICEF
The World Immunization Week, is being observed worldwide from 24-30 April, 2018. During this week, UNICEF launched an online version of the ‘Critical Appraisal Skills’ (CAS) course for health journalists. This course is conceptualized in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Foundation, Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Oxford University. The course is available for entry and mid-level health reporters. It aims to enhance the capacities of media representatives to generate factual and non-sensational reports. Evidence shows that a well-researched news story, underpinned with an evidence-based approach can help mitigate any adverse perception about large scale public health initiatives such as the Routine Immunization programmes.
Read more at: http://unicef.in/PressReleases/20446/Thomson-Reuters-Foundation-UNICEF-and-IIMC-launch-Critical-Appraisal-Skills-online-course-for-Health-Journalists