Brookings India consortium brings together researchers analysing National Family Health Survey IV
Published on : May 2nd, 2018
Source : Brooking.edu
The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare provides information at an individual, household, district, state, and country level about various metrics related to health. The survey’s 800,000+ household observations are appropriately weighted by the International Institute of Population Sciences to provide accurate statistics at each unit of analysis.
Read more at : https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2018/05/02/brookings-india-consortium-brings-together-researchers-analysing-national-family-health-survey-iv/
PM Narendra Modi may announce Ayushman Bharat scheme on August 15 - Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.
Published on: May 9th, 2018
Source : zeenews.india.com
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may announce the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, National Health Protection plan, on August 15, 2018, from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Sources close to the development informed Zee Business's Anurag Shah that the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be announced by the PM during the 71st Independence speech on August 15.
According to a senior insurance official “all government insurance companies have been asked to prepare for the launch of the scheme” and PM will launch the scheme on 15th August. There are concerns related to the premium that will be paid under the scheme and the insurance companies have requested the government to raise the premium amount for those who will take the benefits of the scheme.
Read more at: http://zeenews.india.com/india/pm-narendra-modi-may-announce-ayushman-bharat-scheme-on-august-15-2106559.html
Mumbai public hospitals to get 280 more ventilators in neonatal wards by June
Published On : May 9th, 2018
Source : Hindustantimes
To improve neonatal care, the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will add 280 ventilators in its hospitals by June.
“Babies born prematurely often have underdeveloped lungs and have trouble breathing because of which they need ventilators. Around 15% of the prematurely born children require ventilator support,” said Dr Bhupendra Avasthi, founder of Surya Hospital, Santacruz.
Dr Avinash Supe, director of municipal hospitals, said, there are 900 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, but only 450 of them have ventilators. “According to the policy, we should try and have a ventilator for each bed,” he said.
Read more at: https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-public-hospitals-to-get-280-more-ventilators-in-neonatal-wards-by-june/story-RYsIrWHhv7rKuu15q5kjQI.html
RTI data: Over 13,000 infant deaths in 10 months in Maharashtra - Data gathered through Right to Information (RTI) from the public health department had showed that 13,541 pediatric deaths have been recorded between April 2017 and February 2018.
Published on: May 11th, 2018
Source : Times of India
Maximum number of deaths among children continue to take place immediately after their birth, indicating the need for strengthening neonatal care programme in Maharashtra. Data gathered through Right to Information (RTI) from the public health department had showed that 13,541 pediatric deaths have been recorded between April 2017 and February 2018.
Of these, 65 per cent deaths occurred in cases of new borns aged less than 28 days. The RTI query, filed by activist Chetan Kothari, shows analysis of 11,532 deaths that occurred in the last one year. Of these, 54 per cent deaths were recorded among boys and 46 per cent among girls. While 65 per cent deaths happened in the first 28 days after birth due to prematurity and low weight, 21 per cent deaths happened among children aged less than one and 14 per cent were recorded in children beyond one year.
Read more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/rti-data-over-13000-infant-deaths-in-10-months-in-maharashtra-5170726/
Make comprehensive health care affordable: TN Guv to docs
Published on: May 12th, 2018
Source : Press Trust of India
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today appealed to doctors and nurses to join hands to make comprehensive healthcare affordable in the state. "The mission before us is to make health care comprehensive, universal, affordable and qualitatively professional," he said while addressing a National Conference on Nurses here.
"For achieving this objective, the road ahead is going to be complex and arduous," he said adding that it requires combined efforts of doctors and nurses to achieve success.
Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/make-comprehensive-health-care-affordable-tn-guv-to-docs-118051200644_1.html
Women’s organisations blame hospitals’ greed - The increase in C-Section deliveries is proving to be a new hazard for maternal health” said Rajakumari.
Published on: May 13th, 2018
Source : deccanchronicle.com
Vijayawada: Women’s organisations in AP and Telangana have been agitating over the irrational increase in C-section deliveries in the Telugu states.
Terming this as a tool for looting more money from the families who are vulnerable, the women’s organizations have been demanding that the governments implement laws and guidelines for curtailing unnecessary surgeries.
Read more at: https://deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/130518/womens-organisations-blame-hospitals-greed.html
Efforts to prevent neonatal deaths must pick up: UNICEF
Published on: May 13th, 2018
Source : india.com
New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) UNICEF India, as part of its global campaign, ‘EveryChildALIVE’, sought today acceleration of efforts to eliminate preventable neonatal deaths — when a baby dies in the first 28 days of life — by 2030, with a focus on the girl child.
‘EveryChildALIVE’ is UNICEF’s global signature campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality healthcare solutions for every mother and newborn. Given that India contributes to nearly one fifth of the global burden of under-five age group deaths and around a quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths, this campaign focuses on creating an in-depth discourse around the issues, a statement by UNICEF stated.
Read more at: http://www.india.com/news/agencies/efforts-to-prevent-neonatal-deaths-must-pick-up-unicef-3051337/
Abortions in city rise 5%, health experts dub it a ‘positive’ trend
Published on: May 14th, 2018
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com
MUMBAI: After seeing a fall for the first time in a decade in 2016-17, abortion figures rose again by 5% in the city in 2017-18.
Health experts called it a positive sign indicative of the fact that more women are accessing safe abortions at legal centres.
In 2017-18, 35,358 women had medical termination of pregnancies (MTP) at the city’s 680 registered centres and hospitals, of which 96% were done in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. That only 4% in their second trimester availed of the services, however, surprised experts. Statistics say that about15% women seek an abortion in the second trimester due to late discovery of pregnancy, decision making, healthcare access and financial issues.
Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/abortions-in-city-rise-5-health-experts-dub-it-a-positive-trend/articleshow/64152561.cms
UP govt's 'shagun' to newly-weds include condoms, pregnancy test
Published on: May 15th, 2018
Source : The Asian Age
To promote family planning, the kit has a marriage registration form, contraceptive pills, and a home pregnancy testing kit among others.
The kit also has a congratulatory message from the health and family welfare minister.
Allahabad: In a bid to promote family planning, the Uttar Pradesh state health department has started distributing a special gift (shagun) to all newly-weds, an official said.
Read more at: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/150518/up-govts-shagun-to-newly-weds-include-condoms-pregnancy-test.html
More women experience partner violence in B'desh, India than Nepal: report
Published on: May 16th, 2018
Source : Press Trust of India
More women experience partner violence, both physical and sexual, in Bangladesh and India than Nepal, according to a new report.
India has been ranked second among thirteen Asian and Middle Eastern countries in terms of number of women experiencing partner violence, according to the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission's report on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
According to the report, Bangladesh has the highest number of women who have faced partner violence, while Singapore has recorded the least number of such incidents.
Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/more-women-experience-partner-violence-in-b-desh-india-than-nepal-report-118051601338_1.html
Globally 25mn unsafe abortions take place every year: Report
Published on: May 18th, 2018
Source : timesofindia
Every year 25 million unsafe abortions take place, which compromise the sexual and reproductive health of women around the world, revealed an alarming report published in the journal The Lancet.
The report showed that globally as many as 180 million couples get affected by infertility; nearly two million people become infected with HIV and nearly 266,000 women die from cervical cancer.
Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/globally-25mn-unsafe-abortions-take-place-every-year-report/articleshow/64216883.cms
India ranks 145th among 195 countries in healthcare, disparity among states - Goa and Kerala had the highest scores in 2016, both over 60, whereas Assam and Uttar Pradesh had the lowest, both below 40.
Published on: May 25th, 2018
Source : indianexpress.com
India ranks a lowly 145th among 195 countries in terms of healthcare access and quality in 2016, as assessed in a Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet. The study used an index based on 32 causes of death that should be preventable with effective medical care. Each country was given a healthcare access and quality (HAQ) score between 0-100. India’s HAQ score is 41.2, up from 24.7 in 1990.
For the first time, the study also analysed healthcare access and quality between regions of seven countries including India. China and India had the widest disparities of 43.5 and 30.8 points, respectively, while Japan had the narrowest of 4.8 points. In India, the 30.8-point difference marks an increase in disparity from 23.4 points in 1990. Goa and Kerala had the highest scores in 2016, both over 60, whereas Assam and Uttar Pradesh had the lowest, both below 40.
Read more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-ranks-145th-among-195-countries-in-healthcare-disparity-among-states-lancet-5190070/
Know your health rights
Published on: May 27th, 2018
Source : The Hans India
In the year 1987, May 28th was declared as International Day of Action for Women's Health or International Women's Health Day. Since then each year this day is celebrated by women’s and health groups. Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) and Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) are working together to make this campaign successful.
The main objective of this day is to raise awareness on the issues related to women’s health and well-being such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It is one of the best platforms to remind everyone specially the government leaders and parliamentarians that the women’s health matters.
Read more at: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Health/2018-05-27/Know-your-health-rights/384551
International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2018: Why women’s health needs more mileage than any other health campaign in India right now – Rather than a unidirectional approach, we need a lifecycle approach to ensure better care and good health for every woman.
Published on: May 28th, 2018
Source : thehealthsite
If we say that women’s health programs need to be more aggressive and assertive in approach compared to the other public health campaigns conducted in India, for which we pledge our support and consistency, believe us we aren’t asking for too much. When it comes to women’s health, despite the fancy campaigns and pharmaceutical brands backed awareness programs, we know we aren’t doing enough. Yes, we have educated women enough on calcium deficiency, anaemia, STDs and the importance of maternal health. But somewhere a holistic approach to making her fitter and stronger from inside out is missing. We know despite our good intentions when it comes to addressing the challenges regarding women’s health something is amiss. Most of our approaches are target specific and not inclusive.
Read more at: http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/why-womens-health-needs-more-mileage-than-any-other-health-campaign-in-india-right-now-d0518/
Where Does India Stand When It Comes to Safe Access to Abortions?
Published on: May 28th, 2018
Source : fit.thequint.com
Nineteen-year-old Anamika (name changed) is still coming to terms with the turns her life has taken over the last year. Educated only till middle school in Mumbai, she lives in a dilapidated building in Mulund with her father, who owns a small tea shop and her mother, a homemaker. Her elder sister got married two years ago and now lives in a small town near Pune with her husband, daughter and in-laws.
“Last year, a new family moved close to my house. They moved here from Sangli district in Maharashtra. The son, Ashish, was two years older to me and a peon in an office. He started pursuing me, buying me gifts and telling me he wanted to marry me,” says Anamika. A relationship was in the offing.
Read more at: https://fit.thequint.com/her-health/india-safe-access-to-abortion-rights
Sex in India: 1 in 3 men think contraception is a ‘woman’s business’ - Most Indians are aware of contraceptive methods but not all of them are fully informed about how they work, or when the likelihood of pregnancy tends to be higher
Published on: May 29th, 2018
Source : livemint.com
Mumbai/New Delhi: Most adults in India today are aware of contraceptive methods but not all of them are fully informed about how contraceptives work, or when the likelihood of pregnancy tends to be higher, according to data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), a large-scale nationally representative survey conducted in 2015-16.
Among the different methods of contraception, the pill is the one that most women (85%) were aware of. Awareness about the male condom was slightly lower (79%). Among men, most were aware of the male condom (94%) followed by the pill (81%). Awareness about the female condom was the lowest among both men and women.
Awareness of contraceptive methods is almost universal in India, with 99% of married women and men aged 15-49 knowing at least one method of contraception.
Read more at: https://www.livemint.com/Politics/b7UVIPmQ1wdnR2VXDe5yNM/Sex-in-India-What-Indians-know-about-pregnancy-contracepti.html