Public Health
Opinion  /  Published 09.07.19

TB threat requires interdisciplinary response

It’s been a few years but I clearly remember a visit to a chest ward in a hospital in Patna. Tuberculosis patients, their faces emaciated, lay on their beds, staring, coughing, in despair. These imp...
By Shaibal Gupta in

Opinion  /  Published 03.06.20

Human rights for public health

The late Jonathan Mann, the WHO administrator who pioneered the global campaign against AIDS in the 1980s, had envisioned a future where public health, human rights and ethics would be seen as complem...
By Aditya Sharma in

Health  /  Published 15.11.18

Vaccine shame in time of statue pride

An impending price rise that is likely to raise India’s budget for a key vaccine by less than Rs 100 crore has prompted the government to seek an international donor’s help at a time it has built ...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 15.09.19

Mental health: Laws are not enough

When does death, which is both inevitable and natural, become a serious problem? One of the answers to this question lies in the World Health Organization’s latest global suicide report, which revea...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 26.10.18

Our compulsion to blind and deafen ourselves

Indians evidently like being deafened and blinded. Nothing else can explain their love for firecrackers, on display most prominently during Diwali but also at the slightest pretext at other times. Yet...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 26.10.18

Medical care for a low, flat fee of Rs 10

On the first Sunday of every month, Dr Santanu Banerjee, MD, gets up at 4:30 in the morning and sets off for a small village some 300 kilometres from Calcutta. I’ve known Santanu for some years now,...
By Samantak Das in

Opinion  /  Published 28.08.19

India leads the global spitting fraternity

It is unlikely that India has heard of Mahesh Kumar from the Amdavadi suburb of Naroda. But Mr Kumar has a serious claim to fame. Or infamy, if you will. Some months ago, the gentleman became the firs...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 02.08.19

India must update its air quality standards

One out of every four deaths in the world linked to air pollution may be happening in India. But the country has one of the weakest standards globally for a key pollutant like PM2.5, an ultra-fine par...
By Jayanta Basu in

Bihar  /  Published 28.06.19

Muzaffarpur deaths may be due to delayed care

A team of doctors investigating the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths in Muzaffarpur has claimed that the attribution to litchi is likely to be wrong and that it found no trace of litchi in at ...
By The Telegraph in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 24.06.19

Reimagining 'swachhata' without caste prejudice

It is often forgotten that a nation’s path to meaningful progress is a many-layered one. As such, signs of advancement in certain spheres may not be reflective of overall improvement. It would be ad...
By The Editorial Board in


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