Health Care

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How Tech Start-Ups Are Transforming The Treatment Of Chronic Health Issues

Chronic diseases are a huge and growing problem in India -- 20% of the adult population in the country has at least one potentially fatal chronic condition, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and/or hypertension. But there is a bigger tragedy hidden in plain sight -- the majority of mortalities associated with chronic conditions could have been avoided through better management.
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Bihar's Health System Is Only Making People Sicker

In one of the most backward blocks of Western Champaran, there's a certain Primary Health Centre (PHC) that highlights all that is wrong with the health sector in Bihar and in many ways, all over India. This particular PHC has two buildings -- one is newly constructed with a greater capacity for beds and better infrastructure, while the other is dilapidated and crumbling due to years of neglect. Sadly, the PHC still functions in the old building while the new one remains unused.
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Exclusive: Doctors And Hospitals Are Playing With Lives For Profit, Say Authors Of Medical Exposé

In their book Dissenting Diagnosis, doctors and activists Abhay Shukla and Arun Gadre give us a chilling inside account of widespread malpractices afflicting the healthcare industry. The nexus between corporate hospitals, pharma companies and doctors has increased the risks and costs of healthcare to such an extent that millions of middle -class Indians descend into poverty when they fall sick.

How Animated Videos Could Boost India's Health

Among the most popular video formats online are animations. Animated gifs were named as one of Facebook's top three ad-formats for 2016, as they leverage "one of the web's most popular forms of viral media with sleek movements that wow the eye." The research found that they generate tons of views which are easy to share. They are also easy to produce. Imagine if such powerful forms of video were used to spread awareness and education about healthcare in a country like India.
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5 Ways Of Raising Funds for Cancer Treatment

Cancer is indiscriminate in its choosing. Every year, 11,20,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in India. Almost half of this number succumbs to this disease, with only 30% of cancer patients being able to afford necessary treatment. Lack of funds often leads to hopelessness and many just give up. The need of the hour is to make the best of available resources.

Here's Something We All Need To Be Intolerant About

While all this ruthna and manana is going on, we have slowly become tolerant of issues that should actually bother us. Take healthcare for example. India is a home to 17.5% of the world's population. Unfortunately, we also account for a whopping 20% of all the global burden of disease. In spite of a continuing health crisis, in the 2015-16 budget the government allocated just Rs 33,150 crore -- about 4.2% of GDP -- for healthcare, of which only 1.2% is for public health spending.

Modi, Obama and Healthcare: A Tale of Two Leaders

India performs poorly on healthcare, ranking even below Bangladesh and Nepal with public spending on health amongst the lowest in the world. "BJP accords high priority to health sector, which is crucial for securing the economy" stated the manifesto for the 2014 general elections. However, instead of increasing spending on healthcare, the government slashed nearly 20% (or 948 million dollars) from the 2014-2015 healthcare budget.