- Dr. Kim and the Future of the World Bank: Kim, a Korean-born physician and anthropologist who taught at Harvard Medical School, is a pioneering figure in building public-health delivery systems for developing countries. He was a co-founder of Partners in Health, a Boston-based non-profit organization that provides free health care to people in countries such as Haiti and Rwanda. Later, he held a senior post at the World Health Organization, helping scale up its efforts to deal with the H.I.V./AIDS crisis in Africa. (For more on Kim’s record, see this post by Fred Hiatt, the editorial-page editor of the Washington Post, who is an old friend of Kim.) Read more .
- Govt must act as the guarantor of universal health coverage: Srinath Reddy: The Union Budget has given no indication of the central government’s plans to double India’s public health spend from 1.2 per cent of GDP to 2.5 per cent in the next five years. At Rs 30,702 crore, the health allocation in the Budget is approximately 15 per cent higher than the previous year’s Rs 26,897 crore, but as a proportion of the country’s GDP, it remains stagnant at 0.3 per cent over the past several years. In an interview, Srinath Reddy — president of Public Health Foundation of India – who headed a panel that suggested the increase in health spend and a government-funded framework for providing accessible and affordable healthcare tells Joe C Mathew that it is too early to doubt the Center's intentions. Read More.
- Regulation is vital to curbing TB in India: For Amit Kumar, the decision was easy. Quit his job to stand in line for a half a day to receive free medication for tuberculosis and HIV or pay for private but expensive yet convenient treatment.Mr Kumar, 38, was lucky to have a choice. He kept his job. "The poor do not have a choice. I did, so I took it but there was no proper guidance," he said. Today is World Tuberculosis Day - a stark reminder of India's struggle to curb the spread of the disease. India is the most infected country in the world with 20 per cent of the known 8.5 million cases. Read More .
- Cancer Drugs Get Cheaper, in India: Roche Holding AG is cutting the price of two expensive cancer drugs in India—and giving them new names—in an effort to gain market share and avoid competition from generic drugs in the fast-growing economy. The move marks a shift for the Swiss drug maker, which long has argued that consumers everywhere should pay the same price for its medications. By giving the drugs new names in India, Roche hopes to avoid losing pricing power elsewhere, though it isn't clear the company will succeed on that score. Read More
- National museum soon to showcase Indian medical heritage: A permanent national museum to showcase India's rich medical heritage is on the cards. The Planning Commission's steering committee on Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) for the 12th five-year Plan has recommended creation of an international standard medical museum, besides travelling exhibitions to showcase the indigenous rich heritage of traditional medicine. Read More .
- Hold Ayush expo in all districts: official :Director of Industries and commerce and Industries Commissioner Harmander Singh on Friday called for holding expos promoting Indian medicine in all districts of the State. Addressing the valedictory of ‘Ayush 2012,' a five-day exposition on traditional Indian medicine being organised by Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA), he said that such expos could led to a healthy lifestyle among people. Assuring the trade body of the government's support in such ventures, he said that Indian medicine was as old as civilisation itself and yet several misconceptions about it prevailed among the people. Such expo offered an opportunity to dispel those notions. Read More.
- Ayush Dept to set up Homoeopathic Medicines Pharmaceutical Corpn as PSU: The Department of Ayush is planning to set up Homeopathic Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd (HPCL) to manufacture homoeopathic medicines in the public sector, on the lines of the Indian Medicine Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd (IMPCL) which is into the production of ayurvedic drugs. The Department has already started initial discussions on the matter and prepared feasibility report for the public sector company that would require Rs.75 crore for land, equipment, recurring costs and manpower, sources said. Read More
- Karnataka allocates Rs.4,260 cr for health & medical education sector in Budget 2012-13: The Karnataka government has allocated Rs.4,260 crore for health and medical education sector in the state budget for 2012-13. Specifically for the health sector, the outlay was raised to Rs.3391 crore. The highlights of the Budget 2012-13 are programme to reduce infant mortality, extension of Vajpayee Arogyashree Scheme, A Health Information Help Line, compulsory rural service for MBBS candidates and setting up a SJIC at Mysore. Provision of comprehensive preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health care to the people of the State is one of the priority areas of the Government, said Karnataka chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda in his Budget 2012-13 presentation. The implementation of innovative programmes like ‘Madilu’, ‘Prasoothi Araike’, ‘Thayi Bhagya’ has helped in reducing Infant Mortality Rate to 38 per thousand live births and Maternal Mortality Ratio to 178 per one lakh live births. The national averages for these parameters are 47 and 212 respectively. Read More .
- TB causing half million annual deaths in SE Asia: WHO: New Delhi: Tuberculosis accounts for nearly half million deaths every year in the South-East Asian region even as the number of people suffering from the it has come down by 40 percent, the World Health Organisation (WHO) noted Thursday. The WHO called for greater partnerships with all sections of society to eliminate this disease in the region, which has five of the world`s 22 TB high-burden countries. The region includes nations like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia among others. Read More .
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