How India’s polio win keeps giving

Published in Hindustan Times | By Sanchita Sharma |On January 14, 2018 India’s last polio case was recorded on January 13, 2011 — two-year-old Rukhsar Khatoon from Shapara village in the Howrah district of West Bengal. Three years later, the World Health Organisation certified that India had eradicated polio and seven years later, it remains […]

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Plan to eliminate TB by 2025: PM Modi tells CMs to review TB control scheme meet every quarter

Published in Indian Express | By Abantika Ghosh |On January 14, 2018 UNDERLINING INDIA’S commitment to end TB by 2025 — five years before the global target of 2030 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to all chief ministers and asked them to hold “at least” quarterly reviews of the tuberculosis (TB) control programme in their […]

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TB patients may get free drugs from private pharmacies soon

Published in livemint | On January 11, 2018 New Delhi: Tuberculosis (TB) patients may get to access free TB drugs from private pharmacies soon, something they get only from government-run centres now. The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), India’s highest drug advisory body, will consider relaxing the rules in this respect under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act […]

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New year, same old issues related to development

As indicated in the newly released World Malaria Report issued by WHO, there were 5 million more malaria related deaths in 2016, compared with 2015 (http://who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/malaria-report-response/en/?utm_source=WHO+List&utm_campaign=2844628e59-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_823e9e35c1-2844628e59-266668377). After some very intensive campaigns globally, the trends were showing positive traction. However, beyond treatment, it is really important to identify sources of the problem, and tackle it in […]

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