India hopes to attain MDGs on child mortality, maternal health

With increased funding and stepped-up investments in health systems, India today said it expects to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health this year. With an almost 400 per cent increase in federal funding...

Centre’s move irks health activists

Public health activists expressed dismay and outrage at the central government’s decision to scrap the idea of a centrally supported free drug scheme. The scheme was initiated after several studies had shown that medicines constitute about 67% of people’s...

Number of women tobacco users rising

The number of women consuming tobacco products has doubled over 15 years, according to a report by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).While only 10% of women consumed tobacco products during the mid- and late-1990s, the number has increased to 20% in recent...

Central scheme of free drugs gets a quiet burial

It was in 2012 that the Centre first promised to provide free drugs in public health facilities. The first budgetary provision was made in 2013. Last year, the promise was crystallized to providing 348 essential drugs free. This was later whittled down to just 50...
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