India is fast reaching the point where substantial government investment in the health system is required to maintain its impressive trajectory in improving population health whilst insuring its population against catastrophic health expenditure. Miqdad Asaria (LSE) argues why his research suggests that increasing government health expenditure in India’s complex and highly heterogeneous healthcare system could yield huge health benefits […]
Following their escape from Myanmar’s violent military campaign in 2017, thousands of Rohingya children now call refugee camps in Bangladesh home. In a bid to understand the scale of the mental health crisis they face, a team of health professionals completed 622 screenings of displaced Rohingya children in January 2018. Naila Z. Khan (Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation) and Helen McConachie […]
If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration
Pakistan’s level of infant mortality remains high despite decreasing over recent years. With Imran Khan vowing to review the county’s strategy on protecting mothers and their babies, Abid Rehman argues that the newly elected Prime Minister doesn’t have to look outside the region for ideas to lower it further.
Baby in hospital bed | Credit: Unsplash awpixel
In his maiden speech, Imran […]
According to the Human Development Index (HDI), India fell one place on the list of country rankings. Emma Smith writes that the HDI falls short in measuring development, and why India might be doing better (or worse) than we think.
India saw rapid 7.1 per cent growth in GDP in 2016 alone. Yet as An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions notes, “The high achievement story…conflicts somewhat with […]
“We are not creating problems for agencies but giving them priorities”: how Afghanistan improved its children’s health in 10 years
As a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world.
In just 10 years however, despite conflict and widespread poverty, Afghanistan made significant improvements in its health indicators. Swagata Yadavar speaks to Homayoun Ludin, Afghanistan’s director of public nutrition, about how focusing on breastfeeding has helped Afghanistan turn its infant mortality and child malnourishment figures around.
After the fall […]
Pakistan has a high infant mortality rate, which is linked to low levels of immunisation. There is an urgent need for coordination among institutes for reducing demand and supply gaps in enhancing immunisation coverage nationally write Ghamz E Ali Siyal and Shahbaz Tufail.
From the perspective of public health investment, immunisation programmes are considered the most successful and cost-effective for saving future generations. Globally, around 6 million children died in 2015 and out of […]
Indian labourers, along with the aid from India, are integral to Bhutanese economy. In this photo essay, Jaquelyn Poussot explores the problems they face — from local to geo-political level.
Indian labourers are everywhere in Bhutan. On roadsides, in tents, cutting boulders down to gravel sized pebbles, or moving large objects using make-shift devices. But what is their impact on Bhutanese society? Why are there so many of them and how are their facilities are permitted to be quite so tragic?
On visiting the housing of the construction workers I […]
The Indian health sector is not getting the attention it needs. The heavily skewed doctor-patient ratio and the low budget allocations being made by the government are the principal indicators of this fact. Ananye Krishna explores the reasons behind this ratio and what can be done to improve medical care and the training of India’s future medical care providers.
In the light of the newly announced National Nutrition Strategy, released by NITI Aayog in September 2017, it is important to note that tackling child malnutrition requires enlightened leadership at the Central and state levels, with a dedicated resolve to reduce the incidence of child malnutrition and greater commitment to develop systems for regular collection, monitoring and use of data on child […]