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Punjab remains heartless to its 'kudis'

itish medical journal 'Heart Asia'. The study has found that despite schoolchildren getting free treatment for heart diseases under the National Health Mission (at the time of the study it was the National Rural Health Mission), only 37% girls were treated surgically in Punjab. The prevalence of the coronary heart disease and rheumatic heart disease in India is 1:1 (male to female ratio). This ratio was found to be 1.6:1 in 519 school children f

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Infant mortality down in Attappady -KA Shaji

ives aimed at restoring alienated tribal land and helping them in farming are on. “We are focusing more on livelihood restoration. Water is another priority,” said Seema Bhaskar of the National Rural Health Mission. Experts say the grim situation in Attappady is a combined effect of poverty, lack of employment, land alienation, and loss of traditional agriculture and indigenous food. Ottappalam sub-collector P.B. Nooh has initiated a

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The downside of govt's social sector push -Nitin Sethi

port of around 7 per cent from Rs 31,537 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 33,813 crore in 2015-16 - almost the same percentage of GDP as the previous year, pegged around 0.25 per cent. Within that the flagship National Rural Health Mission suffered a cut of 11 per cent, notes Accountability Initiative. Supporting nutrition programmes such as ICDS suffered cuts too. In comparison, the budgetary allocations for education took a direct hit both as a percentage

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Jaitley is Carrying Forward a Deeply Flawed Health Insurance Program -Subhashish Bhadra

s, it is a matter of concern that a program whose efficacy is shrouded in mystery is being expanded. This becomes all the more worrisome when one takes into account that the infrastructure-augmenting National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has seen no such increase in outlay. Unlike the NREGA, publicly available information on the RSBY programme is rare. This has seriously hampered academic work that can evaluate the impact of the program. Yet, a few

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Union Budget 2016-17: Mere eyewash or some concrete steps

he poor, the FM has gone ahead to allocate more resources under the programme. However, the Government has not augmented the allocations for National Health Mission so as to build on the gains of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) (please click here to read).   A meagre sum of Rs. 35 crore (BE) has been allocated for the Jan Aushadhi scheme in 2016-17, which makes little or no sense given the fact that the out-of-pocket expenditure on me

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Neglecting Health Expenditure in Favour of the Chimera of Insurance -Dipa Sinha

ontinued prevalence of communicable diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis along with an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension. In spite of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) (now under the National Health Mission), which resulted in greater investments in the health sector by the Central government and introduced with a host of reforms towards improving access to public health care, there

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States ask for more

tre’s share has been reduced in 33 schemes, while 16 will be implemented as wholly Central or State schemes. Seventeen ‘flagship’ schemes, such as MGNREGA, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Health Mission, are expected to continue as before. Even here, a reduction in the Centre’s share (as opposed to outlay) should be worked out over time in consultation with the States. But for the Centre to be able reduce its share in

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Some Good News

ates that along with ensuring nutrition security for all, the government needs to focus on promoting good quality, diverse diets. The decade between NFHS–3 and NFHS–4 was also when the National Rural Health Mission was introduced, leading to a number of reforms in the public health system which have shown some results. There is a rise in full immunisation coverage in most of the states (33% to 62% in Bihar and 40% to 54% in Madhya Prade

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Hidden hunger and the Indian health story

nted numerous health-related schemes. The Integrated Child Development Scheme was started in 1975 to look into the health and well-being of mothers and children. The National Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the National Rural Health Mission and the Public Distribution System have had overlapping nutrition objectives. The National Nutritional Anaemia Prophylaxis Programme meant to maintain the adequate amount of iron and folate in expecting lactating mothers, chi

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