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Primary care system central to universal Health coverage: WHO

-The Hindu Business Line Affordable quality Healthcare at the community level across age groups is the key to advancing universal Health coverage, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. “A well-functioning primary care system that meets most of a person’s Health needs, throughout the life, is

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Jobs or doles: which is the way forward? -Mahendra Dev & Pronab Sen

ve problems. People are working, but at low wages. About 50% are self-employed. Unless you create productive jobs, you need to have social protection measures because the poor face many risks — Health risks, labour market risks, financial risks. But whether it is a minimum income guarantee or the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna (PM-Kisan), are these the best ways to reach them, or some other programmes like old-age pensions and matern

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Systemic transformation in agriculture must put the farmer at the centre -Arunabha Ghosh

traders who set prices, and with limited opportunities to sell at a time of their choice (due to poor storage). Further, decades of intensive agriculture have added to water stress and declining soil Health. Farmers rely on groundwater for more than 60% of irrigation needs. Chemical fertilisers, once a boon to boost soil nutrients, have been applied so intensively (particularly urea) that the long-term Health More »

Congress' election manifesto is the right document at the wrong time: Yogendra Yadav The priorities listed by Rahul Gandhi are arguably the issues India should focus on: poverty, farm distress, unemployment, Health and the sense of fear. The launch of the Congress’s manifesto Tuesday marked a missed opportunity in this historic Lok Sabha election. Not because this manifesto is a bad document. As far as manifestos of mainstream parties go, this one is more cogent and thought-through than the run-of-the-mill d

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Adding egg or milk can reduce stunting in young children: study -R Prasad

protein source, is not as well digested and absorbed as other high-quality food proteins such as egg. The team found that the risk of stunting in children aged 1 - 3 years (in the National Family Health-4 survey) was reduced by 10% when high quality proteins such as egg and milk were consumed along with a combination of cereals and pulses. This food-based reduction of risk can be achieved by adding 200 ml of milk or milk products (including curd),

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How Much Is a Woman's Labour Worth? Rs 37 a Day, According to the Indian Govt -Neha Dixit

r Narendra Modi served the third billionth Akshay Patra mid-day meal in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, he said that his “government has given special focus on the nutrition of the children because a Healthy childhood is the foundation of New India”. “Modiji talked about his government keeping these children Healthy, but who is cooking nutritious food for them? Did he mention them? No. Becaus

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Has NDA-II addressed India's housing challenge? -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

All The quality of housing is the most visible aspect of poverty. In India’s cities and villages, the poorest almost always live in makeshift or dilapidated homes, which can be bad for their Health and hurt their productivity. Governments have long tried to address this through different housing policies, the latest being the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY). Comp

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YV Reddy, former Reserve Bank of India governor and chairperson of the 14th Finance Commission, interviewed by Roshan Kishore (Hindustan Times)

nflation, I do not think it will have a significant effect on revenue growth. We should remember that low inflation also has a positive impact on growth. So, if real growth looks up, we should have a Healthy revenue growth as well. Agrarian distress is a serious problem and it is essentially a state subject. So, any all-India solution will be extremely hard because of different circumstances and inadequate knowledge of the local conditions. Also, t

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West Bengal returns Centre's PMJAY funds -Abantika Ghosh

-The Indian Express Launched on September 23, PMJAY is the tertiary care arm of the NDA government’s flagship Health programme Ayushman Bharat. On the day Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee released the party’s manifesto with a focus on national issues such as demonetisation, Kashmir and GST, the state government returned the money received from the Centre for the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yo

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Inside Jharkhand's Singhbhum, the worst constituency in India -Ashwaq Masoodi

India. More than half are stunted and a third suffer from wasting * In Jharkhand, malnutrition is still an alien concept, and the lack of drinking water, ration or electricity supercedes need for Healthcare Singhbhum: In the waiting room of a hospital ward in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, Mukul Kalandiya is carefully holding something that from a distance looks like a featherless pale-skinned newborn bird. In her arms, wrapped in a

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