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MDG-led healthcare policy not comprehensive, says report -Jyotsna Singh

dhya Pradesh-based Sanket Development Group and Delhi-based Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability found that in Chhattisgarh, large sums of money have been lying unspent since the launch of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2005. The amount of unspent money ranged from Rs 380 crore to Rs 1,220 crore annually till 2012. The need for improving access to generic medicines and strengthening of the Jan Aushadhi scheme was also highligh

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Good scheme in bad health -Kundan Pandey

village have shut down as patients prefer the revamped PHC. The successful jan sunwai initiative is part of the community-based monitoring (CBM) scheme that the Centre launched in 2007 under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to increase accountability in rural healthcare. People are invited to these hearings to report their experience of health services in the presence of health officials and panelists from various fields. CBM in Maharasht

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Huge population at fluorosis risk -Smriti Kak Ramachandran

itre cause the crippling skeletal fluorosis. The government has started the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis in 2008-09. In 2013-14, the programme was brought under the National Rural Health Mission, which has so far covered 111 districts. The programme includes surveillance of fluorosis in the community, training and manpower support, establishment of diagnostic facilities, treatment and health education. The India

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Deadly target -Jyotsna Singh

aimed that sterilisation in India is not driven by targets but demand. However, a letter, a copy of which is in possession of Down To Earth, belies the claim. In the letter dated October 10, the National Rural Health Mission, under the aegis of MoHFW, says that family planning is crucial to meet Millennium Development Goals. Citing the Family Planning 2020 document, the letter explains that the recently computed global goals also underline the im

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Child Malnutrition declining, though not fast enough

he Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme that aims to improve the health, nutrition, and development of children in India and establish 1.4 million centers; and (2) the launch of the National Rural Health Mission, a community-based outreach and facility-based health initiative to deliver essential health services to rural India (Avula et al. 2013). • Indirect factors that reduced hunger are the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Em

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Neonatal specialists sent to Dharmapuri -R Sujatha

ce in handling newborns to assess the situation at the Dharmapuri government hospital, where 11 babies died of complications from low birth weight. S. Srinivasan, coordinator, State Nodal Centre-National Rural Health Mission at the Institute of Child Health, and neonatologist R. Narayana Babu, dean of the Tiruvannamalai Medical College, will be part of the base team. They will stay there for a week. Dr. Babu has been given the additional charge a

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India's Sterilization Horror -Brinda Karat

position of coercive population control policies. This target-free understanding was further developed in the National Population Policy document of 2000 and once again in the Declaration of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005. A high sounding Community Needs Assessment Approach was supposed to be the alternative, but it was followed only in its breach. The actual practice on the ground was in total violation of these policy documents

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Costs of ignoring hunger -S Mahendra Dev

rammes that have targeted a mix of the direct and indirect causes of undernutrition. These programmes and policies are: an expansion in Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS); the launch of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM); the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA); reforms in several States in the Public Distribution System (PDS) and targeted efforts at the State level like the Maharashtra nutrition mission. I

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India climbs eight ranks in Hunger Index

the country's overall score has improved due to the government's roll-out and expansion of several programmes that target under-nutrition, including the Integrated Child Development Services and the National Rural Health Mission. The Supreme Court has also appointed a commission to monitor the delivery of food-based programmes. The IFPRI said indirect factors that contributed to less hunger in India may have included the MGNREGA and reforms

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‘Malnourishment declined sharply among children in India’ -Rukmini S

he government's push to extend nutrition schemes like the Integrated Child Development Services along with better monitoring by a Supreme Court-appointed committee, improve access to health under the National Rural Health Mission, provide access to work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and strengthen the implementation of the Public Delivery System for subsidized grain. "In the last 10 to 15 years, what happened in India was

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