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Mid-day meals row in K'taka: Terminate Akshaya Patra's contract, demand activists -Dr. Nimeshika Jayachandran

to several departments including the MHRD, K’taka CM’s office, seeking Akshaya Patra’s contract to be terminated. Civil Rights organisations Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement) and Right to Food Campaign have written a letter to officials expressing their concerns over the recent controversy surrounding the Akshaya Patra foundation and its provision of midday meals. The Akshaya Patra foundation was recently u

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The anatomy of a police station -Rashmi Sharma

d. A head constable said that he had never attended a parents’ meeting in his child’s school. A majority of the constables lived in the nearby city because of lack of housing, schools and Health facilities in that area. They travelled to the police station everyday, which is not how things should be as they need to be available in case of a crisis. This cost them around ?5,000 per month. They saw themselves as underpaid and not respected.

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Women From Himachal Pradesh Protest, Demand Better Medical Facilities

. The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) staged demonstrations on December 10 in Shimla outside the district commissioner’s (DC’s) office, against the deteriorating Health facilities for women in government hospitals in Himachal Pradesh. There are three government hospitals in the state capital – Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Rippo Hospital and Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH). “Firstly, there are al

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Study reveals hospital information gap -GS Mudur

ibed medication, long-term care instructions and follow-up information. The study found that 32 per cent -– nearly one in three -– did not mention the medications prescribed. Public Health researchers participating in the study, the first systematic assessment of Health-care communication in Indian government clinics, assessed over 500 treatment sheets given to patients in five More »

India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

ecades unlike many countries. While most countries turned their attention to income generation to reduce poverty, Thailand, through community participation, put its focus on nutrition, sanitation and Health to bring down poverty levels,” said Fan, who was here last week to participate in IFPRI’s annual board meeting. “Even though Thailand went through a lot of political changes in the last two decades, the Thai society used knowle

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Constituency Of Farmers -Ajay Vir Jakhar

onflicting promises like subsidised inputs, C2+50 per cent MSP, organic farming, assured procurement, cash transfers, income security, loan waiver, continued PDS, universal basic income and universal Healthcare and education. Farmers latch on to the parties that make these promises in the hope of improving their lives. However, the failure to implement populist commitments like farm loan waiver has not resulted in the toppling of regimes. Such failure

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

men in the 15-49 age group. Besides, as family food managers, women’s autonomy in food allocation decisions is adversely affected by their limited asset ownership: Child survival, nutrition and Health are found to be notably better if the mother also has assets. Women also contribute to food systems through forests and fisheries. One in six persons globally depends on forests for supplementary food, green manure, fodder, firewood, etc. Women

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Anchored in human rights -Allan Maleche, Blessina Kumar & John Stephens

re they complete TB treatment. There are also seemingly endless technological tweaks to the Directly Observed Treatment, short course (DOTS) strategy, which requires patients to report every day to a Health authority, who watches them swallow their tablets. Now, governments use, or plan to soon use, a strategy of video, tablets, phones and drones to carry the old DOTS strategy into the technology era. An obsession with new gadgets in disease manage

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'Many combination drugs not approved by regulator' -Afshan Yasmeen

20 (40%), have been approved. These statistics, that give rise to safety and efficacy concerns, have been brought out in a study published online in the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health by researchers from the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences. An FDC or combination product is a formulation with more than one active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in a fixed ratio of doses formulated into a single dosage form. Propo

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India alarmingly filthy even by the standards of poor countries: The Economist

of deaths in the country but also contributing to the problem globally, it says. "Delhi’s deadly air is part of a wider crisis. Seventy percent of surface water is tainted. In the World Health Organisation’s rankings of air pollution, Indian cities claim 14 of the top 15 spots. In an index of countries’ environmental Health from Yale and Columbia universities, India ranks a dismal

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