The Third People's Health Assembly was held in July in Cape Town, South Africa with its theme of "Health for All Now". Developing countries which transformed public health systems under the structural adjustment policies into insurance-based health models have failed in providing healthcare to the poor. Where does India stand in relation to the ruling United Progressive Alliance's commitment to take public health spending to 3% of the GDP by 2012?

The Indian Government is planning to launch a new urban health-care programme in its latest step towards universal health-care coverage in the country. Soumyadeep Bhaumik reports.

The Sri Lankan government Wednesday launched a public health program to alleviate the malnutrition in the country and control the no-communicable diseases among the country's population.

Tertiary care plays an important role in determining the structure of the healthcare system and universal access to it. Breaking away from western-oriented tertiary care medical knowledge, a number of issues have to be rethought to defi ne tertiary care in the Indian setting that can be provided by the existing system. Providing tertiary care with district health services will mutually reinforce both and provide healthcare that is affordable and appropriate to local conditions.

This paper provides early and robust evidence on the impact of publicly-financed health insurance schemes on financial risk protection in India’s health sector.

Bangladesh Health Watch Report has emphasised undertaking the system of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to ensure health rights of the citizens by addressing the healthcare financing challenges.

The recommendations of the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Access to Universal Healthcare are significant because they make explicit the need to contextualise health within the rights. However, the problem with the report is that it does not ask why many of the same recommendations that were made by previous committees have not been implemented. The HLEG neither recognises the problems, constraints and compulsions at the national, state and district levels nor offers any solutions on how to deal with them.

Thirteen drug companies, the governments of the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lions Club and other smaller charitab

In the midst of round-the-clock meetings between the rich and powerful at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting here, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday committed $750 million to f

The Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana, which was launched in eight districts of the Maharashtra, will cover the State in a phased manner, the Chief Minister, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, said.