India’s national health policy was reformed this year, but lack of accessibility and out-of-pocket expenses still leave rural areas behind.

PIL filed by the M/s. Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association in the the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh regarding the inadequate number of Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and lack of qualified medical professionals at various levels of health care system in the state of Telangana.

As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity.

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), issued a new report concluding that distributed solar energy can play a major role in bridging India’s massive gap in delivering rural healthcare services, both as a primary and backup source of power.

IN POOR countries people are living longer and healthier lives than ever. Since 2000 child mortality has fallen by almost half. The rate of new HIV/AIDS infections has dropped by 40%.

Multiple micronutrients (MMN) are commonly prescribed in pediatric primary healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa to improve nutritional status and appetite without evidence for their effectiveness or international clinical guidelines. Community-wide MMN supplementation has shown limited and heterogeneous impact on growth and morbidity. Short-term ready-to-use therapeutic foods in acutely sick children in a hospital setting also had limited efficacy regarding subsequent growth.

India was estimated to have the largest numbers of stillbirths globally in 2015, and the Indian government has adopted a target of <10 stillbirths per 1,000 births by 2030 through the India Newborn Action Plan (INAP). The objective of this study was to use verbal autopsy interviews to examine factors associated with stillbirth in the Indian state of Bihar and make recommendations for the INAP to better inform the setting of priorities and actions to reduce stillbirths.

Bauchi — The European Union has committed 54 million Euros to strengthening and promoting primary healthcare, maternal and child health in Bauchi, Adamawa, and Kebbi states.

The state government has announced a programme - the Health Setu - to provide free medical treatemen in 10,000 villages across the state twice a week.

India cannot, and must not, wait any longer to recognise the right to healthcare. (Editorial)

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