GS-2, Uncategorized

Camel in the tent

The proposal is to attach medical colleges to existing district hospitals in the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Viability gap funding is provided for projects that the government does not find commercially viable because of long gestation periods, and relatively minor revenue flows and involves PPP. States that fully allow the facilities of the hospital to the medical college and… Continue reading Camel in the tent

GS-2, Uncategorized


Why in news? Recent advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry to States to adopt the Gujarat model of “non­interventional approach during the final stages of labour” as the best obstetric practice to deal with the high incidence of maternal mortality rate. What is it? Obstetricians say the advisory runs contrary to WHO recommendations and… Continue reading GUJARAT MODEL TO CHECK METERNAL MORTALITY RATE

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Convergence of Agriculture and Nutrition

Agricultural productivity in India has seen impressive growth in recent years fuelled by systemic and scientific improvements like the Green Revolution, globalisation and industrialisation of the food sector. Even after all this growth, malnutrition continues to remain a challenge with serious social and economic costs. There has been a significant disconnect between agriculture and nutrition… Continue reading Convergence of Agriculture and Nutrition

GS-2, Uncategorized

Revival of Traditional Indian Medicine

The traditional Indian system of medicine, which comprises of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH), is a perennially neglected alternative medicine sector. It played an important role against the imperialistic British reign by the cultural nationalistic reassertion but is losing its significance in modern times. This article focuses on the challenges it faces… Continue reading Revival of Traditional Indian Medicine

GS-2, Uncategorized

Vaccine Hesitancy

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) in a report held that Vaccine hesitancy is among the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. WHO defines Vaccine hesitancy as a delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy has been reported in more than 90% of countries in the world. Instances of Vaccine… Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy

GS-2, Uncategorized

About e-Cigarette

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019. The prohibition of e-cigarettes includes all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Heat Not Burn Products, e-Hookah, and other like devices. What are e-Cigarettes ? e-Cigarettes are battery powered devices that work by… Continue reading About e-Cigarette

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

Context October 2nd 2019 was Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, it was also the anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India “open defecation-free”. Definition Open defecation free is broadly defined by the absence of visible faeces in the environment. What is the government’s strategy? To achieve its goals under… Continue reading Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

GS-2, Uncategorized

Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual hygiene continues to be amongst the most challenging developmental issues that women face today, especially in the developing countries like India, the mindsets, customs and institutional biases prevent women from getting the menstrual health care they need. Menstruation is a natural and healthy biological process for women, in spite of this, it is still considered a taboo… Continue reading Menstrual Hygiene

GS-2, Social Issue

Malnutrition and Disease Burden

A study led by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has givencomprehensive estimates of disease burden due to child and maternal malnutrition and the trends of its indicators in every state of India from 1990 to 2017. The estimates were produced as part of the Global Burden of Diseases Study (GBD) 2017. The Global Burden of… Continue reading Malnutrition and Disease Burden

GS-3, Science & Tech

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP). Details: India has the world’s largest livestock population of 125-crore plus heads, but cattle productivity is low, and animal diseases are a major concern. The diseases have resulted in some overseas markets being shut to Indian dairy and meat products, and prevented the industry from… Continue reading National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)