Obesity and CVD: A growing global health issue

By Shabana Tharkar, AVP – ICTPH Today, society is surrounded by an excess of food, luxuries and comfort, making humans prone to being obese and sedentary. For instance, being overweight or obese are major risk factors for developing insulin resistance, ...

Financing Health Systems

By Zeena Johar, President – ICTPH The fundamental step towards achieving health equity is universal coverage, i.e., universal access to the full range of personal and non-personal health services including social health protection. My previous paper ICTPH Health Systems Approach ...

Health Benefit-Cost Effectiveness of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvements

By Nachiket Mor In any discussion of primary health and interventions to promote health at the community level, the issue of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion invariably comes up. And, while access to water and the dignity afforded by latrines, ...

Selection tool for Health Extension Workers in rural India

By Sangeetha Lakshmanan, Research Analyst – ICTPH Several countries have expanded their health systems by adopting the Community Health Worker approach to providing Primary Health Care. While both low and middle income countries have recruited health workers, there is limited ...

The Million Deaths Study sheds light on the causes of death in children in India

By Laura Costica, Research Associate – ICTPH The 27th Nov edition of The Lancet features a paper1 emerging from the Million Deaths Study2 Collaboration, in which the causes of deaths in children in India are analysed. This new evidence is ...

Evolutionary links between Malaria and Anaemia

By Nachiket Mor Very interesting materials suggesting that while Sickle Cell Anaemia was probably an evolutionary response to the presence of Malaria, Iron Deficiency Anaemia probably began on account of a move to a more agrarian lifestyle but survived and ...

The Asian Enigma

By Nachiket Mor I have just finished reading a very old (circa 1996) and very troubling article written by Ramalingaswami, Jonsson and Rohde entitled: The Asian Enigma. The article seeks to ascertain why, despite the fact that countries in Sub ...

Evaluating a delivery model to ensure feasible and effective reduction of childhood anaemia

By Lindsey Peugh, Research Associate – ICTPH The period between 6 and 24 months of age is a critical stage during which nutritional deficiencies can cause deleterious and irreversible effects on a child’s growth and cognitive development. Iron deficiency is ...

Provisioning Ophthalmic Care for Remote Rural Indian Populations

The estimated prevalence of blindness in 1990 ranged from 0.08% of children to 4.4% of persons aged over 60 years, with an overall global prevalence of 0.7%. Of the estimated 45 million cases of blindness by 1996, approximately 60% were ...

Improving Community Based Maternal and New Born Survival

By Divya Ramamurthy, Research Analyst – ICTPH There is a growing need for attention towards the health of newborn infants and their mothers. Neonatal mortality now accounts for about two-thirds of global infant mortality and about 3.8 million of the ...

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