Health

5th December – Setting the clock on intersex human rights

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, has continued to trigger protests across the country. Without addressing the concerns of the LGBTQ community and considering any amendment to the draft Bill, the Rajya Sabha has passed the same version of the draft law that was passed by the Lok Sabha. Case – In April …

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4th December – Taking stock of the anti-AIDS fight

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted by member countries of the United Nations in 2015, set a target of ending the epidemics of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 2030 (SDG 3.3). Indicators – The key indicator chosen to track progress in achieving the target for HIV-AIDS is “the number of new HIV infections per 1,000 …

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8th November – An unwanted booster dose for vaccine hesitancy

In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed “vaccine hesitancy” as among the top 10 threats to global health this year. What is ‘vaccine hesitancy’? It is defined as [a] “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”. According to WHO, vaccination prevents between two-three million deaths each year, a figure …

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1st November – Aspirational Districts Programme is a laboratory for governance reforms

The Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) is one of the largest experiments on outcomes-focused governance in the world. Details – Spread across 112 of India’s socio-economically challenged districts, the ADP is Niti Aayog’s flagship initiative to improve health, nutrition, education, and economic outcomes. Initial evidence suggests that the ADP has already contributed towards improving lakhs of …

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11th October – E-cigarette ban prevents a disease from becoming life-threatening

The ban on e-cigarette is targeted at removing a cancer that was threatening the life of unsuspecting users. Smoking – the real threat – Smoking-related diseases rank among the greatest public health problems of the last century. Smoking, it is feared, will kill around a sixth of the world’s population in the 21st century. However, …

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