12th November – Strengthening Public Healthcare

Strengthening public health capacities in disasters In 2005, India enacted the Disaster Management Act, which laid an institutional framework for managing disasters across the country. Disaster management considerations were to be incorporated into every aspect of development and the activities of different sectors, including health. While some headway has indeed been achieved, the approach continues …

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24th October – Promotion of nutri-cereals

Promotion of nutri-cereals During the recent speech on ‘World Food Day’, Prime Minister made focus on the production of millets, also now known as “nutri-cereals”. Giving examples of nutri-cereals like jowar, bajra and ragi, PM Modi also shared how the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has endorsed India’s call for declaring 2023 as the “International …

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15th September – Addressing malnutrition

Addressing malnutrition Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have launched a campaign declaring the month of September as “POSHAN Maah 2020”. By inviting citizens to send nutritional recipes, the campaign aims to create awareness about the POSHAN Abhiyan through community mobilisation. But how far it can help solve India’s massive malnutrition problem …

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Health ID

20th August – National Digital Health Mission

National Digital Health Mission The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) announced by the Prime Minister on Independence Day has the potential to transform the healthcare sector, making it more technologically advanced, inclusive and delivery-driven. How? The move to use technology to streamline processes such as medical record-keeping, sharing of healthcare data, appointments and similar healthcare …

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Immunity Passports

20th June – Immunity Passports

Immunity Passports In a recent article, Paul Romer suggested that as nations come out of lockdown, they should be adopting an “identify and isolate” strategy. To do this, they need to dramatically increase the volume of their testing. Doing more tests – His recommendation for the US is that everyone should be tested once every …

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8th June – R&D in Pharma

A right time to shift pharma gears Commercial pharma research and development (R&D) efforts are encouraged and rewarded through the earnings that innovators derive from sales of their branded products. To be sure, before such huge markups can yield any profits, commercial pharmaceutical innovators must first cover their large R&D costs, including the cost of …

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11th May – PM-CARES

PM-CARES Fund On March 28, the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, or the PM-CARES Fund, was set up to tackle distress situations such as that posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In one-and- a-half months, the fund has raked in thousands of crores worth of donations including unlimited tax-free contributions from …

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Agra Model

15th April – Agra Model

Explained – Agra Model for COVID-19 Agra has been lauded by the central government for successful cluster containment that it credits with controlling the spread of coronavirus in the Uttar Pradesh district. Background – Agra was the first identified cluster in India, and continues to have one of the highest district-wise caseloads. However, its success …

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India's health sector

13th April – India’s health sector

Rejuvenating India’s health sector Doctors and healthcare workers are the heroes of our battle against COVID 19. The coronavirus crisis has provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for a complete overhaul of India’s health sector. The rejuvenation of the health sector can provide the nucleus for remaking of India Post Coronavirus. Features of India’s …

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Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

2nd April – Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana The Union government has announced a staggering ₹1.7 trillion package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to mitigate the brunt of the 21-day lockdown on 800 million people. It has in the process prioritised its economic strategy to be one about protecting the most vulnerable. Significance – By sheer …

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