A first-of-its-kind Certificate Course in Critical Appraisal Skills (CASP) for Public Health Journalism and Communication was launched today in the presence of over fifty academicians, Government representatives, media and students. The course is designed for media students and mid-career journalists, editors and government officials.
Since 1990, diabetes and other musculoskeletal disorders have replaced diarrheal diseases and vision problems as leading causes of years lived with disability, or YLDs, for women; falls now rank higher for men.
Wearing motor-cycle helmets is an effective way of reducing risk and yet, the wearing rate remains low in India and other low and middle income countries. For the first time, the new motor-vehicle rules which have been presented in the Indian Parliament recently highlight measures addressing child safety, and this must be extended to enforce motor-cycle helmet wearing in children.
Less than 10% of Indian patients with advanced kidney failure patients have access to Renal Replacement Therapy, while up to 70% of those starting dialysis die or stop treatment, due to cost, within the first 3 months.
The George Institute for Global Health, in partnership with UNICEF and Reuters, has endeavoured to develop educational programs for journalists in an effort to address the challenges of public health starting with improving immunization coverage and vaccine up-take in India.