In order to curb the rising incidence of chronic kidney disease in the Uddanam region of Andhra Pradesh by getting to and analysing the root causes, the Stop CKDu study kicked off in January 2018 with a team comprising members from The George Institute for Global Health and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) undertaking field visits in Srikakulam District.
While few, if any, would dispute the importance of paying attention to health inequalities in the process of health reform, in practice, this has proven to be difficult. Thus, even as equity and equality are pivotal aspects of universal health coverage, there is less clarity on how to systematically identify those who are being left out, which is the first in ensuring that they no longer are.
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of premature death and disability in India. Since access to health services is poor in rural India and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) are available throughout India for maternal and child health, a potential solution for improving hypertension control is by utilising this available workforce.
Experts who participated in a roundtable discussion on Progress towards Universal Health Coverage in India made an impassioned plea to the Government for increase in health financing and putting in place governance structures for strategic purchasing to prepare for an efficient roll out of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS).
At a time when the government at the Centre has started the process of upgrading primary health centres into comprehensive wellness centres, the George Institute for Global Health India today hosted a roundtable discussion on opportunities and challenges for scaling up primary healthcare in India.
A paper on qualitative inquiry published in BMJ open, found that burns survivors and healthcare providers identified stigma and social exclusion associated with burns disfigurement, as the biggest challenge for recovery, both within the healthcare system, as well as in the community.