Limited access to essential medicines for treating chronic diseases is a major challenge in low and middle-income countries. Although India is the largest manufacturer of generic medicines, there is a paucity of information on availability, price and affordability of essential anti-cancer medicines used for treating childhood cancers.
The first-ever National Symposium on Evidence Synthesis for Medicine, Public Health and Social Development (NSES 2019) organised by The George Institute for Global Health, India and the Campbell Collaboration in the Capital concluded on Friday with a clarion call to young researchers, knowledge brokers and policy-makers to work together to usher in the evidence revolution and ensure that the fields of public health, medicine and social development are informed by good science.
The George Institute for Global Health India, and the University of Oxford UK, jointly hosted two national stakeholder meetings, in New Delhi on 29th March 2019 and in Vijayawada on 1st April, to identify priorities and challenges to integrate screening and management of non-communicable diseases into maternal and child health services in India.
There is a need for wide reforms across public and private healthcare providers if Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is to accelerate India towards its goal of universal health coverage (UHC).
Coinciding with the World Kidney Day which was observed on March 14 this year, the George Institute for Global Health has come up with a road map for achieving universal care for kidney diseases and has identified priority areas for kidney disease research, policy-making, and actions by the clinical community.
With a view to providing better treatment and service to persons living with chronic kidney disease, the Andhra Pradesh Government with technical support from the George Institute for Global Health, India has established a Kidney Research Innovation and Patient Assistance Centre (KRIPA) at Palasa, Srikakulam District.
The role of frontline health care workers in providing last mile delivery to the doorstep of people in rural areas of the country received a roaring thumbs up in the Capital on Wednesday as some of the delegates to the International Digital Health Symposium 2019 met and interacted with four of these “doctor sahibas” from the community who are screening people in their villages for non-communicable disease risk.
Underscoring the urgent need for countries like India to put women’s cancers on the map of the public health agenda, the Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney, Prof Ian Jacobs today said India can benefit immensely from the global experience on screening and prevention in the area of ovarian and cervical cancers.