The enactment of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 was an important landmark act, which made the registration of births, deaths compulsory across the country. But only 41 per cent births were being registered up until NFHS-3. Birth registration among children under age five years doubled between NFHS-3 and NFHS-4 from 41 per cent to 80 per cent birth registrations in 2015-2016.
About half of Indian households (48%) use improved toilet facilities according to latest data from NHFS-4. But thirty-nine percent of households still practice open defecation as they do not have access any toilet facility. The remaining use a shared facility. Although, according to NFHS-4 data the percentage of households practicing open defecation decreased from 55 percent in 2005-06 to 39 percent in 2015-16.
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By : Nabeela Khan Inayati
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By : Nabeela Khan Inayati
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By : OOMMEN C. KURIAN
Official data shows that coverage indicators like immunisation are a concern for a long time for Gujarat. It has shown an extremely worrying worsening trend in the state. Acc to data, Gujarat was one of the few states in India where full vaccination coverage declined since NFHS-2.
Air pollution has made Delhi infamous across the world. Delhi-NCR has almost become a gas chamber and the onset of winter witnesses worst air pollution levels. We tend to accuse the farmers for burning stubble in bordering states but there are other sources of toxic air within Delhi according to a study by IIT-Kanpur. Road dust and vehicle pollution are the top two contributors to poor air-quality levels according to the study.
Proportion of women giving birth in health institutions has increased sharply in India but let us analyse how far has it impacted in bringing down infant mortality rates.According to NFHS-3, infant mortality rate was 57 at a time when institutional birth delivery rate was just 38%. With efforts, institutional delivery rate increased to 71% during NHFS-4 which is a little less than double (of NHFS-3). However, infant mortality rate decreased by 16% only.
India has the largest number of underweight people but it has seen a surge in overweight people as well over the past decade. In fact, India’s women are more likely to be obese than their male counterparts according to research. Obesity is associated with risks of early heart diseases. Punjab houses maximum obese women whereas Jharkhand and Chattisgarh has small percentage figures according to latest data.
The world has made huge progress in reducing child mortality during the past decade – nearly halved from 12 million to 6.6 million. Yet, developing nations continue to suffer. Pakistan, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are the top ten countries with highest rate of stillbirths and neonatal deaths on day of birth (per 1,000 total births). According to various studies, 98% of stillbirths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Health Analytics India (HAI) is a data journalism initiative dedicated to provide the most illuminating reporting on healthcare. We’re not going to blindly accept the data, but we’re not going to be blind to it either.Syed Nazakat, Editor-in-Chief of Health Analytics India
Journalists reporting on traumatic situations and disease such as Ebola, cholera, or HIV-Aids need to develop specialist skills for such work. Their tool kit needs to include techniques such as empathy, less talking - more listening, and a critical need to get the facts right.Cait McMahon PhD, is a managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific, with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
When I was the Director General of CSIR, we had started a public–private partnership called New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative, which was directed exclusively towards affordable excellence. That was a game-changer. We need to launch national grand challenges for vaccines to therapeutics to tablets. We did make the US$ 35 Akash tablet, after all.R.A. Mashelkar, noted Scientist and innovator who holds a long list of directorships, degrees and awards, all focused on advancing science and inclusive innovation in India.
Telling the Ebola story with data is a challenging task, how to paint a picture of numbers that inform about the seriousness while neither underplaying [and] nor being alarmist? There has been problematic data reporting…but there’s been solid data journalism too.Sharron Lovell is a multimedia storyteller and educator. She is based in Beijing and lectures on multimedia journalism.
The essential drug list becomes more relevant when the drug market is flooded with many nonessential, irrational drugs for which safer, equally effective & cheaper essential alternatives exist.Dr Mira Shiva, MD, is one of the leading voices of public health in India and coordinator at the Initiative for Health & Equity in Society.
We crunch the numbers, investigate the issues behind the numbers and turn them into fact and figure based stories that matter to the people.Our aim is to make Health Analytics India a single-point source of healthcare data and information in India.Nabeela Khan Inayati, Assistant Editor, Health Analytics India
"If we look at the cancer crisis closely, there is nothing like a new pattern of cancer, but the type of cancer which is predominant in an area keeps changing. It changes every ten years. For instance, earlier, the common cancer in America was tobacco related but that has changed now because the awareness has increased."Dr. Sameer Kaul, surgical oncologist & Founder, President of Breast Cancer Patients Benefit Foundation.
"India provides low cost drugs not only to its citizens but also to most developing countries. Hence, the measures to control prices of drugs must be matched with those to safeguard our sovereignty in drug manufacturing, whether by public or private companies. It is this that will finally result in availability of drugs at affordable prices and will ensure that we move forward towards Universal Health Assurance."Mirai Chatterjee, Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
It’s commendable that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is making efforts to be more data-driven by providing district-level estimates for the first time with NFHS-4, there are still loopholes that need to be plugged.Jisha Krishnan, Journalist