Current Affairs

National health policy: Analysis


National Health Policy (2017) released last week presents a clear vision of how India’s sluggish health system can be galvanized to deliver health and well-being to all by 2030, to meet the Sustainable Development Goal on health. The real challenge lies in its operational amplification and effective implementation which call for ce...


Why India is not joining OBOR


China’s One Belt, One Road is a massive global infrastructural outreach aimed at connecting nations and continents on a mammoth scale. The OBOR will provide huge economic benefits to the nations hosting the projects besides expanding global trade. However, lately China is pursuing hard enough to get India on board. But India is not...


Clean water and scarcity: A perspective


World Water Development Report (WWDR) – Wastewater: The Untapped Resource was recently released by United Nations’ Water Development Programme. He report notes that more than 80% of the world’s wastewater — over 95% in some least developed countries — is released into the environment untreated. In Thailand, 77...


Human development Index report released: A perspective


India slipped down one place from 130 to 131 among the 188 countries ranked in terms of human development, says the 2016 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday. India’s human development index (HDI...


Are spending enough for our health: A perspective


India spends close to 1.5% of its GDP on health. While this may appear low when compared to 18% of the U.S., data show that Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries spend 8-11%, middle-income countries close to 6%, and India’s peers, the lower-middle-income countries 1.5 to 4.5%. By these measures, India’s health-care spe...


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