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Beyond Biomedical and Statistical Approaches in COVID-19

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic requires that data and operational responses be examined from a public health perspective. While there exist deep contestations about the epidemic control strategies to be adopted, past experience seems to be corroborated in the present epidemic that a contextually rooted “shoe-leather public health” approach provides the most effective interventions and operational strategies, more so in a society as diverse as ours. Drawing from this, an analysis of the COVID-19 situation in India is put forth, and debates on mitigation strategies, optimisation of testing, and the essential steps for a comprehensive set of interventions in order to minimise human suffering are addressed.

Indian Public Health Associations on COVID-19

Leading Indian professional associations of public health have released a second joint statement on 25 May 2020, on the COVID-19 pandemic and its management in the country. The central issue they raise is the ignoring of technical advice of the country’s leading experts and institutions in decision-making about strategies for handling the pandemic. The larger politics of knowledge in public health and its interdisciplinary requirements are discussed.

Public Report on Health

A bottom-up view of the health conditions and services in six states - three performing and three not-so-well performing ones - was arrived at through a study by a multidisciplinary team with varied experiences in health research. This paper presents the results of a Public Report on Health that was initiated in 2005 to understand public health issues for people from diverse backgrounds living in different region-specific contexts. The findings, which have policy implications, have been used to analyse the ongoing official attempts to deal with the various challenges thrown up by the National Rural Health Mission.

Polio Eradication: Some Concerns

factor for paralysis in poliomyelitis; it has been mentioned in one of the earlier WHO Polio Eradication:
reports also (WHO 1997). We would like to know why this important risk factor has not been included in the IEC material and Some Concerns C SATHYAMALA, RITU PRIYA, RAJIB DASGUPTA, ONKAR MITTAL This is in response to the article,

Public Health Services

Well-accepted epidemiological, managerial and social dimensions of a health service system need to be factored in if the financing of healthcare is to yield commensurate results. There is no evidence of this in Budget 2004-05.

CMP on Health

Some tough moves towards 'an Indian model of reforms' in the health services are necessary if the dream to become 'world class' is to be achieved. Increasing funding for the current programmes alone will not improve health if the structure, content and functioning of the public services are not revamped. We need to set priorities ensuring that issues of quality are not undermined.

Health Services and HIV Treatment

The issue of providing anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment in a public health programme is a vexed one. While there are at least four public interest litigations in India petitioning for the state to provide ARV therapy to all who need it, there are those who point out the drawbacks of depending on ARVs for dealing with the problem. These complex issues need to be addressed squarely. The challenge is to develop systems for provision of anti-retroviral drugs that heed all the warnings and minimise the drawbacks.

Medical Industry: Illusion of Quality at What Cost?

Much of the debate on privatisation of health care has been based on the assumption that the private sector provides a better quality of services than the public sector. Efforts are on to restructure public institutions on market principles to promote efficiency. However, a recent report on Delhi's private hospitals is a shocking reveletion of their questionable management practices with regard to workers as well as patient care.

Health and Structural Adjustment-Major Shifts at Policy Level

The World Bank's World Development Report 1993 proposes drastic changes in the direction and content of health service development. A recent seminar in Delhi raised issues regarding the report's conceptual methodological and empirical aspects.

Town Planning, Public Health and-Urban Poor-Some Explorations from Delhi

Urban Poor Some Explorations from Delhi Ritu Priya This article examines the impact of the planning process, and ideas of modern town planning on the living environment of the urban poor Delhi, a city whose planned development has been a major concern of the political leadership and the civic authorities, where planned development has ostensibly been aimed at ensuring public health provides an excellent case study.

Dubious Package Deal-Health Care in Eighth Plan

While the basic orientation of the Eighth Plan approach paper towards decentralisation and employment generation can prove to be a major step for the improvement of health status, there is little recognition of how developments in other sectors have an impact on health. In making health care a component of a social service package there is every danger of it being neglected.

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