What the U.S. Can Learn From India and Brazil About Preventive Health Care

November 14, 2014–The Harvard Business Review

The authors, Nidhi Sahni and Michael Myers, argue that “…in preventive health — keeping people from getting sick, or helping them manage the conditions they do have — we adapt too few of the best foreign innovations and models that have proven to be effective and sustainable at scale.”

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New Minister of Health and Family Welfare

On November 9, 2014, Jagat Prakash Nadda was announced the new Union Health Minister.

Why Brown Rice is Healthier than White

November 5, 2014–Times of India

“Replacing white rice with brown rice in your diet can help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Says Mickey Mehta, ‘Like wheat, brown rice is also a type of whole-grain. Organically grown wild brown rice is the best as it is packed with all the essential nutrients and vitamins.'”

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With aim to end tuberculosis by 2020, Harsh Vardhan announces free treatment for all

October 28, 2014–Press Trust of India/Economic Times

On October 28, Harsh Vardhan, India’s Union Health Minister, announced ‘TB-Mission 2020’, a plan to eliminate tuberculosis from the country. Efforts are being made by the Indian government to provide free diagnosis and treatment as well as nutrition support and relevant financial enablers to the patients from government and private hospitals, he added.

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Fastest decline in child mortality rates witnessed

September 16, 2014–The Hindu

“India has shown significant reduction in neonatal mortality in the last two years. Every year [since 2009 when the rate was 34] we have reduced the rate,” Dr. Ajay Khera, Deputy Commissioner and Public Health Expert, Child Health Programme, Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, India said. “In 2010 the [neonatal mortality] rate was 33, in 2011 it was 31 and in 2012 it dropped two points to 29.”

“The government has accorded highest priority to improving newborn health and it has come out with special interventions to improve newborn survival,” he said.

photo from Knowledge Community on Children in India
Photo from Knowledge Community on Children in India

The four interventions to reduce neonatal mortality have been:

  • the promotion of institutional deliveries by providing conditional cash transfer to pregnant women.
  • the establishment of newborn care corners. There are currently 14,000 such care corners, roughly three or four per district. The newborn care corners provide immediate care for newborns to further improve their chances of survival.
  • the establishment of special newborn care units. The special newborn units care for babies that have very serious conditions.
  • the home visits of newborns by Accredited Social Health Activist workers. During home visits, the ASHA workers educate the mothers on breastfeeding, the importance of keeping the babies warm and also identify sick newborns and refer them to units where they can get admitted.

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