Ankur Chhabra

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‘Mission Indradhanush’ – A shot in the arm for India’s Universal Immunization Programme

It is not common that India comes in for commending mention when health indices are in question. <i>Mission Indradhanush</i>(MI), a Central government …

Public Health

Famished

I recently completed my SBI <i>Youth for India</i> fellowship journey. During my fellowship period, I worked extensively on maternal and child health issues, …

I Spent 2017 Fighting Malnutrition In A Remote Indian District And Here's What I Learnt

I recently completed my Youth for India fellowship journey. And since the year is ending, I thought it was a good time to reminisce and reflect on …

Why privatization is a disaster for any democratic society

<b>In this Feb. 23, 2016 photo, a resident carries drinking water following an overnight fire at a poor neighborhood in Muntinlupa city southeast of Manila, Philippines. Water was not supposed to become so expensive for Manila under a 1997 World Bank deal that privatized the seaside city’s water and</b> …

Health Care

The sociological explanation for why men in America turn to gun violence

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting that killed a staggering 58 people and injured roughly 500 others, the Trump administration has tried to steer Americans away from political debate. “There’s a time and place for political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country,” White House …

Mass Shootings

Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear

It’s shark season — primarily on cable TV. As the decades-long tradition of “Shark Week” approaches, you can expect once again to hear of “serial …

Microbiology

Is The India Story Exaggerated?

India's macroeconomic situation looks solid.<p>Yet the recent farmer's unrest sports a different picture.<p>India could be headed towards a demographic …

Melting Ice Could Unleash Deadly Bacteria Lain Dormant for Millennia

Deep in the soils of permafrost lurks unknown and archaic bacteria that could potentially spawn viruses and disease that the human race has never …

Cholera 101: An Ancient Disease Keeps Cropping Up

Cholera can kill a person in a matter of hours.<p>It's a severe gastrointestinal disease that can trigger so much diarrhea and vomiting that patients can rapidly become dehydrated. They lose so much fluid that their internal organs shut down.<p>The waterborne disease has been around for centuries, and it …

Public Health

In the stone quarries of Madhya Pradesh, lakhs are putting their lungs, limbs and lives at risk

A lack of opportunities is compelling villagers in the arid Vidisha district to take up jobs in mines, many of which are unregulated.<p>In villages …

India

The next great medical innovations that could save children

<b>(CNN) —</b> What medical advancements could save the lives of our children in the future? That's the question members of the American Academy of Pediatrics asked themselves. Their answers were published last week in the journal Pediatrics.<p>"We thought about the next 40 years and what fields of study …

Medicine

Climate Change and Health are Inextricably Linked

This year’s Earth Day theme promotes environmental and climate literacy. Global citizens need to be empowered with information and facts to act in defense of our planet.<p>WHO estimates that 12.6 million people die each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, contributing to …

Seasonal Migration and Malnutrition

Pursuant to the last blog on <i>Tribal Issues – Links to Malnutrition</i><i>,</i> another critical issue exacerbating the menace of malnutrition among the tribal …

Human Rights

A scientist calculated the nutritional value of a human being

There are lots of reasons why cannibalism isn’t a good idea.<p>For one, most cultures would consider it unethical, even if there was no actual killing involved. For another, it can make you pretty sick. The Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea practiced cannibalism as part of a preservation ritual for their …

Anthropology

New models of healthcare

Healthcare systems are struggling to meet the evolving needs of patients. Yet there are promising emerging delivery models.<p><b>Healthcare systems …

Managing supplies of vaccines is a huge problem

KEEP a tomato cool in a refrigerator and it will stay fresh far longer than it would at room temperature. Accidentally freeze it, though, and you …

Here's Where Major Religions Actually Stand On Vaccines

Almost all U.S. states allow religious exemptions to immunization. But the issue has almost nothing to do with religion.<p>West Virginia’s Senate is reviewing a bill that would allow public school students to receive religious exemptions from vaccinations.<p>Debate over parents opting out of their …

Public Health

Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to party president could spark a Congress exodus

There has been a marked change in the mood of Congress leaders since November 2016, when the Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously recommended …

India

India's hospital assaults: Patients blame doctors while doctors blame the broken health system

Five doctors in Maharashtra have been attacked by relatives of patients in separate incidents over the past two weeks.<p>When Sion Hospital resident …

Radiation Therapy

Our addiction to consumption might just be what saves the planet from destruction

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet today, but despite global progress in acknowledging the magnitude of the problem, it continues to elicit a lukewarm sense of urgency in the United States. Under the Trump administration and an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led …

Innovation

Tribal Issues – Links to Malnutrition

As I have discussed in detail in my earlier blogs – <i>‘Malnutrition – A Ticking Time Bomb’</i> and <i>‘My Visits to Walwanda Village’</i>, there has been numerous …

India

One of the US’s greatest gifts to the global economy is under threat from Trump

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is the jewel in the crown of America’s fight against international business bribes and corporate favors. Intended to promote American business and foreign-policy ideals around the world, and give US companies a tool to battle corruption abroad, it has also helped …

Corruption

Democracy is dying around the world—and the West has only itself to blame

Unless we act fast, the world may have already reached “peak democracy.”<p>After World War II, there were only a few lonely democracies scattered across the West. This began to change dramatically in the 1980s, when most of Latin America joined that exclusive club. But most crucially, in the 1990s, …

Political Science

Women in the changing world of work

In 2016, Kumari, 41, went from an unpaid agriculture and house-worker in Vedireswaram village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, to a paid …

Throughout history, the best ways to reduce inequality have been disease and destruction

How do you solve a problem like inequality? Economic policymakers have been grappling with this for a long time, with varying degrees of urgency. The search for solutions has become increasingly serious since the 1980s, when inequality began rising again, recently reaching historic highs.<p>But the …

Income Inequality

Malnutrition – A Ticking Time Bomb

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said last year that if he could have a magic wand to solve …

Bill Gates

3 Success Stories Show How to Apply Road Safety Through Public Health Plans

Vision Zero is an initiative that started in Sweden in 1997 when the country began implementing a series of road safety measures to reach their goal …

ng-2fl

The story of these life-saving shots includes aborted fetuses, snatched cells, and a discredited theory that refuses to die.<p>Before vaccines, millions of children died horrific deaths each year from infectious diseases like whooping cough, polio, and measles. Today, thanks to vaccines, most of these …

Iron-rich salt — developed at U of T — is combating India's anemia epidemic

Double-fortified salt is now being distributed to more than 24 million people in Uttar Pradesh state<p>When Levente Diosady was tasked two decades ago …