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Studying Tuberculosis

I am glad the EPW has written an editorial on tuberculosis in India. I would have congratulated the author more warmly had they taken into account the fundamental basis on which the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTCP) was formulated in India in 1962: the NTCP must sink or sail with the...

Politics of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme

There is documentary evidence of the degeneration of the scientific basis of dealing with tubercul0sis as a public health problem in India. The outstanding research on TB in the past must not be forgotten by the authors of "Resource Optimisation for Tuberculosis Elimination in India" (EPW, 7 May 2016).

Political Accountability for Outbreaks of Communicable Diseases

The political and bureaucratic "leadership" of India's public health services and programmes, unqualified and untrained for this role, has allowed foreign and international agencies to set the country's health agenda. In the process, while massive amounts are being pumped into health programmes, the health services have deteriorated and the poor continue to suffer.

Rural Ill Health

It is good that you have drawn attention (“Evaluation of the Health Mission”, 23 January 2010) to an account of the early operation (May 2005-December 2008) of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the performance audit conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. It is...

Another False Promise

It is good that the EPW published a set of four articles (22 November) to mark 30 years of the Alma-Ata Declaration in 1978, which set the goal of “Health For All by 2000 AD”. It will be worthwhile to reflect over the definition of primary health care (PHC) and its implications for building health...

Politics of Rural Health in India

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is based on questionable premises. The union ministry of health and family welfare and its advisors doggedly seem to refuse to learn from the many experiences of the past, both from sincere efforts to develop endogenous mechanisms and from the imposition of ill-conceived, badly formulated, techno-centric vertical programmes.

Simplistic Approach to Health Policy Analysis-World Bank Team on Indian Health Sector

Simplistic Approach to Health Policy Analysis World Bank Team on Indian Health Sector Debabar Banerji A World Bank report on the health sector has set out to offer an alternative policy framework to cushion the impact of structural adjustment programmes on health services. But by choosing health financing as a tool for policy analysis it has arrived at highly questionable conclusions.

Ahistorical, Apolitical and Authoritical

Ahistorical, Apolitical and Authoritical Debabar Banerji The First Global Revolution: A Report by the Council of the club of Rome by A King and B Schneider; Simon and Schuster, London, 1991; pp xxi+197, price not stated.

Family Planning in the Nineties-More of the Same

Family Planning in the Nineties More of the Same? THE 1991 Census [GOI 1991] once again revealed an explosive population growth during the decade The population had increased by yet another 160 million; the increase was 137million during 1971-81 and 109 million during 1961-71 [GOI 1989:7]. By all accounts it is an unmitigated disaster for the country. It is a devastating indictment of the family planning programme. The allocation for family planning programme jumped from Rs 6.5 million and Rs 15,0 million during the First (1951-56) and Second (1956-61) Plans to Rs 270 million and Rs 2,858 million during the Third (1961-66) and the Fourth (1969-74) Plans. It was a massive Rs 10,100 million in the Sixth Plan (1980 85) and Rs 32,560 million in the Seventh Plan (1985-90) [GOI 1989b:4). Against these facts the claims of the authorities about the per cent of couples protected and the number of births averted are totally irrelevant, if not plainly mythical.

Health Policies and Programmes in India in the Eighties

in the Eighties Debabar Banerji A coherent national health policy has evolved in India in the course of development of the different phases of the health service system. The focal point of such a policy has been the development of a people-oriented health service which would strengthen and encourage community self-reliance. While there have been significant achievements in the health field in the past four decades, there have also been failures. A critical analysis.

Prescription without Diagnosis-Report of Commission on Health Research Development

Prescription without Diagnosis Report of Commission on Health Research Development Debabar Banerji The commission has failed to take account of the long history of health research in countries like India nor analysed the failure of earlier efforts.

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