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Women's Health in India

This set of bibliographies have made a valuable contribution by putting together published and unpublished studies on important subjects relating to women’s morbidity, especially so for research scholars who are looking for literature on women’s morbidity.

Draft National Health Policy 2001-I : Debt Payment and Devaluing Elements of Public Health

Had the new health policy document proposed an overarching vision of how all the elements it enumerates would be put in place, it would have been a visionary document. As it stands the draft policy is riddled with contradictions and confusions. It spells a significant departure from the 1983 policy objectives of providing primary health care for all, specially the underprivileged. Instead of creatively utilising private sector to provide basic affordable health care, it all but hands over the task to the private sector, inevitably undermining existing national health programmes. By encouraging the corporate involvement in tertiary and secondary level medical care without first ensuring their access to the underprivileged, the draft denies the rights of the poor to good care.

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.

Reproductive Health-A Public Health Perspective

This article examines the concept of reproductive health as it emerged in the 1980s, its consequences for health research and family planning programmes in India, its advocacy for the third world agenda and the reasons behind it, its epidemiological basis, and offers an alternative public health perspective for understanding reproductive health.

Deadly Politics of the State and Its Apologists

was able to impose the American will. However, the relative American economic decline and particularly its recent conversion into a debtor have eroded this American capacity. Black Monday and American paralysis in the face of it threaten to erode it even more. Yet the United States is becoming increasingly unilateralist, not to mention protectionist, and threatens international economic agreements for which its trading partners already have less than total enthusiasm even among themselves. Americans have been exporting the costs of their own economic irresponsibility. How can the Japanese and west Europeans be expected to expose their economies to the ravages that a real deflation of the American (or indeed their own) bubble will impose 6n them

Giving Public Health Services More than Their Due

Health Status of Kerala: Paradox of Economic Backwardness and Health Development by PG K Panikar and C R Soman; Trivandrum, 1984, THE demographic phenomenon in Kerala has been an enigma for scholars and administrators alike who, from time to time, have attempted to explain it or made claims that it is an outcome of various administrative efforts. The book under review not only tries to explain the reasons for Kerala's better health status but also chalks out programmes for further consolidating the achievements in the sphere of health. Though the objectives are laudable, the effort appears to lack depth at different levels

Reshaping Health Service s-A Note on Draft Plan on Rural Health Services

A Note on Draft Plan on Rural Health Services Imrana Qadeer The contents of the Draft Plan on Rural Health Services make it obvious that the present government's health policy, like that of its predecessor, makes a lot of correct noises but spares very little effort to find out why similar ideas in the past could never actually materialise.

Ivan the Not-So-Terrible

October 25, 1975 LAMPS CAPS AND FILAMENTS, which commenced commercial production in June 1973, has shown more disappointing results for the year ended March 1975, the full year of production, than last yean Production was only 17.11 million metres of tungsten wire, as against 25.52 million metres in the preceding period; sales were 7.81 million metres against 2.06 million metres. The installed capacity in 150 million metres. Value of sales was Rs 6 lakhs, against less than a lakh last year; the outcome was a net deficit of Rs 18 lakhs, against Rs 11 lakhs previously. Accumulated deficit has increased to Rs 29 lakhs. The company could not make payment of interest and instalments due to SICOM and ICICI aggregating Rs 11 lakhs. In response to the notices received from these institutions, it has made suitable representations. The directors say that, with reduction of floating stocks of imported wires in the hands of lamp manufacturers, the company ban look forward to a substantial increase in the turnover during the current year. The company's representation regarding the re-classification of the imported raw material for 70 per cent duty, as against 120 per cent at present, is also being considered by government. The company is pursuing the proposal foi establishing a coiling project.

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