ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Vector Control Operations to Deal with Malaria

Although India had some successes in controlling malaria from the time of independence, it still faces a substantial socio-economic burden from this disease. This paper presents a case study of a highly endemic primary health centre with an annual parasite incidence of 30.9 in the tribal regions of Andhra Pradesh. It reviews the various operations involved in vector control methods like bed nets, insecticide spraying and anti-larval operations. Based on the data available with the health functionaries and household level surveys, it makes operational suggestions to improve the efficacy of control measures. It finds that the current focus is heavily skewed towards surveillance for malaria-affected patients with inadequate attention for vector control methods of malaria prevention. Ensuring the adoption of vector control methods by the community will yield rich dividends in curtailing the malarial transmission process.

Reforming the Campaign Finance Regime in India

Distortions in the current campaign finance regime in India, state funding proposals made in various government committees and literature are assessed and an alternative system based on matching grants is devised. This system provides a matching grant based on funds raised by a candidate, who secures a minimum amount of contributions from a certain number of people. These contributions are capped and the grant is deemed to be a loan, until the expenditure receipts for the sum of contributions and the grant are provided. Such a system will help in removing the distortions in the current regime and enable a more corruption-free environment.
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