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

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Peasants Battle Cry for Land in Punjab

On the basis of several reports, a team was sent to investigate the alleged repression unleashed by district authorities on the movement by Dalit peasants.

Equity in Hospital Services Utilisation in India

Studies from a number of low-income countries have found that the wealthy often use publicly financed health services at a higher rate than the poor. To examine the situation in India, the use of public and private sector hospital services by economic class was analysed and the relationship between utilisation and public spending on health services and the reported out-of-pocket payments were assessed. Not surprisingly, hospital services in the private sector were found to be significantly pro-rich. In contrast to previous studies, it was found that India's poor report using hospital services in the public sector at a higher rate than the wealthy, particularly in urban areas. However, this varied across states. High OOP expenditure correlated with higher degrees of inequity, and was a likely barrier to accessing care for the poor. Further work is required to explore the significant variation seen between states and to understand the history of its development. A number of policy options are discussed to reduce inequities in access to public health services in India.

Water, Sanitation and People s Response

Studying Hygiene Behaviour: Methods, Issues and Experiences, edited by Sandy Cairneross and Vijay Kochar; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1994; Rs 325 (cloth).

Controlling Tobacco Use

Rajesh Kumar A comprehensive long-term policy, giving due consideration to all sectors which will be affected, needs to be evolved. TOBACCO abuse has assumed epidemic proportions in India. Population-based surveys have found that 70 per cent to 80 per cent of men and 15 per cent to 30 per cent of women use tobacco. The burden of diseases caused by tobacco is relatively small at present as compared to many other communicable diseases but considering the trend in tobacco consumption in last decades tobacco-related diseases such as heart attacks, asthmatic bronchitis, cancers of lung, lips, mouth, food and windpipe, etc, will increase in future.
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