Disrespectful Maternity Care: Labour Room Violence in Government Health Facilities
The government aims to enhance the quality of healthcare services for pregnant women ensuring “respectful maternity care” at public health facilities. However, observations in public hospitals reveal…
Surrogacy Biomarkets in India: Troubling Stories from before the 2021 Act
Inadequate governance and widespread unethical medical practices had made India one of the top global destinations for surrogate parenting till the Surrogacy (Regulation) Act was passed in 2021.…
Abortions in India: Myths, Facts and Reality
India’s recently amended Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act is quite progressive on paper but its translation into practice makes abortion as inaccessible in the country as in many of the most…
Mortality and Death Registration in India
Underlying the controversy over the estimates of Covid-19 mortality in India is the uncertain quality of mortality statistics and the death registration data. The pandemic is an opportunity to…
The Right Lessons to Draw as India Overtakes China's Population
India will become the world’s most populous country earlier than anticipated. It would however be counterproductive to take coercive steps towards population control.
Christophe Z. Guilmoto
Making Sense of Covid-19 Mortality Estimates for India
The government should not issue bad-faith rebuttals of international Covid-19 mortality estimates that challenge official figures. It should instead release data that could better resolve…
Reflections on Illness, the Body and the Mind
A 23-year-old reminisces about her 16-year-old self that was afflicted by a lifelong autoimmune illness, prompting recollections of the questions she asked herself then to make sense of life. There…
How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India
The periurban space of Najafgarh has been a site of continuous experimentations in delivering rural primary healthcare since the 1930s. The model of the health visitor developed there has worked its…
Gutting India’s Public Sector Vaccine Makers
India's once-thriving public vaccine manufacturers were absent during the pandemic. This was not due to a lack of capability. The problem has been active neglect by the government .
Top-down Approaches to Health do not Work
Government programmes for the indigenous that do not listen to and involve the local communities will not succeed in improving wellbeing.
Mathew Sunil George