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Bobby Ramakant is a development journalist and has been writing on development issues since 1991. Health is one of the key focus areas he writes on. He is also a World Health Organization (WHO)'s WNTD awardee for 2008
(1 comments) Monday, July 13, 2009 Rohini Episode-Lessons For The Police and society
Rohini Singh is still waiting for justice to be done after being brutally physically abused by the police constable Subhas Mishra, who entered and ransacked her home and also misbehaved with her two minor daughters, all because she was asking for protection against the harassment and domestic violence she was being subjected to by her husband.
Friday, May 22, 2009 Call for International Action to Combat Epidemic of Non-communicable Diseases
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and World Heart Federation (WHF) issued a joint statement on 19 May 2009 that calls on the international community to address urgently the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 35 million deaths a year. The statement demands a substantial increase in funding for NCDs and greater availability of essential medicines.
Sunday, May 17, 2009 Baby victim of acid attack in India gets support
It is extremely disgusting to hear that children are being attacked like this. Such instances were only heard when adults got into altercations, but it is unfortunate that even children as young as 3 months are not being spared now
Friday, May 15, 2009 Justice, where art thou? Two years of Dr Binayak Sen's imprisonment
Jonathan Mann awardee (2008) Dr Binayak Sen, who is a well-known paediatrician and human rights defender, will complete two years on 14 May 2009 in a Raipur prison on false charges of abetting Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh, sedition, and waging war against the State. Not only in India, but in countries around the world the pressure is mounting for the release of Dr Sen.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 The Asthma Drug Facility brings down cost of drugs
Late last month El Salvador became the first country to take advantage of The Union's Asthma Drug Facility (ADF), which uses pooled procurement and other purchasing strategies to obtain greatly reduced prices from approved suppliers.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 World Asthma DaY: Asthma control is appalling in countries
The Global Burden of Asthma Report, indicates that asthma control often falls short and there are many barriers to asthma control around the world. Proper long-term management of asthma will permit most patients to achieve good control of their disease. Yet in many regions around the world, this goal is often not met.
Friday, May 1, 2009 Sri Lanka: Humanitarian disaster in making
Activists expressed their deep anguish and concern on unabated mass killings in Sri Lanka which is, as they underlined, "no short of a humanitarian disaster in northern Sri Lanka".
(1 comments) Monday, April 27, 2009 Pictorial health warnings on tobacco products from 30th May 2009
The long pending pictorial or graphic health warnings on all tobacco products in India shall finally be implemented beginning on 30 May 2009. This is in line with the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act and the global tobacco treaty which India has ratified (World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control).
Monday, April 27, 2009 1/3rd preventable deaths can be averted by healthy environment
In the least developed countries, one third of death and disease is a direct result of environmental causes. Proper environmental management is the key to avoiding the quarter of all preventable illnesses which are directly caused by environmental factors
(2 comments) Thursday, April 23, 2009 Time to rethink the development paradigm on Earth Day
Unless sustainable ways of development and living are evolved, it will be very difficult to sustain the prevalent kind of urban lifestyle where exploitation of natural resources goes on unabated by the nexus of private corporations and the state. The overriding question is how to create a mode of production which does not depend on the expliotation of nature.
Sunday, April 19, 2009 Four Month-old Girl-Child fFghts for Life after Brutal Acid Attack
In one of the most gruesome violations of child rights, a four month old baby girl has become the youngest victim of a brutal acid attack which has not only scarred her physically but will now destroy her emotional and psychological well being as well.
Thursday, April 16, 2009 Demand for CBI enquiry into the death of Dalit leader
Lok Rajniti Manch expresses concern over the mysterious death of Indian Justice Party (IJP) candidate from Jaunpur, Bahadur Lal Sonkar (48 years old), whose body was found hanging from a tree. It is very unfortunate that on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti such a gory incident has taken place.
Monday, April 13, 2009 Will pictorial warnings on tobacco products get postponed again?
The Group of Ministers (GoM) on tobacco warnings is meeting on 8 April 2009 and further dilution or delay to pictorial health warnings on tobacco products is expected. This is a great concern before the nation when the implementation on pictorial warnings is long due now and the deadline is very close (31 May 2009).
Monday, April 13, 2009 People to draft the election manifesto of SR Darapuri
In times when manifestos of election candidates are announced by the highest seats of political 'ivory towers', a people centric initiative is taking shape in Lucknow. A series of public meetings led to the nomination of people's candidate from prestigious Lok Sabha constituency of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh in India.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Health of Women is Indeed Our Precious Wealth
On this year's World Health Day, let us focus on addressing issues that can improve health status of women. A wide array of socio-economic, cultural and gender-based inequalities continue to aggravate risk for women.
(3 comments) Saturday, April 4, 2009 Will IMF deliver G-20's booster for world economy?
Earlier this week the Group of Twenty leaders announced a USD 1.1 trillion booster-dose into the world economy by the end of 2010 through multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, in July 2008, analysts from Cambridge and Yale Universities had reported that tuberculosis (TB) in countries with IMF loans rose sharply.
Thursday, April 2, 2009 If G-20 agrees, health financing might come from Currency transaction levy
There is a growing public movement globally to put pressure on the Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that will meet in London, UK, on 2 April 2009, to put a currency transaction levy of 0.005% to raise dedicated resources for funding health programmes. This currency transaction levy of 0.005% can potentially generate USD 30-40 billion a year.