Human right based approach to dementia care in India

Team TA WHO estimates that more than 55 million people in the world suffer from dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form. The number is expected to triple by 2050! Alzheimer’s progressively destroys brain tissue, making people lose their memory. It makes it difficult for people to carry out even day-to-day tasks. Alzheimer’s primarily impacts the lives of elderly people, leaving them more … Continue reading Human right based approach to dementia care in India

Social Media and Mental Health: The debate is ignoring the realities of the developing world

By Dr. Ameya Bondre With the recent marriages of Microsoft and Facebook to ‘metaverse’ (“virtual reality + digital second life”), we are now on the verge of always being online and enter the mind of a computer. With the existing toll on mental health due to our parallel digital lives, what would this lead to? A mental health catastrophe, as suggested by a coalition of global scholars to ‘Meta’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Science and … Continue reading Social Media and Mental Health: The debate is ignoring the realities of the developing world

Twitter Hangouts: Reimagining Healthcare in India with Dr. Sonali Vaid

The discussion was organized on the occasion of World Health Day and the theme for this year was “Our Planet, Our Health”. The discussion was moderated by Rishabh Shrivastava who gave a brief outline of the theme and explained why it is important to look at climate change as a threat to public health. For the discussion to begin, Rishabh set a brief background by talking about the key events from the last two years of the pandemic like reporting of the first case in India, imposition of lockdown, issuance of guidelines, vaccination campaign and other landmark events.  Continue reading Twitter Hangouts: Reimagining Healthcare in India with Dr. Sonali Vaid

Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government

By Rishabh Shrivastava Gender based violence (GBV) has been a long-standing challenge for Indian society. The recently released NFHS-5 reveals that 3 in every 10 women have faced GBV. Along with being a major law and order issue, GBV remains a giant barrier in realizing the health rights of women and girls in the country. It continues to deprive women and girls of bodily autonomy and … Continue reading Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government

TA Explained: Behind Israel’s successful vaccination campaign

By Rishabh Shrivastava Every time we talk about India’s vaccination campaign, we are often reminded of how Israel managed the same and became one of the first countries to carry out maximum vaccination for its people. At present, Canada leads the global vaccination tally at 65.4% followed by Israel at 63.4% and United Kingdom at number three with 61.6% vaccination. In this explainer, we take … Continue reading TA Explained: Behind Israel’s successful vaccination campaign

As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented

By Rishabh and Anubhav Second wave of COVID-19 has been brutal for India. More than three lakh people have succumbed to the virus since the outbreak. As per Indian Medical Association, more than 500 doctors have died on the frontline too. Images of Ganga’s riverbed stuffed with dead bodies and news about India’s vaccine shortage are making global headlines. As active cases and positivity rate … Continue reading As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented

Time to Strengthen India’s Fight Against COVID-19 Waste

By Rishabh Shrivastava Bio-medical waste has always been a concern for environmental and public health safety. The COVID-19 crisis has further exacerbated the problem. India’s pollution watchdog  – Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), on 18 March 2020, came out with detailed guidelines on the management of COVID-19 waste. Since then, CPCB has made amendments thrice — the latest  one being on 10 June 2020. COVID-19 has not … Continue reading Time to Strengthen India’s Fight Against COVID-19 Waste