healthcare

Audio podcast: ‘People with mental health issues are creative, wise, can have a full life’
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Ashraf Engineer May 11, 2022 More than 60 million Indians suffer from mental disorders, 10 to 20 million of them from severe conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. India has one of the highest prevalences of mental illnesses globally. Daniel...
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Audio podcast: ‘Sex workers’ bodies are viewed as currency, even for medicines’
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Ashraf Engineer May 4, 2022 Healthcare is crucial for sex workers, exposed as they are to poverty and sexually-transmitted diseases. Recent reportage by journalist Shalini Singh, for the People’s Archive of Rural India, revealed that sex workers in Delhi are...
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Audio podcast: Those with cerebral palsy need respect, empathy as much as healthcare, welfare services
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Ashraf Engineer March 5, 2022 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. The tragic death of Zain, the son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, has put the focus on cerebral palsy. Zain was born with the...
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Audio podcast: India is doing terribly on nutrition, anaemia, child wasting
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Ashraf Engineer December 25, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Here’s an indicator of how badly India is performing on key public health indicators. It has made no progress on anaemia and childhood wasting,...
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Audio podcast: Why India needs accessible, affordable healthcare diagnostics
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Ashraf Engineer October 20, 2021 Diagnostics comprise less than 5% of hospital costs but their findings influence 60%-70% of healthcare decision-making. India has among the lowest spends on diagnostics in the world due to lack of affordability, accessibility and awareness....
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Audio podcast: Tribals, the forgotten Indians
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Ashraf Engineer October 13, 2021 No one thinks or writes about districts like Gadchiroli and Chandrapur that have large tribal populations. The tribal regions in these districts are mainly underdeveloped, lacking basic facilities like healthcare. There are other issues: lack...
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Audio podcast: ‘There is a huge awareness gap when it comes to multiple sclerosis’
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By Ashraf Engineer September 22, 2021 There are an estimated 1.5 lakh Indians living with multiple sclerosis but the actual number is almost certainly higher. A key reason for this is lack of awareness and data about the disease. Data...
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Audio podcast: Failure after failure on the vaccine front
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Ashraf Engineer June 2, 2o21 The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer is facing a deadly shortage of COVID-19 doses. From planning to procurement and pricing, everything went wrong. Murali Neelakantan, a former global general counsel for pharma heavyweights who has worked...
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Audio podcast: Amid under-reporting of cases, India gasps for breath
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Ashraf Engineer May 1, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. At the time of making this episode, India had reported 18 million cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. As if that wasn’t...
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Audio podcast: 7 things the finance minister didn’t tell you about Budget 2021
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Ashraf Engineer February 5, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. So much was expected from the Union Budget that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented on February 1, 2021. India needs an economic...
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