Draft National Health Policy 2015: getting behind the rhetoric

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently unveiled a draft National Health Policy (NHP), which was available for public comments till March 10, 2015. Arguably the exercise of crafting a national policy on health is an important and necessary step towards universalising access to healthcare. However, past experience would make us somewhat cynical while analysing the process and its outcome. The 2015 policy is to replace the 2002 Health Policy, which, in turn...

Listening to the voices of the general public in India on biomedical research – an exploratory study

Medical research, from clinical trials to novel research on stored samples, is growing rapidly in India. Ethical regulations largely reflect standard international guidelines and the norms of "good clinical practice". Through in-depth interviews, this study aimed to explore the perceptions, motivations and concerns of the public with respect to participation in clinical trials and biobanking-related research. It was found that the expectation...

Home-based management of severely acute malnutrition: feasibility of ethically designed, community-based randomised clinical trials

The Indian Council of Medical Research had, on May 31, 2011, called for research proposals on severely acute malnourished (SAM) children to generate evidence for the development of practical and scalable regimens to medically rehabilitate children suffering from SAM...

Reciprocal obligations for prevention of occupationally acquired tuberculosis among healthcare workers

As I began my work on occupationally acquired tuberculosis (TB), I was perturbed by a series of media reports on TB among healthcare workers (HCWs) in India. This included a report on the death of a resident doctor who was suffering from multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB...

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