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India’s public health response to COVID-19 with Dr. Edmond Fernandes, MD

Let’s just start with the basic facts. To the best of your knowledge as of this evening, March 24, 2020, ...
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CSR amendment rules could put development sector on ventilator

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has recently invited public comments on the Companies Amendment Rules, 2020. The same is still ...
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With coronavirus, the golden age for global public health has dawned.

Blame it on the mainstream media, or blame it on social media or blame it on whoever you can, irrespective ...
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CSR investment with healthcare NGOs leads to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

CSR investment with healthcare NGOs leads to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

NGOs working with corporate partners have unquestionably created positive impact in the areas of operations and to the societies they ...
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Recommendation from the High-Level Group on Health sector to the XV Finance Commission of India calls for re-thinking

The recommendations coming from the High-Level Group (HLG) on health sector to the fifteenth finance commission was ideated to evaluate ...
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Farmer’s health: The conscience call for action

India’s history of agricultural progress dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization as per historical records. In terms of farm ...
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What South Asian Nations must understand about coronavirus

Modern medicine in search of meaning: “Every patient provides us with two questions. The first is “What can you do ...
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8 Smart Tips for successfully managing stress

Walk everyday at least for 30 minutes You may be anyone. A student, a home-maker, a professional at work. It ...
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Achieving SDGs for Road Traffic Injury calls for a strategic vision in governance

Road traffic injuries across the world have worsened to crisis levels over the years. The years leading into 2030 do ...
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India’s health ministry must make ban on smoking a personal cause

The recent ban on e-cigarettes has been the talk that hover’s around every conversation in the public health and public ...
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In defense of Bishop Derek – Belagavi

There was a recent furore with regard to the saffron robe being worn by the Bishop of Belagavi who embraced ...
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How Punjab will lose a generation to drugs

Drug business brings a turnover of over $500 billion, only next to petroleum and arms trade. Over 190 million people ...
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10 things north Indians must learn from south Indians

South India is not Madras and is culturally diverse, geographically magnificent and linguistically multi-lingual. Madras is nothing but an emotion ...
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Can the techno-consumptive culture fuel Indian healthcare?

Evidence based medicine is slowly being strengthened into technology driven medicine. The workshops that are being held on robotics, artificial ...
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Long term health consequences of Cyclone Fani

Human altruism gets faded out, once the newspapers and primetime television channels stop covering the disaster. The communities are left ...
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Global health: A philosophical narrative in real time

Fond recollection of historical times, serves to remind us that healthcare is integral to human survival. The problem of hubris ...
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Tobacco, public health and the battle of Waterloo

One might wonder what the Battle of Waterloo has got to do with public health and tobacco in the first ...
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Healthcare 2019: The age of Rahul Gandhi & Narendra Modi

The General elections 2019 is fast approaching and political out-reaches have started. In all those popular conversations, dinner table talks, ...
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Lessons in Indian healthcare: What PhD supervisors & medical school teachers must know

I speak for those doctoral candidates who are scared what their supervisors think, I speak for those post graduates in ...
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Papaya leaf extract must aid in dengue fever management

Dodging the mosquito is not absolutely easy as vector bionomics gets complicated with climate change and neighbourhood community practices, which ...
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Indo-American global health diplomacy can influence risk management outcomes

India and the United States of America have one thing in common, among the many other things and that is: ...
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Global health is global wealth: Our world

I returned recently from my trip in the EU region furthering healthcare agenda in length and breadth in selected nations ...
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Personal practices, public consequences: India’s nutritional war

“It is appropriate to remember that India’s richness lies both in the soul and the soil and whose intention for ...
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India will need to do more than Ayushman Bharat for an Arab Spring in Healthcare

“Protecting the health of those who have no wealth will require an iron will from a governance perspective. This also ...
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Idea of ‘Door-step Doctor’ for the new age

“The door-step doctor will revolutionise modern medicine and will inject an infectious consciousness of change among the populace. The will ...
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Defining affordable healthcare in an increasingly unaffordable world

In a recent meeting of mine with a very senior & learned official in India’s Ministry of Health, I stumbled ...
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Understanding Nipah virus & public health consequence

Nipah Virus infection ( NiV) has surfaced in the southern belt of India and is doing the talks deeply. Nipah ...
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Growing drug resistance and the future of global pharmaceutical companies

“The time has arrived when we face a scary future due to antibiotic resistance which is deeply invisible to the ...
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How channelizing committed healthcare CSR budget can work miracles for India

When CSR budgets are directed towards addressing health issues in India, miracles happen. These miracles are not always visible, but ...
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The future of Indian healthcare lies in academic-field based partnership

As institutions and industries around the world continue to reform, re-think and re-position themselves in the digital age with changing ...
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Political implication on humanitarian diplomacy and global health

“ Disaster risk reduction is to serious an issue to be left in the hands of politicians alone” Humanitarian emergencies ...
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Monumental Convergence for Disaster Resilience in Asia: A UN and Partners case study for the world

“I have always believed that the work done by DRR Professionals is God’s work on earth. Humanitarian emergencies are that ...
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Dilemmas of decentralizing disaster management

India is seeing an upward surge when it comes to creating a disaster resilient country and building a risk reduction ...
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KSDMA, Fashion Medicine and the casual approach of Karnataka’s Disaster Management

I have worked hard over the years, spoken about it and time & again impressed upon the importance of disaster ...
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The Catholic Church in need of Vatican III

Pope Francis has captivated the global community like never before. His rise not only energized Christians but it also caught ...
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Boat clinics in the Brahmaputra river

” Boat Clinics is a working model of God’s work on earth. Initiating it is one thing, running it is ...
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Building public health activism at the grassroots

Activism as a concept or a philosophy need not be extrapolated and matched with the otherwise popular terms to create ...
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Why community medicine is the sexiest profession of the 21st century

Public Health workers today need to lead from the front and have faith in their own inner voice and be ...
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KPME Bill Amendment 2017 is not a solution to create affordable healthcare

A great health system is not when people opt for private healthcare; a great health system is when Governments can ...
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NBE is compromising super speciality medical education in India

“NBE should rise up to engage and mature with the medical community which continues to re-discover itself through the extra-ordinary ...
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Why this road user ID card will change health systems forever

“Road traffic injuries simply cannot be justified as a cause of death in 2017 as the world gets ambitious and ...
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Universal Health Coverage remains an over-ambitious English word

“For years, New Delhi has not delivered a health system that honours health as a human right and has failed ...
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Water scarcity strategies for Indian municipalities to adopt

Water scarcity and drought is becoming a real world problem for many Indian cities and is going to shape the ...
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Bargaining for health while addressing drought

“Evidence based public health pushes health workers to absorb and understand natural disasters and its link towards influencing human health, ...
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Our world: Nuts and bolts to sustainable human health

“All roads on earth lead to securing basic public health first” Dr Edmond Fernandes, CEO, Center for Health and Development ...
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Defending health systems during humanitarian disasters

The world has been reeling through disasters of different magnitudes witnessed like never before. Humanitarian disaster is cropping up at ...
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Chronicles of the medical profession — Protect doctors first

The baggage today’s doctors carry is not an easy one to comprehend. Society has been talking for a while on ...
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Health Ministries should set up Public Health Advisory Councils

Health Ministries in many countries have plainly seen healthcare from a narrow prism of a curative domain. Global health today ...
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Create advisory body to state disaster management authority as per DM Act 2005

Nani Palkhivala, India’s then Ambassador to the United States of America during the emergency days reminded all Indians of what ...
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Japan’s ageing population–a demographic time bomb

Japan leads the world when it comes to population ageing. This is a very discouraging sign from the eyes of ...
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India-Hong Kong health diplomacy in need of reforms

Increasing number of Indians add value to enhance Hong Kong’s tourism and also at times to strengthen academic ties and ...
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Prioritize social policy for humanitarian disasters

Disasters is a common visitor to the Indian sub-continent. Social policy in disasters can serve as a cushion to prevent ...
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Protect police health to prevent social deterioration

We are living in a rapidly deteriorating social system bereft of all values. The crime rates are increasing. We are ...
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Why India needs a Ministry of Public Health

Governments after governments come and go, but not once did anyone feel the need to have a separate Ministry of ...
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Venezuela: Dying for global health attention

It is well known that Venezuela is in a deepening mess that is here to stay for long. It no ...
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Need to discover urban health more deeply

Cities are expanding horizontally and vertically pushing the concentration of civilians to the brink. With its expansion one can witness ...
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Global Health: A philosophical narrative in real time

Fond recollection of historical times, serves to remind us that healthcare is integral to human survival. The problem of hubris ...
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Lessons in Indian healthcare: What PhD supervisors must know

I speak for those doctoral candidates who are scared what their supervisors think, I speak for those post graduates in ...
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To our stakeholders – 2017

This marks the year I took up CHD Group full-time. Hungry to change human destinies forever, post my MD specialization ...
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The Battle Cry in Syria, Public Health Consequence & Bashar Al-Assad

"The blood of those hungry and desperate Syrians will rest on the heads of one man, " Bashar Al Assad" ...
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Teaching in the age of reason

The 21st century is certainly the age of reason. Information overflows from all corners and competition has increased as the ...
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Why the Ministry of Tourism must cultivate Medical Tourism quickly

Medical tourism is slowly beginning to mushroom and flourish in a complex democracy like India. Geographical proximity and affordability are ...
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Why American healthcare is in need of healing?

Today as the energies of a new world order step up to bring reforms by dividing people on earth, it ...
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Enkindling a human journey – Clairvoyance 2017 Speech at TISS, Mumbai.

Member of the Management at TISS, Invited delegates and my dear student friends, I feel truly honoured and privileged to ...
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Preparing tomorrow’s workplace today

Workplace cultures are rapidly changing with the new age of ever changing priorities and adjustments. What remains to be thought ...
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The India I grew up to believe in

I belong to the 1990 generation which jump started the Indian economy from the depths of despair to the heights ...
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The inherent need to create social wealth

Every generation has its own defining moments and every individual has his own perceptions, interpretations and dogmas which he eventually ...
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