Towards Universal Health Coverage: The Lancet Commission and Some Personal Thoughts

The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) has come up with an ambitious framework (1) and an editorial comment accompanying it (2) in the recent issue of the journal. The Editorial makes a strong pitch for a systematic adoption of pro-poor strategies to bolster the adoption of UHC. In this commentary authored by the participants of the Bellagio Workshop on Implementing Pro-Poor Universal Health … Continue reading Towards Universal Health Coverage: The Lancet Commission and Some Personal Thoughts

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Dengue Vaccines: A Quick Overview

The rising tide of dengue has slowed down in Delhi as the temperatures have started to dip. In the mean time, Mexico has created a ripple by approving the use of Dengvaxia, a tetravalent vaccine against dengue a few days ago. So, I was drawing up a summary of the different vaccines in play, and decided to post the list here. I am copy-pasting from … Continue reading Dengue Vaccines: A Quick Overview

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PHFI to Provide Research Grants for Zoonoses-Related Research

I have recently started working for the Roadmap to Control Zoonoses in India Initiative at the Public Health Foundation of India. As a part of the research capacity building aspect of the project I am currently working on, there is a push to develop intersectoral, multidisciplinary research skills in young researchers. India is emerging as one of the global zoonotic hotspots; in addition, there is … Continue reading PHFI to Provide Research Grants for Zoonoses-Related Research

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ICMR STS 2016 Declared: BDS Students Supported No Longer

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has opened up calls for its Short Term Summer Research Studentships (STS). The details are available on their website. The ICMR-STS is one of the premier and most widely sought after student research grants for medical students interested in undertaking a short term research project. According to the ICMR website: The Indian Council of Medical Research initiated the … Continue reading ICMR STS 2016 Declared: BDS Students Supported No Longer

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Doctors for You: Urgent Appeal to Volunteers for Chennai Flood Response, 2015

The state of Tamil Nadu has witnessed the worst and most relentless rainstorm in a 100 years that started in November, 2015. More than 10 lakhs people are estimated to be affected by this flood. The post flood situation is grave in the metropolis as confronted water sanitation and hygiene is posing threats to the public health system and the affected population is prone to … Continue reading Doctors for You: Urgent Appeal to Volunteers for Chennai Flood Response, 2015

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The Apocalypse is HERE: Transmissible Resistance to Last Resort Antibiotic (Colistin)

Polymyxins are a group of bacterial origin cyclic polypeptides with antibacterial properties. It was isolated by a Japanese researcher in 1949 from a jar of fermenting bacteria. Colistin, also known as Polymyxin E, which is produced by the bacteria Paenibacillus polymyxa var. colistinus, is a polypeptide antibiotic, which is effective against almost all gram-negative bacilli. Owing to its nephrotoxocity and the subsequent development of more targeted and safe antibiotics, colistin … Continue reading The Apocalypse is HERE: Transmissible Resistance to Last Resort Antibiotic (Colistin)

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Anthelminthic Drug Donation in the Epoch of Drug Resistance

The Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance has published an interesting review article discussing the impact of scale up of drug donations to control neglected helminthiasis in the developing countries through aid-assisted preventive chemotherapy of vulnerable populations. The highlights of the article include: Scale-up in drug donations for control of Neglected Tropical Diseases subject to Preventive Chemotherapy calls for monitoring drug efficacy. Monitoring efficacy of anthelmintics … Continue reading Anthelminthic Drug Donation in the Epoch of Drug Resistance

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