Tag - Public Health

Obesity: India’s growing health burden

Obesity wasn’t considered a public health issue a decade ago. However, the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey shows that obesity is now afflicting more than 44% of our population. Priyal D’almeida talks to Harshit Kukreja about this growing problem, the risks associated and the ways India can tackle this issue.

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Ep. 728: From Romans to MDGs: The Stories of Public Health

Did you know it was approximately 600 years ago when quarantine was used for the first time? Indeed, the origins of public health may be traced back many centuries. In this episode, Mahek Nankani and Harshit Kukreja discuss some fascinating stories about the growth of public health from around the world. Tune in for some engrossing and thought-provoking tale.

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Ep. 694: Can Fortifying Rice Tackle Malnutrition?

India is set to fortify rice distributed through the PDS (Public Distribution System) and mid-day meal programmes to alleviate malnutrition. Will fortification achieve its aims? What will be the unintended consequences of this move? Are there better ways to tackle malnutrition? Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan try to unpack some aspects of this issue. Suggested readings: 1. Don’t chase the...

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Ep. 632: Making Public Health More Equal

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities in access to health care. Apurva Kumar and Suman Joshi examine the contours of the Indian public health system in the light of a recently released Oxfam India report titled “Inequality Report 2021: India’s Unequal Healthcare Story“. In this episode, we examine some recommendations of the report.

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Palliative care: Treating the Person, Not the Disease

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal of Pallium India talks to host Pavan Srinath about Palliative care, what it means and how we can ease suffering and pain for millions of Indians, on Episode 139 of The Pragati Podcast. [iframe src=’; width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] Palliative care focuses on quality of...

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What Does it Take for a Mission Mode Health Response to COVID-19 in India?

Can India’s health and healthcare systems ramp up on mission mode to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic? What should we know about India’s messy public and private healthcare systems before we think about a pandemic response? Listen to Yamini Aiyar’s conversation with Pavan Srinath on Episode 135 of The Pragati Podcast.  [iframe src=’; width=’100%’...

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Modeling the Spread of Epidemics

Srini Venkatramanan of the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute explains how the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be modeled, and how insightful models can inform public action, on Episode 133 of The Pragati Podcast.  [iframe src=’; width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’...

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ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ 2020 ಬಜೆಟ್. How does Karnataka Budget for a 250 Billion Dollar Economy?

Pavan Srinath chats with Ganesh Chakravarthi on whether Karnataka’s budget meets the aspirations of its $250 Billion economy on Episode 60 of the Thalé-Haraté Kannada Podcast.   [iframe src=’; width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ 250 ಬಿಲ್ಲಿಯನ್ ಎಕಾನಮಿ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಬಜೆಟ್...

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एक डॉक्टर और

भारत में हर 1668 लोगों के लिए सिर्फ एक डॉक्टर है । इस अभाव के बावजूद मेडिकल कॉलेजों में सीटें इस साल घटा देने का कारण क्या है? राज्य और केंद्र सरकार क्या कर सकती हैं अच्छे डॉक्टरों की संख्या में इज़ाफ़ा करने के लिए, जानिए इस एपिसोड में।

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