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UNICEF Issues Diarrheal Diseases Alerts for Syria

New York (ABC Live): 6 January 2017 – Following two weeks with no access to running water for millions of people in and around Damascus due to ongoing fighting near the Syrian capital, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today raised the alarm over a potential increase in diarrheal diseases among children. While private distributors are providing water, Christophe Boulierac, ... Read More »

Environmental Hazards Take 12.6 million Lives per Year

New York (ABC Live):There are many compelling reasons why we need to clean up the global environment. One of the most pressing is that a polluted environment is a deadly one. Every year, almost 12.6 million people die from diseases associated with environmental hazards, such as air, water or soil pollution, and climate change.1 That is one in four deaths worldwide.1 ... Read More »

WHO Authenticates Ebola Vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV

New York (ABC Live): 23 December 2016 – Ebola Vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV : The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has said that an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea. “The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and ... Read More »

NITI Aayog Releases Health Outcomes index

New Delhi (ABC Live): Health Outcomes index : A ‘Performance on Health Outcomes’ index, spearheaded by NITI Aayog along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to nudge States towards transformative action in the Health sector was launched today at NITI Aayog, New Delhi.  Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary-Health and Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog jointly released the guidebook for the ... Read More »

India Constitutes Committee on e-pharmacies

New Delhi (ABC Live): e-pharmacies :The Sub-Committee constituted on  e-pharmacies by the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) to examine the issue relating to online sale of drugs has submitted its report. The Sub-committee has inter-alia recommended:- Creation of a National Portal to act as the nodal platform for transacting and monitoring online sale of drugs  e pharmacies. Necessity of evolving a ... Read More »

WHO Launches Data Portal for Universal Health Coverage

Washington (ABC Live): Marking Universal Health Coverage Day, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new data portal to track global access to universal health coverage, including information about equity of access and where services need to be improved. The portal aggregates the latest data on universal health coverage for all of WHO’s 194 Member States. Next year, the ... Read More »

7 percent Education Loans Turn Non Performing Assets

New Delhi (ABC Live): Non Performing Assets: As per the information provided by the Reserve Bank of India, the percentage of Non-Performing Assets (NPA) of Public Sector Banks, on account of education loans,as on 31.03.2016 was 6.94%. The amount of education loan sanctioned and number of beneficiaries during the last three years are given as under: 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Amount ... Read More »

National Framework for Malaria Elimination Target 2030

New Delhi (ABC Live): National Framework for Malaria Elimination : The Government of India has launched National Framework for Malaria Elimination 2016-2030 in Feb 2016 targeting elimination of malaria by 2030.  The details are as under: The strategies to eliminate malaria in phases are as under: i)    Interruption of transmission of malaria and zero indigenous cases and deaths due to malaria ... Read More »

National Dialysis Program Gets Rs 153 Crores

New Delhi (ABC Live): National Dialysis Program :In the Union Budget, 2016-17, the  Union  Government announced a new Programme, namely, the National Dialysis Program through Public Private Partnership (PPP)  mode under the National Health Mission (NHM). Public Health being a State Subject, under NHM support is provided to States/ UTs for strengthening of their healthcare systems including  for provision of ... Read More »

India Releases National Family Health Survey 2016

New Delhi (ABC Live): National Family Health Survey 2016 : The initiatives taken by the Government to address the family planning (FP) needs of people include expansion of basket of choice to include new contraceptives, redesigning of contraceptive packaging,  development of new family planning media campaign, enhanced compensation scheme for sterilization, emphasis on Postpartum Family Planning services,   scheme for ensuring ... Read More »