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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Universal Health Coverage in India on The Lancet, 2011.

The Lancet Series on Universal Health Coverage in India

The Lancet Series on Universal Health Coverage in India

September 3, 2011 by The Health Care Intelligence Team
Filed under: Health Research

The Executive Summary says :

The Lancet has come out with an excellent series of papers on the theme of universal health. The series is titled “India: Towards Universal Coverage” and covers a range of public health issues that feature are or should be on the priority agenda for the policy makers and public health organisations and practitioners in the country. It was launched in January, 2011. Some of the content listed here can be accessed directly, and some are available freely after a two step registration on The Lancet website.

“This Series of papers on India’s path to full health coverage reveals that a failing health system is perhaps India’s greatest predicament. The papers in this Series reveal the full extent of opportunities and difficulties in Indian healthcare, by examining infectious and chronic diseases, availability of treatments and doctors, and the infrastructure to bring about universal health care by 2020. The Series brings together a rapidly growing body of evidence to show that Indian health is in crisis. As the country with the largest democracy in the world, India is well positioned to put health high on the political agenda.”

The Series focuses on seven key issues of Indian health care, through seven series papers, in the following areas:

  • Continuing challenge of infectious diseases in India Summary|PDF
  • Reproductive health, and child health and nutrition in India: meeting the challenge Summary | PDF
  • Chronic diseases and injuries in India Summary | PDF
  • Financing health care for all: challenges and opportunities Summary | PDF
  • Towards achievement of universal health care in India by 2020: a call to action Summary | PDF

The series is supplemented with a number of comment papers. These are as follows:

  • Indian health: the path from crisis to progress PDF
  • Universal health care in India: the time is right PDF
  • Securing the right to health for all in India PDF
  • Gender equity and universal health coverage in India PDF
  • India: access to affordable drugs and the right to health PDF
  • Good governance in health care: the Karnataka experience PDF
  • Research to achieve health care for all in India PDF
  • Universal health care in India: missing core determinants PDF
  • Towards a truly universal Indian health system PDF

All the topics have been covered comprehensively and presented lucidly, by expert groups consisting of eminent public health academicians and activists. A “must read” recommendation from the team at HCIF!

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