Measure and Manage Health Better
August 31, 2018
| ET Health World
The upcoming National Family Health Survey could expand to include new and emerging problems, and assess what hits the population health and productivity the hardest - air pollution related ill health, sanitation linked diseases, and morbidity stemming from food insecurity. A clear monitoring framework is needed - a comprehensive metric of parameters, enhanced in scope to include and recognize emerging health issues (lung capacity, nutrition security, mental security), at small scale (district, block), covering different stages of life (adolescence, geriatric).
Heatwaves are health and economic risks
June 5, 2018
| Ms Vidhu Gupta
Recognizing the adverse health impact and potential decline in economic productivity, several states such as Gujarat, Odisha and Telangana have formulated action plans to address the adaptation to heatwaves. In response to the extreme heatwave event of 2010, the city of Ahmedabad was the first in Asia to develop a Heat Action Plan which laid the foundation for similar initiatives in other cities. While many city and state-led initiatives are now past the design stage, several key gaps are emerging as far as implementation of the heat action plans is concerned.
Connecting health data for cleaner air
May 1, 2018
| Mr Anand Krishnan
| The Economic Times
Health scientists continue to wrestle for scientifically measuring the impact of air quality on health. Making good quality estimates needs good quality data. Redesigning the disease tracking system is an obvious priority which needs our attention. Potentially, we can invite and engage every adult individual as well as the multitude of health care providers in our communities to contribute data to support the development of a large real-time database.