Health and Disease

Presentation 2017


Maternal and Child Health:

Articles and Websites:



For people with money, India’s healthcare system can be excellent. In fact, people from all over the world come here a ‘medical tourists’ to get low-cost healthcare. In places, healthcare for poor people is reasonably good, but most agree there are many problems in the system. Here are some initiatives you might consider evaluating in terms of their strengths and limitations:

  • Immunizations-Immunizations are an important way to reduce preventable deaths. There are many efforts to improve access to immunizations; you may want to evaluate the strengths and limitations of these programs.
  • Clean water-Many cities, including Delhi, have worked to improve the supply of clean water to residents. How successful have these been? (See the Waste, Water and Urbanization Topic Resource Page for some interesting links.)
  • Public Hospitals: India expanded access to public health in recent years. For example, in 2005, there was an average of one government hospital bed for 2,336 people. In 2015, there was one government hospital bed for every 1,833 people. But a recent study in the Lancet, an important medical journal, found many problems remained. Read, ‘Seven charts that show why India’s healthcare system needs an overhaul’ in Mint for a summary of the Lancet’s  findings.
  • Access to generic drugs: The Jan Aushadhi program aims to provide low-cost generic medicine to people who could not afford it otherwise. Many states offer free generic drugs to patients in government hospitals. In 2011, the Central government rolled out a plan of its own. But there is still much to be done. Here’s one story from the Times of India on those efforts: ‘Hundreds of free drugs in states, only 50 in central scheme’.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry: India makes most of its own medicine. While there have been problems in quality control, Indian drugs are much cheaper than those made in the west, and Indian companies have played a leading role in exporting low-cost, life-saving medicine to many poorer countries. Three links to get you started:

Presentations from Current & Previous Years:

  • Mr. Jonah Rosenfield’s Powerpoint Presentation (2015)on Malnutrition
  • Mr. Vikas Ahuja, President of Delhi Network of Positive People,  gave a talk in Ms. Catherine Brown’s room on February 3rd, 2011. It’s an amazing presentation, consisting of the following five links (note: #3  #4 , and #5 have been dumped from YouTube because they’re too long. Please go into Student Shared, Folder POP, Folder: POP.Vikas.Ahuja.talks.HIV): #1   #2 ( #3, #4, and #5  in student shared folder)
  • David Hausner’s HIV Presentation, Feb 24th, 2012:HIV presentation for 8th grade Population Project – 2012
  • Article about HIV-positive Indian women volunteering to help others get medical services for the illness

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