Look at who the Niti Aayog is consulting

October 26, 2017, 6:31 PM IST Rema Nagarajan in Staying Alive | India | TOI International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is globally known for being a front organisation for food companies, soft drink companies and agrochemical manufacturers. There have been several reports on how ILSI has funded studies to oppose or dilute public health measures involving regulation of the food industry to tackle obesity.... Continue Reading →


Occupational health guidelines

Table of Contents Table of Contents. 1 The importance of occupational health. 1 Possible occupational hazards for those going to the field. 1 Possible occupational hazards for those who remain indoors. 2 General measures by staff when travelling. 2 Management of individual conditions. 3 A healthy and balanced diet. 6 Minimum drugs to carry when... Continue Reading →

Unhealthy partnerships: Karnataka Public Private Partnership, India By Dr. Sylvia Karpagam

AUTHOR : MOHGA KAMAL-YANNI ON AUG 25TH, 2017 IN PRIVATE SECTOR, PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS | 0 COMMENTS  Link The Rajiv Gandhi super-speciality hospital, in Raichur, Karnataka, has been celebrated as an example of a successful public-private partnership (PPP). The Planning Commission of India described it as a ‘possible model for replication and up-scaling’, while the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has been active in... Continue Reading →


RAIOT Challenging the Consensus OCTOBER 27, 2017 / DR. SYLVIA KARPAGAM In 1998, I joined St. John’s Medical college as a post graduate in the department of Community Medicine, Bengaluru. It was just nice to have got a post-graduate seat. Soon, however, it was time to decide on my thesis topic leading to an interaction with... Continue Reading →

Private vested interests rear their heads

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam Link to edited version in DH An online petition to the Governor of Karnataka has been doing the rounds on Change.org, presumably signed by private hospital doctors and those owning medical establishments and demanding the dismissal of the health minister of Karnataka, Mr. Ramesh Kumar. The petition is filled with language that... Continue Reading →

Fortification – of Indian diets or corporate pockets?

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam In India, food fortification is being projected as a convenient and cheap solution for all of India’s nutrition related woes, with ongoing discussions by policy makers about making it mandatory and accompanying aggressive promotion by multinationals [1], [2], [3]. The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an independent governmental body to monitor food... Continue Reading →

Beware! Gorakhpur redux in Bengaluru?

NATION, CURRENT AFFAIRS DECCAN CHRONICLE. | JOYEETA CHAKRAVORTY PublishedAug 23, 2017, 2:50 am IST UpdatedAug 23, 2017, 3:23 am IST Queues of weary patients awaiting treatment at Bowring Hospital are a common sight.  Contrary to the increase in number of doctors trained in Karnataka, the shortage of total number of specialists went up from 32% to 39%... Continue Reading →

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