Universal Health Coverage Part II: Evolution and Criteria

                                                                [This article is published as the first part of a series in the January 2013 issue of Infomed (pgs:12-15)] Evolution The 20th century: 1948-2000 International accreditation of the right to health was first achieved in the Universal Human Rights charter in 1948. This position was ratified again in 1966 by the International Covenant on …

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Universal Health Care Part 1: Making the Case

                                                         [This article is published as the first part of a series in the January 2013 issue of Infomed (pgs:12-15)] In health policy circles the acronym with the buzz is, UHC. It is used interchangeably for both Universal Health Coverage and Universal Health Care, although the accepted expansion is Universal Health Coverage. Universal Healthcare, as …

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Pic courtesy: http://www.thealternative.in ******************* Wet hair turbaned in white weave And body swathed in bright silk She begins her morning ritual. Hand and gaze steady with purpose Stretch double lines from point to point In bright white on earth blackened by wetness. Dark empty spaces take form in the betweens Shapes dance and change; here …

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The Cricket of our entertainment: Bollywood

The past few weeks have heard and seen much comment on the typecasting of women in commercial Indian cinema with discussion centering on the consequences of cinema’s commodification of women as symbols of sexual desire.  A closer look at both the medium and its controversies seems to reveal a paradox at play. There was a …

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‘Madagascar’ and Omega3 Fatty acids. The philosophical and nutritional impact of food on violent behaviour

[This essay is also published by CRI and is on their website under the title, ‘The biology of vegetarianism’. You can also follow the lively discussion under ‘Comments’] It is often said of sausages, that if people knew how they were made, most wouldn’t eat them. In the carefree period of my days as an …

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