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Towards Inclusive Healthcare: The Home Healthcare Solution

 India is witnessing a significant demographic shift with a burgeoning population of older adults. Projections suggest that the number of elderly individuals in India will more than double from 100 million in 2011 to 230 million by 2036, constituting nearly 15% of the total population, with around 120 million being women. This demographic transition calls for a pressing concern for healthcare solutions tailored to the specific needs of older individuals, particularly considering that women in India typically outlive men by three years. Effective policies, programs, and services must be devised to address the distinct healthcare requirements of this growing demographic, ensuring that older women can maintain respectable and independent lives. In response to this demographic shift, research-driven inclusive strategies for elderly well-being should be integrated into public health policies. Home healthcare emerges as a pivotal strategy in this regard. Through a study conducted by Team HST
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Bridging the Gap: Through the India HPSR Fellowship Program

 The India Health Policy & Systems Research (HPSR) postgraduate fellowship program, launched by HSTP in 2021, stands as an award-winning flagship initiative in the Indo-Pacific region. This groundbreaking program aims to empower early to mid-career researchers and practitioners in health policy and systems research, fostering a critical mass of experts across key institutions in India. From its inception, the program has prioritized inclusivity, ensuring gender balance and regional diversity among its recipients. Notably, 12 out of the first 20 fellows were women, showcasing the program's commitment to equity. Over the years, the program has seen equal representation from both the gender, embodying its principle of inclusivity. With fellows hailing from 22 states and union territories, deliberate efforts to promote diversity have enriched the learning experience and contributed to the program's success in fostering a more representative research community. Moving forward, t

Beyond Diagnosis: Women's Health and the National NCD Portal

Women worldwide face significant challenges in accessing healthcare for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with two out of every three women succumbing to NCDs annually, resulting in up to 19 million deaths yearly.  In India, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) contribute to 60%of all deaths. The four major causes of NCD deaths are: Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Hypertension (45%), Chronic respiratory disease (22%), Cancers (12 %), and Diabetes (3%)1. A 2012 study examining the health status of elderly women in rural India showed that hypertension is the most common NCD (78 percent of respondents were reported to have the disease), followed by osteoarthritis (73 percent), diabetes (66 percent), and bronchial asthma (77 percent)2.The prevalence of NCDs among women is 62 per 1,000, as compared to 36 per 1,000 men. Hypertension, depression, gastrointestinal illness, and diabetes are the most common NCD morbidities in the country3. These staggering statistics underscore the urgent need f

Importance of Health Systems Strengthening in Achieving UHC

The theme for the 51st Annual National Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine – IAPSMCON 2024 organised by the Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, was “Transformations for achieving SDGs: Innovate, Integrate, Implement.” Speaking on “Health System Strengthening for Universal Health Coverage (UHC)- Need of the Hour” on February 9, 2024, Dr Sudha Chandrashekhar (Advisor, HSTP) shared key insights on how Health System Strengthening (HSS) impacts achieving UHC: Role of HSS in UHC: Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) is vital for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It involves purposeful efforts to enhance the performance of healthcare systems, aligning with the objectives of national health policies. HSS ensures quality, equity, efficiency, accountability, resilience, and sustainability in healthcare delivery. Challenges to Government: Disease-oriented funding with limited coordination among partners and poor a

HSTP commences work on the National Programme for NCD to support the National NCD portal

  Rajeev Sadanandan (CEO, HSTP) writes The Tata Trusts have been working on reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India in partnership with Dell Technologies and the Government of India through its NCD portal. We are happy to share that the Tata Trusts have collaborated with the Health System Transformation Platform (HSTP) for the management of the NCD portal. This is a significant step forward for HSTP in its mission to impact the healthcare ecosystem of our country positively. Nearly 65% of all deaths and a corresponding level of morbidity in India are due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). WHO estimates suggest that every year around 5.8 million people die from NCDs (CVD, lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes) and that every 1 in 4 Indians has a risk of dying from NCD before reaching the age of 70 years.  The cornerstone of the Government of India’s (GoI) National Programme for Non-Communicable Diseases is the screening of the population estimated to be at risk

Equity, Efficiency, and Action: HSTP's Holistic Approach to Health Assurance

  At HSTP, our Health Assurance approach primarily centres around advancing Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The goal is to improve accessibility and affordability to healthcare services by strengthening state financial protection schemes for individuals and families. Recently, the Health Assurance team has made significant strides in our efforts to promote equity and improve the efficiency of the state health protection schemes. The team spearheads the discussion on the roadmap towards achieving UHC by 2030. Our efforts have yielded notable results, and we continue to pursue better healthcare outcomes for all. Impact of Gender Equity in State Financial Protection Scheme in Odisha We collaborated with the Government of Odisha, represented by the Department of Health & Family Welfare (DoHFW) and the State Health Assurance Society (SHAS), to document Odisha's transformative journey towards universal health and gender equity. This initiative is a collective effort of a team

Roadmap to Resilience: Strengthening Emergency Care Systems

  The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India is observing the ‘National Road Safety Month’ from 15 January to 14 February 2024. In the light of this, let’s look at the Emergency Care Systems (ECS) through the lens of Road Safety.   The ECS is a lifeline that delivers timely healthcare services for acute illnesses and injuries across all age groups. The essential functions of an integrated ECS include human resources, equipment, and technology that extend from initial care at the scene, during transportation, and at healthcare facilities, as per the WHO Emergency Care System framework.  The 72nd World Health Assembly deliberates upon the integrated ECS for universal health coverage, ensuring timely care for the acutely ill and injured including linkages with other relevant actors, and aligning with Sustainable Development Goal Target 3.6 to reduce global deaths and injuries from road accidents by 50% by 2030. An organised and integrated emergency care syste