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India's Union Budget 2014-15 provides an opportunity to give a push for tackling pre-mature deaths and disability in the country

The slew of proposals to boost the health care sector presented by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, as part of the 2014-15 India budget augurs well for tackling pre-mature deaths and disability caused by non-communicable diseases in the country.

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India makes significant progress against HIV/AIDS, lags behind in fighting tuberculosis (TB) and malaria

Fewer people in India are dying from HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis(TB), and malaria than a decade ago, but Indians still face enormous health threats from the three diseases, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data. The pace of decline in deaths and infections has accelerated since 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established worldwide to stop the spread of these diseases by 2015.


Paracetamol not effective to treat back pain, says study

Low back pain recovery is not aided by paracetamol even though every treatment guideline in the world currently recommends its use, reveals a recent study by The George Institute for Global Health.

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The Tragedy of a preventable death

The great tragedy of the death of Union Minister Gopinath Munde is that, like most road deaths, it might have been prevented say Vivekanand Jha and Rebecca Ivers.


Dr Balram Bhargava, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Balram Bhargava is Professor of Cardiology at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and also serves as the Executive Director for Stanford India Biodesign Centre. Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava is an outstanding cardiologist, one of the foremost leaders in biomedical innovation, public health, medical education and medical research. He developed the indigenous Platinum Iridium coronary stent and has been instrumental in clinically evaluating Indian stents.These low cost indigenous stents have benefitted several thousand patients.

Publications in 2014


Media spotlight

Paracetamol Rethink

A slew of recent studies are showing that paracetamol, the world’s favourite painkiller, is not as wonderful and safe as it was thought to be.


Upcoming Events

Oxford India Lecture

Professor Robyn Norton, Principal Director of the George Institute for Global Health, and James Martin Professional Fellow will be giving the first Oxford India lecture in New Delhi on September 15.


Rain and back pain not linked

Australian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. Findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that the risk of low back pain slightly increases with higher wind speed or wind gusts, but was not clinically significant.


Philanthropic opportunity

Help create a new model of healthcare for rural India. Support the innovative smartphone technology that will enable community health workers to deliver state-of-the-art personalised healthcare for a fraction of the price that it would otherwise cost.



Rama K Gugilla of The George Institute for Global Health, India – among the fifteen Australia awards ambassadors and nine trusted mentors.

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