Poonam Khetrapal Singh

A simple way to save a life

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

Apart from being a powerful life-saving act, giving blood is also a potent means to advance progress towards a goal for which WHO South-East Asia and its member countries are striving: Access to essential health services for all Most of us want to make a difference in the lives of others...

Securing health coverage for all

Friday, 06 Apr 2018 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

To make health services truly universal, they must be designed around the people rather than being focused on diseases or institutions The promise of universal health coverage (UHC) is bold: That all people can access quality health services, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardship. UHC's benefits are clear....

Towards a healthier tomorrow, today

Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

After successfully eradicating polio, the South-East Asia region must strive to reduce maternal and new-born deaths by getting its priorities right Seven years ago this year, the South-East Asia region recorded its last case of wild poliovirus. In 2014, three years later, the region was declared polio-free. Not a single case...

Incentivising to quit tobacco farming

Thursday, 24 Nov 2016 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

The tobacco farmers’ interests have to be protected. Governments in Southeast Asian countries must work alongside the WHO to ensure their future The future livelihood of tobacco farmers matter. Seeking out and securing market-based alternatives is of vital importance. Supporting the tobacco farmers finding alternative livelihood is both necessary and proper....

Diabetes kills slowly and silently

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

Considered a rich man’s common disease, diabetes rarely makes headlines, despite its debilitating impact on public health and the economy at large. We must re-calibrate our priorities and begin the fight against this epidemic The greatest threats to public health are far from shocking or contagious. They are familiar and common....

Fight hepatitis on war-footing

Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

The global focus is on the prevention of hepatitis B and C. We have a vaccine for the treatment of hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C. Eliminating both may be an ambitious goal but it is definitely achievable Viral hepatitis kills nearly 4,000 people every day and close to...

Need one more push to eliminate leprosy

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

WHO introduced an efficient treatment protocol in the early 1980s. There is no reason why a person should suffer the deformities and stigma of leprosy today Elimination of leprosy as a public health problem at the global level in the year 2000 was a significant milestone in history. Though the prevalence...

Protecting the most vulnerable children

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

To control pneumonia and diarrhoea, which claim a large number of child victims every year, the state must strengthen existing child health strategies Pneumonia is responsible for 13 per cent of deaths among children under the age of five in South East Asia. It is also one of the biggest infectious...

Nothing personal about suicides

Monday, 08 Sep 2014 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

Governments and communities must acknowledge that suicide is a major threat to public health. Fighting it requires a multi-sectoral and sensitive strategy According to a new World Health Organisation report, India accounted for the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in 2012. Globally, suicides accounted for over 8,00 000...

Another threat to public health

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 | Poonam Khetrapal Singh | in Oped

India must use the valuable lessons it has learnt from its successful battle against polio to fight dengue and other vector-borne diseases which claim hundreds every year Starting this Monday, April 7, which was World Health Day, the World Health Organisation has focussed its attention on vector-borne diseases, like dengue, which...


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