It’s a Catch-22 situation


A recent study has brought to fore a paradoxical situation in the state of health of Indians where lifestyle diseases like heart ailments are fast overtaking poverty-related killers like diarrhea and tuberculosis.

This finding in a study by the University of Maryland and the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi leaves one even more astonished when encountered with another data that almost half of India's children aged less than five years are chronically malnourished and the country has twice the number of underweight children as there in sub-Saharan Africa.

... "One reason for the persistence of this double malady could be the absence of collaborative innovation by stakeholders - voluntary organisations, academia, business firms, government agencies and health care organisations," said Professor Laurette Dube, McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. She pointed out that the solution lies in collaborative innovation.

Read full article: The Hindu, July 8, 2012