World Health & Population

World Health & Population November -0001 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp..17541

Challenges to Public Health in India

Lalit M. Nath


We have all had the privilege of listening to eminent and wise people talking about their public health vision and health in the coming century. I wish to reiterate that public health will not only continue to be important in the future, but will, in fact, be even more essential. Also, I would like to build on the points stated by previous speakers.

For the purpose of this discussion, I am using "public health" as a broad term, to include related disciplines called by various names in India and elsewhere. I am using all the terms - public health, preventive medicine, social and preventive medicine, community medicine, and community health - as synonyms.

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