World Health & Population

World Health & Population November -0001 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp..17543

Meeting the Challenges of Public Health in India

Abraham Joseph

Abstract

India is a country of contrasts, with some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as the greatest number of people living below the poverty line. India probably has the largest labor force, providing the most current information technology, but people in some regions of India must walk for several hours and, at times, for days to access a functioning telephone. Hospitals with the latest medical technologies and highly qualified professionals exist, but vast numbers of the population to not have access to basic health care. India has the health problems of the wealthy (which are similar to that of any high-income country), as well as of the poor - the double health burden. Over 15,000 doctors are certified each year, but areas of the country have only one doctor for over 20,000 people. Yes, it is a country of vast contrasts.
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