Biomedical waste could be India’s ticking bomb—or a thriving market

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state and one of its poorest, hasn’t had the best track record in terms of medical facilities. Most infamously, 30 children died in the main government hospital in the district of Gorakhpur in 2017 due to a lack of oxygen cylinders. In January, the same hospital, Baba Raghav Das Medical … Read more Biomedical waste could be India’s ticking bomb—or a thriving market

Zomato, Swiggy and food delivery in the age of plastics

Deep in the recesses of GPRA Complex, New Moti Bagh—an upscale, gated colony for civil servants—lies a sewage treatment and waste management plant. This is Delhi’s first zero-waste area, run by Green Planet Waste Management (GPWM). Smack dab between GPWM’s wastewater treatment and composting centres is a shed where non-recyclable plastic herded from GPRA Complex … Read more Zomato, Swiggy and food delivery in the age of plastics

Higher quality, lower costs: India’s cancer grid promise

No matter the time of day, the visitors in queue at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) always have a discomfiting poise. Most have travelled long distances; but the group seems curated by one illness, cancer. An illness that can be manageable, like a chronic disease, but often isn’t.  In 2012, the leadership at TMH, the … Read more Higher quality, lower costs: India’s cancer grid promise

Resisting upto 99.9% antibiotics: India’s superbug war begins

When it comes to antibiotics, an over 10% resistance is almost too high. Indians show resistance as high as 99.9% towards some antibiotics. This, as per a paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) on 3 June—the first paper that indisputably establishes that Indians are alarmingly antibiotic resistant. Not only are Indians … Read more Resisting upto 99.9% antibiotics: India’s superbug war begins