Health is an important indicator of a nation's development, and nations with healthy people are quite likely to be the most prosperous. The importance given to the health sector, however, varies across nations, and in many parts of the world, a low priority, weak governance, and poor living habits and conditions have all led to the emergence of significant health disparities and a short life cycle.
This book explains four basic health concerns pertaining to regulation, climate change, air quality and community participation; observed by scholars and practitioners in India, who attempt to offer suitable reform measures for addressing the challenges in the public health sector.
It has been widely argued that human development cannot take place without popular participation in the policymaking and governance processes. Therefore, the perceptions of the civil society on public health presented in this publi-cation assume immense significance as India is moving toward and planning for universal health care, and would be of much use to health policy makers, planners, implementers, scholars and students.
1. Editorial Introduction - Rumi Aijaz
2. Reforms in Health Sector Regulation: Way Forward for Achieving Universal Health Coverage - Rajmohan Panda and Garima Pathak
3. Emerging Health Threats: A Call for Reform in Public Health Systems in India - Papiya Guha Mazumdar
4. Air Quality Forecasting using Mathematical Models and its Implication on Health Impact Assessment - Pramila Goyal and Arjya Sarkar
5. Community-based Health Initiatives in Nizamuddin Basti - Jyotsna Lall