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Oxford University Press launches Do We Care by Sujatha Rao

~An accessible, insider's account of the making of India's health policy in contemporary times and the history of health policy initiatives in India.~
February 10, 2017, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, the world’s largest university press, recently launched “Do We Care” by K. Sujatha Rao which focuses on the various facets of India’s health system with an emphasis on the efforts to strengthen the public healthcare system that have been made in the last decade.
The book was launched in the presence of eminent personalities such as Mr. ShashiTharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha; Rathin Roy Director National Institute of Public Finance & Policy among others.
In India, health is not a part of the development story. It is one of the dozen countries that spend as little as 1% of its GDP on health, pushing the burden on the people. As a consequence, nearly sixty million people get pushed below the poverty line every year.
The government's efforts to provide financial security through insurance schemes have not benefitted the poorest due to lack of access to hospitals and doctors. With more than half the people suffering the 'clustered disadvantage' of poverty and no access to tap water, sanitation, environmental hygiene, nutrition, and decent housing, India is home to a substantial burden of communicable diseases that are easily treatable at incredibly low cost.
Despite these constraints, India has eradicated polio, reversed the incidence of HIV/AIDS by 57 per cent, and demonstrated rapid declines in maternal, infant, and child mortality under the National Rural Health Mission, NRHM. There is hope for India to reverse the situation by taking some bold measures towards providing comprehensive primary care on the principle of universalism. This requires increased budgets, greater use of technology, making people partners in the process, and above all providing leadership and good governance.
K. Sujatha Rao,the former union secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and author of Oxford University Press’ latest book, Do We Care is an accessible, insider's account of the making of India's health policy in contemporary times and documents the history of health policy initiatives in India.
About Oxford University Press India:
Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It publishes in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in a variety of formats—print and digital. OUP products cover an extremely broad academic and educational spectrum, and OUP aims to make content available to users in a format that suits them best.

In fulfilling the Press’s objective to further research, scholarship, and education, OUP India today develops path-breaking digital solutions, while continuing to publish approximately 400 new books and revised editions every year. OUP India’s publishing programme covers school courses, higher education texts, academic and reference works, titles of general interest, bilingual dictionaries, atlases, adult ELT materials, and digital and assessment products.

Established in 1912, OUP India has grown to be one of the largest publishers in the region, with a strong presence in India and the neighboring countries, including Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Headquartered at New Delhi, it has regional offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai.

OUP India is committed to the continuous development of its publishing programmes, covering both print and digital, to meet the growing and varying learning needs of students, teachers, scholars, and general readers in the region.  
 
 

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