Enabling organ donation in India needs major policy change

sourav-roy-organ-donationStrict laws and low awareness are among the reasons that hamper organ donation in India. According to reports, almost 1.5 lakh people in India need a kidney but only 3000 of them receive one. 90 per cent of people in the waiting list die without getting an organ. India’s annual liver transplant requirement is 25,000, but we manage only about 800. Read the full article on YourStory


15 people commit suicide in India every hour!

sourav-roy-suicideThere is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest — whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories — comes afterwards. (From Albert Camus’ essay The Myth of Sisyphus). Read the full article on YourStory

Dengue and chikungunya – underestimated and underrated

sourav-roy-dengueThe number of people infected by dengue and chikungunya in southern India is much higher than estimated, researchers in Washington have found. The researchers found that nearly everyone is exposed to dengue and 44% of our population is exposed to chikungunya. Read the full article on YourStory

The sad state of our mental health

sourav-roy-mental-healthNearly 1 in 10 people worldwide have mental health disorder, but only one per cent of the global health workforce is working in the area, the WHO has said. India needs about ten times more mental health specialists than it currently has, and has a very serious problem of suicide, which is a reflection of the unease in society. Implementation of our mental health programme continues to face a lot of challenges. Read the full article on YourStory

Surveying bliss

sourav-roy-river-dolphinAmitav Ghosh’s celebrated novel ‘The Hungry Tide’ is set in the Sunderbans and one of its protagonists arrives in the region to study the Gangetic River Dolphin. What follows in the story’s narrative makes you fall in love with not only these dolphins, but also their habitat – the Sunderbans, where river Ganga and Brahmaputra do an entwined dance. The endangered species will soon get surveyed. Read the full article on YourStory

No country for old men?

sourav-roy-elderly-indiaOscar Wilde once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Makes us wonder, have the neglected, rejected and abused elderlies wasted their youth on us? Statistics claim that over two-thirds of elderly people in India are neglected by their family members, and over one third are abused. Read the full article on YourStory

The road ahead

sourav-roy-transgenger-bengalThe West Bengal Government has taken special initiatives to upgrade status of the highly marginalised and vulnerable transgenders who are lagging behind on human development indices mainly in the areas of education and employment. Read the full article on YourStory