World Health Statistics 2013 show narrowing healthgap


World Health Organization – May 2013

Available online at:

“….15 May 2013 – The world has made dramatic progress in improving health in the poorest countries and narrowing the gaps between countries with the best and worst health status in the past two decades, according to the World Health Statistics 2013. “Intensive efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals have clearly improved health for people all over the world,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.

World Health Statistics 2013 contains WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets.

This year, it also includes highlight summaries on current trends in official development assistance (ODA) for health.

Progress on the health – Available in 3 languages English French Spanish



Table of contents and introduction

Part I. Health-related Millennium Development Goals

Part II. Highlighted topics

Part III. Global health indicators

Annex 1: Regional and income groupings


World Health Statistics 2013 – Indicator compendium



#RIP- Veteran votary of women’s television Jai Chandiram loses battle with cancer

NEW DELHI: Former deputy director general of Doordarshan and a veteran in educational television Jai Chandiram died this morning aged 75.

She had been battling cancer of the colon for some months. Chandiram is survived by her brother and two sisters.

Less than a fortnight before she passed away, Chandiram was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), whose Indian chapter she headed for many years. The IAWRT annually organised a film festival to coincide with the International Women’s Day.

 jai Chandiram started her career as a producer in Doordarshan and retired as Deputy Director General. Doordarshan.  She received her Masters Degree from the School of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville.  Her experiences in media covers production, training and management. Her main area of work has been on children, education, distance learning, gender and developmental issues.


She has headed several media centers in India and Asia – Head, Department of Television at the Film and Television Institute, Pune Television Consultant at the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting and Development, (AIBD), Kuala Lumpur. During this period she provided training to the broadcasting organizations in the Asia Pacific region. The audio video resource kit on gender, “Into Focus,Changing Media Images of Women in Asia,”, was a path breaker and continues to be widely used in many countries. She is a regular participant and contributor to Asia Media Summit on issues of gender, children and training the Central Institute of Education (CIET-NCERT) Educational Media Production Center, Indira Gandhi National Open University (EMPCIGNOU) Chief consultant for CEMCA and author of the “Manual on Teleconferencing” (with an accompanying CD). Initiated radio programs for the start of Gyan Vani, IGNOU, in collaboration with AIR Bhopal, Executive Director Media, at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) where she produced several documentaries and programs on arts and artists. These have been screened at the JDCA Film Forum Festival, Bhubaneshwar.


Director of Doordarshan Delhi

Director of Doordarshan, Ahmedabad

Director of Doordarshan, Central Production Center

Started the Third Channel of Doordarshan, which concentrated on the arts

Retired as Deputy Director General, Doordarshan

Director, “Beyond 60”, a series for Tara Television


Jai Chandiram has been Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for Mana TV, the

bouquet of Educational Channels. She recently did a Report on SIET Hyderabad : The Road



She has been a jury member for many national and international organizations, including

NHK (Japan), IAWRT Awards, Doordarshan, CEC. She has also been a jury member at the

national level for many organizations.


She has been on the media advisory and task forces for various Ministries andorganizations dealing with Family Welfare, Health, HIV-AIDS, Leprosy, Biodiversity, CIET , NLM


She is also Trainer Consultant, Princess Diana Leprosy Mission Trust

Examiner, Jamia Millia Institute for Mass Communication.

Consultant and Trainer, Commonwealth of Learning for National Institute of Teachers and other media centers in Nigeria and WOU, Malaysia.

For UNESCO, Jai Chandiram and Ammu Joseph did a needs study on the training of journalists in Sri Lanka.

She has been the President of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television

(IAWRT) for two terms and is currently the Managing Trustee, IAWRT – India Chapter.

For the last five years, IAWRT India Chapter has organized the Asian Women’s Film

Festival. This festival has travelled to many cities in India.

Till September 2008 she was Executive Director, Fortune Institute of Communications and Television.

Till recently she was Media Advisor, DEP-SSA IGNOU.


Migrant students face UID nightmare WTFnews


Biometric scanning of fingerprints during the launch of UID enrolment at the General Post Office in Bangalore

Biometric scanning of fingerprints during the launch of UID enrolment at the General Post Office in Bangalore

DC | Sohini Guharoy |12feb, 2012
Bengaluru: Several migrant students and professionals are in a dilemma about enrolling for Aadhar. Since many often need to relocate for higher studies or jobs, it becomes difficult for them to go back to their home states every time for documents and follow up with the local offices.
Unaware of the exact rules, Sharmila Mukherjee, a student, was asked to apply for her Aadhar card in her hometown when she recently went to enrol in Bengaluru. She is a resident of Asansol who did her graduation in Kolkata and is now doing her Masters in Bengaluru. Her IDs show her permanent address and she was asked to get her Aadhar card made there. But such a rule doesn’t exist and she was unnecessarily harassed.
As per the rules, “Anybody can get their Aadhar cards made anywhere in India. It is on a national platform. Students or professionals can apply in whichever state they are currently residing. All they have to ensure is that there should be someone to collect their Aadhar cards at their permanent address when it is sent by mail, in case they are not there at that point of time.” said Ashok Dalwai, Deputy Director- General, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
The process is the same for everyone, irrespective of the address their IDs have and where they are currently residing. They need to provide their identity proof and address proof while enrolling for their Aadhar card and their biometric authentication will be done at the location where the enrolment has been done. If the documents are authentic and verified, then there should be no problem for anybody to get their Aadhar card, Dalwai added.
He, however,pointed out that multiple enrolments should not be done as that would delay the process and every individual would get only one Aadhar card.


#Aadhaar enrollment rejected for being duplicate although that was not the case #WTFnews #UID



Ashok MR Dalwai Deputy Director General 080-22341622


11 February 2013


Dear Mr.Ashok Dalwai,

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I am writing regarding the Aadhaar card/number of my domestic help, Smt.Chikka Thayamma. She enrolled into the scheme on 10.08.2011 at Mysore, and holds Acknowledge Slip No.1037/11430/03434 with date-time as 12:21:49.

I have checked her enrollment number on internet and received the system response, “Your Aadhaar enrollment has been rejected. As per UIDAI’s records, you were earlier enrolled through another enrollment ID”, even though she enrolled on 10.08.2011 for the first and only time.

I am at a loss as to what to advise her to do, because it appears from the message quoted above, that her biometrics as captured by the system were already present in the system, and her enrollment has been treated as a duplicate (“As per UIDAI’s records, you were earlier enrolled through another enrollment ID”), and hence rejected. Also, the system response is unhelpful as it does not suggest any solution, since she has not been asked to re-enroll as some others have been advised on rejection of their Aadhaar enrollment.

Please immediately advise me whether my surmise of biometric duplication is correct, and if not, what is the cause and what is the remedy. I am aware that the Application Form for enrollment contains a certificate that the applicant has not previously enrolled. Smt.Chikka Thayamma is anxious to avail the subsidy for LPG and has to submit her Aadhaar number by 15 February 2013.

Requesting an immediate response from you in this case,

Yours faithfully,

Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere (Retd)

475, 7th Main Road

Vijayanagar 1st Stage








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