Adoption of Health Technologies in India: Implications for by Indrani Gupta

By Indrani Gupta

The 1st of its sort, this e-book examines the adoption of 4 future health applied sciences in India-Hepatitis B, No Scalpel Vasectomy, Voluntary Counseling and checking out, and Antiretroviral therapy. utilizing a collection of parameters, the authors not just carry to gentle some of the dimensions, strengths, and weaknesses of adoption of health and wellbeing applied sciences in India, but additionally how and the place extra recognition has to be paid in regards to the adoption of the AIDS vaccine.

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The availability of different molecules and its combination therapy witnessed dramatic benefits, in terms of delays in HIV progression, improved survival and decreased hospitalisation for HIVinfected patients, resulting in HIV being transformed into a manageable chronic disease (Altice and Friedland 1998). The ideal treatment strategy then involved the use of a PI and two reverse transcriptase inhibitors. The combination of these three drugs has become known as ‘triple combination therapy’. While clinical advances were bringing down the AIDSrelated morbidity and mortality in the developed countries, the burden of HIV was increasing at an unprecedented 46 Adoption of Health Technologies in India rate in the developing countries.

At the very least, the adoption should be such that those who need the technology the most are targeted, and those that are targeted finally get the benefits of the technology. (b) States The other aspect of this for India is inter-state distribution, with the criterion of ‘need’ again being operative here. Inter-state differentials can be the result of calculations of requirements, and need not always imply inequities. (c) Rural-urban Dimension Another consideration from the equity perspective is the rural-urban spread of the technology—an important issue Introduction and Rationale for Study 35 for India, where a majority of the population resides in the rural areas.

An analysis of VCT in the country helps in understanding a technology where human resources are critical, and which is delivered, unlike many other health technologies, as a somewhat personalised service. Availability and accessibility define quality in this case. A study of VCT, therefore, offers valuable insights into the possible pitfalls of such a human-intensive technology, the understanding Introduction to Selected Health Technologies 45 of which is critical in the context of the AIDS vaccine as well.

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