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The other day, I read an interesting WhatsApp forward on one of the groups that I’m reticently part of. Apparently some radio station had organised a poetry competition with a peculiar criterion: the first statement needs to be romantic, while the following one oughtto be the opposite. The award-winning entry went something like this:

My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife,
Marrying you messed up my life.
I see your face when I am dreaming,
That’s why I always wake up screaming.


And so on and so forth, the poet waxed eloquent about his lady. Amidst all the emoticons and expressions of solidarity from the married men, there were pertinent questionsasked. ‘Is he still alive?’ was inarguably the most exquisite one.

Though not a fan of WhatsApp forwards, this one made me smile. For, people were actually asking questions. If only we did the same when there are dubious forwards from ‘Harvard researchers’ on how cow’s urine can cure cancer or how vaccines are unsafe for children, the world would be a healthier place.

With Health Analytics Asia, our purpose is to fight the epidemic of health misinformation and disinformation. Fake news is harmful in all spheres of life, but more so in healthcare. Because it’s a matter of life and death.

We are grateful for our ever-growing army of fact-checkers – doctors, researchers, data scientists, healthcare experts from across Asia – who are spearheading the battle against fake news. You can also be a part of this revolution.

Write to us. Tell us how we can work together. To deliver better health stories, to curb the malice of half-truths and propaganda.

Until we meet again, stay informed, stay healthy.

 Jisha Krishnan
Consulting Editor
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Technology

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Data Visualisation

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Fact Check

We dive into the dangerous world of YouTube medicine and finds out countless channels promoting home-made remedies like baking soda to cure cancer. Here’s why you should never take these videos seriously!


Health Analytics Asia is a pioneering initiative.

It is founded by Syed Nazakat, an award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur.

We’ll serve as a collaborative platform for original and data-driven reporting on health in Asian countries as well as strengthen the fight against the growing medical misinformation and fake news epidemic in healthcare.

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Health Analytics Asia is a flagship initiative of DATALEADS which is a multi-platform digital media company headquartered in New Delhi, India. It is aimed to build data-driven storytelling and support watchdog journalism, media research and media innovations through series of reporting, training and media development initiatives.