An increase in budget allocation to India's Health Ministry
India's health ministry is likely to see a substantial increase in funding, after it warned that its programmes were short of cash and sought more than $1.2 billion in additional money. The final numbers could change when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the budget for fiscal 2017/18 on Wednesday.

In a letter to the Finance Ministry, Union Health Minister JP Nadda has requested an extra $589 million to implement a programme to screen patients for cancer and other illnesses, while the HIV/AIDS treatment programme requires an infusion of $74 million. Health Ministry also suggested an urgent requirement of around $520 million for the current year's spending, the absence of which will adversely impact key programmes like malaria, tuberculosis, polio and other vector borne diseases.