Health

healthEffective public healthcare is a defining challenge for India. Since independence, India has made strides in many public health areas. The average life expectancy in India has increased and infant mortality rates (target group, 1-5 years old) have more than halved, from 1970 to 2015. Life expectancy of both sexes in India has increased to 66 years, surpassing countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique or Central African Republic. Yet much remains to be done in order to create a healthy, productive India. Malnourishment levels among Indian children are five more times than China and twice than children of Sub-Saharan Africa. More concretely, half of India’s children – approximately 60 million – are underweight, 45% are stunned (too short for their age), 20% are wasted (too thin for their height, indicating acute malnutrition), 75% are anemic and 57% are Vitamin A deficiency.

India’s maternal mortality rate remains high and communicable diseases–including tuberculosis and malaria–are on the rise. Rural clinics are often understaffed and grossly under-resourced. Frustratingly, many fatalities are preventable with basic care, such as child deaths resulting from diarrhea-related illnesses.

Desh Ki ASHA | West Bengal ASHA Workers Working Without PPE Kits

 
/ September 15, 2021

ASHA workers are risking their lives to keep the community safe. But is anyone listening to them?

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Video Volunteers Initiates ‘Desh ki ASHA’, a Campaign for ASHA Workers Rights

 
/ September 10, 2021

ASHA workers of India are working in inhumane conditions during a global health emergency.

Video Volunteers Community Correspondent Distributes PPE Kits to ASHA Workers | COVID 19

 
/ September 7, 2021

If frontline health workers are not protected enough, how will they work to protect others?

Dreams Broken: Domestic Worker in Delhi Mortgages Phone, Scooter to Feed Family | COVID-19

 
/ July 30, 2021

People independent before COVID are now forced to ask for food, help.

Jaan Jao, Jaan Bachao: Video Volunteers Runs Awareness Campaign in West Bengal Tea Gardens

 
/ July 30, 2021

A massive awareness campaign against COVID-19 that aims to spread awareness about vaccines, masking up, social distancing and hand washing etc.

Mineowners in Chhattisgarh Hold Public Hearing Despite Public Curfew | COVID-19

 
/ July 30, 2021

Blatant violation of lockdown during the second wave of COVID-19 was reported in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh

COVID Care Facility With Oxygen Beds Inaugurated in Walhe, Pune | COVID-19

 
/ July 30, 2021

A 25 bed COVID care facility was setup in Walhe, Pune thanks to efforts coordinated by Video Volunteers and other stakeholders.

“We get Rs. 32 per day for working as ASHA”

 
/ July 29, 2021

India's frontline health workers ASHAs have some of the lowest working conditions in the health world.