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.

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Jharkhand Health Centre Constructed A Decade Ago But Never Got Operational

 
/ April 15, 2021

Despite having a health centre, people have to travel 15 kms away for any emergency.

Pregnant Women Deliver on Floor As Jharkhand Sub-Centre Has No Beds

 
/ January 21, 2021

Formal applications to get new beds have been sent thrice to the local administration. But the situation hasn't changed.

Primary Health Centre ‘Running’ For Months Without Any Doctors!

 
/ January 6, 2021

No water, no electricity and no doctors in this primary health centre in Jharkhand.

How Community Correspondents and Community Media Flourished in 2020, Despite the Pandemic

 
/ December 22, 2020

Find some of our best video reports from a year riddled with uncertainities and setbacks.

75 Years Since Independence, Village in Chhattisgarh Still to Get Clean Drinking Water

 
/ December 9, 2020

What is the meaning of Independence for remote corners of India if no development has reached them?

Community Survey

Migrants Returning to Mumbai After COVID-19 Lockdown Are Struggling For Survival

 
/ November 2, 2020

With the lockdown officially over but the pandemic still raging, how do the urban poor in India survive?

Impact Story

IMPACT | VV Correspondent Helps Elderly Couple Live Life of Dignity

 
/ October 22, 2020

The elderly couple from Rajasthan had medical issues and could not look out for themselves.

Impact Story

Fixing India | The Story of A Medical Sub-Centre, Its Neglect and Revival

 
/ October 14, 2020

Community correspondent Laxmi Kaurav did a near-impossible task of restarting a medical sub-centre closed for decades.