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.

Community Health Centre in Bhubaneshwar Severely Understaffed

 
/ November 22, 2021

Three nurses are doing jobs meant for a total of nine nurses.

ASHA and Anganwadi Workers Motivate Sawai Madhopur Residents To Get Vaccinated | COVID-19

 
/ November 22, 2021

Continuous efforts by ASHA and Anganwadi workers eliminated rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine.

VV Organized Awareness Campaign in Kupwara to Counter COVID-19 Misinformation

 
/ November 22, 2021

Video Volunteers and other like minded organisations organised a health camp to quash rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine.

18 Check Posts, 600 Police Personnel to Manage A Public Hearing of 200 People?

 
/ November 11, 2021

An illegal public hearing comprising of handpicked villagers was organised in Rayagada district of Odisha in Oct 2021.

COVID 19 Second Wave Diaries: Are we prepared for the next wave? | COVID 19

 
/ October 20, 2021

Healthcare infrastructure in rural area is still poor, but government won’t stop mass gatherings and demolition drives.

COVID-19 Second Wave Diaries: The angels who walk among us| COVID-19

 
/ October 18, 2021

Many of us proved during the pandemic that we are indeed in it together by helping the community

Using Community Media to tackle Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy at the Grassroots

 
/ October 6, 2021

Challenges and Innovations from the first six months of a VV-Quint collaborative project on COVID behavior change, funded by the Google News Initiative

COVID 19 Second Wave Diaries: ASHA workers continue fight for better conditions and pay |...

 
/ October 6, 2021

The fight for better pay and working conditions has become a never ending battle for frontline ASHA workers