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.

Long Live ASHA workers! ASHA Worker in Murena, Madhya Pradesh Dies on Duty

 
/ May 19, 2022

The ASHA workers are instituted by the ‘ National Rural Health Mission.’ They are at the bottom of the pyramid - the interface between the community and Indian Public Health Delivery System, the first point of contact for millions of Indians to health care.

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A glimpse of one shining Public Health Centre of Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.

 
/ May 14, 2022

This video report is from Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh, of a remote Government Primary Health Centre (PHC) that caters to about 30 thousand people. Community Correspondent Sunila Raaj went there to find out about their facilities and conditions of their medical services.

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Wooden Bridge in North 24 PGS Costing Patients their Lives

 
/ April 28, 2022

This Bridge can accommodate only pedestrians and two wheelers, it is in such a bad condition that it can’t take the weight of motor cars, or any four wheelers.

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Bombay High Court Directs Striking MSRTC Employees to Resume Duty Without Fear  

 
/ April 8, 2022

The MSRTC employees are demanding Government employee status and hence to be able to receive the benefits of a dignified employment.

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ASHA and Anganwadi Workers Praised VV and The Quint’s Community Level Initiative to Fight against...

 
/ April 2, 2022

The ASHA and Anganwadi workers became a multiplier for this program as they are anyway ingrained in community health.

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Ahead of Summer, Jharkhand is Facing Acute Water Crisis

 
/ March 31, 2022

The once green Jharkhand, filled with dozens of rivers and tributaries and natural springs is slowly drying up.

ASHA Workers of Bihar Demand Better Wages, Work Environment

 
/ March 7, 2022

ASHA Workers are the unsung heroes of the fight against COVID-19

Medical Negligence Leads to Death of a Dalit Woman

 
/ March 7, 2022

Excessive bleeding lead to untimely death of a mother who had just delivered.