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.

Low Wages Causing Mental Stress to ASHA workers

 
/ July 25, 2022

In this video from Khorda, Odisha, the Community Correspondent Nitu Chakhia is talking to one of the ASHA workers to understand her daily struggles.

Shopian Village Struggles for Clean Drinking Water

 
/ July 20, 2022

The ‘Heff Khuri’ village of Shopian, Kashmir Valley is a microcosm of the water shortage issues the whole Kashmir is facing now. The villagers over there are dependent on smaller streams for a long time now, for their drinking water.

‘Swasth Aspataal’ – the campaign to bring positive change in Public Health Delivery System 

 
/ July 17, 2022

In this video, the Community Correspondent (CC) Videshini Patel tells us about the background and the strategy of this campaign. To have any positive change in this direction, one prerequisite is the participation of the community. The years of experience and insights of Video Volunteers helped in strategising this whole...

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Villagers in Bankura Came Together To Fix Water Crisis

 
/ July 9, 2022

This is a story of collective will and finding solutions for immediate problems. In this Pindarbari village, Bankura District, West Bengal, all the hand pumps were defunct and the main Submersible Pump was also not working, for three years. The villagers had a hard time collecting water from nearby villages,...

75 years of Independence, Still no Electricity in Peethakia Village

 
/ June 22, 2022

A village is deemed electrified, if 10 percent of all the households of the village has electricity access and if electricity is provided to public spaces such as schools, panchayat officers, health centres, community centres and dispensaries.

Dysfunctional Anganwadi Centre in Odisha

 
/ June 20, 2022

Almost every year, The Government of Odisha launches several developmental schemes to strengthen the Decentralised Feeding Program of ICDS, their focus is entirely on empowerment of children, women, and persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Water crisis deepens in slums of Mumbai | Awaz Ho Buland EP 13

 
/ June 13, 2022

Here, in this episode, the anchor Shabnam Varanasi brings us the plight of the slum dwellers in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the commercial capital of India, of the dearth of basic amenities, specially drinking water. 

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Hospital in North 24 PGS Lacks Medical Staff and Amenities

 
/ June 8, 2022

The Community Correspondent Milon Mondal went there to find out about the amenities and talk to the patients, doctors and the locals about the amenities of this 60 bedded Hospital.