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.

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.

Community Survey

Poor Labourers From West Bengal Are Falling Prey to Silicosis

 
/ October 12, 2020

Poor, young men from West Bengal are suffering from occupational diseases without any compensation or treatment

Community Survey

No Smartphones to Study: Maharashtra Kids Get Narmada Bachao Andolan To The Rescue

 
/ October 5, 2020

Some of the poorest villages in Maharashtra have no electronic devices to access online classes. Kids are taking up odd-jobs or helping the family with housework.

Community Survey

Asha Worker from Odisha Attacked and Beaten up by Villagers in Puri

 
/ October 1, 2020

Nirmala Dakua was surrounded by more than 500 villagers when she went to retrieve a COVID-19 positive patient.

Community Survey

A Kashmiri Doctor Paints on Chinar Leaves to Beat COVID-19 Stress

 
/ September 21, 2020

A MBBS student from Kashmir, stressed by exams and the pandemic, uses art to unwind.

Community Survey

Madhya Pradesh Labourers Quarantined In A Hut With No Facilities | COVID 19

 
/ September 11, 2020

Labourers in Betul, Madhya Pradesh, who have returned from metro cities, have been quarantined in appalling conditions.

Community Survey

Crores Spent on Advertisements, But Not a Paisa On Public Spaces’ Maintenance | COVID 19

 
/ September 9, 2020

The Maharashtra state administration has spent a lot of public money on raising awareness about COVID-19. But on ground, slums of Nashik remain in a bad state.