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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Health Care System Continues to Remain Inaccessible to Rural India

 
/ May 18, 2019

A proper health care system remains inaccessible to most of rural India as hospitals lack doctors, nurses and lab technicians.

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Jammu and Kashmir Lakes on Brink of Extinction

 
/ May 10, 2019

Gil sar and Kushalsar lakes in Srinagar are on the edge of extinction due to encroachment and the siltation and the authorities have turned a deaf ear to the issue.

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Leprosy Continues to be a Reason for Discrimination in Uttar Pradesh

 
/ April 10, 2019

While India claimed to be leprosy-free in 2005, a family from Bhawanpur Chauthar village, Uttar Pradesh is still facing discrimination due to leprosy.

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On World Water Day, Villages in Odisha’s Sundergarh are Facing Water Crisis.

 
/ March 22, 2019

Due to Odisha Mining Corporation, the streams and water resources in Sundergarh, Lahunipada block are turning into red water. 

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How a Video brought Healthcare Services to Children Suffering from Mumps

 
/ February 19, 2019

A video reporting the outbreak of mumps at a primary school in Uttar Pradesh led to setting up of health camps and ensured that children were treated.

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A ‘Medicine-Free’ Way of Life

 
/ December 5, 2018

In response to the increasing dependency on medication and growing burden of lifestyle diseases, ‘medicine-free life’ empowers people to take charge of their health.

Bihar’s Saat Nishchay Yojana Cuts a Sorry Picture

 
/ November 27, 2018

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s pet project, the ‘seven commitments’ towards development, does not reach the state’s most disenfranchised communities.

Inside the Staff Quarters of a Nagpur District Hospital: Defunct Toilets, Filth and Stench

 
/ October 29, 2018

The sanitation workers of the TB centre at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur have no option but to live in unsanitary conditions.