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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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.

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Primary Health Centre in Shopian Shines a Ray of Hope

 
/ September 14, 2018

While stories of lack of health services, medical negligence and unaffordable healthcare fill our mediascapes, a rural health centre in Shopian shows the way.

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Health Centre Catering to 29 Villages Finally Gets a Doctor

 
/ August 31, 2018

A Primary Health Centre in Maharashtra did not have a doctor or ambulance. Things changed, but sadly, it took a tragedy for the change to come.

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Seeking Justice for Medical Negligence in Kashmir

 
/ August 10, 2018

Private hospitals have become money minting machines, says a Srinagar couple who lost their newborn baby to medical negligence.

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Rural Water Supply: The Devil is in the Details

 
/ July 12, 2018

The National Rural Drinking Water Programme seems to be meeting its targets but the quality of service is questionable, putting rural households at high risk.

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Spike in Deliveries after Health Centre Gets Water Supply

 
/ July 6, 2018

A Health Centre in Chhattisgarh was running without regular water supply for three years, affecting the health and well-being of about ten villages.