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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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.

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Health-Worker’s Appointment Boosts Maternal Health in Bengal Village

 
/ May 23, 2018

The appointment of an ASHA worker in Madhupur village is helping the community, especially women, make informed decisions about healthcare. Here’s how the village got an ASHA worker.

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Delayed Payments Dampen Health Workers’ Motivation

 
/ May 16, 2018

Frontline health workers, especially ASHA workers, literally spell hope for millions in rural India, but the government does little to keep them incentivised.

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Bihar Government’s Blindspot on the Arsenic Poisoning Map

 
/ May 11, 2018

Alarming groundwater arsenic levels are spelling a death sentence in Bihar. In West Champaran, where the arsenic levels are higher than the accepted levels, there is neither prevention or cure.