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-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.

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World Health Day: Inside India’s Public Health Centres

 
/ April 6, 2018

On the eve of World Health Day, a small story from Jammu & Kashmir that is telling of a large problem that India’s public health system is mired in.

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India’s Stone Quarries are Sounding the Death Knell for Their Workers

 
/ March 23, 2018

Tuberculosis and Silicosis are killing innumerous stone quarry and mine workers in the country; both private companies and the government are flouting the law and not taking adequate preventive measures or providing compensation.

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Battling Parkinson’s Disease with Hope

 
/ March 16, 2018

An organisation in Goa provides a support group for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

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Inside Jharkhand: A Tale of Two Hospitals

 
/ February 7, 2018

At 167 deaths for every one lakh live births, India’s maternal mortality rate is still much higher than the Sustainable Development Goals target of 70. How can government hospitals help change the figure?

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Shaheed Hospital: The Story of a Revolution

 
/ December 13, 2017

Born of a workers’ struggle, Shaheed Hospital has been providing affordable and respectful care to Chhattisgarh’s rural population for 34 years now.