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.

18 Check Posts, 600 Police Personnel to Manage A Public Hearing of 200 People?

 
/ November 11, 2021

An illegal public hearing comprising of handpicked villagers was organised in Rayagada district of Odisha in Oct 2021.

COVID 19 Second Wave Diaries: Are we prepared for the next wave? | COVID 19

 
/ October 20, 2021

Healthcare infrastructure in rural area is still poor, but government won’t stop mass gatherings and demolition drives.

COVID-19 Second Wave Diaries: The angels who walk among us| COVID-19

 
/ October 18, 2021

Many of us proved during the pandemic that we are indeed in it together by helping the community

Using Community Media to tackle Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy at the Grassroots

 
/ October 6, 2021

Challenges and Innovations from the first six months of a VV-Quint collaborative project on COVID behavior change, funded by the Google News Initiative

COVID 19 Second Wave Diaries: ASHA workers continue fight for better conditions and pay |...

 
/ October 6, 2021

The fight for better pay and working conditions has become a never ending battle for frontline ASHA workers

ASHA Workers Earn Only Rs. 32/day For Their Community Health Services | COVID-19

 
/ September 20, 2021

These could be amongst the lowest wages paid for doing life-saving work,

VV Correspondent Intervenes to Get Rajasthan ASHA Workers Masks, Sanitisers | COVID-19

 
/ September 20, 2021

Why should it take a community media intervention to get ASHAs basic safety equipment?

Desh Ki ASHA | West Bengal ASHA Workers Working Without PPE Kits

 
/ September 15, 2021

ASHA workers are risking their lives to keep the community safe. But is anyone listening to them?