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.

Impact: Clean drinking water made accessible

 
/ March 18, 2015

18th March 2015 | Bhimatangi village, Khurdha district, Odisha | Nitu Chakia For many communities in India, access to water is riddled with challenges big and small. They jump over hurdles ranging from bad planning to human-made complications such as depleting water tables. In Bhimtangi village, Odisha the community tap...

Village in Bihar stranded by floods, Administration apathetic

 
/ March 7, 2017

Chitauria village in Katihar district of Bihar is flooded with water and surrounded by it from all four sides. Community Correspondent Reena Devi, resident of the same village, reports on the apathetic administration and stranded villagers. CALL TO ACTION: Call the Chief Officer of Katihar district on +91-9431206703 and demand...

Why do 56,000 women die in childbirth every year?

 
/ January 23, 2015

Each year, approximately 56,000 women in India die in childbirth – a staggering number. This is particularly horrifying because today, no women need die in childbirth. Nearly every single one of these deaths could have been prevented – had the women received the medical care they are entitled to by...

Fighting the Impending Catastrophe of Land Pollution in Kashmir

 
/ December 26, 2014

The possibility of an epidemic looms large over Anantnag, the second biggest district in Kashmir after Srinagar. After the floods, which hit the region in September earlier this year, the problems of sanitation and hygiene have become manifest. Fumigation of the busy areas in the city, especially the bus stand...

Impact: Procuring the Right to Food

 
/ November 14, 2014

Community Correspondent Arti Bai Valmiki’s report got the administration to improve the quality of Midday Meals for 237 students in the primary school of Batiagarh District of Madhya Pradesh. “We don’t get rotis to eat at home, so we come to school in hope of food,” a student of the...

Kashmir’s Survivors Angry at Slow Response to Floods

 
/ October 20, 2014

A month and a half after Kashmir saw the worst floods in a century, rescue and rehabilitation have yet to reach a majority of the survivors. It was civil society that stepped up and started the initial rescue efforts; the army and government’s response to the crisis was less than...

SUCCESS: Access to water after 30 years

 
/ September 16, 2014

Ashok Paswan from Bihar joined the Video Volunteers’ team in February 2013. He is a strong young Dalit activist in his area and works extensively on empowering young people from his community.  He is a team member at the BR Ambedkar Student’s Forum. In the following interview he shares how...

Are safe pregnancies and childbirth in rural India a luxury?

 
/ June 17, 2015

One woman dies every ten minutes due to pregnancy related complications in India. Although the government has put in place schemes to ensure that every woman has access to healthcare during and after pregnancy, ground reports produced by Video Volunteers reveal that access to prenatal and postnatal care, nutrition and...