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.

Migrant Labourers Quarantined Without Any Facilities in Madhya Pradesh

 
/ May 20, 2021

No food, water, bed or toilet is available at the quarantine centre.

West Bengal Man Risks His Own Life to Raise Awareness About COVID-19

 
/ May 14, 2021

Using his own money he stitched a unique costume to attract people's attention and spread awareness.

Maharashtra’s ‘Mini-Lockdown’ Has Daily Wage Labourers Living On The Edge of Survival | COVID 19

 
/ May 14, 2021

Many have decided to stay back in Maharashtra while others are migrating back to their home towns.

Anganwadi Worker Dies After Second Dose of COVID Vaccine, Family Alleges Was Forced To Take...

 
/ May 14, 2021

Nobody from the district administration or health department visited her despite reporting that she is unwell after the vaccination.

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Jharkhand Health Centre Constructed A Decade Ago But Never Got Operational

 
/ April 15, 2021

Despite having a health centre, people have to travel 15 kms away for any emergency.

Pregnant Women Deliver on Floor As Jharkhand Sub-Centre Has No Beds

 
/ January 21, 2021

Formal applications to get new beds have been sent thrice to the local administration. But the situation hasn't changed.

Primary Health Centre ‘Running’ For Months Without Any Doctors!

 
/ January 6, 2021

No water, no electricity and no doctors in this primary health centre in Jharkhand.

How Community Correspondents and Community Media Flourished in 2020, Despite the Pandemic

 
/ December 22, 2020

Find some of our best video reports from a year riddled with uncertainities and setbacks.