The 2017 poisoning wave points to profuse use of pesticides, desperation of Vidarbha farmers

By Jaideep Hardikar* Bandu Sonule, a farm labourer, around 40 years old, collapsed on his employer’s cotton field in Amdi village on September 19, 2017. All day, in sweltering heat, he had sprayed pesticides on cotton plants, just as he had been doing for several days on different farms. He came back home to his … More The 2017 poisoning wave points to profuse use of pesticides, desperation of Vidarbha farmers

Universalize central scheme for maternity entitlement, free it of all conditionalities

Forty gynaecologists and paediatricians write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the implementation of maternity entitlements as per the National Food Security Act norms: We, the undersigned are a group of concerned Gynaecologists and Paediatricians writing to you to draw your attention on the status of pregnant and lactating women in our country. We write … More Universalize central scheme for maternity entitlement, free it of all conditionalities

Follow policy recommendations for increasing India’s health budget to at least 2.5% of GDP

Statement by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan [People’s Health Movement]*: The Union Budget 2018-19 makes tall claims, with no clear road map for the health sector, one that is sensitive to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable population of India. The allocations for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) (including for AYUSH) have increased … More Follow policy recommendations for increasing India’s health budget to at least 2.5% of GDP

Stunting among children of lowest wealth quintile ranged 20.8% in Chennai, 47.4% in Ahmedabad

Excerpts from the Urban HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition) survey, carried out by Naandi Foundation, a not-for-profit headquartered in Hyderabad, and supported by Mahindra & Mahindra and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition: The Urban HUNGaMA Survey was conducted to capture essential nutrition data of children aged 0-59 months in the 10 largest cities of India, using … More Stunting among children of lowest wealth quintile ranged 20.8% in Chennai, 47.4% in Ahmedabad

Silicosis deaths: Gujarat must revise its schemes for agate workers, make them human rights sensitive

Text of the order by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), delivered on December 21, 2017, following the complaint by Jagdish Patel of the People’s Training and Research Centre (PTRC) on fatalities due to silicosis in the Khambhat region of Gujarat: These proceedings shall be read in continuation of the earlier proceedings of the Commission … More Silicosis deaths: Gujarat must revise its schemes for agate workers, make them human rights sensitive

Prevalent conflict has had a powerful negative effect on the mental health of people in Kashmir

By Mujtaba Hussain and Jitamanyu Sahoo* The rising global burden of violence due to armed conflicts is increasingly recognised as a key to the rise of stress and anxieties of the population. Moreover, constant infliction of violence by the State has a direct association with mental health problems. Another, disturbing aspect of the conflict-related violence … More Prevalent conflict has had a powerful negative effect on the mental health of people in Kashmir

Addressing mental health problems: One of the solutions for tackling farmers’ suicide in India

By Moin Qazi* How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That too many people have died The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind. –Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate India’s economy may be soaring as it glows as the new poster-child of emerging markets, but agriculture … More Addressing mental health problems: One of the solutions for tackling farmers’ suicide in India