Immunization coverage positively associated with economic status, mother’s education in India

Excerpts from the World Health Organization report “Explorations of inequality: childhood immunization”, released in July 2018: India has a population of 1.309 billion, with 9.3% under 5 years of age. The country consists of 29 states and 7 union territories, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The under-5 mortality rate in India has fallen … More Immunization coverage positively associated with economic status, mother’s education in India

Why life of little children, suffering from immense pain of chemo, must be filled with love and laughter

By Diken Patel* Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing. We all have our own unique way of supporting other people’s life journeys. One of these kind acts is clowning. Clowning is dressing up as a clown and making people laugh, … More Why life of little children, suffering from immense pain of chemo, must be filled with love and laughter

Catalyzing market-based solution to fulfill UN goal of achieving adequate, equitable sanitation

By Moin Qazi* Sanitation is the key to proper hygiene and is extremely essential for a healthy population. Till a few years back, India’s record on basic sanitation was horrific. The 2011 Census found that more Indians have access to mobile phones than to toilets. It must be said to the credit of the Modi … More Catalyzing market-based solution to fulfill UN goal of achieving adequate, equitable sanitation

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