Health & Nutrition

December 11, 2017
Kondh tribal women cannot imagine life without their forest that ensures their food and nutritional security. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Forest food ensures nutritional security of Odisha’s tribes

Access to naturally grown forest produce would go a long way in protecting tribal communities in Odisha from the worst impacts of climate change and supply them with all that they need for sustenance

November 29, 2017
Widows of Madarangajodi village await justice. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Widowed by silicosis, women of Odisha village await justice

Young men, who joined a pyrophillite grinding factory dreaming of a better future, succumbed to silicosis, leaving families struggling for survival and justice

November 15, 2017
In a roadside ghetto, Akila Bibi and others after a day’s hard work, separating white paper shreds from the colored ones for recycling. Earning Rs 3 a kg, they manage 30 kg to 50 kg a day. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

How distressed rural migrants shelter in cities

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive somehow

November 10, 2017
Fluorosis has crippled 68-year-old Himanshu Chakarbarty, a resident of high fluoride-affected Brahman Tola in Dhanbad district. (Photo by Eklavya Prasad)

Children do not smile in Dhanbad villages

High fluoride content in groundwater is crippling entire generations in several Dhanbad villages, which are full of unsmiling children ashamed of showing stained teeth, an early stage of the debilitating disease

October 20, 2017
Women who remain on the island after the men migrate take shelter in a stilt house during floods. (Photo by Sayanti Sengupta)

Women-centric interventions needed for flood-ravaged Sundarbans islands

After men migrate for work, women of Mousuni Island in the Sundarbans in West Bengal have to struggle for survival, losing land to floods and erosion, and livelihoods to salinity ingress

October 18, 2017
Residents of Adakata village listen to a program on community radio. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Community radios in Odisha help improve gender parity

Broadcasting programs on gender inequality and against stigmas suffered by women in Odisha, community radio stations have effected a positive change in rural communities where girls are still the ignored population

October 9, 2017
Women of Ilami attend night school as a first step towards overall development. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Women in Pakur use education to achieve development goals

With a strong belief that education would lead the community to achieve sustainable development goals, a night school in Ilami panchayat in Jharkhand educates and empowers women

October 6, 2017
Women of self-help group in Ghagra village of Gumla district in Jharkhand distributing kitchen garden seeds among themselves. (Photo by Soumi Kundu)

Jharkhand kitchen gardens add nutrition to food basket

Kitchen gardens tended by women in Gumla district boost rural diets by providing a rich variety of local cereals, pulses and vegetables, cut expenditure on purchases while improving their nutritional status

September 29, 2017
A doctor attends to patients at Gaon Dawakhana, the community-owned village clinic that runs on family subscriptions. (Photo by Lokpriya Janhit Sewa Sansthan)

Women of Lalganj mobilize community to bring doctors to their doorsteps

Increased healthcare expenses and lack of access to hospitals prompt a women’s collective in eastern Uttar Pradesh to run a biweekly village clinic on family subscriptions

August 30, 2017
Growing medicinal herbs that fetch high prices could be promoted as a form of rural enterprise. (Photo by Pixabay)

Medicinal herbs can form a base for rural enterprises

There is a potentially large livelihoods and enterprise potential in the medicinal herbs sector, which is sadly neglected by grassroots development professionals and ignored by the government despite an acute shortage of modern healthcare services in rural India