Health & Nutrition

March 20, 2019
Women such as Mallika gave up farm labor work to turn entrepreneurs to revive traditional knowledge and regular use of herbs (Photo by Balasubramaniam N.)

Tamil women bank on herbs to boost income

Women in rural Villupuram have quit working as farm labor and have become herbal entrepreneurs to conserve traditional knowledge, revive use of healthy herbs and boost household incomes

March 11, 2019
Nutrition gardens, such as the one cultivated by Alladini Bhanda and her husband Ashok in Ratanpur village, supply diverse and nutritious vegetables at no cost (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Odisha women fight malnutrition with backyard gardens

Women in distressed and malnourished regions of Odisha are growing nutrition gardens to feed their families organic vegetables and legumes consistently through the year at no additional cost

March 8, 2019
The elderly in villages, like Sakharam Dhendle and Pandurang Dhendle in Ghasir, have severe mobility restrictions and spend substantial amounts on medicine (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Healthcare of elderly suffers with youth migration

With little livelihood opportunities in villages, the youth in rural Maharashtra migrate to cities, leading to delayed healthcare of elderly dependents and increased medical expenses

February 25, 2019
Women farmers of Aamlipara village of Banswara district in Rajasthan showcase dried seeds of traditional vegetables (Photo by Rakhee Roytalukdar)

Seed guardians of Banswara revive traditional varieties

Village women in Banswara district of Rajasthan are setting an example as organic farmers by adopting and spreading awareness to revive indigenous varieties of crops that boost nutritional security

February 22, 2019
Local tribal governance structures, in which every individual has the right, capacity, and opportunity to take part, must be kept alive (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

How development excludes India’s tribal people

Failing to understand the tribal world view and imposing the dominant development paradigm on adivasi communities is affecting their identity and well-being

February 18, 2019
Health assistants check women from remote areas with no access to hospitals staying in the pre-confinement maternity home (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Maternity homes provide safe haven to tribal women

Pregnant women from tribal villages in Kandhamal that lack roads and mobile phone connectivity have found a safe shelter in intermediary maternity homes that prepare them for institutional delivery

February 1, 2019
One of the many tasks of ASHA worker Chandrakala Gangurde is to monitor young mothers at the primary health centers (Photo by PARI)

Village health workers toil tirelessly despite low wages

Village health workers have emerged as the mainstay of the primary healthcare system in rural Maharashtra. Yet, they are paid tiny amounts, get no benefits and struggle with supply shortages

January 30, 2019
With access to forests restricted and traditional livelihoods unable to sustain them, the Juangs in Khontomara village lag in development (Photo by Jayapadma RV)

Participation key to empowering Juang tribes

Treating Juang tribes of Odisha as participants in the development process rather than as recipients of development largesse will help bringing them into the national mainstream

January 21, 2019
Monkeys transmit KFD virus when they descend on cashew farms. Cashew farmer Vasu Appa Gawas took six months to recuperate from monkey fever (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Monkeys damage cashew plantations, cause fever outbreak

Fear of monkeys has gripped cashew farmers and migrant workers in Goa, as the simians have turned cashew plantations into a feeding ground, destroying the crop and transmitting a virus through ticks

January 18, 2019
A woman crosses the Burhabalang River with her cow to avoid a 7km circuitous route (Photo by Manish Kumar)

Mayurbhanj villagers forced to ford river to reach schools, hospitals

Inadequate and inconvenient road connectivity due to poor planning compels many villagers in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to risk a dangerous crossing of Burhabalang River everyday to reach the nearest town