Health & Nutrition

July 17, 2019
A community-based public-private initiative that caters to the needs of senior citizens, has improved the physical and mental health of elderly people such as Laxmibai Naitam (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Community-based care improves lives of rural elderly

A collaborative initiative in Maharashtra boosts the physical and mental well-being of senior citizens living in rural areas, while also providing a platform for interaction and improving positivity

May 12, 2019
Qualified and specially trained nurses man primary healthcare AMRIT clinics in villages that lack access to hospitals (Photo courtesy Basic HealthCare Services)

Nursing the underserved to health in rural Rajasthan

As the world commemorates International Day of Nurses on 12 May, young women in Rajasthan have broken stereotypes, becoming nurses after marriage and motherhood, and transforming rural healthcare

March 22, 2019
People with disabilities face a tough life in our country (Photo by Kailas Kokare)

Rural India still insensitive to persons with disabilities

In a society steeped in referring people with special needs by their disability, there is a need for concerted efforts to recognize their rights and create inclusivity

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