Health & Nutrition

January 3, 2020

Kitchen gardens improve nutritional diversity of Kondhs

Overcoming taboos and becoming more knowledgeable about abundant local foods, malnourished Kondh people in Odisha are bringing diversity to their food baskets through backyard kitchen gardens

December 27, 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

October 21, 2019

Mental health patients see better days in Jharkhand

Misconceptions about mental health lead to mistreatment of afflicted tribal people in Jharkhand. Awareness initiatives, community support and treatment are now improving their lives

October 16, 2019

Lack of skilled professionals hamstring underdeveloped regions

The severely underdeveloped central and eastern hilly tribal belt in India is poorly served by skilled grassroots professionals such as teachers and paramedics, a problem that has no easy solutions

September 23, 2019
Community norms that do not subscribe to using contraceptives have led to Saora and Dongria Kondh tribal women to have many children in quick succession (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Odiya tribes shed tradition to space out childbirths

Odisha’s tribal women, suffering the adverse health effects of childbirths in quick succession combined with strenuous agricultural and household work, are breaking community norms to use contraceptives

September 13, 2019
Participatory learning and action meetings have helped participants like Saraswati Bodra take care of the nutrition needs of her twin sons and that of herself before and after delivery (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Better awareness improves maternal and child health

Awareness meetings that equip women with knowledge on health and nutrition during pregnancy and after childbirth is helping to tackle malnutrition in rural Singhbhum in Jharkhand

September 6, 2019
Jeerabai Bhunjia’s mother-in-law holds her grandchild to perform a ritual. Tribal customs is one of the reasons for women returning home immediately after delivery (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Bhunjia women need better care after childbirth

Women of Odisha’s forest-dwelling tribes face a greater health risk because of their preference for childbirth at home. Counseling by health workers is now slowly helping new mothers get better postnatal care

September 4, 2019
Rural health workers are typically overburdened and have to work in trying conditions (Photo by Piyal Adhikary)

Missing foot soldiers in the war on poverty

Unless the government improves the anemic delivery structure of rural health and education, the neglected and overworked frontline workers will not be able to fight underdevelopment adequately

August 28, 2019
Community bathing spaces near sources of water help rural women bathe in privacy at their convenience using clean water (Photo by Vaishnavi Pawar)

Community bathrooms help women bathe in privacy

For most women in Bengal’s villages, a bath is a hurried dip in ponds while fully clothed to avoid the unwelcome male gaze. Community bathrooms enable them bathe in private and maintain better hygiene