Health & Nutrition

June 26, 2017
Led by village headman Krusna Kadraka and Dasara Kadraka in an earlier mission to collect lost millet varieties, the women of Kadarguma prepare to walk to their clan families in remote hamlets. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

Millets travel from tribal farms to dinner tables

The indigenous Dongria Kondh community in Odisha is helping to restore the popularity of native varieties of millets that can grow in droughty weather conditions, even as millet products gain traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits

May 8, 2017
Ramswaroop of Badahar village in Bidisha district was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 7. (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Dry land distress drives people to break stones in quarries

A lack of livelihood opportunities is compelling villagers of Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh to take up jobs in local stone quarries, where unregulated work conditions are often extremely hazardous for their health

April 26, 2017
Suman of Jaisalsar village refused to be married off as a child. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Jaisalsar in Bikaner banishes child marriage from its homes

The villages in the desert of Rajasthan are notorious for child brides but groups of girls are now banding together to defy and upturn a long held tradition to assure a new and better future for themselves

April 24, 2017
The pensive look of Devati Durua asks many questions. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Interventions to stop child marriages raise hopes in Odisha

The practice of underage marriage is acute in the tribal-dominated southern and southwestern parts of Odisha, but interventions on the ground are planting the seeds of change among adolescent girls and their parents

April 21, 2017
Child marriages are prevalent in many parts of India. (Photo by Naga Rick)

Breaking the norm of child marriage an uphill task in Uttar Pradesh

A detailed baseline study conducted in seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh shows that underage marriages are still widely prevalent, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and this practice holds back girls from realizing their full potential

April 19, 2017
Young girls of Shivali village in Mokhada are saying no to an early marriage. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar tribal village says no to child marriages

Despite a long-held tradition of marrying off girls once they reach 15 years of age, a tribal village in the underdeveloped area of Maharashtra has stopped the ill-advised practice of child marriage for the past two years

April 14, 2017
Shanti Shanmugam of Vadugapatty village says her daughter Nandana is yet to recover fully from the snakebite she received as a child. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Rural children in Tamil Nadu remain at risk from snakebites

An underreported tragedy, not enough is being done to contain and treat injuries and death of children in rural Tamil Nadu due to snakebites, although it affects around 15% to 19% of kids in the countryside

March 22, 2017
Regular collection of health data helps in designing health and nutrition interventions. (Photo by Gouri Agtey Athale)

Vadu women emerge as agents of change as health recorders

The regular recording to health-related data through computer tablets is helping in designing and implementing food, nutrition and healthcare interventions on the ground in several areas of Pune district

March 8, 2017
A patriarchal society in India ensures that married women are responsible for contraceptive use. (Photo by Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development)

Women continue to bear the burden of contraception

A trend analysis of the latest National Family Health Survey shows that women are compelled to be responsible for keeping family sizes small even as contraceptive prevalence rate declines in many states in India

February 22, 2017
Women need secluded bathing spaces in villages. (Photo by Prem Kumar Marni)

Women forced to bathe in the open in Odisha villages

A village-level analysis of availability of bathrooms in Odisha shows that not enough attention is paid to the clear and urgent need for secluded bathing spaces for women in rural areas