Health & Nutrition

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

January 14, 2019
Without any effective investment in dust control mechanisms, lethal dust spreads freely around laborers in Pindwara’s stone-carving factories, where work is performed for temples (Photo by Yuvraj Dhir)

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Three out of every 10 stone-carving workers in Rajasthan, who build temples, are facing death due to silicosis. They are now unionizing to demand freedom from disease and for dignity in god’s work

January 9, 2019
Sunil and Nagamani at the Sarathi Jhalak radio station during a program. (Photo by Sudha Narasimhachar)

Community radio creates waves of change in Karnataka villages

Run primarily by women, the Sarathi Jhalak radio station has brought administrators, experts and villagers on the same platform, giving rural communities a voice

December 31, 2018
Growing fruits and vegetables is a challenge in Ladakh as the farming season is restricted to just four months. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Winter farming technologies boost incomes in cold desert

With the farming season limited to just four months in Ladakh, villagers have turned to innovative, low-cost technologies to grow vegetables in winter that improves diets and boosts incomes, but smallholder farmers need post-harvest support

December 28, 2018

Bhimashankar villagers multiply indigenous seeds

A school in Pune has got a rural community together to cultivate indigenous rice, millets and pulses, and helps them market the native varieties in order to conserve and propagate them

December 14, 2018
A poshan sakhi explains the importance of women, especially expectant and lactating mothers, eating nutritious food (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha

Women trained as poshan sakhis, or nutrition friends, advice and help rural women, particularly expectant and lactating mothers, to eat nutritious food and overcome anemia and underweight deliveries

December 12, 2018
An enclosed bathing space and toilet, while ensuring better hygiene for the women, also gives them time for other activities (Photo by Gram Vikas)

Piped water allows rural women to bathe in private

In Odisha, where a high number of rural households lack enclosed bathing spaces, construction of bathrooms and piped water supply help women avoid bathing in the open

November 23, 2018
Snehasish already shows symptoms of fluorosis at the age of eight, as groundwater is the only source of drinking water for the village (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Fluorosis extracts a toll in rural West Bengal

Groundwater contaminated with fluoride is affecting the health of people in villages, especially the elderly and children, even as awareness on fluorosis is low in rural areas and the government remains apathetic

October 17, 2018

Revive traditional wisdom for healthy life in villages

India has a rich heritage of local health traditions and reviving these diverse ethno-medical practices could ensure long and healthy lives for people in the countryside without spending huge amounts of money

September 28, 2018
Villagers learnt about hygiene from coordinator Gouri Shankar after seeing invisible grime through a microscope (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Mobile labs in rural Odisha promote science-based solutions

With a science-based approach learnt from mobile science labs through the audiovisual medium, tribes in Odisha have adapted simple measures that have helped in reducing their health problems