Local fields of health and livelihood

Odisha's Livelihood Mission promotes local gardens to help adivasis find food security. These also improve nutrition levels, and provide additional income from surplus produce.

#Adivasis #Food Security #Livelihoods #Women's Health #Health #ODISHA
Shifting the norms
GENDER PARITY : Shifting the norms

NFHS data on nutrition and gender parity show worsening trends in recent years. Unless the norms that underpin discrimination are addressed, the risk of regressing can never be overcome.

#Gender Violence #Women's Health #Women
Children lead the change
BAL SANSADS : Children lead the change

Success in one initiative to strengthen public schooling can help reach some goals of other initiatives too. The Bal Sansad program in Uttar Pradesh shows how focusing on hygiene is improving attendance too.

#Public Health #Children #Education
Defeating the deadly diarrhea
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE : Defeating the deadly diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in our country. Reasonably priced vaccines backed by the government are now available to help stop this malady, says Swapna Majumdar.

#Children #Health
Malnutrition - A national disgrace
MALNUTRITION AMONG CHILDREN : Malnutrition - A national disgrace

When malnutrition among children is widespread, the government is slashing funds allocated to the mid day meal scheme that covers most of the vulnerable children. Questioning this approach of the government, E S Ramamurthy started a petition to raise the funding for mid-day meal scheme to cover minimum nutritional needs of a child.

#Food Security #Children
A doctor who cures without a word!
SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPY : A doctor who cures without a word!

Dr Ruffles, an affectionate dog and resident ‘doctor’ at a hospital in Chennai, has helped several children with special needs to overcome their learning disabilities and resolve complex behavioural issues. Hema Vijay reports.

#Disability #Special ED #Children
A sudden cloud over Maharashtra’s nutritional progress

Data from the recently released DLHF Survey shows disheartening figures for nutritional indicators, when compared to the last national level survey. Shambhu Ghatak delves deeper into the state’s nutrition records and also tracks where others stand.

#Food Security #Economy
Barefoot auditors ensure health for tribal mothers

In the tribal villages of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, committed social workers are improving the health and lives of mothers and children by spreading awareness about their special needs.

#Adivasis #Population #Women's Health #Health
When tribal India too begins to favour its sons

Tribal societies and groups belonging to the Scheduled Tribes in India are traditionally known to have been relatively gender-unbiased, but recent reports and statistics point to a deteriorating child sex ratio in these communities, too. Shambhu Ghatak analyses the findings.

#Adivasis #Population #Women
Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s

The Integrated Child Development Services scheme was launched to address the nutrition, health and learning needs of all children below six years of age. Ankita Aggarwal shares findings from a survey that point to the huge variations in implementation and effectiveness. 

#Children #Education #Government
Tackling preventable blindness through screening in schools

Various independent studies and research reveal close to 20 per cent of students across India suffering from some degree of visual impairment. A new initiative from the Nayonika Eye Care Charitable Trust seeks to correct this through the combined efforts of a wider network.

Obesity: Are parents responsible?
Junk food, lack of exercise, poor parenting and modern lazy lifestyles are all triggers for obesity among children, which is turning out to be a major health hazard in present-day India, says Ramesh Menon.
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
FOOD SECURITY BILL : Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
The National Food Security Bill is an important step towards ensuring the country's founding principles of health, education and nutrition services for all, but can achieve that end only when it addresses children's entitlements more effectively, argues economist Amartya Sen in a speech given in New Delhi on 15 February 2013.
#Food Security #Health #Laws
A child's trauma, the media's madness
The media's coverage of a young girl's humiliation in her school is totally devoid of objectivity or even plain common sense, making things even worse. Shoma Chatterji reports.
#Children #Human Rights
Inflation: perception and reality
FINANCIAL SECURITY : Inflation: perception and reality
There is an urgent need for reliable and transparent consumer price indices that covers the large majority of Indian families, from the poorest upwards. Kannan Kasturi reports.
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