NUTRITION GARDENS
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 #Child Health #Food Security #Livelihoods #Health #ODISHA
GENDERED IMPACTS
Six steps to help poor women during crises

In low-income families, women have faced more vulnerabilities than men during covid. These interventions could form the backbone of a new resilience for them now and in future disasters.

#Livelihoods #Poverty #Women
COVID IMPACT
How did poor women fare during the pandemic?

A survey of nearly 15,000 women in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced lockdown last year reveals specific ways in which women are particularly vulnerable to risks.

#Livelihoods #Poverty #Women
GENDER PARITY
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.

#Child Health #Gender Violence #Women
WOMEN HEALTH CARE
Our Health, Our Initiative
WOMEN HEALTH CARE : Our Health, Our Initiative

A vocal community demanding its health rights through greater participation local governance is the key to long term change, and this may be finally starting to happen in a few places.

#Public Health #Health #RAJASTHAN
WOMEN'S DAY
The curse of Kala-azar
WOMEN'S DAY : The curse of Kala-azar

Left to fend for themselves while their men look for work elsewhere, poor women find themselves trapped between the quackery of the limited medical attention and the social binds of their families.

#Women #BIHAR
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Ignorance can lead to blindness
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY : Ignorance can lead to blindness

There are 70 million diabetics in India, 80 percent of them have vision problems about which they are either not aware or lack access to good eye care. Swapna Majumdar reports how NGOs are partnering to reach out to the marginalised and providing them better eye care and prevention.

#Health
COMMERCIAL SURROGACY
To be banned or not?
COMMERCIAL SURROGACY : To be banned or not?

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 introduced in the parliament proposes a ban on commercial surrogacy. Shoma Chatterji finds out if this will help in checking exploitation of women.

#Gender Law and Policy #Women
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE
Why rural girls need more than just sanitary napkins

Handing out non-biodegradable sanitary pads to rural school girls who have reached menarche will not address their menstrual hygiene issue. Clean and functional toilets with water supply, awareness about menstruation, economical and biodegradable pads and more is needed, finds Puja Awasthi.

#Girls' Education #Health
GENDER LAW
Pro-life or pro-women’s rights?

Bijayalaxmi Nanda tracks some of the prominent debates surrounding two critical legislations, dealing with gender-biased sex selection and abortion respectively, and points to the commonalities in recommendations made by the apparently contradictory camps.

#Gender Law and Policy #Women
HOSPITAL NIGHTMARES
What’s turning women in labour away from hospitals?

Institutionalised delivery is encouraged as a means of reducing maternal/infant mortality, but the misbehaviour meted to pregnant women in government hospitals deters them from seeking such care. Ruhi Kandhari reports.

#Public Health #Government #Health
MATERNAL HEALTH
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 #Child Health #Population #Health
FAMILY PLANNING POLICY
Sterilisation deaths: What’s new, after all?

The death of 14 women in Chhattisgarh following botched sterilisation procedures has rightfully led to furore across the country. But a detailed, historical analysis of family planning as it has evolved, by Shoma A Chatterji, exposes an inherent and sustained gender bias in policy as well as practice.

#Health Laws and Governance #Society #Women
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION
When kitchen smoke can kill
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION : When kitchen smoke can kill

It has been widely established that the health impact of indoor air pollution, caused often by solid fuels for household cooking, far outweighs the hazards of outdoor pollution. Arpana HS quotes data from the Census and findings from a recent paper to show why India needs to tackle this on priority.

#Energy #Environmental Hazards #Health
MATERNAL HEALTH
When expecting mothers fight graft to secure prenatal care

In Jahangirpur Gram Panchayat of Bihar’s Kishanganj district, Rs 30 lakh meant for pregnant Muslim women had already been misappropriated, when a community-driven project launched by Oxfam decided to tackle the corruption head on. Ajitha Menon reports.

#Public Funds #Women
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