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Primary healthcare initiatives: Vital for tackling poverty

In India, about 70% of expenditure on health is borne by the patients. As a result, every year, 60 million people slip into poverty because of out-of-pocket expenditure (OOPE) on health. As per World Health Organisation, “Primary healthcare is a whole-of-society approach to health that aims at ensuring the highest possible level of health and well-being and their equitable...

10 NGOs working for water conservation in India

Water on our planet is limited and unevenly distributed. When we talk of water conservation, the issue is not just about "saving" water but having enough water to meet our present and future needs. For centuries, humans have exploited water resources and many fear that future wars could be fought over water. A study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre...

‘Lack of awareness leads to high maternal and neonatal mortality’

AS the executive director of SNEHA, Dr. Shanti Pantvaidya plays a key role in protecting the lives of thousands of high-risk pregnant mothers and reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Dr. Pantvaidya, leads and gives direction to several programmes at SNEHA, namely Maternal & Child Health, Public System Partnership, Empowerment, Health & Sexuality of Adolescents, Prevention of Violence against...

10 NGOs in Kolkata giving a better life to the poor

Known as the 'City of Joy' and often romanticized to being a city that engulfs one with its warmth and welcoming nature, Kolkata is also home to one of the poorest slums in the nation. Poverty is not an unknown evil in this city of culture and art. The city with its heart in the right place has innumerable...

Medical crowdfunding: Grateful families say ‘thank you’

OFTEN, high out-of-pocket health expenses mean that the low-income groups with no medical insurance are just another large medical bill away from being pushed into abject poverty. This is especially the case when people face a sudden medical hardship requiring expensive surgery. In such cases, appealing to the 'crowd' of online do-gooders through medical crowdfunding is the only way...

One woman’s fight to rescue sex trafficking victims

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THE 'Wall of Blessings' is the most uplifting place at the Rescue Foundation's rehabilitation home for sex trafficking survivors in Kandivali, Mumbai. The sex trafficking survivors, when they are ready to leave home for a new chapter in their lives, dip their hands in different colours and leave their handprints on the wall. For Triveni Acharya, a former investigative journalist...

‘The problem is not persons with disabilities, but society’s perception’

Alina Alam with an employee of Mitti Cafe
AN Internship stint at Samarthanam Trust for The Disabled in Bangalore had a profound impact on Alina Alam. Among many things, she learnt there was the fact that a staggering 7 crore persons with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities in India struggle for equal opportunities and economic independence. It was then that Alina Alam decided to create a platform...

10 reasons why vaccinations are important for our health

THROUGHOUT our lives, we are exposed to a number of viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Some of these microbes benefit us, while others cause diseases that could result in severe illness, disability or even death. Our body's immune system protects us against several infections by triggering reactions that neutralize harmful microbes and prevent the infection. But it cannot fight...

10 things we should know about International Mother Earth Day

International Earth Day has its origins in the environment movement in 1970s
As we mark International Mother Earth Day on April 22, climate scientists agree that the Earth is at a tipping point. Centuries of uninhibited exploitation of natural resources have put planet Earth’s future at risk. The International Mother Earth Day recognises our planet and its ecosystems as “humanity’s common home” and the need to protect it from climate change...

Women in leadership roles bring change in rural India

THE power of the Healing Fields' Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs), comprising women, came to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic when the existing public health infrastructure was stretched to a breaking point. Take the case of Sarita Devi, one of the CHEs in Mau district in Uttar Pradesh, who demonstrated how leadership, education, and collaboration could change things for...
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