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6 NGOs tackling mental health issues head-on

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THE pandemic is already leaving deep mental scars. Isolation, loneliness, grief, domestic violence, general anxiety, professional burnout, and post-traumatic stress have all become part of the ongoing health crisis. Covid-19 has hit a double blow - both to the body and mind. While physicians and health experts carefully document its effect on the human body, the psycho-social effects on...

Hunger is eating into India

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NAFISA lost her four-month-old baby to hunger.Mubina, a tailor, has been out of work since the pandemic induced lockdowns. Her family is starving. She doesn’t have a ration card and hence cannot access the subsidised rations through the government’s food aid programme.Kesariya lost her son. Hunger and helplessness pushed the young man to take his own life. Her family...

10 mental fitness tips while the pandemic rages

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MENTAL health in India needs serious attention according to the World Health Organisation  - and alarmingly it is the youth that seem to be the worst hit.  A 2018 Lancet report claims that suicide is the leading cause of death in the 15-39 age group in India. With a raging pandemic creating fear and despair, it has been particularly...

Oxygen is need of the hour in India

Oxygen shortage in India
ONLY days ago, a prominent Delhi hospital ran out of medical oxygen that led to the death of 12 coronavirus patients, including a doctor of that very hospital - the head of its gastroenterology unit Dr R K Himthani. The hospital, facing an acute shortage of ventilators and ICU beds, raised an alarm over dwindling supply of O2 while...

10 top fundraisers to donate to for COVID relief in India

COVID relief fundraisers
ALL hearts are bleeding for India, as the unrelenting tragic news of the toll the ferocious second wave of coronavirus is having on the country. Millions are battling every day for oxygen and treatment at hospitals. Thousands of families are losing loved ones and friends. Poverty has spiralled and families are facing extreme hunger. And as we watch in...

5 NGOs working for climate change in India

Climate change NGOs
IF you have ever wondered what is causing the summers to be too hot or why the winters have become colder. Or why are cyclones and tornadoes appearing so frequently and the ice in the North Pole melting, the answer is climate change.In acknowledgement to this, in an Earth Day message the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a...

GiveIndia’s India COVID Response Fund is active again

India Covid Response Fund launch
ALMOST a year to the date that we at GiveIndia set up our India Covid Response Fund (ICRF) to provide relief to the mammoth humanitarian crisis that unfolded when the pandemic first began, we are reopening the Fund and relaunching our Covid missions.Sadly, our work in bringing relief to communities during the coronavirus crisis is not done, as cases...

Sex workers and their children long for freedom

Sex worker & her child
SULEKHA was just 10 when she ran away from an abusive father who beat her and her mother regularly. At the railway station the hungry young girl was lured with food and work by two men… and thus began a nightmare she will never forget. Sold to a brothel full of trafficked sex workers, Sulekha was forced into prostitution...

‘Our English medium school caters to lowest of low’

J.K. Sinha with students
BASED in Patna, the capital of India’s poorest state, Shoshit Seva Sangh provides free quality education in an English medium school to the Musahar community in Bihar, whose literacy rate is just 6%. The Musahars live in subhuman conditions in ghettos scattered across several villages in the state. The children, therefore, have to be given boarding, lodging and all...

Rising child malnutrition is a serious cause of concern

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HERE is what child malnutrition looks like: Four-year-old Kamini is in agony as she lies in a government hospital in a district in Maharashtra. She has flaky skin and swollen limbs hang from a reed-thin frame revealing her life-threatening condition. She is severely undernourished and suffers from Kwashiorkor - an extremely severe form of malnourishment caused by low protein...
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