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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...

10 NGOs in Delhi providing a better life to the poor

Support these NGOs to uplift the poor by providing them food, shelter, education and livelihood. Donate to an NGO in Delhi now!

‘Film is a great medium to spread awareness about environment’

Gangadhar Panday of Babul Films Society
WHAT happens when an actor's love for cinema and the environment go hand in hand? Telugu character artist and short-film maker Gangadhar Panday knows the answer. Panday decided to use the power of the medium media to increase awareness about environmental issues confronting the earth through Babul Films Society. In order to dedicate himself full-time to the cause, Panday...

Why climate crisis is also a health crisis

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) couldn't have come out with more sobering news just before World Health Day. According to WHO, 99% of the global population is breathing air that exceeds quality limits and threatens people's health. The world body says that people living in urban areas are most vulnerable as they are breathing unhealthy levels of fine particulate...

#Breakthebias: Girls are more than future daughters-in-law

I WAS one of six people selected to speak on Women’s Day and share an anecdote of my experience of breaking the bias. I was given three minutes to tell my tale. But I struggled to find a way of fitting an entire lifetime of defying stereotypes into three minutes. Yes, a lifetime, i.e. I have battled to #breakthebias...
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