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Can ‘Indra’s Bow’ Save 500,000 Indian Children?

Can ‘Indra’s Bow’ Save 500,000 Indian Children?

An infant getting the oral vaccine for polio.   As many as 500,000 children die every year in India due to vaccine-preventable diseases, despite a three-decade old, government-run universal immunisation…

Quality Of Death: UK Tops, India 67th, Above China

Quality Of Death: UK Tops, India 67th, Above China

  India has been ranked 67th of 80 countries on the 2015 Quality of Death Index, lower than South Africa (34), Brazil (42), Russia (48), Indonesia (53) and Sri Lanka…

How India Cut Neonatal Tetanus Mortality By 99.76%

How India Cut Neonatal Tetanus Mortality By 99.76%

  In 2012, a 12-day-old boy (we will call him “Baby Boy”) in Assam’s Sivasagar district could not be given his feed because he had lockjaw—his face muscles went rigid,…

How Dengue Has Breached India’s Class Barriers

How Dengue Has Breached India’s Class Barriers

A health worker fumigates a residential area to prevent the spread of dengue fever in Chandigarh on September 20, 2015.   As the current dengue epidemic in Delhi and other…

Verbal Jugglery Lets 86% Indian Households Have ‘Safe Drinking Water’

Verbal Jugglery Lets 86% Indian Households Have ‘Safe Drinking Water’

  About 86% of Indian households have access to “safe drinking water”, according to official data, yet diarrhoea—associated with contaminated drinking water —is common across India and is responsible for…

Why Masahun Khatun And 50,000 Pregnant Women Died

Why Masahun Khatun And 50,000 Pregnant Women Died

Rafiq Khatun, a daily wage labourer from Phulvari Sharif in eastern Bihar, lost his wife Masahun in a botched abortion.   Last year, in eastern Bihar’s Phulvari Sharif, 24-year-old Masahun…

In 8 Years, Boys 3 Cm And Girls 1 Cm Taller

In 8 Years, Boys 3 Cm And Girls 1 Cm Taller

  Eighteen-year-old boys from India’s middle and upper classes are 3 cm taller and girls 1 cm taller than they were eight years ago, according to the latest growth charts…