Last 5 Years, Number Of Undernourished Indians Rises

Health workers measure the height of severely malnourished two-year-old girl Rajni at the nutritional rehabilitation centre of Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh.   India has the highest number of undernourished people in the world at 194.6 million–about 12 million more than the Pakistani population–down 7% over the past two decades, but up 2.6% over the … Continued

61% Rise In Heat-Stroke Deaths Over Decade

  There was a 61% increase in the number of deaths due to heat stoke across India between 2004 to 2013, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, with indications that these numbers represent a vast under-reporting.   More than 800 people have died this month in a wave of heat rippling across India, … Continued

More Poor Children in School, 30% Suffer Malnutrition

  97% of 12-year-olds were enrolled in elementary schools in 2013; up from 89% in 2006. Almost a third of children continue to show signs of malnutrition at age 12 with high rates for economically- and socially-marginalised children and those in rural areas. 49% of older children were still in school at the age of … Continued

Filthy Facilities Imperil Bihar’s Sterilised Women

Women at a healthcare facility which was part of a study on female sterilisation in Eastern Bihar.   Women recovering from surgery lay on cotton mats on the floor. Many were discharged without being medically checked or told about post-surgery care. The floors of healthcare facilities were strewn with used syringes and bandages; walls were … Continued

1 Laboratory For 8.8 Million, As India Faces Food-Safety Crisis

  Faced with a growing food- and water-contamination crisis, India has only 148 food-testing laboratories. In other words, each laboratory serves 8.8 million people.   In China, each laboratory serves 0.2 million people. By the end of 2013, China had 5,790 accredited laboratories.   Maharashtra has the most laboratories, 27, a laboratory for every 4.2 … Continued

Keeping Chicken Healthy Threatens India’s Health

  Outside the northern city limits of Bangalore, in a commercial poultry farm, cages packed with screeching chicken, sit on metal stilts. In a corner of the farm, men pack jute bags with bird feed. One of the workers–who would only say his name is Kumar–reveals the chicken feed is made in-house, and “medicines” are … Continued

In 3 Months, Swine Flu Deaths Top Worst Annual Toll

  The H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu, has claimed 1,947 lives and infected 32,663 people across India according to official data (as on March 23, 2015).   In less than three months this year, the toll has crossed the 2010 peak of 1,763 deaths.   Source: PIB/Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; *Figures … Continued

How 46 Million Indians Are Being Slowly Poisoned

  Around 46 million people in India—or the size of the population of Spain—are exposed everyday to contaminated water, which could lead to serious health issues such as crippling skeletal damage, kidney degeneration, cirrhosis of the liver and cardiac arrest.   Water from as many as 78,508 rural habitations is contaminated by arsenic, fluoride, iron … Continued

Indian Swine-Flu Virus Reveals Dangerous, New Mutation

  A potentially virulent and distinct strain of the swine-flu virus that continues to kill and panic people appears to have taken hold in India, a new study conducted by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found.   This is contrary to a recent Indian assertion that no mutations were found in the … Continued

Budget Cuts Could Boost 5 Water-Borne Diseases

  A national scheme to supply rural India with safe water is one of eight centrally-sponsored schemes that New Delhi will no longer support, threatening disease outbreaks and potentially placing lives at risk.   India loses 200 million person days and Rs 36,600 crore every year due to water-related diseases.   With India struggling with … Continued