Most Indian Girls Unprepared For Menstruation, Taboos Drive Unhygienic Practices

Chennai: Kala was 11 when she had her first menstrual period. She was at home preparing for her final exams and panicked when she found herself bleeding. “My first reaction was to panic,” rec...

After 4 Years Of Swachh Bharat, Open Defecation Down 26 Percentage Points, But Toilet Use Does Not Match Construction Spree

New Delhi: More Indians living in villages owned a latrine in 2018 than four years ago, yet 44% of them still defecate in the open, according to a survey covering Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and ...

Jammu Represents Swachh Bharat Sewage Crisis: 94% Untreated, Drinking Water Sources Contaminated

(Jammu) Jammu and Kashmir: The governor of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) declared the state open defecation free (ODF) on September 15, 2018. This ODF status has not been validated by the central govern...

Swachh Bharat: A Tale Of Disappearing Toilets, Vanishing Data

New Delhi: October 2, 2018, marks the completion of the fourth and penultimate lap in a five-year sprint towards a promised clean India--a Swachh Bharat. With a year to go, different voices, includ...

‘India On Track To Achieve Open Defecation-Free Status Earlier Than October 2019 Deadline’

Mumbai: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, to change the behaviour towards usage of toilets, and ensuring ‘Clean India’ or Swachh Bhar...

Why Trained Masons Are Critical To India’s Sanitation Drive

Chennai: G Ramesh* was 12 when he first accompanied his father to a construction site in Tamil Nadu in 1994. He spent the day carrying stone and bricks, fetching equipment and cleaning cement containe...

Why Toilets Remain Aspirational For India’s Urban Poor Despite Subsidies

Mumbai: A 65% shortfall in subsidies is affecting Maharashtra’s push to ensure a toilet in every urban household under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the nationwide cleanliness campaign, according to a ...

Iron-Fortified Pearl Millet Fights Anaemia, Improves Learning In Teens

New Delhi: Biofortified bajra (pearl millet) introduced into the diet of Indian adolescents led to reduced iron deficiency and improved learning skills and mental ability, a new study found. Biof...

In A Mumbai Slum, Children Become Healthier, As Their Parents Learn To Tackle Malnutrition

Mumbai: “I think I perhaps knew how to hold a baby and play with one before I had my own, but not really anything else. I didn’t know what to expect when I got pregnant. Growing up, talking about ...

More Indians Die Of Poor Quality Care Than Due To Lack Of Access To Healthcare: 1.6 Million

New Delhi: Some 2.4 million Indians die of treatable conditions every year, the worst situation among 136 nations studied for a report published in The Lancet. Poor care quality leads to more de...