India Getting Basic Vaccines To More Children But Trails Other Emerging Nations

New Delhi: More Indian babies are receiving all basic vaccinations than a decade ago, a sign of better-educated mothers and better healthcare. But India still lags China, which vaccinated more than 90...

Poor Lung Capacity In 8 Of 10 Delhi Children, Youth

New Delhi: In New Delhi, India’s capital and its most polluted city, eight of every 10 children and youth below 20 years of age living in areas with constantly polluted air have poor lung capacity, ...

One In Four Children In Indian Cities Malnourished. Poverty Isn’t The Only Cause

New Delhi: One in four children in India’s most populous cities was malnourished, and mother’s education, feeding patterns and government service delivery determine child nutrition in addition to ...

1 Year Left For Swachh Bharat Deadline; 54% Rural Households Defecate In Open

New Delhi: About four (38.9%) of ten Indian households defecated in the open, according to the latest national health data gathered in 2015-16, down from 55.3% a decade before that, a decline of 16.4 ...

Budget 2018: 522 Mn Indians Still Defecate In The Open, Putting Them At Risk Of Disease & Poverty

More Indians than ever before now have access to a toilet, but little attention to education and changing attitudes means that at least 522 million Indians still defecate in the open–leaving man... // Source: National Institute of Nutrition... Unsafe water, poor hygiene practices and inadequate sanitation are not only the causes of the continued high incidence of diarrhoeal diseases but a significant contributing factor in under-five mortal... What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Poorer: Adult Wages And Early-Life Mortality In India Source: R.I.C.E... Inadequate sanitation–management of human excreta, solid waste, and drainage–costs India Rs 2.4 trillion ($53.8 billion) every year in losses due health, damage to drinking water and touri...

Budget 2018: India’s Healthcare Crisis Is Holding back National Potential

India has the world’s highest population of stunted children–short for their age–and the country’s failing primary healthcare and overburdened tertiary care are ill-equipped to handle ... Source: Union Budgets 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18; *Revised estimate, **Budget estimate... The National Health Policy (NHP) envisaged an increase in health expenditure to 2.5% of India’s GDP by 2025. Without significant increase in its healthcare budget, India’s health targets–red... Source: Global Nutrition Report 2015... Adults who were stunted at age two completed nearly one year less school than non-stunted individuals, according to this study conducted by University of Atlanta in 2010. Similarly, a study of Guatema... table,th,td{ font-size: 12px; font-family: arial; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black; } table{ width:580px; } th,td{ text-align:center; padding:2px; } th.... Primary healthcare failing, tertiary care centres overburdened In 2016, sub-centres were 20% short of human resources, while primary and community health centres were 22% and 30% short, respectively, ...

Mother’s Education, Household Wealth Decide Survival Of Infants In India

Mortality rates of children in poorer households were higher, as were the rates where mothers had fewer years of schooling, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of the latest national health data. Indi... Source: National Family Health Survey, 2015-16 (Page 184); (In deaths per 1,000 live births)... How education helps child health Children whose mothers had fewer years of schooling were less likely to survive early childhood, the latest data show. While the U5MR for children whose mothers had no... var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1516008987067'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; ... A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past five years of age; each year of mother’s schooling decreases the probability of infant mortality by 5-10%, according to the U... var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1516009067151'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; ... For instance, the U5MR in the lowest 20% on the wealth index was 71.7 deaths per 1,000 live births–more than three times the rate for the highest 20% (22.6). Similar trends are seen in IMR and n...

India Is Unprepared For Its Gathering Teen Sexual Revolution

New Delhi: One in four Indian women (26.8%) is married before 18, and 7.8% of women aged 15 to 19 are pregnant or mothers, according to the latest available 2015-16 National Family Health Survey (NFHS...

With 4th-Highest Shortfall of Specialists, Gujarat Commissions ‘Child Doctors’

New Delhi: With India’s fourth-highest shortfall of specialists nationwide, Gujarat has announced a controversial decision to commission ‘bal doctors’ or child doctors–equipped with apron,... var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1514908084102'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; ...   India requires 22,496 specialists, but has no more than 4,156, or is short by 18,347 specialists or 81.5%.   Other than specialists, India is short of doctors in general. India’s doctor-...

Six Factors That Could Reduce Malnutrition In Madhya Pradesh

Women’s empowerment, better sanitation, and improvement in maternal health could improve the nutritional status of children in Madhya Pradesh (MP), the state with 42% of its children under five year... var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1513348354265'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; ...   Better maternal care could improve child nutrition   To improve child health in the state, MP should pay more attention to breastfeeding and antenatal care, both of which are linked to be... In Districts Where More Mothers Consume IFA TabletsDuring Pregnancy, Fewer Children Are Stunted Source: National Family Health Survey 2015-16...   If women were more educated, children would be healthier   We analysed some indirect factors, such as years of schooling, age at marriage, and access to sanitation, which do not directly ... In Districts Where More Women Marry Later,Fewer Children Are Stunted Source: National Family Health Survey 2015-16...   Lack of sanitation could also lead to stunting in children, and anaemia, according to articles from IndiaSpend, published in April 2017, and September 2016.   For instance, Indore with one...