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...

India’s Public-Health Failures That PM’s Insurance Scheme Won’t Plug: The Story Of Arti And Kailash

Palghar, Maharashtra: In March 2015, Kailash Burange, a painter of traditional art, and his wife Arti walked into the Nashik Civil Hospital in Western Maharashtra with their newborn baby girl. It had ...

With Health Funds Unused, 24%-38% Shortfall In Medical Staff Across India

Mumbai: There is a 24%-38% shortfall in the availability of medical personnel at primary health centres, sub centres, and community health centres in 28 states/union territories of India, according to...

As Health Crises Grow, 29% Of Funds With States Not Spent In 5 Years

MUMBAI: Even as health crises in India grew, National Health Mission (NHM) funds unspent by states over five years to 2016 increased by 29%, according to a recent audit by the government’s auditor. ...

66% Working Indians Earn Less Because Of Childhood Stunting, One Of World’s Worst Rates

Mumbai: Around two-thirds of the working population in India are earning 13% less because of stunting in childhood--being excessively short for their age--one of the world’s highest such reductions ...

6 In 10 Indian Babies Miss Out On Early Breastfeeding And Its Life-Saving Benefits

New Delhi: While there has been an improvement in the number of babies getting breastfed in the first hour of life in India--reflected in a rise from 23.1% in 2005 to 41.5% in 2015--the majority of In...

Toxic Air To Blame For Lung Cancer; No Longer Just A Smoker’s Disease

Mumbai: Smokers and non-smokers now represent an equal number of lung-cancer patients, according to a study carried out by the Lung Care Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving ...

Why Health Workers, Paid Rs 4,000 Per Month, Are Vital To India’s National Nutrition Mission

Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh: Every morning, 26-year-old Meenakshi Gangwar packs a rucksack--a baby doll, a register and some nutrition charts--and sets off on her scooter to visit one of the 41 anganwa...

Why National Nutrition Mission Must Focus On Improving Women’s Well-being

Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh: About 400 metres from the sub-divisional magistrate’s office in Manikpur block of Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district, 18-month-old Chandni Kol sat crying outside her m...