In India’s Poorest State, A Pilot Project Succeeds In Reducing Malnourishment Among Children

Bokaro, Jharkhand: A frail young nursing mother Purnima Devi, 25, clutched her emaciated baby boy, 21-month-old Gorango Malakar, at the Malnourishment Treatment Centre (MTC) in Bokaro, Jharkhand on Au...

Fighting Drug-Resistant TB: What India Can Learn From South Africa’s Successes

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Khayelitsha (South Africa): In July 2017, 40-year-old Noludwe Mabandlela, a single mother of two, collapsed at home. This ended up saving her life. The ambulance that responde...

Vaishali Shah, Struck By Drug-Resistant TB, Petitioned The PM’s Office For A Drug That Saved Her. Others Died Waiting For It

Mumbai, New Delhi: Wearing a face mask and weighing just 32 kg, 39-year-old Vaishali Shah appeared more a lanky teenager than an adult when IndiaSpend met her in October 2018, at her one-bedroom apart...

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 ...

Do More Detected Cases Mean Leprosy Is Making A Comeback In India? Experts, Government Differ

New Delhi: Leprosy is back in India. Health officials and activists celebrated 13 years ago when India announced that leprosy had been eliminated as a public health concern. Alarm bells rang as ...

Caesarean Deliveries More Expensive, Can Imperil Children, But They Have Doubled In India, Mostly In Urban Private Hospitals

Mumbai: Over the decade upto 2016, the percentage of Caesarean deliveries has doubled in India, as per a report released by The Lancet on October 13, 2018. Going up from 9% to 18.5%, this increase cor...

India Not On Track To Reach 2025 Nutrition Targets Or Achieve Zero Hunger By 2030

Bangkok: Increased food security and access has led to fewer malnourished and anaemic Indians in 2017 than in the preceding decade, but India needs to do much more to meet its nutrition goals, the 201...

Clean Air Could Increase Life Expectancy of Indians By 1.7 Years

New Delhi: If Indians had cleaner air to breathe, their average life expectancy would increase by 1.7 years, from the current 69 years to 70.7, a new study has said. Air pollution caused one in eve...

Led by Odisha, India Reduces Malaria Cases By 3 Million

New Delhi: Among the 11 nations with 70% of the world’s burden of malaria, only India has managed to reduce its disease burden, registering a 24% decrease between 2016 and 2017, according to the Wor...

How Kerala Staved Off A Health Crisis That The August Floods Could Have Unleashed

Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Alappuzha (Kerala):  Around 2.30 am on August 15, 2018, Abey Sushan, the programme manager of the National Health Mission for Pathanamthitta district, g...