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Making dam water reach the Farmer -Mihir Shah

ignificant are the successful examples of reform pioneered within India in command areas like Dharoi and Hathuka in Gujarat, Waghad in Maharashtra, Satak, Man and Jobat in Madhya Pradesh, Paliganj in Bihar and Shri Ram Sagar in Andhra Pradesh. These successes have now to be taken to scale. Please click here to read more.

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Bihar's Poorest Prefer Public Health To Jobs, Road, Cash Transfers -Arunabh Saha

-IndiaSpend.com Mumbai: As 128 children died of encephalitis in Bihar over 19 days to June 21, 2019, a new study reports that the state’s rural population prefers government investment in public healthcare over roads, jobs and cash transfers. In a survey conducted by the Brookings Institution, an American research group, in an administrative block of Bihar, 3,800 respondents--comprising the po

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Spare Dying Kids from Insensitive Reporting - Saurabh Sharma

Delhi, Mumbai and elsewhere, please stop the drama of Lights, Camera, Action. You are a reporter not an actor. The nation is shocked and pained by the death of scores of children in Muzaffarpur in Bihar and instead of presenting the facts or investigating the causes, instead of sympathy and understanding towards the weeping kin, many journalists have lost their sensitivity and even humanity. They are barging into Intensive Care Units (ICUs) harangu

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Bihar AES deaths: A hundred deaths, and no answers -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu Cases of acute encephalitis syndrome have seen a spike in Muzaffarpur this year, already claiming more than a hundred lives. Jacob Koshy reports on the appalling state of health care in Bihar, even as the debate on what is causing the deaths rages on For three days, Bihari Mahato and Shyam Babu Saha’s families have shared a hospital bed. The two daily-wage labourers, who have had to g

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Muzzaffarpur: Anganwadi and Asha workers, who should have conducted awareness drive and monitored food intake of children, were on poll duty - Aanchal Bansal

Kumar govt failed to implement the guidelines drafted in 2015 to prevent a similar outbreak. NEW DELHI: While litchi is mostly being blamed for the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district that has claimed lives of more than 100 children, experts maintain that malnutrition and the recently-held Lok Sabha elections are actual culprits. According to Muzaffarpur-based Dr Arun Shah of the Indian Academy of

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Five years later, Harsh Vardhan makes same promise -GS Mudur

dren have died of encephalitis, or brain inflammation. Harsh Vardhan, who had visited Muzaffarpur last week, had also said five virology laboratories would be established in different districts of Bihar in consultation with the state, and that the Centre would support 10-bed paediatric ICUs in adjoining districts. A message purportedly posted by Harsh Vardhan on Facebook on June 24, 2014, when Muzaffarpur was in the grip of a similar encephaliti

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Most AES Victims in Bihar Are Dalits, EBCs and Muslims -Mohd. Imran Khan

pur: Chedi Manjhi, Ravinder Manjhi, Raj Kishor Ram, Haran Paswan, Anup Manjhi, all are Dalits. They have one more thing in common—all of them are fathers of children who have died due to AES in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur in the last fortnight. Chedi Manjhi’s eight-year-old son Aditya Kumar reportedly died due to AES in the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur. “My son died after suffering from C

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Stopping Muzaffarpur Child Deaths Will Require a Gender-Sensitive Social Analysis -Purnima Menon

-TheWire.in Due to its social determinants of malnutrition, Muzaffarpur offers a case study of a “perfect storm” of risk factors. Muzaffarpur is emblematic of a hot spot for undernutrition in India. With one in two children stunted, Muzaffarpur lags India’s average by ten percentage points. One in two women is anaemic and one in three is underweight. Although most infants are breastfed and exclusive breastfeeding is high, other aspects of infant diets are abysmal and ch

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Fix healthcare now, or future shock is certain -Patralekha Chatterjee

ith glaring social and economic disparities, hunger is a deeply political issue which many would like to dodge. But that is at the heart of the big story about the recent child deaths in Muzaffarpur, Bihar’s litchi growing belt. At the time of writing, more than 100 children are dead of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) and over 400 others with AES are being treated at various hospitals. There are several theories about what caused such a lar

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NHRC questions frailty of health infrastructure

sance of several media reports on recent deaths across the country due to “deficiencies and inadequacies in the healthcare system”. This comes in the wake of over 100 children dying in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) recently. “The Commission has observed that large number of deaths of innocent people including women, children and elderly persons, are taking place due to lack of proper medical

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