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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

led to a rise in aspirations among tribal communities which may not be in consonance with their traditional way of life. The real challenge for policy makers and the communities is to ensure improved Access to Health, education and development opportunities while preserving their unique heritage. ‘One size fits all’ approach in policy making will not work as some areas do require contextualised programmes and policies. * Will education

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In Muzaffarpur, AES is a grim reaper that stalks poor children -Ayush Tiwari Affected families have much in common: low social status, low income, poor Access to Healthcare, and the non-existent reach of government schemes The countryside in Bihar’s north-western region of Tirhut is in full bloom at this time of the year. One is constantly in the vicinity of mango trees and litchi orchards and a good portion of agricultural land seems fallow. The sun is excessively punishing but it does little to

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New research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children

with child under-nutrition (unlike what happens in the case of adult pregnancy) through the interplay of various factors such as poorer maternal nutritional status, lower educational attainment, less Access to Health services during antenatal or post-natal care and early childhood, sub-optimal complementary feeding practices, and poorer living conditions. Using multivariable regression and structural equation models, the study shows that stunting

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

to a store of food to sources of livelihood. Anywhere between 100 million to 300 million people, mostly tribes, live in and around forests. They are poor and undernourished, with little education and Access to Healthcare. They depend on the forests for living and livelihoods. They have always lived in harmony within the ecosystem of forests. It was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that the British began to treat forests as wasteland that c

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

end of this financial year and next year we plan to implement the program in the entire district,” Sushmita Samantray, district project manager of OLM, Koraput told “Access to Health education and nutrition, has reduced the number of low birthweight and premature babies in these areas,” Tanuja Behera, auxiliary nurse midwife, of Padmapur panchayat told Rakhi Ghosh is a Bhubaneswar-based jour

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Aadhaar related inadequacies causing hunger and food insecurity in Jharkhand, allege Right to Food Campaign activists

ere either not issued a pension or did not receive their pension due to administrative lapses or Aadhaar-related issues. Not to mention the children of these families, with poor education, negligible Access to Health services and employment, are staring at a bleak future. The deaths also highlight the inadequate coverage of the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY). Most of these families, despite living in acute poverty, did not have a AAY ration card. To a

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World population set to grow another 2.2 billion by 2050: UN survey

2.2 billion between now and 2050, the UN said on Wednesday, and more than half of that growth - 1.3 billion - is likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa, where women’s rights are hampered by limited Access to Healthcare and education, along with “entrenched gender discrimination”. Monica Ferro, Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Geneva, said the trend globally is towards smaller families, indicating that more people are maki

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Dalit women in India die younger than upper caste counterparts: Report -Ashwag Masoodi and Ajai Sreevatsan

ch cites a finding from the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies in 2013. According to that finding, the average age at death for Dalit women was 39.5 years against 54.1 years for higher-caste women. Access to Healthcare: Under Indian law, it is a punishable offence to refuse to admission to hospital, dispensary, etc on the basis of “untouchability.” Still in 2016, the nursing staff of the Puranpur community health centre in Uttar Pradesh

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Dr. Samir Chaudhuri, paediatrician and founder of Child in Need Institute (CINI), interviewed by Civil Society News (New Delhi)

economic and political underpinnings of malnutrition and developed strategies to combat it. CINI is today one of India’s most respected voices on malnutrition and child protection. It works on Access to Healthcare and education with the government and has twice been the recipient of the National Award for Child Welfare. CINI has also developed Nutrimix, a simple combination of lentil and local cereal which can be blended into traditional foo

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Doctors for rural India -Soham D Bhaduri

Inducting Licentiate Medical Practitioners may be the solution to the chronic shortage of doctors in rural areas Nearly 600 million people in India, mostly in the rural areas, have little or no Access to Health care. A widespread disregard for norms, a perpetual failure to reach targets, and an air of utter helplessness are what mark the state of rural health care today. One can add to this another fact: the country is short of nearly five lakh

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