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July 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence is aiding doctors manage stroke patients in rural India

In India, more than 4,000 people develop stroke every day, with a case fatality rate of up to 42%. A new artificial intelligence (AI) technique adopted by a hospital in Tezpur is helping doctors provide timely medical attention to patients in rural Assam.

Dr Justy Antony Chiramal
June 30, 2021

Why it is important to learn from Bihar’s APMC abolition in 2006

Before the Central government looks at implementing the three farm laws passed last year, it should study the lessons learnt by Bihar — both its first mover advantage and the disadvantages it faced.

Saheli Das
June 19, 2021

3% of India’s tribal population suffers from sickle cell anemia, another 23% is it carrier

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder that cannot be cured but only be treated. Proper interventions, modern treatments and therapy of tribal communities in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, have been found to lessen the disease burden over a period of time.

K. Vijayakumar
June 14, 2021

COVID-19 has exposed India’s fragmented and disorganised blood transfusion system. It’s time to fix it

Despite the significance of blood, access to adequate, timely, and safe blood equitably across the country remains a health challenge in India. A hub-and-spoke model will enable smaller blood banks in rural areas to connect to a regional hub with advanced technologies.

Suryaprabha Sadasivan
June 11, 2021

When life gives you mangoes… savour them

Kesar, alphonso, langda, dussehri, desi, rajapuri, totapuri… how does an urban family get used to living a charmed life in a village besides a mango orchard in Gujarat?

Ravleen Kaur
June 4, 2021

When COVID-19 reached remote, mule-track villages in the upper reaches of Uttarakhand

Braving all odds, Kalap Trust worked with the district administration to set up a five-bed oxygen-support COVID-care facility in Mori in the upper Tons Valley and organised langars in the villages, in all of 96 hours.

Shubhra Chatterji
June 3, 2021

What is the cost of childhood wasting and severe acute malnutrition in India?

Childhood wasting is a silent nutritional emergency in India as it led to an average loss of Rs 60 million every day from the years 2006 to 2018. Community-based care for management of wasting is highly recommended.

Sujeet Ranjan
May 29, 2021

Women ‘Poshan Champions’ tackle malnutrition while puncturing patriarchy

The female foot soldiers of a nutrition project in Dungarpur, Rajasthan, are finding autonomy, mobility and financial security while helping mothers raise healthy children

Syed Saad Ahmed
May 28, 2021

Improving the state of menstrual health during Covid-19

Misinformation, disinformation and taboos surrounding menstruation, especially in rural India became more of a challenge in the times of the COVID19 pandemic. But, a menstrual and reproductive health platform is supporting women cope with menstrual issues, one phone call at a time.

Vanya Gupta
May 22, 2021

Devolving more powers to elected panchayat representatives can help combat the pandemic effectively

A study across 100 village panchayats in Tamil Nadu shows that districts with elected village representatives performed reasonably better in tackling COVID-19 pandemic than village panchayats without their elected representatives.

M Gurusaravanan