Dealing With Rural Poverty & Illness

Dr Nita Mukherjee describes how FRCH is creating a cadre of women village health workers

It is well known that people in rural India are just an illness away from poverty. Since medical care is not easily accessible, people have to spend on treatment and travel to the nearest Primary Health Centre and also lose their daily wage. In 2006, Ambuja Cement Foundation had estimated that the...

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  • Right Way To Handle Bio-Medical Waste

    Dr Nita Mukherjee describes how HOPES, Mumbai, is helping deal with hazardous medical waste

    Increasing health care facilities around the country leads to an obvious increase in the bio-medical waste. A 2005 report estimated that of the total 7,000 tonnes of waste generated in Mumbai, almost 25 tonnes was medical waste. Few municipal authorities in the country have enacted rules for disposal...

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  • Helping Dispalced Tribals In Mumbai

    The concrete jungles of Mumbai are home to ‘urban tribals’. An NGO called Jaag is trying to rehabilitate them, discovers Gaver Chatterjee

    It is hard to believe but the concrete jungles of Mumbai are home to what can be called ‘urban tribals’. When Vitthal Govind Lad, a social worker, visited Kelti Para village in Mumbai’s Goregaon district, he found that even a tabela (cow shed) in the...

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