First phase of National Family Health Survey-5 shows startling trends in out-of-pocket health expenses
The time has come for India to legislate a ‘Right to Health’ ensure everyone can access healthcare without risking falling prey to poverty.
India's sex ratio has widened in 8 states: National Family Health Survey also reports high level gender-based violence
NFHS is the government’s own data and if the figures are so high pre-pandemic, one shudders to think what it will be like post-pandemic, said Sohini Bhattacharya of Breakthrough India, a women’s rights organisation
For a country that has immense human capital and one of the youngest populations in an ageing world, this disease burden can be a liability that can even hamper India’s aim of being a leading global economy.
Pregnant during COVID-19: Expecting mothers left in the lurch by India's healthcare system as tackling pandemic takes priority
The Indian government’s pandemic advice in March had asked pregnant women, children and elderly to remain indoors.
Ill-equipped private madrassas in Assam ignore child rights, junk formal education; girl students often end up as child brides
The private madrassas are one of the key reasons for low rate of income among the Muslim community as hardly anyone graduating from these ill-equipped institutes will have a chance to survive in today's competitive job markets.
Private doctors are pushing women in India to undergo dangerous hysterectomies they don't really need
Some women have been pressured into having hysterectomies so they can work as cane cutters without periods to interrupt their ability.
While people in urban cities are more open to talking about it, the veil is still very much present in rural India.
The team of medical professionals is training mothers in using the cross-cradle hold, and for good reason.
In India, hypertension has led to a total of 1.63 million deaths in 2016 and needs to find a way to overcome it.
Starvation deaths emerge as key poll issue in Jharkhand as ration card woes keep vulnerable groups hungry
Activists claim that anomalies in the public distribution system (PDS) in Jharkhand is a major contributor of malnutrition among children in the state, the BJP government in the state, however, denies these allegations
India can't achieve 8% annual GDP growth without reducing income and gender inequality and improving healthcare
India is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with the top 10 percent controlling 55 percent of the total wealth against 31 percent in 1980, according to the 2018 World Inequality report.
Family planning in India: Women brave health risks to opt for sterilisation, as men shrug off responsibility
One in three married Indian women in the 15-49 age group resorts to sterilisation, often in areas where facilities are scarce and risk to their health high.
India can double per capita GDP in 30 years if it discards beliefs that perpetuate caste, gender inequalities: Study
India’s per capita GDP per annum grew 26 times between 1958 and 2018. “This increase could have been higher if Indians were less rigid in their religious views,” says study
Currently, child marriages are valid in India, but can be annulled if a case is filed in a district court by either of the two contracting parties within two years of becoming an adult, or through a guardian in case of minors.
Marathwada Diary: How mass migration, illiteracy and low farm yield feeds into rampant child marriage in rural Maharashtra
Migration often forces early marriages in Marathwada. Around 300,000 farmers and labourers leave Beed during the harvest season and migrate to western Maharashtra's Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts, or to Karnataka's Belgaum district
NFHS data shows over one in seven Indian women don't receive antenatal care, highlights need to sensitise men on women's healthcare
More than one in seven Indian women did not receive antenatal care during their last pregnancy according to the latest National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4) data.
62% Indian kids receive all basic vaccinations but country still lags far behind the likes of Bangladesh, Vietnam
More Indian babies are receiving all basic vaccinations than a decade ago, a sign of better healthcare. But India still lags behind a host of emerging nations.
Indian babies being born heavier than ever; a sign of improving healthcare, more awareness among mothers
Indian babies are being born heavier than ever, a sign of better-educated, richer and more aware mothers and better healthcare.
NFHS survey puts out shocking revelations: Few know about marital rape; female sterilisation rampant despite existence of condoms
While 54 percent of rural and urban women are allowed to go to the market, 50 percent go to the health facility, and 48 percent to places outside the village or community.
As the #MeToo movement against sexual violence gains global momentum, in India—the world’s second-most populous country—positive attitudes about consent and safe sex among men declined by seven percentage points in the decade ending 2016, showed an IndiaSpend analysis of National Family Health Survey, 2015-16 (NFHS-4) and 2005-06 (NFHS-3) data.