From Ayurvedic remedies to nutritional drinks that “keep them shooting up”, there are any number of products available that claim to add magical extra inches to your child’s height. Open any parenting magazine and there almost always is an article offering tips to boost your child’s height. Height does have something to do with genetics,… More Stunted India Needs To Grow Up
By the time she was 17 Meena had lost two children. One was a stillbirth, the other she miscarried. Meena was 13 when she got married, a common practice in Marathwada, Maharashtra. Here nearly 60 per cent of girls get married before they are 18. Across India, 47.3 per cent of women between 20-24 years… More Lack of contraceptive choices a leading cause for young mothers’ deaths
Gurgaon marks its third Car-Free Tuesday this week, an event that many hope signals the beginnings of India’s cyclovias. Cyclovia, bike path in Spanish, is an event that originated in Bogota, Colombia in 1974. Every week a designated major thoroughfare within a municipality is closed temporarily to create an open, car-free environment. The idea is to… More Can urban India push the car free momentum?
In 1996, Aparna Hegde was a resident doctor at Sion Hospital, one of Mumbai’s largest public health facilities, when a woman who had just delivered a baby was rushed into emergency care. “The baby was dead, it’s body stuck inside”, recalls Hegde. The woman too died a few days later. “She was given a cursory… More How mobile phones are enabling quality maternal and child healthcare
The beatings started just days after Anuradha,15, got married. Her husband was a distant relative, 12 years older to her. The marriage was an arranged one, and she soon discovered that her husband had a violent temper. “The smallest thing would set him off”, says Anuradha, “If the tea was not the right temperature, or… More With many undocumented, younger brides are at a higher risk of domestic violence
A few months short of his first birthday, Sushma’s firstborn died. Underweight at birth, Vicky was always sickly and suffered from frequent diarrhea. A ragpicker, Sushma lives in Govandi, home to one of Mumbai’s largest slum colonies and an area that reports a large number of malnutrition-related deaths. According to a recent study, 6000 children… More Tackling child malnutrition the Aahar way
A Google search for campaigns promoting girls’ rights launched in 2014 throws up plenty that were launched from around the world – Girls Unlimited, Kishori Abhiyaan, Too Young to Wed, Girls not Brides, Bring Back Our Girls, to name just a few. A similar exercise for adolescent boys yields barely a handful. Which raises the… More Let’s talk about men as agents of change