Her first four children each died of asphyxiation during delivery. The 30-year-old’s fifth – a baby girl – was born safely at home, and against all odds. When the same expectant mother entered Bihar’s district hospital to deliver her sixth baby, she was hoping for a boy. She entered the hospital carrying the hopes and dreams of the many family members waiting outside for the news and, as I bore witness to, her prayers were answered.
This story is of Bhagwati Ahirwar from Kayan village in Madhya Pradesh. Having helped reduce malnutrition among the children in the village, Bhagwati is a role model for her villagers.
With her marriage while in class 8, Bhagwati had to end her education. Soon she gave birth to an underweight child, her husband and in-laws moved to the capital city for work and she and her daughter had to survive on the money that her husband sent her.
Tuberculosis can affect any age, caste or class and it is one of the top 10 causes of death across the globe, ranking above HIV and malaria. To generate awareness, 24 March is observed as World TB Day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2015, there were 10.4 million new cases of TB worldwide. Six countries account for 60% of the total TB deaths, with India leading the count, followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa. As per WHO, each year about 2.2 million people develop TB in India and an estimated 220,000 die from the disease.
In Khajwa village in Madhya Pradesh, Raju and his wife Poonam earn their livelihood through farming and animal husbandry. Being the youngest daughter-in-law in the family, Poonam had to do all the household chores, look after their cattle and spend the remaining time in farming.
Can any disaster avoid a sight of children lying lifeless, injured and deafening sound of their cry in pain and stream of tears rolling relentlessly? The huge impact of disasters on children is visible with the staggering number of deaths and injuries to children. Children’s vulnerability increases with the decrease in age and existing ill-health conditions. Among lives lost in disasters, at least one out of three is a child below 18 years.
After 10 years of enforcement of a milestone law to protect women from domestic violence ‘The Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act’ (PWDVA), nothing much has changed for vast number 0f women in the country.
India has sex ratio of 940 females per 100 males (census 2011)1; Literacy rates of 68.4% women, 85.6 % men (NFHS 4); globally, about 800 women die every day of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 20 per cent of these women are from India. As per ILO, women formed 60 per cent of the lowest paid wage labor, but only 15 per cent of the highest wage-earners; 11.2% of the total percentage of members in the Lok Sabha are women.
Pawai block is located almost 65 kms away from Panna district. Juhi is one of the villages in this block having a large tribal population. The total population of this village is 1260. There are two prominent castes, one is Yadavs who fall under OBC and other is tribes. The major occupation of Yadav community is agriculture and they are somewhat prosperous too.
Bishnupriya Pradhan, a young Adivasi girl from Kandhamal district’s Bradinaju village in Odisha is inspiring thousands in her community, as she chases her ambitions fearlessly, embodying the true spirit of women empowerment.
When most girls her age in the community were getting married, Bishnupriya decided to pursue her graduation in Arts, managing her own fees by working as a Community Resource Person(CRP) under CARE India’s Pathways project.
28-year-old Maya Mishra from Badamalhera Block’s Chaikuwa village in Madhya Pradesh has had a tough journey to ensure health and well-being of her children.
Maya’s husband is a farmer and the only earning hand in the family. The family’s only source of income is a piece of two-acre land.
CARE India’s staff first met Maya in December 2013 during their routine home visits in the village. At that time, Maya’s youngest son Arsh was just 22 days old and elder daughter Deepali was 1 years and 2 months old.