Quacks, Drug resistance, and the Urban Poor

September 20, 2013

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The urban poor face significant challenges to staying healthy. Their informal status, inadequate living conditions, and socio-economic profile mean that they fall ill frequently, and are likely to need medical care often. Given the lack of preventive treatment-seeking behaviour and the other constraints of the urban poor, it is highly likely that they approach physicians [...]

Generating demand: Engagement model in Sanitation

September 20, 2013

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In India, about 70% of people defecate in the open. According to the Demographic and Health Surveys, open defecation and the resulting health impacts lead to stunted growth in children. The Indian Government plans and builds public toilets each year, but do not improve the situation because systems to maintain the toilet blocks are weak. [...]

Trading along with the Tradesmen

September 20, 2013

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The spirit of survival never dies in cities across India. Every day at 6.00 am, sipping on tiny cups of tea, dressed in faded shirts and trousers, a motley group of men (stand in groups at junctions/corners of a street) with a keen eye on the pedestrians that pass by. These are tradesmen/handymen that live [...]

Glass half full: Solutions to India’s urban water woes

September 20, 2013

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As on 2013, no major cities in India have 24×7 water supply. 80% of domestic water supply in India comes from groundwater. With the growing demand for water, ground water is increasingly being depleted. The country is also facing deteriorating quality of water. India ranks 120 out of 122 countries on the quality of potable [...]

Mental Health in India

August 21, 2013

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A distressed, half naked woman was found running in the streets of Hyderabad, India. Her clothes were torn; she was coated with dirt, and had no idea of what her name was or where she came from. She was speaking to herself and was clearly delusional. Passersby ignored her. She also went through abuse and [...]

The Auto Rickshaw Diaries

August 21, 2013

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The three-wheeled motorized vehicles popularly known as auto rickshaws are a backbone to urban mobility. Commuters in urban India are served by about 5 million auto rickshaw drivers who move through traffic-tangled streets all day for a living. The drivers work for over 10-12 hours per day, and form part of the urban informal sector [...]