Polio Immunisation programme

India completes three years without any polio case

India has completed three years without reporting any case of polio in January 2014. It is only the second time in the history that a disease is being eliminated in India through immunisation after small pox in May 1980. Officially the World Health Organisation (WHO) will certify India as polio-free on 11 February 2014. The WHO on 24 February 2012 removed India from the list of countries with active endemic wild polio transmission. Once India is declared polio-free, the entire40

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Indian Government launches India’s first comprehensive adolescent health programme

The Government of India on 7 January 2014 launched the nation’s first comprehensive adolescent health programme named Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) in New Delhi. The programme will include a sharp focus on adolescents’ sexual health. The programme has been launched by Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad. The Health Minister also inaugurated a three-day National Adolescent Health Consultation. The RKSK defines an adolescent as a person within 10-19 years of age, in urban and rural40

World Infant mortality rates in 2008

UNICEF Report on Infant Mortality Rate

According to report released by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) the global Infant Mortality rate (IMR) decreased from 61 deaths in 1990 to 37 deaths in 2011.Annual infant deaths declined from 8.4 million in 1990 to 5 million in 2011. According to the report India’s infant mortality rate shown a minor decline in 2012 compared to 2011. Infant Mortality rate decreased from 44 deaths for every 1000 live births in 2011 to 42 deaths for every 1000 live in 2012.40

A demonstration to eradicate Manual Scavenging

Parliament passes Anti-Manual Scavenging Bill

The Lok Sabha passed a historic bill to put an end to manual scavenging in India. Manual Scavenging-the practice of clearing of human waste by hand from toilets is no banned and employment of scavengers is outlawed. Help will also be provided for retraining and for their families. In India, the problem of manual scavenging has become a major hindrance towards inclusive development and growth of all citizens. The practice of manual scavenging is a violation of the rights guaranteed40


India is at 136 among 186 countries in HDI 2013

The Human Development Report 2013, named  “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” puts India at 136 position. The Human Development Index measures progress in life expectancy, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living or gross national income per capita. India’s HDI value for 2012 is at 0.554, placing it in the medium human development category. India’s HDI value has gone up from 0.345 to 0.554 between 1980 and 2012, an increase of 6140

Globalization in these changing times

Globalization as a concept has been around for the past several decades. It keeps getting in and out of focus and open to various interpretations but nonetheless has always remained relevant. It is difficult to define globalization strictly as per a simple definition and therefore it has remained a complex subject to understand. It is no doubt about the larger role for trade for mutual benefits of all parties involved. In the colonial era, globalization was seen as exploitation or40

State of the World’s Children Report- 2011

Aptly titled Adolescence- An age of opportunity, it presents the status of the most vulnerable and much neglected population, that of adolescents. The report by UNICEF mentions that India has 243 million adolescents and thus has one of the largest adolescent populations in the world. Adolescents suffer from various issues primarily due to physical and mental changes that accompany such development. Adolescent usually refers to the age group 10-19 years or 13-19 years. The corresponding cognitive abilities such as the40

Population monster eating up our natural resources

Most of you have heard about the world population having crossed the 7 billion mark this year.  Population growth is always linked to an additional burden on natural resources.  All living beings on earth need natural resources for their survival. Humans are the only species on earth who consume and exploit a major share of natural resources. We are such a greedy species that we  are always hungry for  natural resources often exploiting much more than our basic needs. Human40