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    Defending people’s milk in India

    A vibrant network of small producers and milk co-operatives is threatened by free trade agreements and liberalized investment policies. A dairy farm in Lonavia, India. Kim Carpenter under a Creative Commons Licence We take care of the cow a...

  • Promoted as a two-minute miracle meal, Maggi noodles are popular across Asia (these ones are from Phillipines/Malaysia)

    Why The Maggi Affair has angered and enthralled India

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Hitting the headlines of every Indian daily, for a few days now has been – no, you could never have guessed, L’Affaire Maggi. After samples of Maggi noodles, manufactured in March 2014, were found to...

  • The shortcomings of Liberia’s health-care system long preceded the Ebola outbreak | Photo - Dr. Randal J. Schoepp under a Creative Commons Licence

    Health in a Time of Ebola

    |By Prabhjot Singh| NEW YORK – In Sub-Saharan Africa, any child with a fever should receive immediate medical care to prevent death from malaria or pneumonia. But, as panic about the spread of Ebola grips Liberia – as well as Sierra Leone, Guinea, an...

  • India sells an estimated 1 million bottles of water everyday

    Bottled Risk

    [By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to flavored water and wate...

  • (From left) Saira, Shahjahan and Sameena are three of the many conscientious community volunteers who have joined hands with religious leaders under a special initiative that aims to improve the overall health of the over 1.6 lakh Muslims living in Tonk, in Rajasthan | Photo Credit: Abha Sharma/WFS

    ‘Azan Can Wait, A Newborn Can’t Wait To Be Breastfed’

    [By Abha Sharma] Tonk (Women’s Feature Service) – Until a few years back, there was no way that mothers like Salma, Nagma or Zebunnisa in Tonk, a small town in Rajasthan, could feed their newborn till an elder in the family came over to whisper the ‘...

  • Adulteration unchecked : Photo: gettingEasy.com

    Why food adulteration is so rampant in India?

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Ompal Singh, a Food Safety Officer (FSO) in Gautam Buddh Nagar District, always has his hands full. Singh has close to 400 permanent and temporary sales outlets under his jurisdiction (Jewar and Sadar Sub-Divisions of...

  • Promoted as the “pink Viagra”, Flibanserin is nothing like Viagra; it is similar to anti-depressants and affects brain chemistry, and must be taken daily, potentially for years.

    What’s This Hoopla Around The Little Pink Pill

    [By Elayne Clift] Vermont (WFS) – Flibanserin – perhaps derived from “female”, “libido” and “answer” – is Big Pharma’s latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to women’s quest for an eternal wet dream. It comes in the form of a...

  • A child from Afghanistan getting treated in India. Tens of thousands of Afghans are travelling to India for safe, albeit expensive, medical care. Photo: Bioedge

    Medical Tourism witnesses fastest growth in India

     By Narendra Kaushik  New Delhi:  Ashurov Saidkul John has a dream.  A gastroenterologist from Tajikistan, John wishes to replicate Medanta, The Medicity, a high-end private hospital of Gurgaon, in Dushanbe, the national capital of Tajikistan.  “We d...

  • Every boat clinic has a 16-member team, including two doctors, a general nurse-cum-midwife (GNM), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and laboratory technician.

    Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

    Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, people have been forced to sleep out in the open or adjust in cr...

The second branch of the Humanity Hospital in Sunderbans

Sunderbans gets a hospital for the poor, by the poor

Widowed at the age of 23, Subhashini Mistry toiled hard for decades to save enough money for her dream project-to build a hospital for the poor.Today, the 70-year-old can look back with satisfaction at two-storeyed buildings located in Haspukur and Sunderbans, which stand testimony to the realization of a dream she never gave up.  |By Sanjay Pandey| Four decades ago when a ...

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A tailing pond at Jadugoda; refuse material from the mines are pumped into the pond | Photo: Ashish Birulee

India’s nuclear dream ‘nukes’ lives in Jadugoda

|By Sanjay Pandey| Jadugoda: India stormed into the Privy League of nuclear-powered countries three decades ago with a controlled explosion in Pokhran. But in the pursuit to collect raw material, to fuel its nuclear dreams, the government has ended up exposing around 50,000 people of Jadugoda, to radioactive pollution – a slow poison that kills over generations.  Jadugoda, a small township in Jharkhand, ...

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A mother feeding illicitly brewed local liquor to her infant   |    
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Alcohol : A pacifier for infants and pregnant women in villages of Andhra Pradesh

|By Riti Sinha| When the child cries, a mother feeds it milk. But this is not the case in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Here, when the child cries, all the other does is stick a bottle of locally brewed spurious liquor into its mouth. Macherla village is one of the many villages in the Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh where ...

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2014-01-29-cows-590

Defending people’s milk in India

A vibrant network of small producers and milk co-operatives is threatened by free trade agreements and liberalized investment policies. A dairy farm in Lonavia, India. Kim Carpenter under a Creative Commons Licence We take care of the cow and the cow takes care of us,’ says Marayal, a farmer in Thalavady, Tamil Nadu. Her two cows produce 6 to 10 litres of ...

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