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There’s still hope: An introduction to India’s healthcare initiatives

There’s still hope: An introduction to India’s healthcare initiatives | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

Over the post-independence years India has launched several health programs. In this article we highlight a few such programs that have improved or have the potential to improve the health of India’s populace.


National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


“Health is a State subject and the Government of India has always tried to work in partnership with States to meet people’s needs” wrote Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a 5 year progress update of the NRHM. NRHM was launched in 2005 to provide accessible health services in rural areas. This agenda involved building infrastructure and healthcare staff with a female accredited social health activist (ASHA) in every village. The NRHM has been quite successful in achieving several of its projected targets. NRHM has significantly reduced the incidences of several diseases by increasing the number of health facilities (primary health centres and hospitals), care providers (ASHAs, doctors, nurses and paramedic staff) and community education. However, all of the NRHM’s expected outcomes have not materialized and there continues to be a critical shortage of trained medical professionals and access to medications.


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I see/read the efforts of the Indian Government in improving the healthcare of India. This is a huge step to take and a really long journey for the Indian Government.

I think that the schemes and programmes that were suggested were fantastic. However, the schemes/programmes have to be implemented as soon as possible so as to cut down on the people dying. Also, I think that the Indian Government did not add to the problem or run way from it, which was very brave of them. Instead, they came up with solutions to solve the problem, which was very productive.

I wonder if everything will go as planned, seeing that there aren't enough medical professionals who want to truly help the people and serve the country. Though I will still wish them the best of luck!

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Obama to Visit Myanmar, New Foreign Investment Law Released | News, Investment commentary and Geopolitical analysis of China, India and emerging Asia

Obama to Visit Myanmar, New Foreign Investment Law Released | News, Investment commentary and Geopolitical analysis of China, India and emerging Asia | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it
U.S. President Barack Obama, who won a second term in office this past Tuesday, will be taking a trip to Myanmar later this month as part of a broad tour of Southeast Asia.

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3 Indians in Man Asian Prize shortlist, IBN Live News

Works of three Indian writers -- Amitav Ghosh, Rahul Bhattacharya and Jahnavi Barua -- have been shortlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. Ghosh's "River of Smoke", "The Sly Company of People Who Care" by Bhattacharya and Barua's "Rebirth" are the novels that figure in the shortlist, announced here today. Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan, "The Wandering Falcon"), Kyung-sook Shin (South Korea , "Please Look After Mom"), Yan Lianke (China, "Dream of Ding Village") and Banana Yoshimoto (Japan, "The Lake") complete the shortlist of the prize given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English. The winning author is awarded USD 30,000 and the translator (if any) USD 5,000. Four of these novels were originally written in English while the books from South Korea, China and Japan were all judged in translation.


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Heavenly harpist off to US on scholarship

Heavenly harpist off to US on scholarship | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

A teenage harpist is heading off to a prestigious art school in the US after blowing away judges during an audition late last year. Vivienne Janse van Rensburg, 16, a grade 11 pupil from Northriding, northern Johannesburg, so impressed teachers at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan that she was accepted "straight away". She had auditioned with three pieces - Dizi's Etude 14, Fantasie for Harp by Saint- Saëns and Scherzetto by Ibert - and bagged a scholarship worth nearly R100 000 a year.


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Women's Education in Africa | WAAW Foundation Blog

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Some of us know someone who couldn't complete her education for financial reasons. We all know one or more families or the other struggling in poverty. Female education in Africa is suffering due to reasons like poverty or ...

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The problem in Africa is that they object to women being educated as they think that women are meant to be married away and need not study as all they have to do is serve the family. However, it is false and wrong! The truth is that both genders can/should be equally educated. Women also have the potantial and capability to work, maybe even better than men. Some good examples are the Queens of England. All of them did a great job in ruling the country where it prospered and grew till now. All I am trying to say is that women should not be deserved to be treated like this and there should be equallity for both genders. If one is a female and just because of that sole reason, one cannot learn new things, cannot have dreams and see the world, is that fair? Obviously, No! Hence I thinkl that women should be allowed the right to study/be educated.

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Navas Ibraahim's curator insight, January 24, 2014 11:31 AM

To me the word 'poverty means the state or condition of having no money or means of any support and having limited access to education.  African women do not even know some of the basic education because they are adapted just to become a housewife.

I also think that education is one of the golden paths to be taken to get out of poverty. 

After reading this article, I think I should change my idea that education is a choice . I think that every single  female should be given equal rights as males to be educated as they are capable of making

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Inhye Kim's curator insight, February 15, 2014 7:29 AM

EDUCATION

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Intellectual-

this connects to intellectual because It talks about motivating and helping women finish their schooling. Women used to not finish their education because they were just going to be married or weren't expected to own land. Now women should learn because Now they can choose their marriage and because if microfinancing they can create their own buisness

 

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Organ Donation Still a Challenge in India

Organ Donation Still a Challenge in India | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

Finding a donor match is difficult to begin with. In India, this challenge is compounded lack of awareness.

 

When Indian science minister Vilasrao Deshmukh passed away last month, the head of the Chennai hospital where he was treated said he may have survived, had he had a liver transplant.

 

That a government minister failed to secure a liver transplant on time underscores the flaws in India’s organ-donation system.

In a country where 200,000 people need a new kidney every year and 100,000 need a new liver, only 2 percent to 3 percent of the demand for new organs is met, says Sunil Shroff, managing trustee of the Mohan Foundation, a non-governmental organization that focuses on organ donation.

 

Finding a donor match is difficult to begin with. In India, this challenge is compounded by bureaucratic hurdles and lack of awareness.

 

Under Indian law, for instance, it’s relatively easy for close relatives to donate an organ, or part of it, to a family member in need.

There is also a preliminary draft to frame rules for organ donation under discussion, said Anil Kumar, chief medical officer at the ministry of health and family welfare.

 

According to existing rules, if the potential donor is not related to the person who needs the organ, the transplant needs to be approved by a state-level committee or by a hospital committee that includes government officials. This, explains Dr. Huilgol, can cause unnecessary delays.

 

Other organs used in transplants are donated from people who are brain dead. Known as “deceased” organ donation, this requires the approval of the donor’s next of kin.

 

There are some signs that the government is trying to improve mechanisms for organ donation. In cities like Mumbai, Chandigarh and Bangalore local governments are planning to have driving licenses double as donor cards.

 

While getting a larger number of people to say whether they are in favor of donating their organs in case of accident would likely increase the number of organs available for donation, since the next of kin have the final say on the matter.

 

Here, the main problem is awareness, say doctors.


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I didn't know that it is so hard to actually get a donor in India! I hope that everyone in India will be aware that willing to donate an organ can save a life. I hope that this will change and more people will live. Also, I hope that the government will spend more than 1% of the country's GDP on health care so that the hospital facilities and equipments will be better and able to conduct organ transplant operations.

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Indigenous Peoples, One of the Most Vulnerable to Food Insecurity in Latin America - Indian Country Today Media Network.com

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Some countries are prioritizing indigenous and black communities in their food security programs, but in general these populations are still very fragile and politically marginalized.


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Great Effort in helping those who are poor.

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We need a recipe to solve food poverty - Spectator Blogs

We need a recipe to solve food poverty - Spectator Blogs | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

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I was extremely shocked when I read this article. I never thought that parents have to resort to starving themselves in order to allow their child to have food to bring to school as lunch!

 

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What I care about is my family and their welfare. I know that the food prices are rising and I have to think of a way to keep my family from being affected as much as possible. So what should I do? I save up money and provide for them while I don't eat that much myself. I cannot believe that something as bad and ridiculous as this would ever happen, especially in this time and era, but this is life now. Driven by profit for oneself and not caring about others anymore. This is the life that we live in, where people take things for granted and not look on the other side of things, the side where people who struggle to even have a proper meal, people like us do exist.

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Merci Goh's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:24 AM

Using the See Think Wonder routine. We all know that food prices are all rising up, and I can see that many people are not able to effort it. But food is important for our lifes as we need it for energy to do any work. I can also see that parenrts are starting to skip meals just to unsure that their children are not going to school hungry. I think that the parents are not doing right by skipping meals as they may get weak and sick that they can't take care of their children. I wonder if the government will help this people and stop it by stoping the increase of food prices. Will this people be willing to ask the government for help? Will the government help them? With food prices only going in one direction – up – we need skills, Government commitment, and industry will-power to ensure food-banks do not become mainstream or a reality of economic austerity. 

yee melissa's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:14 AM

I  have always noticed food pricing is always increasing. Food and water is the most basic thing in life. But how are we going to survive when food pricing is going up and up without our salary going up too? Thus more and more families are unable to put food on the table. Potatoes, one of the cheapest things with nutritional values, have risen up by 116 cents. Which is a lot. By doing these how can families continue to feed their families? How are they going to afford food when food pricing is increasing and increasing? Thus all these make the parents starve themselves and allow to children to eat without them going hungry in school. I think this is wrong because by doing this, they are going to fall sick and by falling sick they are unable to take care of their childrens. Which is causing more problems. There is families with insufficient food to feed their families around us and wants us to be more aware and to raise awareness. I will stop wasting food and only buying the right amount of food as buying more than enough food the food left aside for next time to cook will go bad. It is also to save money. I will treasure and count it as a blessing if i see food on the table and not to whine when i do not like the dish. I will treasure what i have. Can the Food Industry lower the price of the food and not increase it? It will really help alot of people by doing so.

Swee Khim's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:24 AM

I knew that poverty is the condition where food is scarce and many people can suffer from malnutrition and die from starvation.

 Food is a basic need for everyone. 

I think that I need to change my habit of being choosy in the food I eat after looking at how many unfortunate are struggling to have a proper meal.  

I feel that we need a recipe to avert food poverty in a country.  The government should take more actions to help improve the economy such as increasing the employment rate and encourage citizens to be self-reliant.

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

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This article once again emphasizes on the importance of water and sanitation in order to stop poverty.

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out

 

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Life a constant battle for Philippine squatters - ABS CBN News

Life a constant battle for Philippine squatters - ABS CBN News | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it
Life a constant battle for Philippine squattersABS CBN Newsby Cecil Morella, Agence France-Presse MANILA, Philippines - The women and children of a shantytown in the Philippine capital huddled along an alleyway while the men battled riot police nearby...

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Pearson: Books for Asia and The Pearson Foundation Celebrate International Literacy Day with Donation of 5,000 Books to Rainbow Reading Gardens in Indonesia | The Asia Foundation News

The Asia Foundation through its Books for Asia program and The Pearson Foundation through its We Give Books campaign celebrated International Literacy Day with...

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..:: Child Poverty in Africa ::..

..:: Child Poverty in Africa ::.. | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

                      What are the major challenges facing Africa today?

 

The challenges facing Africa are daunting. Africa has the highest proportion of its people in extreme poverty and is not on target to meet any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed at the United Nations in 2000. The MDGs are:
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty is falling, but there are large variations in progress between regions. Asia is making good progress, but there is little movement elsewhere and sub-Saharan Africa is going backwards.The world already produces enough food, but the key to eradicating hunger is to ensure that ordinary people in the developing world can get access to it and that it’s affordable. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger.

 

                           

                    


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Oh My Gosh...This is so sad....Children are used as slaves and sent to war. Children die before they turn 5 and many more..... This is so terrible....

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Lim Wan Qi's comment, January 27, 2014 11:24 PM
I agree with what Joan said. I feel that the richer people around the world should also help donate money.
Abish Sempio's comment, February 3, 2014 8:27 AM
I feel sad that the children of Africa are going through this.Though the world is making enough food, the people in africa are still facing poverty.I really hope this will change in the nearing future. We should really feel fortunate living in a country that is having a stable living environment. I agree with what jade said that due to their circumstances, children do not put education first. I really sympathise with them.
Onn Shi Ee's comment, February 6, 2014 10:31 PM
I agree with Joan.This shows the problem faced by the people in Africa.Life must be very hard for them , their condition are critical and why aren't the government doing anything or why is their strategies not effective to help their citizens.After looking at this article , shows how the people are fighting it , living in such horrible conditions and not eating healthy while we are wasting food everyday , we should cherish what we have and be thankful for what is given to us .Maybe we can help them too.
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Experts Say Sepsis Killing More People than AIDS

Experts Say Sepsis Killing More People than AIDS | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

Sepsis, a condition caused by infections leading to multiple organ failure, is among the leading causes of deaths in India – killing more people than AIDS or cancer, say experts.

 

Awareness to the fatal condition, however, remains low, say doctors.

 

Sepsis or septicaemia is “body's reaction to infection”, said Vivek Nangia, director, infectious diseases, at Delhi's Fortis Hospital.

It is a condition in which bacteria make toxins that cause the body's immune system to attack organs and tissues.

 

“Any infection in any part of body may cause sepsis,” warned Nangia.

 

“Every hour, about 36 people die from sepsis. It causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. Globally, an estimated 18 million cases of sepsis occur each year,” said Rajesh Chawla, vice-chancellor of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM), Delhi.

 

ISCCM, along with Global Sepsis Alliance, is organising a programme to spread awareness on Sepsis Thursday, marking the World Sepsis Day.

 

“Sepsis is quite a common cause of deaths. It is the third commonest cause resulting in death across the world, and in India it is probably the leading cause,” observed Nangia.

 

Chawla said that although Sepsis was one of the most serious medical conditions, there was a tremendously low awareness among people, including medical professionals.

 

According to a recent Indian Intensive Care Case Mix and Practice Patterns study, one out of two patients who develop Sepsis die.

Nangia added that hospital picked infections which cause the disease might also be related to multi-drug resistant bacteria.

 

“When the infection is picked up in hospitals, it can be associated with the multi-drug resistant bacteria,” he said, adding that there was a strict guideline on how to treat patients after detection of Sepsis.

 

“The patient has to be admitted and within first two hours, first shot of anti-biotic has to be given. After that detailed culture tests have to be done,” he says.


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Didnt know there was such a disease at all. Better not get infected or else you will die!

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There’s still hope: An introduction to India’s healthcare initiatives

There’s still hope: An introduction to India’s healthcare initiatives | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it

Over the post-independence years India has launched several health programs. In this article we highlight a few such programs that have improved or have the potential to improve the health of India’s populace.


National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


“Health is a State subject and the Government of India has always tried to work in partnership with States to meet people’s needs” wrote Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a 5 year progress update of the NRHM. NRHM was launched in 2005 to provide accessible health services in rural areas. This agenda involved building infrastructure and healthcare staff with a female accredited social health activist (ASHA) in every village. The NRHM has been quite successful in achieving several of its projected targets. NRHM has significantly reduced the incidences of several diseases by increasing the number of health facilities (primary health centres and hospitals), care providers (ASHAs, doctors, nurses and paramedic staff) and community education. However, all of the NRHM’s expected outcomes have not materialized and there continues to be a critical shortage of trained medical professionals and access to medications.


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I see/read the efforts of the Indian Government in improving the healthcare of India. This is a huge step to take and a really long journey for the Indian Government.

I think that the schemes and programmes that were suggested were fantastic. However, the schemes/programmes have to be implemented as soon as possible so as to cut down on the people dying. Also, I think that the Indian Government did not add to the problem or run way from it, which was very brave of them. Instead, they came up with solutions to solve the problem, which was very productive.

I wonder if everything will go as planned, seeing that there aren't enough medical professionals who want to truly help the people and serve the country. Though I will still wish them the best of luck!

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How rising food prices are impacting the world

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High grain costs, caused by severe drought, are hitting dinner tables from Guatemala to China. But the world has learned valuable lessons since the food shocks of 2008. Will it be enough to prevent social unrest?

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Weather conditions are also affecting the food prices nowadays.

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Govt increases funding to water, sanitation sectors to reduce poverty - Lusaka Times

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Lusaka Times Govt increases funding to water, sanitation sectors to reduce poverty Lusaka TimesShe noted that cases of waterborne-related diseases can be curtailed by adhering to basic sanitation and hygiene practices such as boiling drinking water,...
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Some efforts in other countries on helping to cope with poverty through clean water and sanitations. It is through effort that things get completed and missions are accomplished.

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Putting Poop In Its Place: The Problems With Bad Global Sanitation

Putting Poop In Its Place: The Problems With Bad Global Sanitation | Poverty Assignment by_Ku Wai Sze | Scoop.it
Everybody poops (or so we’ve heard). But if you’re reading this on the Internet, you probably poop in a toilet that flushes. This seems normal to you but, in fact, you are living in the lap of luxury.

 

Here is good article on the need for realistic, but effective, sanitation facilities in under-developed areas. The graphic are pretty cool.


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I have seen/read that feaces are killing people in countries that do not have proper sanitation. Those people who died are more than malaria, Aids and (one more disease, but I forget already) combined together. It is, I quote " 1 child dies in 20 seconds" , VERY saddening that SO many people IS dying because of this. And to think that our own people find Singapore toilets dirty, then how can one even compare to those situations? We should be thankful that we are one of the 61% that has proper sanitations and not take it for granted. I hope/wish/wonder that someone will be able to come out with a toilet (as stated in the picture) that can seriously cut down the number of people dying due to this. Also, I am grateful for what I have. Water is a very precious resource that we should treasure and not dump our waste materials into it. We should use them wisely and not take it for granted.

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huang junyi's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:05 AM

hmmm.... i think this is a very interesting subject for such a deep topic as poverty. I honestly think that what the article is saying is actually quite true and something people of this generarion have to consider. We indeed live in '' a lap of luxury'' that we took it for granted, we  have toilets that flush and a sink for us to wash our hands after we've done. But have your ever consider where the '' stuff'' you release goes to? It actually has so sewage system underground for it to travel to a destination. However, in some poor countries it will be released to the river where it will be a polution to the rivers where people use in. I think we should start counting our blessings