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Tobacco Use in India – A Growing Health And Economic Problem

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India today revealed the findings of a study to evaluate the implementation of the ‘Film Rule’, under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). The study finds that these messages, when properly implemented, are effective in countering imagery of tobacco with warnings about tobacco’s...

One In Every Three School Children Fail BMI Test: Study

Every third child in India has an unhealthy BMI and only those schools that have more than three sessions of physical education have fitter children, a study has revealed. The nationwide seventh Annual School Health and Fitness Study 2016 has revealed that the fitness and BMI levels of school children in India - regardless of...

82% Dawoodi Bohra Women Unlikely To Let Their Daughters Undergo FGC: Survey

Illustrating an evident silver lining, 81% Dawoodi Bohra women have said that they want to end the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). A first-of-its-kind survey released by Sahiyo, a not-for-profit organisation, came up with many such facts on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation that falls on February...

Support The Cancer Free Way

As the month of February draws in, an important day has been marked down on the calendar- World Cancer Day. The day is observed annually on February 4. This year, the theme is “We can. I can.” It is a part of a three-year campaign (2016-2018), to explore how everyone, as a collective or as individuals,...

The ABCD Quiz To Sanitation

A district level quiz competition was organised primarily aiming to curb one of the grave concerns faced by our country – open defecation. Project ABCD (A Behavioral Change Demonstration), which is on the lines of the Swachha Bharat campaign is reaching out to 164 schools in 120 villages in Magadi, Kanakapura and Ramanagara to create awareness and train...

The Beauty of Going Beyond Deformity

Do not be surprised if you happen to see a polio-affected person holding up his crutches and directing the traffic at Chinchpokli junction, Mumbai. Polio-affected Vinod Chavan has his happy hours when he helps people. A resident of Vadala area in Mumbai, Chavan was merely seven months old when he was detected with polio and...

CSR – Need For Its Tactical Deployment

As CSR provisions in the new companies Act are put to implementation on ground, debate on where and how CSR money should be spent seems to be gathering momentum. When the CSR provisions in the new act were conceived, it was estimated that quantum of CSR money would stand close to Rs 20,000 crores...

Think Twice Before You Call A Person With Disabilities As ‘Divyang’

‘Divyang’, ‘differently-abled’ or ‘specially-abled’ are the terms we often use for persons with disabilities (PwD). But do we consider them and their reactions before addressing them with these words? Though we may intend good, we may end up hurting their feelings. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last year coined the term ‘divyang’ and suggested to use...

Institutions Come Forward To Raise Awareness On HIV Prevention

December 1 is observed as World Aids Day since 1988. It is dedicated towards the global fight against Aids Pandemic caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. India is home to 2.1 million people living with HIV stands third globally out of 36.7 million people worldwide. The global fight against HIV has witnessed many different...

Should HIV Testing Be Mandated For All In India?

Diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a major impediment in the way of eradication of the disease. In spite of several campaigns and awareness drives the number of people living with HIV in India is substantial. Although African countries dominate the list of top 10 nations with highest AIDS rates in the world, India ranks third,...

EXIM Bank To Help Support 1000 Amputees With Jaipur Foot In Afghanistan

Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) flagged off its contribution towards helping 1000 amputees in Afghanistan get artificial feet by supporting Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the parent body of Jaipur Foot. Jaipur Foot is the most widely used artificial foot / limb in the world. Yaduvendra Mathur, Chairman & Managing Director, Exim Bank...

Over 4 Lakh Young Indians Lead Change on Sanitation, Education and Gender

Global Citizen India announced that over 4 lakh young Indians have signed up and taken action as part of the Global Citizen movement, making it the largest youth movement in India today. The social action platform aims to amplify the voice of youth to push leaders to commit to positive change on Sanitation, Education and Gender...
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