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World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Breast milk builds immunity in babies

There is a well-established connection between breastfeeding and immunity building in babies. This is further corroborated by results of a new survey by Momspresso, which reveals that 9 out of 10 moms breastfeed to improve their baby’s immunity whereas 4 out of 5 breastfeed to fulfill their nutritional requirements. The survey was conducted on...
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#DilliDhadakneDo campaign calls for improved cycling infra

Delhi’s citizens including vendors, factory workers and daily labourers have joined forces to urge Delhi government to fast track moves to create safe cycling infrastructure and permanently install dedicated cycle lanes as traffic rebounds and people return to work post the lockdown. Cycling is one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to move...
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Mphasis CSR arm funds India’s first COVID-19 Blockchain Platform

YoSync, a startup incubated at IIITB-IMACX Studios, signed a research collaboration in agreement with IIIT Bangalore, to partner with BelfricsBT, a Malaysian based blockchain startup. The partnership is aimed at jointly developing a blockchain platform for COVID-19. The project has been funded by Mphasis’ CSR arm, the Mphasis F1 Foundation, as part of their...
COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Maker Serum Institute of India’s CSR Initiatives in Healthcare

The Drugs Controller General of India has given an approval to conduct phase 2 and 3 human trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the Serum Institute of India. Serum Institute, the largest vaccine company in the world has partnered with AstraZeneca to manufacture the vaccine, declaring in a statement that it will...

Bleed Red Not Blue: Radhika Apte Breaks Media Stereotypes

Radhika Apte is back, as Netflix would have everyone know. But women are celebrating her reappearance for other reasons. Watch any Indian crime drama streaming online. There is so much blood and gore on overt display, the entire screen goes red. Yet when it comes to sanitary napkin advertising, the colour of blood has been...
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New UN Report on pandemic response in South-East Asia backs green recovery packages

The United Nations has commended governments in South-East Asia for acting swiftly to stem the most serious health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robust regional cooperation, coordinated by ASEAN, has also resulted in South-East Asia reporting significantly lower confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths compared to most other global regions. The UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief:...

NGO Wishes and Blessings sets up WB Ambulances for the needy in Delhi/ NCR

Wishes and Blessings has come to the aid of underprivileged and at-risk families from day 1 of the lockdown (25 March 2020). The nonprofit organization started by serving food to homeless and daily wagers across Delhi/NCR, and gradually expanded to distribute relief to beneficiaries in 7 states across India. Wishes and Blessings is determined...

What Will You Get on Surviving Term Plan Tenures?

Securing the future of the family or loved ones against eventualities of life have been everyone’s top priority. For the same reason, term insurance has become popular in the past few years, but many people are still not aware of another similar policy called term plan with return of premium. Usually, basic term insurance only...

Indian Oil CSR is Making India Future-Ready

PSUs, short for Public Sector Undertaking, give the impression of being hefty mammoths in size and spread (across topography) yet low-grade in the quality of the social welfare they dispense. Their development initiatives are notorious for being high in resources, manpower and most importantly funding but abysmal in the degree of visible change accomplished....

Ensuring the Mental Health of Medical Professionals

The importance of healthcare professionals has increased manifold as it is the healthcare professionals who are at the forefront of the battle humanity is waging against coronavirus. The virus has also infected thousands of medical professionals across the world and, in some cases, their families as well. Understandably, the virus has unleashed an unprecedented level...
COVID-19 Patient

How to Take Care of a Loved One Infected with COVID-19

Usually, when a loved one is under the weather, the natural instinct is to provide them with as much care and comfort as possible. However, caring for a loved one who is infected with COVID-19 is not as simple, for there is a risk of transmission. And in case the caretaker gets infected, they...

What can we learn from previous disease outbreaks?

Given that COVID-19 is only one of a series of emerging zoonoses, the experiences of the disease outbreaks in the past can inform strategies for the future. Overall efforts to strengthen systems for prevention, detection and response to emerging infectious diseases in Asia have had mixed results. Significant investment has been made by development partners...

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