Anita Sharma

Anita Sharma
Go green this Van Mahotsava
The major cause of insufficient forest cover in India seems to be ruthless cutting of trees in the name of urbanization and development.
Posted on 08 Jul, 2019 12:44 PM

Van Mahotsava is an annual tree planting festival which was initiated by Shri Kulapati Kanaiyalal Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food, Government of India, in 1950 to create awareness about the importance of trees and conservation of forests.

Chilepata core forest area in Buxa, Alipurduar district of West Bengal (Image: Tridib Choudhury, Wikimedia Commons, CC-SA 4.0 International)
Safe water to fight fluorosis
What Basubai and her children needed to fight fluorosis was access to safe drinking water.
Posted on 12 Jul, 2018 12:06 PM

Basubai is a mother of three young children—Ajay (9), Manju (11) and Sonu (13). She is married to Mukesh Singh in Jamniamota village in Bakaner block in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh.

Village woman shows her fluorosis-affected teeth. (Pic courtesy: PSI)
Setting safe sanitation example
Villager builds twin pit latrine and sets example for others on behaviour change and safe sanitation.
Posted on 12 Jul, 2018 11:55 AM

Manohar in Talabpura village of Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh came up with the decision to make a double pit latrine. He is indeed a multi-talented person.

Manohar's twin pit latrine gets constructed. (Pic courtesy: PSI)
Well water makes a difference
A village affected by fluorosis understands the importance of drinking fluoride-safe water with help from experts.
Posted on 09 Oct, 2017 01:21 PM

Shilpi Bai was just 18 when she got married to Magan Singh Solanki in Jamnia village, in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. She had dreams in her eyes of a great life ahead. She was healthy and soon became a mother of two children. Her husband was a farmer and she would help him in the field after completing the errands at home.

Drinking well water made a huge difference to the health of fluorosis-affected villagers in Jamnia. (IWP Flickr photos-pic used for representation only)
How water brought a village together
The village of Bankpura has come together for the cause of safe-drinking water. As a result, they are empowered and are prospering.
Posted on 11 Jun, 2016 04:11 PM

Bankpura village is in Mehgaon gram panchayat in Dharampuri block in district Dhar of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated 26km away from the sub-district headquarters, Dharampuri, and 68km away from the district headquarter, Dhar. Dhamnod is the nearest town to this village which is approximately 7km away.

Water tank near the primary school and anganwadi for the children to avail safe water. (Source: Puja Singh)
Bringing potable water to villagers of Dhar
Fluorosis-affected villagers can now heave a sigh of relief. The dream of safe drinking water at their doorstep has become a reality.
Posted on 01 Jun, 2016 09:36 PM

Seema Kalu, suffering from skeletal fluorosis (Source:Dalpat & Heena)

Dilip in Bankpura village, Dhar, MP suffers from skeletal fluorosis (Source: Dalpat & Heena)
Development or drastic ecological changes: Where is Dehradun headed?
Inspite of Dehradun being declared as an Ecologically Sensitive Zone 30 years ago, we couldn’t safeguard its fragility. Will the so called 'Smart City Plan' by UHUDA really help?
Posted on 05 Feb, 2016 11:49 AM

The Babur Nama mentions that the “

The changing face of Dehradun (Source: Wikipedia)
Using community support to battle fluoride contamination
Anita Sharma and Anil Gautam of Peoples Science Institute, Dehradun talk about their work with fluoride affected communities in Madhya Pradesh.
Posted on 08 Dec, 2015 09:17 PM

What is the exact problem as regards fluoride contamination in Madhya Pradesh, particularly in Dhar district?

Several young children in Jhabua suffer from skeletal fluorosis (Source: INREM Foundation)
How Bandu Singh recovered hope
Endemic fluorosis exists in 31 villages of Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. This is the story of how one village is reclaiming its health and dignity. Posted on 08 Jul, 2015 09:27 PM

Bandu Singh, a lean old man aged around 60, has spent his entire life living in a small mud house in Kaalapani, a small village located in Manawar block of Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. Kaalapani has a population of 849 people of which 99.41% (as per Census 2011) are listed as belonging to Schedule Tribes (ST).  

The area

Bandu Singh and his family at their home in Kaalapani, Madhya Pradesh
Tulsi leaves as a purifier or a Reverse Osmosis filter? Which would you choose?
Different types of water purification techniques are available today. Which one is better and what are the pros and cons of each? Read on to find out.
Posted on 09 May, 2014 01:43 PM

Summer temperatures and water-borne diseases such as hepatitis, typhoid, cholera and gastroenteritis go hand in hand. So besides maintaining good hygiene, it is also important to monitor and maintain the quality of drinking water to prevent these diseases.

Drinking water sources

Tulsi leaves can purify water (Source: Wikipedia)