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May 17, 2021 Practitioner's experiences in tackling the second wave in Indian villages
There is a need to strengthen the capacities of ASHA workers, and other healthcare and grassroots workers. (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
May 11, 2021 Bathing spaces and not toilets alone, aid women in maintaining health and hygiene. It is time the Swachh Bharat Mission pays attention to bathing spaces as well!
A temperory bathing space with no water and privacy in a fishing village in Tamil Nadu (Image Source: India Water Portal)
May 6, 2021 A coalition of nonprofits highlights the unique challenges that confront rural India and provides suggestions on how to respond to the second wave of COVID-19.
As healthcare systems in urban cities across India grapple with the second wave of COVID-19, smaller towns and villages too are facing devastating consequences. (Image: ©Gates Archive/Saumya Khandelwa)
March 3, 2021 Need to remove arsenic from the food chain and not just drinking water in endemic areas
Median excess lifetime cancer risk of 2 per 10,000 from food arsenic exposure in Bihar. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
December 28, 2020 The pandemic has exacerbated the issues of exclusion and vulnerability of sanitation workers.
Despite the risks and the dire conditions of their work, sanitation workers continued to do their job (Image: C S Sharada Prasad, India Water Portal)
December 26, 2020 What are the lessons learnt from COVID-19 pandemic on effective waste and resource management?
The management of waste is vital to minimize long-term risks to human and environmental health. (Image: Pasi Mäenpää, Pixabay)
Rural realities amid second COVID surge in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Rural areas emerge as sites of mass COVID outbreaks Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 6 days ago

COVID-19 has been spreading fast in rural areas while issues related to its management and the government’s response to the pandemic remain.

COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on the livelihood of people doing small jobs due to lockdown. (Image: Gospel for Asia; Wikimedia Commons)
Second wave, new challenges: Civil society on the frontlines
How community radio is helping in times of COVID Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

The onset of a second wave of COVID-19 has inflicted havoc in urban centers and even in the national capital which has somewhat sound state-of-the-art health system.

Involved in COVID relief (Image: SM Sehgal Foundation)
Smothered by heatwaves as climate swings
Effective action needed to avoid extreme heat events Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

In recent times, India has been routinely experiencing abnormally hot days during the summer months of April and May.

A study shows how the open space on the western bank of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad acts as a heat sink. (Image: Emmanuel Dyan, CC BY 2.0)
Rural realities amid second COVID surge
Practitioner's experiences in tackling the second wave in Indian villages Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month ago

The second wave of COVID-19 has now spread to the rural pockets of the country at a much faster rate than it did during the first wave of the outbreak.

There is a need to strengthen the capacities of ASHA workers, and other healthcare and grassroots workers. (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
Bathing spaces for women - crucial for WASH!
Bathing spaces and not toilets alone, aid women in maintaining health and hygiene. It is time the Swachh Bharat Mission pays attention to bathing spaces as well! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago

While it is known that women and girls experience considerable challenges than men and boys in accessing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) resources, there is minimal discussion on bathing spaces for women while the focus continues to be on toilet construction.

A temperory bathing space with no water and privacy in a fishing village in Tamil Nadu (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Responding to the second wave of COVID-19 in rural India
A coalition of nonprofits highlights the unique challenges that confront rural India and provides suggestions on how to respond to the second wave of COVID-19. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 1 week ago

As healthcare systems in urban cities across India grapple with the second wave of COVID-19, smaller towns and v

As healthcare systems in urban cities across India grapple with the second wave of COVID-19, smaller towns and villages too are facing devastating consequences. (Image: ©Gates Archive/Saumya Khandelwa)
India’s pandemic generation: Inching closer to ecological disasters
Battered by the impact of COVID-19 Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months ago

India is all set to usher in a ‘pandemic generation’, with 375 million children (from newborns to 14-year-olds) likely to suffer long-lasting impacts, as per the State of Environment Report, 2021.

Environmental crisis leading to more vulnerabilities among the marginalised communities. (Image: Pixabay)
Study detects high levels of arsenic in cooked rice in Bihar
Need to remove arsenic from the food chain and not just drinking water in endemic areas Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Extensive evidence of elevated arsenic in the food chain, mainly rice, wheat and vegetables exists.

Median excess lifetime cancer risk of 2 per 10,000 from food arsenic exposure in Bihar. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Budget 2021: Policy measures in the nutrition sector
Nutrition interventions need to be strengthened to protect people already at the margin of subsistence. Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

India's food security policy framework includes many proven nutrition interventions. In 2015, India committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger.

Children eating their mid-day meal at a worksite school in Andhra Pradesh (Image: ILO Asia Pacific, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sanitation workers amid the pandemic
The pandemic has exacerbated the issues of exclusion and vulnerability of sanitation workers. Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Sanitation workers are out in full force tasked with disinfecting the public spaces as COVID-19 crisis continues to impact the country on top of other serious challenges faced by our WASH sector.

Despite the risks and the dire conditions of their work, sanitation workers continued to do their job (Image: C S Sharada Prasad, India Water Portal)