Health

India bears 21% of the global disease burden, losing at least 6% of its gross domestic product to premature death and preventable illness. The poorest 20% of Indians have more than double the mortality rate, fertility rate and under-nutrition levels, compared to the richest 20%. Also, India’s public healthcare system is over-burdened and under-resourced, resulting in slow progress to address our pressing health concerns. Within this context, Dasra has analyzed critical gaps to highlight effective solutions and organizations to give to, to move the needle on health indicators in India. 


Causes

Learn about causes that deserve urgent attention in India and leading social organizations spearheading transformation on the ground.
  • Bridging the enormous deficit of mental healthcare in India

    One in five Indians will experience a mental illness by 2020.However, according to estimates, even if all ~4,000 psychiatrists available in India...

  • Improving Urban Sanitation

    Open spaces used for defecation in India’s urban slums are often the only open spaces children have to play in. Exposing these children to fecal...

  • Nourishing Adolescent Girls

    After the first year, girls grow fastest in the 10-12 age group. Malnourishment slows down this growth spurt and undermines girls' reproductive...

  • Keeping Girls in Secondary Schools

    An additional year of schooling for 1,000 adolescent girls reduces infant mortality by 5% to 10%. Investing in girls' education and empowering...

  • Leveraging technology to improve maternal, newborn and child health

    At 16% and 27%, India contributes the highest global share of maternal and newborn deaths. With a billion mobile phone and over a million broadband...

  • Ending Child Marriage

    Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die during childbirth than women in their early 20s. Infants of adolescent mothers are 50% more likely...

  • Confronting Domestic Violence

    One incident of domestic violence is reported in India every five minutes – 50% of victims need healthcare during periods of violence. Abused women...

  • Improving Sanitation and Hygiene for Adolescent Girls

    The fear of sexual assault, the need for privacy, and the generally unusable state of sanitation facilities in India, results in many girls...

  • Improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene

    Dasra’s report Spot On! highlights key challenges and solutions to improving menstrual hygiene management for adolescent girls, along with the most...

  • Empowering Adolescent Girls

    India has the highest proportion of underweight (47%) and anemic (56%) adolescent girls in the world. India also has the highest number of...

  • Eradicating Sex Trafficking

    32% of rescued victims of sex trafficking suffer from health problems, of which 8% have HIV/AIDS, 30% have STDs, 17% have gynecological problems...

  • Nourishing Our Future

    Of the 6,000 child deaths in India every day, 2,000-3,000 are linked to malnutrition. Children in urban slums are the most vulnerable to...

  • Leveraging Sport for Development

    India is lagging behind many of its South Asian neighbors on key parameters of health. Moreover, the poorest 20% of Indians have more than double...


Insights

Gain perspective on emerging discussions shaping the development landscape in India.
  • Enhancing School Sanitation

    Of India's more than 2.3 million annual deaths among children aged below five, 334,000 are attributable to diarrheal diseases that improved...

  • Engaging Men and Boys in Women's Development

    Social expectations of how men and boys should be and act directly affect behaviour related to gender‐based violence, HIV prevention, and sexual...

  • Scaling Social Innovation

    India has one of the highest prevalence rates of communicable diseases and maternal and infant mortality. With 70% of its population living in...

  • Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

    At 17%, India has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, and 56% of adolescent girls (15-19 years) are anemic, as compared to 30% of...