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.
  • Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents

    Adolescence is a critical phase of transition from childhood to adulthood. It is marked by rapid social and biological change as well as heightened vulnerability that considerably influences adolescents' sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

  • Improving Maternal and Child Health in Tribal Communities

    Tribal communities lag behind the national average on several vital public health indicators, with women and children being the most vulnerable.

  • 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 matter magnifies the risk of transmission of fatal diseases such as diarrhea, and parasitic and worm infections, often leading to their deaths – 334,000...

  • 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 are involved in face-to-face patient contact for eight hours a day, five days a week, and see a single patient for a total of 15-30 minutes over a 12...

  • 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 are prone to twice the risk of a miscarriage and four times the risk of having a low birth weight baby. Dasra’s report, No Private Matter, highlights...

  • 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 to die during childbirth or as newborns. Dasra’s report, Marry Me Later, offers insight into the problem of child marriage in India, while also...

  • 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 and overall health, while also giving their future children a weak start. Dasra’s report, Three Square Meals, provides insight into the problem of...

  • 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 controlling their bladders for as long as 13 hours a day. This leads to long lasting repercussions on their reproductive, sexual and overall health. Dasra’s...

  • 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 connections, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can address the critical informational and process challenges to RMNCH+A in India....

  • 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 adolescent pregnancies which doubles the risk of death for their newborns, compared those born to older women. Dasra’s work focuses on the importance of...

  • 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 malnutrition, especially newborn children in their first month, and infants in their first 36 months. Urbanization poses an additional challenge to the health...

  • 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 impactful and scalable social organizations to fund.

  • 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 and the rest suffer from general health disorders. Also, while over 80% of rescued victims are aware of HIV/AIDS and STDs, only 58% have taken regular...

  • 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 them to be opinion leaders and decision makers can address many challenges that plague Indian society: maternal and child health, population explosion...

  • 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 the mortality rate, fertility rate and under-nutrition levels, compared to the richest 20%, suffering disproportionately more from communicable...


Insights

Gain perspective on emerging discussions shaping the development landscape in India.
  • 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 and reproductive health. Despite strong evidence of the benefits of involving men and boys in addressing global gender disparities, they are almost...

  • 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 sanitation could easily prevent. This is one of the reasons why the government has called on corporates to play a part in improving India’s sanitation...

  • 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 rural areas, and 80% of doctors, 60% of hospitals and 75% of dispensaries situated in urban areas, there is a significant mismatch between demand and...

  • 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 adolescent boys. Dasra’s whitepaper ‘In Sight’ will help grant makers realize how adopting a gendered approach will create deeper impact and improved...