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Posts from the ‘Children’ Category


An award-winning short film shot in Janta Colony

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Saving lives with boiled water, sugar and salt

According to World Health Organization estimates, diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years; globally, it is responsible for killing 760,000 children every year. Diarrhea is also the major cause of malnutrition in children under five years old. A significant proportion of diarrheal disease can be prevented through safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 61 million Indian children suffer “stunted” growth due to malnutrition in early development. Aside from small physical stature, stunting is linked to cognitive impairment, difficulty in school, reduced economic opportunities in adulthood and reduced maternal reproductive health.

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Promoting Health

SUCCESS: DIR provides training in areas such as health, hygiene and nutrition so that local residents can serve as Health Promoters.

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Care for Mothers and Babies

SUCCESS: The infant mortality rate in Janta Colony is less than half the national average: just 20 deaths per 1000 births compared to 49/1000 across India.

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