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World Malaria Day

April 25 World Malaria Day Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest and most prolific killers .These tiny creatures kill over 6 lakh people every years ,through diseases like malaria and dengue . This world malaria day lets pledge to kill every single mosquito. What is malaria? Malaria is an infectious disease that is caused by mosquito-borne plasmodium parasite which infects the red blood cells. It’s one of the deadliest diseases in India. There’s no vaccine for malaria yet and immunity occurs naturally through repeated infection. Common symptoms are fever, chills, vomiting, nausea, body ache, headache, cough and diarrhoea. If untreated, it can lead to complications like jaundice, dehydration, anaemia, brain malaria, liver failure and kidney failure. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly – anyone with decreased immunity is at a greater risk. How does one get malaria? The life cycle of malaria is complicated and it involves two hosts- the human being and the mosquito. Onc

SANITATION: NEED OF THE DAY

SANITATION : NEED OF THE DAY BY: NEHA SAROHA A plate laden with three large rotis topped with a generous helping of spicy dal (lentils) is laid infront of Roshni. She is hungry, but will not eat it yet. While her husband and two teenage sons quickly polish off what is on their plates, she puts away her plate. "Yes, I am hungry. I have not eaten since morning, but if I eat now I will have to go to the toilet by the time the food is digested and there is always a long queue at the washroom. We have just two toilets for women in this camp. So I eat only one meal a day, to minimise the number of visits to the toilet," she says. The women affected by the limited access to toilet facilities confess that the only solution available is to ensure that their need to use a toilet is reduced as far as possible which means avoiding water even      whilst thirsty. This in turn means that their health suffers, because denying the body sufficient fluid intake can result in kidney pro

Dying In Manhole

At least two to three workers must be dying every day inside manholes across India . In most developed countries, manhole workers are provided bunny suits and respiratory apparatus. In Hong Kong, a sewer worker needs to have 15 licences in order to enter a manhole. In India, conservancy workers – mostly from the balmiki subcaste of dalits -- go in almost naked. The mortality rate amongst them is a According to a 2002 report prepared by the International Dalit Solidarity Network -- which includes Human Rights Watch (United States), Navsarjan Trust (Ahmedabad, Gujarat), and the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, the government estimates that there are 1 million dalit manual scavengers in India.ppallingly high. At the very least, 22,327 Dalits die every year cleaning sewage. Human beings shrink from any contact with faecal matter. We are paranoid about stepping on shit even accidentally, with our shoes on. If it does happen, we rush to wash the offending substance of