Reuters: “India’s malnutrition plight: The effects are more dire than we think “

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here is a link to my OP/ED.

November 19, 2012 was the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary and to commemorate it, President Pranab Mukherjee together with celebrity Bollywood actor and UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Aamir Khan will launch one of the Government of India’s most ambitious campaigns to combat malnutrition. This will mark a very important step to invest in the early childhood development of the country’s children. 

India has more malnourished children than sub Saharan Africa. The statistics are frightening and do not augur well for the country’s human development.

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Forbes: As Deaths Mount In Pakistan, Ending Polio Becomes An Act Of Courage

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here is a link to my OP/ED.

In late December 2012, hope in Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts was punctuated by the reckless killing of 9 health workers. These health workers knew of the risks they faced and yet demonstrated compelling acts of courage and devotion to their work. 
 
My OP/ED is a tribute to these brave health workers.The end of polio is in sight. This is the moment our collective resolve matters most.

The Guardian: “To fully eradicate polio, India must go beyond its own borders”

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here is link to my OP/ED

On Sunday, January 14, 2013, India marked two years with no reported case of polio. Given the size of population, widespread poverty, poor health and physical infrastructure and pockets of insecurity, this is remarkable.

What a propitious start to the New Year.
 
But India still needs to maintain its polio free status for another year, before it can be declared polio free. And until polio is eradicated completely, the threat of polio re-infecting India and other countries hangs like the ‘Sword of the Damocles’.
 
Polio is now present in three countries-Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The disease has to be eradicated from these countries in order for the world to rid itself of this crippling disease.
 
We are at the last mile and have to be resolute and unwavering in ensuring the utter and complete demise of polio.
 

Huffington Post: “South Asia’s Water Woes-Is there hope?”

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here is a link to my OP/ED in the Huffington Post

World Water Day is being celebrated on March 22, 2013. Even after nearly twenty years since World Water Day started in 1993, over 1000 children in India die daily from water borne diseases.

The entire world is watching India celebrate Kumbh Mela one of the holiest festivals in the Hindu calendar, which happens every 12 years. Sadly the waters of the Ganges where 30 million bathed on February 10, is neither fit for bathing or drinking. The National Geographic once described the Ganges as a septic tank, and they may be right, as the levels of fecal contamination is really jaw dropping.

I thought it would be useful to draw attention to this important event with an opinion piece I have developed with Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s (World Health Organization) Deputy Regional Director for the South East Asian Regional Office.

We hope this piece will generate a broader discussion on the grim situation on access to clean water and sanitation. Not only is it a future flash point for a conflict in the region as the Himalayan glaciers have begun to shrink but it is also amongst  one of the most polluted water ways in the world and causes enormous misery, morbidity and mortality to the over 500 million people that depend on these waters.

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