Volume 002: Public Health

A feminist investigation into India’s public health and its possible futures.

Swasthya Se Yaad Aaya…

Women from grassroots collectives in Bihar met us on Zoom and talked to us about all things health. From hung servers to healthcare centres that could be mistaken for stables—seeking healthcare in rural India is often a thrilling ride.

Mann ke Mukhaute, Ep.02: Rahogi Tum Wahi.

As part of our series ‘Mann ke Mukhaute’ exploring mental landscapes from an experiential standpoint, the second episode features Sudha Arora’s story Rahogi Tum Wahi, an account of a woman at the other end of emotional violence.

What Has Caste Got To Do With Our Mental Health?

What are the caste biases of the Indian healthcare system? How does casteism affect medical education and practice? What happens when you seek help and are told that casteism is not real? In this lucid essay, Dr. Kiran Valake offers a ringside view on the intersections of caste, mental health, and access to care.

Mann ke Mukhaute, Ep.01: Adiyal Dukh.

As part of our Public Health issue, we are turning an inward eye to look at our mental experiences, and how they intersect with the health and state systems. Our podcast series Mann Ke Makhaute interweaves fictional stories and experiential voice notes.

“Communities have to be the first stakeholder in any conversation around health. They will pick the right solutions.”

Tribal Health Initiative (THI) was started in 1992 by Dr. Regi George and Dr. Lalitha Regi. Medical graduates from Alappuzha, Kerala, the two backpacked across India in the early ’90s to look for a place that could use them most. They reached Sittilingi, a land of hills and Malavasis (‘Hill People’), with an infant mortality rate of 150, the highest in India.

Indebted

The right to health is one of our fundamental rights. But even after 75 years of independence, are health services available equitably to all? The Covid 19 pandemic has laid bare the faults in India’s public health infrastructure.

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