Innovation

Dialing up change and hope

Posted on: June 19, 2014
By: Tanmay Guha Roy
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Sulekha Devi, ASHA, flaunts her Mobile Academy certificate

We were delighted at the lunch table when a colleague from Bihar narrated this story. There was a Community Health Worker (CHW), who was reluctant to show up at a Mobile Academy certificate distribution ceremony, because it conflicted with a wedding celebration at her village. But, when she heard that the District Magistrate would be [...]

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Stories of the health frontline, Bihar

Posted on: April 9, 2014
By: Wasim Ahmed
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Poonam Kumari, ASHA holding Mobile Kunji

The World Health Worker Week (April 7 – 11) aims to support, appreciate and raise awareness about the important role of Community Health Workers (CHW). I want to celebrate this week by sharing my stories about some of the CHWs we have been working with in Bihar – their challenges, their triumphs, their highs and [...]

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Life and death discussions in Bihar

Posted on: January 27, 2014
By: Peter Horrocks
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Peter with a mother and child in Bihar

I’ve met audiences of BBC programmes in the UK and many parts of the world. But never have I met a group for whom a BBC programme inspired so much discussion as the women of the village of Vyapur in Bihar state in northern India. I was in Vyapur to join a listeners’ group to [...]

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Bihar has two i’s

Posted on: August 22, 2013
By: Radharani Mitra
Categories: Innovation, Strategy

An insight mining exercise with husbands in Bihar

Draw up a balance sheet of Bihar. At first glance the negatives far outweigh the positives: it is one of the most populous states in India and one of the least developed. Abject poverty, illiteracy, poor infrastructure, caste-based politics and practically no governance for over four decades have cancelled out its rich history, natural reserves, [...]

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Stories of failure. And success.

Posted on: August 20, 2013
By: Siddhartha Swarup
Categories: Innovation, Research, Strategy |Tags: , , , , ,

A Community Health Worker  counselling a new mother using Mobile Kunji

How did the education system get it so wrong? Remember those multiple-choice tests where we had to pick one right answer? From the day we join school we are taught that there is always one right answer to a problem. Fortunately, life teaches us otherwise. Get married or not? One child or two? Job or [...]

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