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Nov'19

Manual Scavenging in India

Team Members: Amlan Kumar Nandy, Ashish Kumar Jena, Aman Kumar Singh, Akash Kumar Problem Statement: Manual Scavenging refers to the practice of cleaning of drains, removal of untreated human excreta from pits and latrines through manual labor. Even though it was banned way back in 1993 due to it being regarded as a caste-based, dehumanizing practice, it is still prevalent in many parts of India. It's estimated that over 600 manual scavengers die every year, while several others are infected with various diseases due to unsafe working conditions. User Persona: Ramesh is a manual scavenger in Mumbai, the most populous city of our country. Everyday, the city produces 2000 million liters of sewage. But there are only 30,000 sanitation workers out there to take care of it. With a severe lack of proper machinary to clean it, it's up to Ramesh and other manual scavnegers to clean it by dipping into the sewer themselves, while being exposed to various deadly pathogens.  Interview: I had a chance to interact with a sanitation worker in my locality (Chandrashekharpur, Bhubaneshwar). According to him, the work of manual scavenging has been done by Dalits and lower caste people for many decades now, and due…

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09

Nov'19

Lack of proper Healthcare services in rural India

Team Members: Amlan Kumar Nandy, Ashish Kumar Jena, Aman Kumar Singh, Akash Kumar Problem Statement: It is a well known fact that our county is facing a severe shortage of doctors.  And the ones present are mostly in urban areas. Remote rural areas, stuck on the bottom of the ladder, suffer from a lack of properly equipped hospitals and qualified doctors. Thousands of people in such areas die every year due to lack of proper treatment or late diagnosis/detection of their diseases. User Persona: Bangra is a agriculture worker living in the village of Santia, located in the Balasore district of Odisha. By working in the farms of the big landlords in his village, Bangra barely earns enough to feed the bellies of his wife and 2 daughters. Last summer, his younger daughter fell sick with Pneumonia. The nearest hospital was situated 40 kilometers away, in Balasore. Getting immediate treatment was very difficult. And even then, there was no way he could afford treatment at a big hospital with his modest earnings. Somehow after borrowing some money at an exorbitant rate of interest from his employer, he took his daughter to a hospital in Balasore. The girl survived, but unfortunately she…

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