What has enabled women, in particular, and the community, in
general, to beat the odds related to maternal and child health in the
region is the village health atlas, a collaborative effort of the
local people, the Village Health and Sanitation Committee and
government health workers. The Atlas enables them to take appropriate
measures to enhance the health outcomes. (Credit: Sarada Lahangir\WFS)

Heard About The Village Health Atlas? It Is Reducing Maternal Mortality Rate In India’s Poorest Areas

Here is how a well executed plan managed to change the old mindset of villagers in Orissa and introduced a better maternal health care system. From collecting important data to regular health advice and addressing important issues, the Village Health Atlas is leading pregnant women across 34 villages in Kandhamal, a district with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the state, to a healthier future.
Sunita Digal, 15, a Scheduled Caste girl from Rajikakhol
village, with her mother, Gelima. The older woman is really happy and
proud that her daughter is part of the Kishori Kalyan Samiti in the
village, an all-girl group that is helping teens to say no to child
marriage. (Credit: Sarada Lahangir\WFS)

This Girl Said ‘No’ To Getting Married 2 Weeks Before The Ceremony. You Will Be Glad To Know Why.

Sujata refused to get married before she turns 18 and convinced her family two weeks before the scheduled wedding to wait for the right time. She is one of the many girls who have learnt to say "No" to child marriages in Orissa. All thanks to Kishori Kalyan Samiti. This group of adolescent girls are fighting against child marriage in Orissa. Know more about these brave Samaritans.

We Haven’t Come Across An Act Of Kindness As Selfless As This. Have you?

He spends his days and nights at a railway station, lives a life of poverty and hunger without any source of income or help. But he makes sure that the stray dogs around him are fed properly every day. He sacrifices his food for these animals and this has been his life for 30 years now. Can an act of kindness be as selfless as this? Watch the heart-warming video of this amazing man.

The Engineer From Bangalore Who Created Alternative Livelihood Options For Villagers In Odisha

Villagers are mostly dependent on farming for their livelihood. What happens when that doesn’t yield the desired result? Should they starve in poverty? Bharath Vineeth didn’t think so! Read how he went about creating alternative income opportunities for villagers by converting available resources into successful businesses.
No matter what the ailment, be it a headache, fever or stomach flu, besides pregnancy related issues, Pankajani Behra is always ready for action, eager to help any one in need. (Credit: Azera Rehman\WFS)

TBI Heroes: Pankajani Delivers Good Health And Hope

An accredited social health activist (ASHA) in her remote, often flood-ravaged village in Odisha, Pankajani not only saves lives on a daily basis but goes way beyond her call of duty to be available to her wards at all times spreading awareness, dispensing advice and curing ills. Her dedication is plainly visible as she recalls painful memories of last year's floods in Odisha and the steps she took to ensure that the situation in her village remained under control.