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Health Corner- Myths versus Facts

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Preface: I was given a rather daunting task by one of my acquaintances to put down some tips on good health for general information to my fellow crowd and beyond to humanity at large. Naturally it was difficult to decide where to start from, since the target readers may be from all strata and communities of our society and of all age groups.

But let me begin somewhere….

In the beginning, I would like to put some very general lifestyle habits which should be followed by all people for general good health to one and all. Many of what I am about to unfold are known to public, but some new concepts will also he hereby known-to undo any faulty /wrong habits which the reader may have inculcated, inadvertently.

Let me suggest a listing of never do’s & don’ts:

Never to skip your Breakfast in the morning. This is the most important meal of the day.

              1. You may skip your lunch/take a light lunch.
              2. Never take a heavy dinner moreover with lots of spicy and oily food. Night is the time of metabolic house-cleaning. The less the task assigned to the body in the form of digestion and metabolism at night, the better the body gets self-cleansed and detoxified by the next day.
              3. Drink at least l0 glasses of water in a day. Maybe more in the hotter regions.
              4. Soft drinks are real nuisance consumables with lots of empty calories. They are never to be considered for replenishing the fluid content of the body.( I have found hardly anybody drinking water along with any food-it is invariably a soft drink to go along !!!)
              5. If milk is tolerated, one can go for it, it helps one to go off to sleep. But it should be avoided by people who are trying to get into shape and lose some weight! Dairy products in general are fattening with the exception of some skimmed milk, etc. All the same, rnilk is regarded as one of the compact forms of nutrition…for calcium supplementation .
              6. Eggs are nutritionally recommended for calcium/protein etc. and they do not contribute to high Cholesterol, unless one is predisposed to high lipids in the blood.. (as per recent research). The no. of eggs should be restricted to 1-4 in a week! Not to forget that eggs go into the making of a lot of confectionery products as well, at home. This should also be considered.
              7. Red Meat/Meat of bigger animals should be avoided at all cost. Mutton maybe very delicious to the taste buds and a gratification to cook at home and places of formal eating, but it is a strict no-no as far as good health is concerned. Its fibers arc very much loaded with fats.
              8. Country chicken is always better-they run around a lot and their flesh is tastier as well than poultry bred chicken!!! Chicken should always be taken with the skin removed preferably before cooking. Ideally eggs of such country chicken are good to taste and good for health also. Duck’s Eggs are tastier but rich in Cholesterol!
                Recently the eggs of Quail birds are available locally too.
              9. Green vegetables and at least one serving of fruits should be present in the platters of all meals. Bananas are good in conditions of constipation/diarrhea but they are fattening as well as they contain a lot of calories. ( Bananas are an item with high GI –Glycaemic Index–They can be taken in moderation from time to time. People suffering from ‘Acid Peptic Disorders’ should refrain from Oranges and all sour fruits.
              10. Dry fruits – recommended best ones are Almonds and Walnuts. Cashew nuts although are common and tasty, they are rich in lipids. Peanuts are very good as well.
              11. Chocolates in general should be taken occasionally-but the darker ones with cocoa are said to be now good for heart, as per recent research, although in moderation .Teeth must be brushed at all times after ingesting chocolates to avoid Dental Caries and related conditions by people of all ages, more so children.
              12. Microwave Cooking is to be discouraged-as it robs the food element of their nutritious values! Microwave ovens can best be used as Food Warmers.
              13. The pattern of eating should ideally be when you leave the dining table you feel as if you could have eaten some more………..!!!
              14. Brown Bread is better than White Bread. But Breads again should be taken in moderation, to keep a check on carbs.
              15. Visits to places like McDonald’s and KFC should be avoided in principle, particularly if children are there in the family. Deep fried junk food is just not advisable for good health for persons in any age group-particularly kids and adolescents.
              16. Not to hit the bed immediately after lunch/dinner. It is better to sit upright for about half an hour (watching TV can be done) before one retires tor the day. This prevents conditions of Reflux Oesophagitis/ Heartburn/Waterbrash etc. which are very common. One should not stoop down to do anything just after main meals!
              17. It is better to avoid eating in between principal meals-as this distorts the real appetite and calories cannot be controlled.
              18. Given the option between Tea and Coffee – it is better to go for Tea. Due to its Tannin content, it acts as a good anti-oxidant. (An anti-oxidant is a substance which mops up the potential carcinogenic radicals in the human body.)
              19. Salad dressing/salted preservative added food/fruit Cocktails/ Creamy pastries/ Pudding/ concentrated Kheer products/ Cheese/Butter/ Non-skimmed milk are better avoided.

Few topics relevant to people with certain known disease conditions:

Persons known to have Renal/Ureteric Stores should refrain from eating tomato/related products. A lot of water should be consumed daily.

              1. Persons known to have Diabetes/with father or mother a known diabetic, should maintain a vigilant Diet Chart at home and also, as much as possible outside home. Everything can be taken but in moderation, depending on one’s body weight. What matters is the daily calorie consumption in the guidance of a Dietician or a Doctor.
              2. People with Diabetes should ‘keep their feet as clean as their face’. It is a very well believed saying, respected by Doctors and well educated patients alike. Diabetics are very prone to develop foot ulcers which do not show a tendency to heal can cause big problems to the patient and Doctors and many people have ended up losing their limbs (by amputation) simply arising out of sheer neglect of themselves and their Physician’s advice !!!
                A word of caution here – today children are also diagnosed to suffer from Diabetes simply out of leading an erratic life style!!!
              3. Elderly people with Diabetes for many years are typically prone to have some of the following. So their care takers should be aware of them:
                            1. Silent Heart Attacks – which has a high mortality;
                            2. Sudden Strokes ending up with paralysis of different grades;
                            3. Sudden infective episodes inside their system requiring urgent Surgery;
                            4. Sudden/Early Blindness arising out of a process called Retinopathy…even Cataracts;
                            5. Damage of Kidneys-causing renal failure and heading for dialysis etc. which are very expensive, even by Indian standards and the outcome is always grim;
              4. People with Hypertension (High blood pressure) should try to lead a stress free life, with regular checkup of BP) and medication from Doctors. Long standing improperly treated Hypertension can also lead to damage of Eyes/Kidneys/Heart etc. excess salt on the dining table to be avoided, salt may be used, albeit sparingly in the kitchen.
                ( Less than 5-6 gms a day)
              5. Persons suffering from both ‘Diabetes and ‘Hypertension’ need to be doubly cautious with respect to their day to day life, follow-up with Doctors, dietary habits and medications. All the potential complications of these silent killers get multiplied in such people, but with regular supervision from medical personnel they can lead very compatible normal lives.
              6. Persons known to suffer from a condition called as “Gout” need to have a real look into their diet and consult Doctors when they have episodes of acute pain in joints etc. This is usually due to a genetically inherited metabolic deficiency of an Enzyme, which takes part in Purine metabolism in the body. Simple analgesics after seeing a Doctor may be tried and usually the attacks subside within a few days, in some cases other medication are required and even to go on for life in resistant chronic cases. Beer is to be strictly avoided in such patients and Red Meat and certain leafy vegetables too, should be avoided from their Diet.

I think this has been a synopsis of handy health tips- which all good samaritans of this country need to know-.in order to lead a healthy life here . I have chosen this simplistic approach, as it is easy to be followed by lay persons, avoiding complicated terminology which might intimidate the readers and will defeat the purpose. The List is exhaustive and it goes on and on! It is only a humble effort to pick up a glass full of knowledge from an Ocean of the same . Parents should be rather strict on their children on many such issues. Working men and women must take care of themselves in an adequate manner as hinted above . Elderly people must be closely taken care of by their sons/daughters and taken to visit Doctors if something sinister really comes up with them.
Good Luck and Good Health to all my brethren & friends – young and old.

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CHWs-Newfrontier to drive innovations in rural healthcare delivery

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The need:

Jayashree,is a Community Health Worker(CHWs) in her village called Hubli, in Karnataka. One day,while she visited a woman named Pushpa in her first trimester,she looked quite unwell. On enquiring Pushpa was found to suffer from Epilepsy. Her family also revealed, she has been prescribed with medicines by a local doctor, but she didn’t take them regularly. Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system and such patients during pregnancy have major concerns. Jayshree felt the need! She promptly captured her vitals on her smart phone loaded with Wireless Health Incident Monitoring Systems, (WHIMS), and pushed the patient’s vitals on to the cloud for a quick doctor reference. For the next few days, Jayshree monitored and screened her closely and counselled her and family about different preventive measures pertaining to her health conditions. Soon after,Pushpa recovered and gave birth to a healthy child. Like Jayashree, there are over 330 CHWs who are trained and strategically deployed across six states in rural India to become the frontier in iKure’s healthcare delivery system.
 

Context:

India faces large disparity in workforce distribution especially in rural regions where burden of diseases is high. With 44,000 doctors for 833 million people, the shortage of doctors in rural areas is severe where each doctor serves a community close to 19,000 people. The severe lack in rural areas has been attributed to lack of effective training and recruitment, ineffective distribution of workforce and failure to retain labour where needed the most.
With the urgent need of creating new cadres of frontline health workers that meets the demand of rural health, iKure implements strategic training, evaluation and monitoring programe with the judicious use of digital technology to address the gap. iKure has developed a cloud based platform called Wireless Health Incident Monitoring System (WHIMS) designed with an intuitive graphics user interface that health activists, with basic education can use. WHIMS is accompanied with instruments to measure vital statistics of patients, and for it to be a more reliable diagnostic tool, iKure created Medic Bags with low-cost POC instruments to assist CHWs to measure basic statistics. iKure has established ecosystem partnership with Public Health Care (PHC) system, and low-cost private healthcare providers, under which diagnostics collected by the CHWs are shared in real-time with doctors in these hospitals, who suggest treatments and prescribe medication through the WHIMS platform to the health workers, who relay this information to the patients. The evidence based data collected using WHIMS platform offer huge potential to drive policy and advocacy on the health status of the rural community.
 

CHW’s MEDIC BAG:

To address the fragmented approach of primary care delivery in rural community, iKure establishes integrated care enabled by the CHWs at different levels of the delivery system. To ensure quality care at each level, we build the capability (both technology and clinical) of the CHWs as the first step, to build technology enabled health system support, improve health practices at the household level, and bring integrated actions for health at community level. These cadres will be mobilized by iKure for different handholding of their designated roles in performing household visits, community level outreach camps, and facility based concept clinics. CHWs equipped with a Medical Kit that consists of devices such as BP machine, Stethoscope, pulse oxy meter, Thermometer, First Aid Kit, Weight machine, Height measuring scale, gloves etc., they carry medicines for basic common ailments, non-invasive haemoglobinometer, Haemoglobin kit to measure Hb level, mobile phone based sphygmomanometer, urine analyzer, calorimeter, ECG, flipcharts/Hoardings & registers. Through these CHWs, every patient is also provisioned with Digital Health Card (DTH) encrypted with a QR (Quick Response) code and during home visits, DTH gets updated with latest clinical indicators. The health data obtained from the health cards is synced to a cloud for effective utilization in the upward heath chain at both secondary and tertiary levels.

Prior to working as CHW, these village women remained mostly confined as homemakers performing daily household chores. As iKure build their capacity both technologically and clinically to work as frontline health workers, they also gain respect and position from their communities in the long run. Further, their contact and association with the community helps iKure drive effective community mobilization measures and act as a catalyst to drive behavioural change. While they interacts and communicates the necessity on the ground and identifies appropriate health needs, they conduct street plays, demonstrates hoardings and facilitates automatic health nudges through mobile phones of the beneficiaries at different levels. They are also attuned to provide nutritional counselling, and spectacle services based on the community needs.

iKure also build sustainable model for its CHWs. Through robust supply chain model, these CHWs promote various lifestyle products such as sanitation pads, branded spectacles, hair care, skin care products etc, which helps them gain daily incentives apart from monthly income.

 

Conclusion:

The CHW model of empowering the women community and gender mainstreaming represents transformational change in rural healthcare delivery. As they champion tech-savvy cultural values in otherwise austere facilities, and limited supply of doctors, such effort has established inspirational leaders driving catalyst change in public healthcare delivery.

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Diet Plan for good health and keeping a check on weight gain

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Things NOT to consume


1. All Fried Stuff…KFC / McDonald’s / Deep Fried Items etc.

2. All soft drinks…such as Colas / Fruit Juices and fizzy drinks

3. Mutton of bigger animals… Beef/goat/pork/steaks/non b veg burgers/salami etc.

4. Frequent Fried Rice products… Biryani / Fried Rice etc.

5. Cream enriched – Dairy Derived products………. Butter / Cheese / Marmalade etc.

6. Ice Creams / Cakes / Puddings / Pastry / Confectionery Items with cream etc.

 

Things to be taken in moderation

1. Milk, if it is tolerated

2. Honey / Jam… applied on bread toast

3. Eggs. Two / three per week….more of the white than the yolk!

4. Maida derived products… such as parathas / egg-rolls etc. (Indianised version)

5. Excessive Indianised version of Chinese food (With MSG-Mono Sodium Gluconate

6. Spinach and other leafy green vegetables

 

Things recommended for frequent consumption


1. Fibre rich fruits and vegetables (Banana is calorigenic… once in a while )

2. Oat meal / Breakfast cereals / Brown bread (instead of White Bread)

3. A handful of specific Nuts like Almonds (non-roasted and Walnuts only.

4. Occasional diet of dates / apricots etc. as snacks

5. Tea in place of Coffee….. Tea without milk and sugar… green tea etc.

6. Several glasses of plain water a day… more in summer months

 

Lifestyle habits/practices

1. To use the staircase instead of the elevator…. as much as possible

2. At least 20 minutes of walking on every other day if not every day – swimming is the best.

3. To leave the dining table when you feel you could have eaten some more.

4. Never to take second helpings in parties… particularly oily and greasy items.

5. No junk food like fried chicken / pizza / burgers etc.

6. Wash your face with cold water before the night sleep – sometime cucumber slices around eye.

7. Avoid heavy meal at dinner and not to hit the bed directly after dinner/lunch.

8. Get up at the same time everyday.

9. Pursue any hobby on a daily basis – even for a small duration.

10. Do some household work frequently at home, which entails physical exercise.

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Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Disease in low-income community

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Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are leading cause of premature mortality. According to Indian State-Level Disease Burden Initiative report, disease burden of India has shifted from Communicable, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional diseases (CMNNDS) to non- communicable diseases over the period of 1990 to 2016 from 37.9% to 61.8%.

 

Risk segment and socio-economic impact of NCD

Though major NCD diseases are associated with old age people approximately 42% of all NCD deaths globally occurred before the age of 70 years. Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors contributing to NCDs. Poverty is another factor closely linked with NCDs. In resource constraint setting of healthcare, NCDs increases out of pocket expenditure of an individual or sometimes loss of breadwinner of the family forcing many families below the poverty line. Vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people get sicker and die sooner than people of higher social positions, especially because they are at greater risk of being exposed to harmful products, such as tobacco, or unhealthy dietary practices, and have limited access to health services.

 

Chronic Disease Prevention Programme, an initiative towards NCD management:


iKure together with MIT Sloan School of Management in the District of Paschim Medinipur, iKure initiated a study on NCD with randomly selected 500 people in test group. The initiative is measured following parameters to get greater insight on the contributing factors towards cause of NCD. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), Hb1AC, Systolic Blood Pressure, and BMI are collected to derive the analytics. Using power BI tool following trend has been identified where 25% of all respondents suffered from type1 diabetes, 43% type2 diabetes, 11.8% with high cholesterol, 65.6% hypertensive and 5% obese. Though it is surprising to know such trends were known to affect the elite group, but our findings shows the emergence of NCD trends even in low-income community group.

Moreover, the High-cholesterol, High Blood pressure and High pulse rate was a common trend among identified high risk CVD patient found in 8.4% of the population.

Further, we found high risk CVD zone affected mostly within 56-80 years of age group.
Case of Diabetes was found between 41-56 years age group and females are marginally more prone to diabetic in the catchment areas.

The clinical observation was recorded during door-step screening, monitoring, and doctor’s consultations. The high-risk patients were provided tertiary care through telemedicine platform and appropriate medication. Awareness was created by the CHWs on self-management, prevention and control on NCDs.
 

Conclusion:

In the heterogeneous country like India, iKure is putting the right step forward to achieve WHO’s global targets for prevention and control of non-communicable disease by 2013-2020.

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Malaria

 

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Malaria is a dreaded disease since primitive times and time immemorial.

There is no statistics on how many lives has been lost since the dawn of civilization, from this preventable malady…this far.

It is a vector borne disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium species transmitted by the ubiquitous mosquito…Anopheles type…the female variety.

The parasite variants are Plasmodium Vivax/Plasmodium Falciparum/Plasmodium Malariae and Plasmodium Ovale responsible for causing the different clinical types of Malaria, each with different characteristic features and morbidity potentials.

The essential symptoms are Fever with chill and rigor and a subjective combination of headache/nausea/vomiting/abdominal ache/body pain etc.in an apparently non-complicated case of malaria. In complicated cases, the signs and symptoms become more sinister.

The fever often takes a typical periodical rhythm and gets the typical name of Tertian/Quotidian types of fever…associated with other typical/atypical symptom complex. Out of the whole galaxy of Malaria variants, what is dreaded most by the medical fraternity is Falciparum Malaria…which often ends up with fatal complications unless treated promptly and appropriately. The usual complications are affection of the central nervous system (Cerebral Malaria) manifested by convulsions and passing of black urine ( hence the name of Black Water Fever)….due to massive intravascular haemolysis of the parasitised RBC-s and the haemoglobin finding its way out through the kidneys….ending up with Renal failure… ! However with prompt and adequate treatment ,the complications may be avoided completely !

The treatment of Malaria is simple following its correct diagnosis and goes by a certain protocol adapted from country to country depending on the epidemicity of the disease and the resistance/susceptibility pattern of the region to the different drugs meant for the same. The basic tenets of malaria treatment remains the same guided by the parasite species and the nature of treatment required…..prophylactic / therapeutic. Travellers destined for Malaria prone areas are recommended to undertake Malaria prophylaxis prior to travel in those countries.

For some species relapse of Malaria isa big potential problem and some typical medication needs to be taken to prevent this relapse,due to characteristics of its lifecycle in the Red Blood corpuscles in blood/liver…over a certain period of time.
Some typical drugs used in Malaria prophylaxis / treatment /relapse control are..Chloroquine/Mefloquine/Quinine/Artemisin group of Drugs/Primaquine etc. guided by the indication of the type of approach required.

Prevention of Malaria is a daunting and herculean task targeted to different strategies of vector control ,through adult and larvicidal measures and adopting self protective measures like avoiding mosquito bites at all costs and steps to drastically reduce the adult mosquito population through strategic measures.
Emphasis should be placed on diagnostic approach to Malaria by proper facilitation of blood collection through Smear preparation on slides….thin and thick smears ..and identifying the exact variant of the parasite and its density.

Immediate treatment begins as soon as results are available and confirmation is also seeked through Immunological Tests for Malaria. (Malaria Antigen)…on select cases,as per the decision of the clinician.
Trained manpower is also a perquisite in Malaria control at all stages of its management approach.
In spite of adopting all the recommended measures in Malaria control…old and new….the menace of the disease is far from over and the human race needs to take particular precautions to prevent its transmission and spread to the community and keep the mortality as low as possible !

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Sleep

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Sleep is a periodical “switch off” from the immediate and remote surroundings…without any shut off of the body and brain…..a time for cellular rejuvenation and metabolic ‘house cleaning’…processing information acquired during wakefulness and a complex mechanism of warding off many illnesses….which is still in the process of research and understanding by mankind !

It is a stage of reversible consciousness with a few subtle physiological changes being at command, by a process of natural default, which happens with all human beings.

Sleep patterns are being governed by a circadian rhythm which is again controlled by several factors such as….daylight/darkness….genetic programming of our bodies….demands of our occupation…..fullness/emptiness of stomach…mental status..presence of/absence of pain in our body…..effect of medication etc. and the interplay of a lot of other factors…in day to day life.


Sleep deprivation…if continued for long, leads to a cumulative quantum of ‘sleep debt’ which is detrimental to the day to day functioning of the human body, until it leads to a sudden,,catastrophic let down of the whole system and a system collapse !

Symptoms of sleep deprivation could be any/all of the following……….. Excessive sleepiness during the day/Abnormal yawning/Irritability and lack of concentration/Daytime fatigue etc. A brief daytime shut eye…….often yields better performance in work or activities demanding greater concentration.

A minimum period of 6-7 hours of sleep a day is the basic requirement of our system….and more sleep or less sleep has its own consequences. Some occupations demand night shifts and wakefulness…such as Doctors..Pilots….Security and Army Personnel…Call center Employees etc. Although such people tend to balance it with sleeping through daytime hours….in the long run it may cause problems due to an alteration of the biological clock of the body.

Also……studying throughout the night by students ‘burning midnight oil’…is a common practice. This is detrimental to the cognitive performance the following day , due to lack of proper sleep. A good night’s rest works wonders for such anxious students and leads to better examination performances,it is noticed.

Sleep Disorders are often diagnosed in a sleep laboratory by tests referred to as Polysomnography and interpreted and treated by Sleep Specialists ! Some typical sleep disorders are…………………………

Narcolepsy and Cataplexy / Parasomnias / Somnambulism (sleep walking) /Hypersomnias versus Hyposomnias in the form of Early morning wakefulness/Delayed onset of sleep etc.to mention a few of the many identified conditions under this heading. They are often accompanied by psychiatric illnesses, to be addressed by Psychiatrists,if not by Sleep Physicians.

Self-medication with sleeping drugs through OTC purchases is forbidden for its addicting potentials and other significant side-effects of such medications and should be strictly prescribed by Doctors with mention of the exact duration of such a therapy.

( In many countries sleeping pills in general are all controlled drugs with stringent rules guiding their sale and usage)

To ensure a sound sleep overnight, a ‘sleep hygiene’ needs to be followed by all who suffer from sleep disorders as also otherwise normal people………………

The immediate environment should be controlled/modified as below..
   Switching off all electronic devices for the sleep period
   Light instrumental music in the ambience
•   All lights to be switched off ( the sleep hormone Melatonin gets released during darkness !! )
   A comfortable bed which is non-hurting to the body areas
   A cool bedroom
   No arguments just before sleep time with partners, spouses ,or children,or, other family members
   Some may read books with softer- to- mind content
   Light dinner about two hours prior to bedtime…aided by a warm cup of milk..may be, to induce sleep…just before retiring for the day
   A brief walk around may help some people just after dinner
   No vigorous exercise / gym regime just after dinner..avoiding bending down to steer clear of reflux issues in the upper GI tract
   Late night trepidation in the world of social media is mentioned to be discouraged around sleeping time…which often robs one of quality sleep in the night.( Social media has turned out to be one of the most strong‘predators’ of sleep !)
   Evacuation of bladder and bowels is an essential mandate before going to sleep.( A full bladder and ignoring the call is a main cause of restlessness during sleep…particularly during early morning hours).Of course people with Enlarged Prostate/Diabetes may need to get up a few times in the night, to respond to the call of nature !

Alcohol and/or smoking does not in any scientific way help in inducing sleep…one should note.
A brief meditation or a short prayer may help to soften the frayed nerves earned from the vagaries of life in the waking hours..!!
A person who sleeps well regularly has a sound immune system in general and wards off many illnesses…apart from staying non-obese and not falling prey to Hypertension ,Diabetes and a few other lifestyle diseases. For a long and productive quality of life (QOL)..proper and regular sleep plays a very important role..improving our efficiency and memory and all cognitive functioning as a whole.
So…..the message is Sleep well and take care of the body as a whole…in a preventive and prophylactic manner .

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How much does a Pair of Eye Glasses Costs for People at the Last Mile?

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Vision impairment due to lack of access to eyeglasses has been identified as one of the largest unaddressed disabilities in the world. There are many remote villages, where getting a pair of eyeglasses is a distant dream for many. With a pair of glasses costing pittance, 550 million people in India are still in dark. Whereas, there are other parts of the world, where the first reading eye glasses can be picked up easily from a grocery store or a pharmacy.

Of all the eye problems, the commonest eye problem results mainly due to refractive error causing hyperopia, presbyopia, or myopia, and which can be easily corrected using eyeglasses. Refractive error is a condition where a person is unable to focus clearly on an object. Above the mentioned problem, Presbyopia is the most easy to correct just by trying out different corrective glasses. But, quite apart, such diseases remain largely untreated. Vision impairment is more than just a health disorder. It has economic, social and public safety implications and with variety of approaches tried and tested, to date none have succeeded on a larger scale.

iKure’s eye care intervention shows 78 per cent need access to eyeglasses particularly among them are construction workers, bus drivers, and school going children. With the staggeringly high impaired vision, the quality of life remain hampered, translating into reduced productivity, economic losses and huge absenteeism in school.

With the mission to bring eye glasses to all who need them, iKure has potentially paved the way for a new beginning in dissolute communities. With access to simple pair of spectacles, the venture has drastically improved earning power, educational prospects, and enabling every day task easier. Post intervention, our beneficiaries have reported to feel motivated with positive social and economic outcomes, better learning behavior and even fewer road accidents. So far, iKure through its eye care initiative has helped more than 0.5 million people get access to corrective eyeglasses.

Another approach initiated by iKure includes access to power testing using state-of-art technology. The use of advanced technology has facilitated getting corrective eye glasses with reduced chances of manual error, bringing ease of using among the end-users.

While the problem too large to scale, but simple enough to solve, we look forward to working with partners and Govt. initiatives to bring the first pair of eyeglasses needing them.

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