Help Pahadia Adivasi girl child, who is suffering from a very unique disease Hydocephalous
The Paharias are the original inhabitants of the area with a population of 13234 Primitive Tribal Groups-PTGs (Jharkhand has 9 PTGs out of which 2 reside in the area) are some of the most disadvantaged in the area, residing on the hill tops with abject poverty, inaccessibility, low literacy levels, nutritional status and endemicity of Malaria and a number of other tropical diseases. The Paharias practice shifting cultivation of pulses & millets on the hill slopes and are also involved in collection & sale of forest products. The Santals largely residing on the plains carry out Paddy cultivation, Tasar sericulture & other forest products.
Majority of the households are able to grow about half of their total food requirement in their own farms. This gets reflected in terms of extreme malnutrition rates amongst children and even adults. As per our surveys 86 % of Paharia children are underweight with 46% in severe malnourished conditions (this is almost double the NFHS-3 data for Jharkhand), almost all women are anemic and 67% of women have BMI below 18.
Godda district has an Infant Mortality Rate IMR of 71 as compared to the Jharkhand 50, the situation for the Paharias is further worse (though no formal study has been done). This is evident from the fact that 7 infants died in the period (Aug -Dec-2008) in a population of around 3000 an IMR close to 80. Complete Immunization coverage is at 7.6% in the district. Only 21.4 % of expecting mothers undergo Ante-Natal Care with 10% institutional delivery.
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