October 31, 2017: Sinhgad Technical Education Society’s students from across campuses in Pune have displayed their commitment in saving India’s lifeline – rivers. The chain of institutes in collaboration with the Isha Foundation’s Pune office conducted rallies across campuses in the city.

Walks were conducted at the Vadgaon and Lonavala campus in support of the cause where more than thirty thousand students participated. Various presentations and talks were held at the campuses to make students understand about the important role played by the rivers of the country. OneWorld South Asia
September 27, 2017: India’s Minster of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, launched a book Forest Lanterns. The book contains essays on solutions for improving nutrition among children in tribal areas.

A number of promising solutions have been developed and deployed across the country to address challenges related to nutrition among tribal children. Written by a who’s who, Forest Lanterns showcases solutions that have been drawn from various states including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana.

‘Forest Lanterns’, a UNICEF-OneWorld Foundation India publication presents 46 innovative and successful practices covering not only under-nutrition of tribal children and their mothers, but also related aspects like farming practices, food security, healthcare, drinking water and sanitation, governance, and media’s role. Photo: PIB
July 20, 2016:Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.

Saumya, 16, is a Junior Red Cross Circle member in Gampaha District, one of the areas hardest hit by a spiralling dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka. She has volunteered to be part of a Sri Lanka Red Cross Society team that will join government public health inspectors to scout for breeding sites of mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus.

She’ll also be explaining to villagers how to prevent the spread of the disease. “Going door to door and informing people about how to keep their homes and environments free of dengue is so crucial right now,” says Saumya.

Dengue is endemic in Sri Lanka, but the number of people infected in less than seven months of this year is already almost double the number of cases that were reported in all of 2016.
The government of Sri Lanka is leading a nationwide effort to clear communities of mosquito breeding sites, educate the public on how to be safe and expand health services for dengue patients.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross is supporting all components of the programme and Saumya and other youth volunteers are an important part of the response. Photo and Text: Mahieash/IFRC
June 7, 2017: Antarctica is the southernmost continent that holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water. However, warming in Antarctica has led to rapid deglaciation that is increasing the sea levels by about 1 to 2 millimeters each year. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global sea level has risen between four and eight inches (10 and 20 centimeters) in the past hundred years.

According to data collected by NASA, Antarctica has been losing more than a hundred cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) of ice each year since 2002 and if all this ice is melts, it would raise the global sea level by about 60 meters or 197 feet. The disintegration of ice shelf, which is another cause of melting of glaciers, was caught by NASA satellites in 2010 and showed how it took just three weeks to crumble a 12,000-year old ice shelf.

‘Leadership on the Edge Programme’, conducted by Robert Swan, is one of the few ventures that brings together those individuals who are dedicated to make a difference by increasing their awareness on issues such as climate change. The purpose of this annual expedition is to study the change in climate in recent years and the impact of the melting glaciers on the rising sea levels. In 2017, Akanksha Sharma, a CSR expert and an environmentalist was selected to represent India and to be among 80 leaders worldwide for the Antarctic Expedition.

The 13 day expedition that started from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, integrated a variety of lectures and skill building activities to educate the travelers about Antarctica’s the climate, geography and wildlife as well as the challenges to be faced in the expedition. Photo: Akanksha Sharma. Text: Srishti Kapur
May 16, 2017: Various hospitals and healthcare facilities along with medical and nurses colleges across the country organised series of programmes to celebrate the International Nurses Day 2017.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (BMCHRC) in the west Indian state of Rajasthan celebrated the day as a carnival with poster competition on ‘balancing body, mind and soul’ followed by a lecture of nursing foundation and a quiz competition. Nursing teams also presented various entertainment sequences including dance, drama and comedy.

The nursing staff and nursing students also took the pledge to serve the patients following the footsteps of Florence Nightingale. It was in January 1974, when May 12 was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Representative Photo: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
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