Poor nutrition and limited access to basic healthcare and a severe lack of healthcare professions
Many schools in rural India lack basic infrastructure, like toilets, running water and electricity. Without access to proper sanitation, children are at high risk of infection. In some schools, children missed an average of 20 days of school per year due to diarrhea and dysentery alone. Half of the children were infected with intestinal parasites, and almost 40% of these children suffered from iron deficiency anemia. Many also struggle with poor nutrition, undiagnosed developmental delay, chronic illness, and behavioral issues. These health issues make it impossible for children to thrive.
In addition, the remoteness and the difficult terrain pose additional challenges in healthcare access with doctors and hospitals located in towns and cities that are many hours away by car. Populations of 50,000 or more people spread across a large region can at times be served by one doctor. There is a severe lack of healthcare professionals working in these remote communities.