People of Bantoli (Part 2)
father with child
What about malnutrition?
It is not uncommon for field
laborers to go for several days without food,
chewing a root plant called Genthi, which
kills the appetite. In the tribal areas, 72% of
the women suffer from chronic malnutrition. 24%
are under 145 cm in height (4' 9") and 96%
weigh under 45 kilos (99 lb.). According to medical
standards, such frailty greatly increases maternal
mortality. 20% of these women have lost at least
one child. The malnutrition of the mothers is
carried over to their children, and there is a
high morbidity rate due to unhygienic practices
and surroundings. Around 68% of lactating women
suffer from anemia. 75% of births do not have
professional attendants. The mortality rate at
birth is reported to be 2 per 1000, as opposed
to 1.1 for the rest of India.
Washing dishes in the pond. Most people's homes
do not have running water.
Old man in need of medical care