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Update on New Media Journalists’ Child Survival Reporting from India #IRPIndia

While on press trips abroad it is always nice to know people are listening and reading back home. That’s why we’re happy to share the latest from the International Reporting Project’s new media journalists who are reporting about child survival in India.

Read our first post: New Media Journalists Travel to India, Report on Child Survival.

Interesting reads:

How Biometric Innovation is Helping TB Patients in India (Jennifer Uloma Igwe)

A common health challenge in the settlement is tuberculosis. The project we visited, called Operation Asha, is saving lives in the area through a biometric (fingerprint) system used to track patients and to ensure they take their medications.

Safe Drinking Water in India: How Smart Design Positioned Unilever as a Leader (Leon Kaye)

Hindustan Unilever is India’s largest consumer goods company, with $4 billion in annual sales and over 16,000 employees–over 5,000 of whom work at the company’s headquarters in suburban Mumbai. The division of the Dutch-British conglomerate dates back to the 1930s and its oldest brand has its origins in 1885.

My First Night In Mumbai, India (Lindsey Mastis) Also, read Visiting Mumbai’s Slums by Mastis.

It was already dark. Already past 10 p.m. But the city was alive. Shops looked open It seemed everyone was awake. People were walking around, and some cars were packed full of small children. This would be considered pretty unusual in America on a school night.

Then, on the side of the road, I noticed families.

I thought to myself, “They must live there. Under that bridge. How do they do it? How do they stay safe at night?” Our car continued on. The driver asked me if I wanted them to stop so I could take pictures. I said no, as I snapped a few pictures from my seat. It was so dark, my photos were coming out blurry.

Follow the journalists’ tweets at #IRPIndia.

Read more at the International Reporting Project.

Photo: United Nations

New Media Journalists Travel to India, Report on Child Survival

Caption: Women and Children’s Hospital in Mumbai, India: A child is pictured at Cama Hospital, a major hospital for women and children, in Mumbai, India. Photo: United Nations

The International Reporting Project (IRP) has sent ten new media journalists to India to report on child survival. You may recall, the Indian Ministry of Health along with UNICEF and USAID convened the latest Child Survival Summit earlier this month where, of course, child survival reigned top on the agenda.

India accounts for the largest number of under-five deaths in the world at around 1.5 million. According to the World Bank that number has steadily decreased from 69 under-five child deaths per 1000 in 2008 to 61 (Source). And according to the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME) India and Nigeria account for more than a third of all under-five deaths worldwide.

India, however, is committed to lowering its child mortality rate. Through site visits and expert round tables, the IRP journalists will share what they learn on their ten-day visit to India. Follow the #IRPIndia hashtag to follow the conversation through the end of the month.

Some key tweets that have stood out so far are: