Most health problems are preventable, but when untreated, they make poverty worse.
Due to a lack of access to health services and knowledge, many preventable illnesses prevail. For example, open defecation is a reality for almost one in two people in India, leading to pollution and the spread of diseases. Even preventable diseases such as diarrhoea can be deadly.
In addition to the lack of access and knowledge, many families remain unable to afford basic healthcare. Just one incidence of hospitalisation pushes 20% of Indian families below the poverty line.
Another health problem is that 80% of women in India do not use sanitary napkins. Instead, women use alternatives that cause infection and ill-health. Girls are unable to attend school during their period; with reduced school attendance girls miss out on many opportunities later in life.