SHIVPURI RURAL INDIA { 30 images } Created 9 Aug 2010

These photographs document the work of Ramvati Adivasi who is both an ASHA (local female health advisor) and a presenter for community radio station Dharkan 107.8 FM.

Like much of rural north India, Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh state suffers from poor health outcomes including a high rate of maternal mortality. The Indian government, with partners UNICEF, hopes to encourage the population to adopt practices to improve sanitation and health practices. In an area made up of isolated and marginalised communities and suffering low literacy rates, this can be a challenge.

Community radio may succeed in reaching this community by infusing humor, folk music and other entertainment with health advice.
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