Brazil offered to provide financial and technical assistance to Grameen Healthcare Trust to give better healthcare services to the rural people. The offer came when Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus met with Brazilian Vice Minister of Health at the Health Ministry in Brasilia on June 13, according to a message from Yunus's secretariat. They discussed possible cooperation between Grameen and Brazilian government in the area of healthcare for the poor.

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The Central Government-appointed Community Based Monitoring (CBM) Project under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has come out with a preliminary report on the functioning of health care infrastructure in rural Thane. CBM project is a key to acquiring health rights for the rural population. It was started in April 2007 in five districts of Maharashtra including Thane rural. The report will be discussed with government officials in a public hearing at the zilla parishad level.

The Population Research Centre's latest report on the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme in Chandigarh reveals a stark divide among the consumption patterns of students depending on the type and status of school. Students in the rural government schools tend to consume a full meal as compared to their urban counterparts. This has lead to an increase in the enrollment ratios and improved the retention rates in the rural schools.

Though malaria is yet to strike all parts of Assam in epidemic form, 27 deaths due to the disease have been reported from different parts of the State till date with the hill district of Karbi Anglong being the worst affected with 18 deaths. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that apart from some parts of Karbi Anglong, there has been no rush of malaria patients in any of the hospitals and health centres of the State. He said that last year, as many as 141 persons died due to the disease and 60 deaths were reported by the end of May.

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Use of soya products can fight malnutrition better in both rural and urban areas as, among protein-rich mushroom, spirulina, soybean and pulses, soybean has 40 per cent protein content and provides cheapest protein, says an expert. ''In Madhya Pradesh, a very large section of population in villages is living below poverty line. They are deprived of affordable nutritious food and their food is lacking protein and fat content,'' the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's former director MS Virdi said.

Mobile medical teams will now reach out to remote/hilly terrains for administering vaccines to children under the supervision of doctors. Besides, the government has formed a high-level committee of health experts to analyse the vaccination model that was introduced following the death of four children in Tiruvallur district on April 23. Official sources told The?Hindu here that the first meeting of the committee, headed by the Director of Public Health P. Padmanabhan, was held in Chennai on Friday.

The Raj Bhavan in Calcutta could plunge into perpetual darkness if governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi chooses to express his empathy not just with the denizens of the state capital but also with the vast rural populace of Bengal. For, figures available with the Centre reveal that Bengal has among the lowest rates of rural household electrification in India despite being a net "exporter' of power in recent years.

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