The 12-hour Swasthagraha is inspired by the Satyagraha that defined Mahatma Gandhi's struggle for not just India's Independence, but also showed the world the power of mobilising people to embrace truth and non-violence. To mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a Swasthagraha is being initiated to make India not just cleaner but also healthier.
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That's A Wrap
That's a wrap for this year from the Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha. We leave you with some of the highlights of the action-packed day.
12-hour Swasthagraha ends on a soothing performance of singer Harshdeep Kaur.
Concluding remarks from Laxman Narsimhan, CEO of RB:
We will contunue to enhance five interventions of our campaign as we move from Swachh to Swasth -
- Hygiene impact bond
- Nutrition impact Bond
- Scaling up Dettol school hygiene programme
- Educate and train the grassroot agents on hygiene
- Banega Swasth India with Durex to fight HIV especially in the red-light areas
Sidharth Malhotra, Amitabh Bachchan and Prannoy Roy enjoy the performance of the Mallakhamb artists.
One of the best performances of the day, the Mallakhamb artists who left everyone spellbound with their fitness and command over their art form.
Himesh Reshammiya belts out one hit number after another on the Swasthgraha stage and dedicates one his songs to Amitabh Bachchan
After a long day of Swasthagraha, Himesh Reshammiya still manages to get everyone on their feet with his performance
Final few moments of the Swasthagraha and Himesh Reshammiya takes over the stage.
Priyanka Chopra on Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha: About one-fourth of children in India are malnourished which acts as a hurdle to their development. It is extremely important for parents and schools to know how significant nutrition is for children. All stakeholders need to come together to tackle malnutrition.
Priyanka Chopra lends support to the Swasthagraha
Swasthgraha witnesses the most breathtaking performance from Mallakhamba artists.
Ripu Daman, Plogger: In the last two year, most of the participation we have received in plogging is from the school children. We get to learn a lot from them. They are also the right agents of change as they take the initiative back home.
Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach: In over thousand plus patients we have observed that loosing weight is easy, keeping it off is difficult. You should move every 45 minutes to keep your blood circulation active. The movement can vary according to the pace of the each person. Remember to get your sleep right. Sleep is the most important thing.
With 15 minutes to go singer Harshdeep Kaur checks in at Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha.
With 30 minutes to go for the Swasthagraha, Amit Mishra energises proceedings with a powerful rendition of 'Bulleya' from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Amit Mishra on stage with Amitabh Bachchan
Singer Amit Mishra at Swasthagraha
Flogging...err...Plogging: Prannoy Roy and Amitabh Bachchan share lighter moment during the Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha
Kiren Rijiju on Plogging: We try to implement various kinds of initiatives toward sanitation. Today on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday, we wanted to do something new. We thought that we should do something for fitness also along with cleanliness. The Prime Minister also started the Fit India movement. One need not got to the gym to remain fit. We have combined Fit India movement and Swachh Bharat Mission to promote health and cleanliness. So in this initiative, you have to pick up waste while you jog.
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports joins the Swasthagraha
Swasthagraha panel discusses what really is fitness
Sangeeta Patel, USAID: India is light years ahead of many countries in terms of innovation. the best thing about these health bond is that these make people accountable and responsible for national and health outcomes as money is being put in it. Anything that happens in India, impacts the world.
Ravi Bhatnagar of RB: We are working with the Uttar Pradesh government to bring it up on the Human Development Index. We waned to try something new. We started working with other organisations like E&Y, Assocham and others to get results like a reduction in infant mortality. We devised health bonds.
The matter of health is different for different poeple. I look at my body as the best machine in the world which works well and can heal itself. We fuel it wtih proper food and nutrition. You don't need to spend too much time in the gym but you need to remain active. Do not remain stuck to your mobiles and other screens. Go out and detox from your devices.
Rakesh Kapoor contributes Rs 50 lakhs in personal capacity and Laxmi Narsimhan contributes Rs 5 crores on behalf of RB.
Prakash Javadekar: Now there is a growing awareness in masses about sanitation. We want people in media to partner with the government to raise awareness about sanitation and health. The government has also started 'Fit India Movement' in this direction which include plogging- picking waste and jogging.
Prakash Javadekar on Swasthagraha: The government believes that Swachh Bharat= Swasth Bharat. We have seen that more than 10 crore toilets have been built in the last 5 years. During this period we have also tried to clean the water resources by curbing sewage discharge and industrial discharge in the rivers. Lack of potable water had negative impact but now this is also improving.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar joins the Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha.
Rakesh Kapoor of RB on manual scavenging: For most of us the whole subject of manual scavenging is a dirty subject but for thousands of people it is a livelihood. World Toilet College is trying to move the people involved in manual scavenging from indignity to a life of dignity.
Stay fit, stay healthy is Sidharth Malhotra's mantra
Swachh Kumbh Mela and how it was made possible gets discussed during Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha.
Aditya Thackeray Pledges Rs. 2 lakh for NDTV's 'Banega Swasth India' Campaign
With 2 hours to go in the 12-hour Swasthagraha, Actor Sidharth Malhotra checks in at Banega Swachh India
Singer Tochi Raina lights up the stage with his performance.
Dr Harsh Vardhan on Targets for the future: Tuberculosis elimination target is 2025 and we are working to eradicate Measles
Dr Harsh Vardhan: There is a universal immunisation programme in the country which provided all-important vaccination to all children free of cost. Even after being provided free of cost, about 20 per cent of children is not being covered as the parents do not bring them to the centres to get the vaccination done
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Health Minister on Swasthagraha:
The Swachhta Abhiyan of the country is same as the health campaign. This is because if any programme or intervention is taking place on sanitation, the impact will lead to reduction in diseases, due to a reduction in germs. 12 crore toilets have been made. All these achievements including the behavior change have benefitted me the most as a Health Minister because I see my country becoming healthier. We have been able to tell people that if the surroundings are healthy then the body will remain healthy too. Prevalence of diseases like dengue and malaria will be reduced due to cleanliness.
Dr. Pramod Jog on Impact of Air pollution on children: One of the reasons for children being affected more than adults is that their lungs are still developing and also the respiratory rate of children is much higher than adults also they play outside and thus they inhale more air. Pollutants of small size like PM 2.5 is more harmful as the bigger pollutants get filter in the nose.
Ajay Singh of Spicejet on Swasthgraha:
We feel that we have a responsibility towards the environment. Aviation contributes to 1-2 percent of the pollution. We started a flight from Dehradun to Delhi using bio jet-fuel. The enthusiasm towards this flight was so much that when the first flight of this plane landed in Delhi, 6 cabinet ministers were present. We tell our pilots what speed to fly at, what height to fly at and other ways to cut emissions. We are using electric vehicles on the ground. By 2030, we have targetted to fly most of our passengers on bio-fuel.
Innovators at Swasthagraha: Ratul Narain, Founder, Bempu
Most babies die due to hypothermia. he bracelet called Bempu keeps blinking light and raises an alarm when the baby has temperature fluctuation or blood sugar fluctuation
Innovators at Swasthagraha: Arun Agarwal, Founder, Janitri
We have very few gynaecologist and huge number of deliveries every day. So most of the deliveries are done by Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANMs) and nurses. So the patch which we have developed called 'Keyar' tracks foetal heart rate to track the health of the child and also the mother's health. The data can be transferred to a mobile app for easy comprehension of the data received from Keyar.
Innovators at Swasthagraha: Poonam Jaggi, Iron Shakti Leaf
We have designed 'Lucky Iron fish' for your regular cooking, put this device to increase iron in the food. Boil the device in water for 10 minutes and mix it with food. It is like how people used to cook in iron pots earlier to increase iron in the food.
Innovators at Swasthagraha: Aditya Dev Sood, Founder, CKS
We have created a vaccine delivery kit which is easy for Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANMs) and grassroot workers to help them execute vaccinations. It is a complex design of s bag to keep the vaccines as per the temperature and condition it is required to be kept in
Innovators at Swasthagraha: Nitesh Kumar Jangir Founder, Saans
I found that many people are not able to reach hospital on time when the baby needs respiratory support. This leads to death of more than 1,62,000 babies due to lack of support. Saans has designed a device to provide breathing support to a baby.
Nusrat Jahan, Member of Parliament, Trinamool Congress: Health and cleanliness must be supported via awareness programs and a healthy environment for children and women to live in
Dr. Shetty on mental health: More younger people are committing suicide now than ever. Teach children to share bad news early.
Atul Khatri: We have reached out to 25,000 students on mental health issues. The addiction to social media is one of the reasons for depression among youngsters
Imtiaz Ali, Filmmaker: I stumble upon issues related to mental health regularly when I observe people and interact with them. In this field, there are some terms that are used lightly in day to day conversation like, 'I am depressed', 'this person is mental', this creates a confusing narrative as if this is very casual and not clinical.
Dr Shetty during a session on mental health during Swasthagraha: Excercise is an underestimated anti-depressant
Dr. Shetty on symptoms of depression: If a person feels hopeless, useless and worthless and feels like he is better dead than alive, this means that the person might be depressed
Dr Shetty on Swasthagrha talks about mental health and the extent of the problem in India: 150 million people need immediate attention. We have very few psychiatrists to tend to the needs of billions of Indians. Depression is even more common than dengue and malaria.
Eminent panel of experts and well known personalities discuss how mental health and well being is also an important part of being swasth.
Kamal Haasan: I always believe that be it Satyagraha or Swachh Bharat, it starts from inside. It should be an individual effort. A healthy Indian also means a healthy India.
Rapper Naezy performs the Banega Swasth India anthem, 'Swachh rahega toh hee Swasth banega' (Cleanliness is key to being healthy)
We came up with a Hygiene Index to measure the impact on health of efforts being made in terms of toilet construction, waste management and so on. even the government started a similar exercise through Swachh Sarvekshan or cleanliness survey: Ravi Bhatnagar of RB
We have constructed lots of toilets in the last three years. But during the last floods, we had some setback. The reconstruction of damaged toilets is going on. The other major problem in Assam is the contaminated underground water. Aresenic and flouride is high in the underground water and we are using more water from rivers than from underground sources.
The whole planet needs that the rivers and the environment remain healthy. In India, the unique characteristic of our rivers is that most of these rivers are rain-fed. Curbing the flow of greywater into the rivers is the first step towards cleaning up the river. The ecological flow of rivers needs to be ensured and we have started to work on this, said the Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at the Swasthagraha
Anaemia is a silent killer. From 2014 till 2016, there was no difference, but from 2016 till now, there has been a downward trend. This was the first time in decades where anaemia could be controlled: Dr Indira Chakarvarty, Former Director and Dean, All India Institute of Hygiene and public Health, MOHFW
We believe in comprehensive primary healthcare services. We provide accessible, affordable and quality services through 40 smile vans. Early detection is the focus of these mobile vans that reaches the doorstep of the people. In a nutshell, prevention is the key: Dr Nisha Gupta, Health Advisor, Smile Foundation
This initiative of NDTV is not just any initiative, it is like worshiping. We believe that every Imam should start spreading awareness through their teachings. This is what we have started across the country in all mosques. Faith leaders have a very important role to play. I am the chief Imam of 5. 5lakh mosques in India and I sensitise people to realise Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat in every institution. Each one of has to come together to make these initiatives a success: Imam Umar Ilyasi
Reaching out to the people is a huge challenge in immunisation. There are 28,000 cold chain points from where immunisation is implemented but we still have not been able to reach out to 100 per cent of the people. To save children from dying, immunisation in critical and the present coverage is 70 per cent but we are determined to go for 100 per cent soon. Sometimes it is also the behavioural issues that acts as a barrier. There are 4 rotavirus vaccines and India has developed two of them. There are multiple vaccines in the pipeline; the process of developing a vaccine takes about 10 years: Neeraj Jain, Country Director India at PATH
Only 18 per cent of the villages were Open Defecation Free in 2014, whereas today all are ODF. We have trained 70,000 women as Rani Mistris and with the help of these women we were able to achieve the mission of making the state ODF. 'Swachh Jharkhand, Swasth Jharkhand' is our motto. We also aspire to become the first state of the country with the least amount of plastic waste and minimum plastic use: Raghubar Das, Chief minister, Jharkhand
Dhvani Bhanushali performs her hit songs at the Swasthagraha
In 2000, we started our mid-day meal programme but we did not have any idea that we were getting into an initiative of such a massive scale. Madhu Pandit Das, the founder, wanted no children in the 10 mile radius of our temple to go hungry and hence we started preparing meals in our temple kitchen: Swami Das From Akshaya Patra Foundation
Dhvani Bhanushali checks in at the Swasthagraha.
Rapper Naezy, checks in at the Swasthagraha. Naezy has sung the campaign anthem, "Swachh banega toh hee Swasth rahega" (If you imbibe cleanliness and hygiene in your life, only then can you become healthy)
Prasoon Joshi recites a special poem on the occasion of Swasthagraha - 'Swasth soch aur mastak ucha aisa desh hum banayenge.' (Healthy mind is the essence of healthy body and clean surroundings)
Anuja Bansal of Plan India on Swasthagraha: A mother needs special diet and special nutrition. She cannot continue to do laborious physical work when she is pregnant, if she is weak and undernourished, the child will be undernourished too. We are running a programme in Amravati to address the issue of health in the first 1,000 days. It is the responsibility of the society at large to ensure that the mother is provided with the required support and nutrition for a healthy future.
Arvind Kejriwal on Swasthagraha:
If we want to make a big change it cannot happen without the support of the people and I am happy people of Delhi are with us and supporting us in keeping the mission of Swachh India going
In 2015, Delhi had 15,500 cases of dengue, we were doing whatever we could but still there were 60 cases of deaths. But then we came up with a mass movement to fight dengue - 10 minutes and check your home and help fight Delhi dengue. Now this yer we have had 286 cases till yesterday.
Like dengue, we are also fighting air pollution. Delhi's air pollution has in good category as opposed to earlier when it was in the harmful category.
Highlights of what Ram Vilas Paswan said on Swasthagraha:
- In 2014 when the Swachh Bharat campaign was launched, many people were skeptical. But today the campaign has reached a pan India level. The impact is very well visible.
- 95 lakh tonne of waste is produced every year in India. 38 lakh tonne goes in to rivers or landfills. Within this waste, plastic waste is not recycled or disposed of safely.
- Today we are facing such a water crisis, we must work on providing potable water in a targetted manner. Clean water and uncontaminated food need to be provided to people.
Unless you have good health, you are not at peace. When we started Swachh Bharat, we tried to link health with it. If you look at the statistics from 2014 to now, the Diarrhoeal disease was in 200 million children which has now came down to 50 million, Diarrhoeal deaths in children were 1.5 lakh has also been brought down remarkably, malnutrition has come down significantly too: Prof (Dr) Indira Chakravarty, Padma Shri, Public Health Specialist
Aaditya Thackeray: I have observed in the 9 years of political life, most of our electoral issues come from people. Only now we see sanitation and cleanliness become an issue for the people and they expect the political leader to speak about it. Similarly, health issues like preventive healthcare, mid-day meals, basic sanitation, hygiene are coming from the people slowly and the political parties must address it. We need to connect with the last mile on health issues especially in terms of preventive healthcare.
Dr Indu Bhushan: Ayushuman Bharat has two legs, one focusses on screening for disease and other leg focusses on secondary and tertiary care. One of the major components of prevention is screening for the diseases and based on the screening, the treatment follows.
Aaditya Thackeray, Leader, Shiv Sena checks in at Swasthagraha
Prasoon Joshi: Organic is how life should be. But if you make it sound fashionable, people start considering it. Organic living has been in India for many generations. People have experimented with food since decades. It is important to focus on the food grown locally. Food grown locally in the same environment where we live is the best. Nutrition doesn't need to be costly. The right attitude towards eating can help you find affordable and very healthy nutrient-packed food.
Laurent Faracci from RB: When I came to India, I suddenly realised what 'impact' means. The work which has been done by Dettol, and NDTV, has really brought a change. Cases of Diarrhoea has decreased, school attendence has increased. To me, it is the single best program I have seen globally of this scale and with such huge impact.What can we do is very easy. We need to be committed to the efforts and continue. We can continue to ask people to participate
We are running a program in USA inspired by Banega Swachh India.
Kriti Sanon: Nutrition is very important. What we eat is what we are. A lot of food is not organically grown, it is coated with preservatives, artificial colors and is ingested with chemical fertilisers and insecticides. I am not really sure if what we eat has nutrients.
Jaspinder Narula performs at the Banega Swasth India Swasthagraha
Kriti Sanon checks in at Swasthagraha
Dr. Reddy on Swasthagraha: A long time ago when I visited some villages, I saw sadness and so we decided to do something to change this. Today, we measure the health parameters of all the people in the 170 hamlets we have adopted. The severe malnutrition and other deficiency diseases were very prominent. I am happy to say that this situation has changed. Today when a woman is pregnant, she is given care from very early on. Nutrition and cleanliness are extremely important during pregnancy. Our initiative is trying to make them healthy and happy.
Singer Tulsi Kumar, performs at Swasthagraha
Neha Dhupai: I have had the good fortune to donate breast milk. It is important that the nutrition of mother and children is given equal importance. Nutrition of a woman needs to be focussed on from the early childhood. Every action counts, start at your home, start at your building. The change comes with contribution from each individual.
Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister: Swachhta turned into a mass campaign. We have huge a storehouse of bamboo in the northeast. The homegrown bamboo can now be used for livelihood purposes and building alternatives to plastic.
Dr Swasti Maheshwari: It is important to support the mother to help them breastfeed. All the stakeholders including the government and society need to take the responsibility to help mothers breastfeed. Women need to be empowered with awareness and knowledge about breastfeeding.
Ravi Bhatnagar from RB on breastfeeding facilities in public spaces: We found from our research that women do not feel comfortable feeding in the presence of men. Breastfeeding pods are being built in the remote village where a woman has a safe space to feed the child and clean-up the child
Neha Dhupia on Swasthagraha: Nutrition is very important when a woman is pregnant. Feeding the child in a hygienic environment is also important for mothers and children. Change in policy is our call through the campaign 'freedom to feed.'Change can come only by discussing and talking about the problem.
Palak Mucchal enthralls with her rendition of 'Vaishnav jan to' and 'Sare Jahan Se Achha'
Neha Dhupia is at the Banega Swachh India Swasthagraha.
Awareness is extremely important to eliminate plastic completely. People need to consume the information properly, they must be made to understand the hazards of plastic - awareness can be turned into habit: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minority Affairs Minister
Mind has a direct effect on the body; the emotional health and the mental health of the mother has a direct effect not only on the body of the child, but also on the mind. India is number one in depression, as per World Health Organisation, but how can a depressed India become healthy: BK Shivani highlighted the importance of mental health at the Swasthagraha.
Jasbir Jassi's soulful performance at the Swasthagraha
I have witnessed how effectively in Indore and Ambikapur, household segregation and waste collection works. People themselves have segregated plastic and municipality created plastic pellets from waste plastic which they sold further and generated income.
Eliminating plastic has become people's initiative in these two cities. Due to sanitation revolution in these two cities, improvement has been seen at all levels and in all health parameters. Indore model must be implemented in all municipalities in India: Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog
Panelists at Swasthagraha take the 'Say no to plastic' pledge.
Sadhvi Bhagwati, Parmarth Niketan on how to cut down plastic use
I tell other faith leaders to come together and join hands in saving the environment: Swami Chidanand, Spiritual Head, Parmarth Niketan
Plastic has become a very invasive part of our lives. From the beginning of the day to the end we are depending on plastic. We need to get rid of plastic from our lives and must find alternatives: Dia Mirza, UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador For India
Refuse plastic. Start with plastic bottles, then move over to using alternative carry bags and the third replaceable plastic item is straw: Dia Mirza, UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador For India
Coming up: Dia Mirza joins the Swasthagraha.
Waste to Wealth strategy is very important. 8 percent of waste plastic should added to construction material. Similarly, we are trying to run buses, truck and other transport from bio-CNG.Through waste management, we are also making bio compost. Enthanol economy is increasing and products like bio-degradable disposable plastic is being experimented with now: Nitin Gadkari on waste management
It's been a fabulous experiment with sanitation. It has taken a shape of a 'Jan Andolan'. Perhaps the largest behaviour change movement ever. People have taken 'swachhata', adopted it and made it their own. People like Amitabh Bachchan and NDTV have done tremendously to raise awareness around the cause but a lot is still to be done especially to sustain the change: Param Iyer, Secretary Ministry of Jal Shakti