As vector-borne diseases emerge as a serious threat to the average Indian, especially in rural India, the India Industries has determined to provide respite from this epidemic through its technological innovations. The Abhinna Group is the principle partner of UNDP. It is entrusted with the responsibility of controlling the spreading of vector-borne diseases in India.
In collaboration with Vestergaard - a Switzerland-based company that specializes in manufacturing public health equipment, India Industries has been successful in distributing millions of nets in vulnerable areas. PermaNet - a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net - is a Vestergaard product that has been approved by the WHO and the CIB. The Group is the sole marketing and distributing partner for this innovative solution in India, Bangladesh and .
Vectors are living organisms that transmit infectious diseases to other living organisms. Vector-borne diseases - like malaria, dengue, yellow fever, plague and chikungunya - kill an alarming number of people, every year. As per a recent study, the vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 700,000 deaths, annually.
The India Industries is making a meaningful effort in addressing a critical issue that plagues rural India and which is high on the Government’s priority – safe drinking water.
Abhinna’s distributes LifeStraw - a technology that makes contaminated water safe to drink. LifeStraws are water bottles with a filtering device that remove bacteria and parasites from water. These mobile light-weight filters can be easily carried along, thus, ensuring safe drinking water anytime anywhere.
TheIndia Industries launched ‘WATSAN’ – a PHE-approved product. These natural purifiers do not waste a single drop of water during the process of purification. These minimal-maintenance products are specifically targeted at rural India and are being distributed by the Group in collaboration with the Indian Government.
Abhinna’s technology-based, cost effective products have positioned the Group as a national proxy for safe drinking water solutions.
Water pollution is a major environmental issue in India. Nearly 76 million Indians do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. Our oceans and rivers are being polluted on a regular basis and the lack of infrastructure to preserve water is posing a serious threat to the people of the country. World Health Organization has reported that half of India’s mortality is caused due to waterborne diseases.
The India Industries undertakes multiple social service programs to sensitize women about personal hygiene.
The Group installs Sanitary Napkin Dispensers and Incinerators at various Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools across West Bengal. These kiosks provide safe and cheap sanitary napkins to the female students. The easy availability of personal hygiene care ensures that the girls do not have to miss schools during their periods. This move promptly improves the health condition of the girls. The initiative has become immensely popular in West Bengal.
According to the report, Dignity for Her, “Girls tend to miss school six days a month on an average due to the inability to manage their periods at school. This eventually contributes to almost 23% girls dropping out of school on reaching puberty, which critically undermines their potential as individuals and future economy contributors.
In India, open defecation has been an age-old tradition that has transcended generations and lived on for centuries. Hence, making India open defecation free is not just about constructing toilets, its much more. Its about changing the mind set, creating the infrastructure and maintaining it. The combination of these would help in making the transformation.
In keeping with this goal, the India Industries has been working extensively all over West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh. It has constructed more than 10,000 toilets (in West Bengal) as a part of its Rural/Urban Sanitation Program. A large number of bio-toilets have been constructed with the technology to dispose solid human waste in an eco-friendly, economical and hygienic manner. A sporadic construction of bio-toilets, especially in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh, has decreased the rate of open defecation.
The Group organizes regular awareness programs at the grass-root level, especially in villages and blocks. With the help of popular methods of entertainment - like street plays, it runs awareness campaigns in order to make India an ODF nation.
No country in the world has more open defecation than India, where one in two people defecate outside. Every year, 200,000 children in India die from diseases caused by fecal contamination. Although open defecation has been reduced by 31 percent since 1990, about 300 million women and girls in India still have no other choice.