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Monday, December 17, 2018

India: Health needs of manual scavengers: Does our health system care?

humanistic ----------------------------------------------- mechanistic

“In India, a man is not a scavenger
 because of his work.
He is a scavenger because
of his birth irrespective
 of the question whether
 he does scavenging or not.”

– Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

WORLD other

Three forms of manual scavenging:
1. removal of human excrement from public streets and dry latrines;
2. cleaning septic tanks;
3. cleaning gutters and sewers.
Health risks & risk of death 
Reported: 1 death every 5 days
Infectious diseases
Respiratory diseases
Carbon monoxide and methane poisoning
Safety, Protective equipment?


"Dalits of specific sub-caste and
is an archetype of the
oppressive legacy of the
Hindu varna system"
WORLD others

International Labour Organisation

The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act (1993)
Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act (2013)

International Dalit Solidarity Network
National Safai Karmachari Commission Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Original source: twitter