ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poverty and Health Status of Beedi Workers in Andhra Pradesh

A study of beedi-rolling households in Andhra Pradesh reveals that workers continue in this informal industry despite poor wages, exploitation by middlemen, absence of social security and adverse impact on health simply because they have no alternative. This study offers a people’s perspective on the design and implementation of suitable and sustainable alternative livelihoods for thousands of workers, predominantly women, who depend on beedi rolling to augment household income.

Changing Health Care System

To improve the financial viability and quality of health care in public hospitals, the Andhra Pradesh government initiated a series of reforms. However, because of lack of resources, there has been stagnation in the size and decline in the quality of public health care. The state�s patronage of the private sector in health care has been justified on the ground that it would ease the pressure on government hospitals. But in reality private hospitals are replacing rather than complementing public hospitals by weaning away resources from government hospitals.
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