Articles by Priya Desai

Priya is co-founder, trustee and director-Preventive Health Anahat Foundation. She is an experienced development sector professional who began her career as a copywriter in the advertising industry. She has worked on a range of social issues, including water, sanitation, the environment, literacy and public health. She has always had a passion for social work, beginning in school in Mumbai where she participated in community outreach programmes with street children in the city. Priya co-founded Anahat and now drives the Preventive Health Programme.

Indira, a daily wage earner, came to the Anahat Clinic in Shantinagar, in December 2021 with a fasting blood sugar (FBS) level of 359 and postprandial (after eating) of 725 - both several times over the normal limits. With regular medication, sugar monitoring and slight lifestyle modifications through Anahat’s preventive health programme, Prerna, Indira’s FBS is 106 and her PPBS is 227 - both close to the normal range. This was achieved in just one year. Indira is now no longer on medication for diabetes, showing that small changes can successfully, in some cases, even reverse the disease. Indira, a…

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