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    The health of India: Why government spending could yield huge health benefits

The health of India: Why government spending could yield huge health benefits

India is fast reaching the point where substantial government investment in the health system is required to maintain its impressive trajectory in improving population health whilst insuring its population against catastrophic health expenditure. Miqdad Asaria (LSE) argues why his research suggests that increasing government health expenditure in India’s complex and highly heterogeneous healthcare system could yield huge health benefits […]

March 19th, 2019|Featured, Health|Comments Off on The health of India: Why government spending could yield huge health benefits|
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Bangladesh has been hosting Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for nearly 30 years. Since August 2017, some 693,000 RohingyaÕs have made their way to CoxÕs Bazar in desperate conditions. Of them, 51 per cent are women. The refugee population in Bangladeshi settlements has more than doubled; camps are overcrowded, needs are immediate and enormous, and resources are stretched.

Pictured:  Girls pump water in Balukhali camp March 6, 2018.  As of January 2018, UN Women has set up the first Multi-Purpose Women's Centre in the Balukhali refugee camp in CoxÕs Bazar, in partnership with Action Aid and with support from UN Women National Committee Australia. The Centre provides a safe space for Rohingya women and adolescent girls, where they can build a social network, access information and referral services for gender-based violence, and seek psycho-social counselling. The centre also offers skills training in literacy, livelihood options, leadership and disaster preparedness, and raises awareness about gender issues and risks.

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    Stateless and parentless: The displaced Rohingya children most at risk of mental health problems

Stateless and parentless: The displaced Rohingya children most at risk of mental health problems

Following their escape from Myanmar’s violent military campaign in 2017, thousands of Rohingya children now call refugee camps in Bangladesh home. In a bid to understand the scale of the mental health crisis they face, a team of health professionals completed 622 screenings of displaced Rohingya children in January 2018. Naila Z. Khan (Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation) and Helen McConachie […]

March 6th, 2019|Featured, Health|Comments Off on Stateless and parentless: The displaced Rohingya children most at risk of mental health problems|
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    If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

Pakistan’s level of infant mortality remains high despite decreasing over recent years. With Imran Khan vowing to review the county’s strategy on protecting mothers and their babies, Abid Rehman argues that the newly elected Prime Minister doesn’t have to look outside the region for ideas to lower it further.
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In his maiden speech, Imran […]

October 30th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health|Comments Off on If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration|
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    The limits of HDI: imagining a more inclusive measure for development in India

The limits of HDI: imagining a more inclusive measure for development in India

According to the Human Development Index (HDI), India fell one place on the list of country rankings. Emma Smith writes that the HDI falls short in measuring development, and why India might be doing better (or worse) than we think.

India saw rapid 7.1 per cent growth in GDP in 2016 alone. Yet as An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions notes, “The high achievement story…conflicts somewhat with […]

June 7th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health, Human Rights, Politics, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on The limits of HDI: imagining a more inclusive measure for development in India|
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    “We are not creating problems for agencies but giving them priorities”: how Afghanistan improved its children’s health in 10 years

“We are not creating problems for agencies but giving them priorities”: how Afghanistan improved its children’s health in 10 years

As a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. 
In just 10 years however, despite conflict and widespread poverty, Afghanistan made significant improvements in its health indicators. Swagata Yadavar speaks to Homayoun Ludin, Afghanistan’s director of public nutrition, about how focusing on breastfeeding has helped Afghanistan  turn its infant mortality and child malnourishment figures around. 

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June 6th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health, Interviews|Comments Off on “We are not creating problems for agencies but giving them priorities”: how Afghanistan improved its children’s health in 10 years|
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    Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm

Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm

Pakistan has a high infant mortality rate, which is linked to low levels of immunisation. There is an urgent need for coordination among institutes for reducing demand and supply gaps in enhancing immunisation coverage nationally write Ghamz E Ali Siyal and Shahbaz Tufail. 

From the perspective of public health investment, immunisation programmes are considered the most successful and cost-effective for saving future generations. Globally, around 6 million children died in 2015 and out of […]

April 6th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm|

Indian labourers, the invisible class of Bhutan  

Indian labourers, along with the aid from India, are integral to Bhutanese economy. In this photo essay, Jaquelyn Poussot explores the problems they face — from local to geo-political level. 

Indian labourers are everywhere in Bhutan. On roadsides, in tents, cutting boulders down to gravel sized pebbles, or moving large objects using make-shift devices.  But what is their impact on Bhutanese society?  Why are there so many of them and how are their facilities are permitted to be quite so tragic?

On visiting the housing of the construction workers I […]

India’s skewed medical ratio

The Indian health sector is not getting the attention it needs. The heavily skewed doctor-patient ratio and the low budget allocations being made by the government are the principal indicators of this fact. Ananye Krishna explores the reasons behind this ratio and what can be done to improve medical care and the training of India’s future medical care providers.

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January 16th, 2018|Education, Featured, Health|Comments Off on India’s skewed medical ratio|

Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively

In the light of the newly announced National Nutrition Strategy, released by NITI Aayog in September 2017, it is important to note that tackling child malnutrition requires enlightened leadership at the Central and state levels, with a dedicated resolve to reduce the incidence of child malnutrition and greater commitment to develop systems for regular collection, monitoring and use of data on child […]

January 12th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively|
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    “CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

“CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

Dr Mukund Govind Rajan participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility panel at the LSE India Summit 2017, where he discussed the benefits and drawbacks of ‘forced philanthropy’ brought in as part of the Companies Act (2013). After the session, he spoke to Alexander Spalding about Tatas’ longstanding commitment to using its expertise to achieve effective CSR and social change.
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August 30th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Health, Interviews, Technology|Comments Off on “CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan|

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