The burden of non-communicable, tertiary diseases in India is increasing as its population of prosperous and aged people increases. Private health insurance is largely limited to upper middle class patients, while publicly financed health insurance has failed to attract lower-income patients. New evidence from the Aarogyasri Programme in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh suggests that community networks may […]
To address absenteeism among staff at public healthcare facilities, the government of Karnataka introduced an innovative biometric device to monitor and enforce attendance rules. Iqbal Dhaliwal, Rema Hanna and Rebecca Toole present findings of a large randomised evaluation of the programme and write that while some health gains were achieved, imperfect enforcement illustrates the limits of monitoring solutions if there […]
In December 2015, photographer Magda Rakita and writer Mark de Rond travelled to Afghanistan to investigate how more than three decades of war and endemic violence has impacted the nation’s psyche. Here Professor de Rond discusses the neuro-psychiatric hospital they visited, and the lack of PTSD diagnoses. An LSE Arts exhibition of 16 images from the trip is on […]
Judges tasked with dealing with cases of child sexual abuse have pointed to deficient infrastructure causing delays and making it hard to meet timelines set by the 2012 POSCO Act. Minakshi Das reviews the challenges, highlights proposals to improve the system, and discusses programmes focussed on prevention which are helping to educate children about inappropriate contact.
The dynamics of child […]
Delhi has now overtaken Beijing as the most polluted city in the world and over Diwali the air quality deteriorated to new lows. In this article, Payal Dey discusses how serious the problem has become, highlights the Delhi government’s lethargic response to the current crisis and outlines policy suggestions for controlling smog in the Indian capital.
The World Health […]
To accelerate robust growth and aspire to global power status, South Asian countries must improve their child health indicators. Drawing on her professional advocacy and communications experience in South Asia, Krupa Shah discusses the availability of preventative treatments for the most common infectious diseases and the barriers to achieving comprehensive immunisation programmes across South Asia.
In 2015, just under 6 […]
The Swachh Bharat Mission – the flagship sanitation programme of the Indian government – aims to make India open defecation free by 2019. However, this has only been achieved in 17 of 686 districts so far. In this article, Bhaskar Pant outlines the key reasons due to which the government’s efforts are not being reflected in the results, and […]
Elisabeth Prager recently volunteered her skills to help the Indian national cancer grid in promoting health and cancer awareness. In this post, she outlines her role and highlights how she has drawn on her previous professional experience and on lessons from her Executive Global Master’s in Management to tackle the brief.
Opportunities arrive in life and, whether they’re planned or serendipitous, I’m […]