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The State’s frontline workers: An overlooked human resource

The Covid-19 and the related lockdown have focused the nation's attention on two groups of people who number in millions but have still somehow not received adequate attention: the migrant informal wo...

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India’s battle against Covid-19: A comparative perspective

It has been suggested that, India could selectively relax the lockdown that has been imposed on it, given its favourable demographic profile. In this post, Ghosh and Pal argue that having a younger po...

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Gender composition of children and sanitation behaviour

Open defecation has been linked to various public health issues and has gained significant policy attention. Nonetheless, research has shown that due to son preference, households in India underinvest...

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The resurgence of chikungunya in India: How should we tackle it?

The number of reported cases of chikungunya – a mosquito-borne viral disease – has been increasing in India in recent years, especially during 2016-2017. In this article, Kaushik Bharati discusse...

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Value, not volume: Four ways entrepreneurs can help restore trust in India’s healthcare providers

India’s healthcare providers are facing a crisis of public distrust. In this article, Chintan Maru contends that the root of the problem is the way healthcare is paid for. He explores how health ent...

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India's plan to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025: Converting rhetoric into reality

During the 2017 Union Budget address, the Government of India announced its plan to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, which is extraordinarily ambitious given that India accounts for a large propor...

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What lies ahead: The role of entrepreneurship in India's rising public health sector

India’s deep pool of entrepreneurs has launched countless disruptive businesses from the Bay Area to Bangalore. In this article, Chintan Maru explores the question − how can India attract this tal...

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For no more Gorakhpur

In August 2017, the media was splashed with the grim news of the tragic deaths of children at a hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, owing to alleged medical negligence. In this article, Chandrakant ...

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Despite improvements in child health, why do so many newborns still die?

The ‘Million Death Study’ shows that the death rate of under-five children in India dropped from about 90 per 1,000 to about 47 during 2000-2015. However, improvements in death rates in the first ...

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Identifying an effective teacher in public schools in Delhi

While there is near universal school enrolment among 6-14 year olds in India, learning levels are abysmally low. In this context, this project looks at senior secondary government schools in Delhi to ...

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Achieving universal health coverage in India: Inefficiency is the problem, not money

India has been widely criticised for having one of the world’s lowest public spending on health. In this article, Kanchan Mukherjee contends that even with this minimal expenditure it is possible to...

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Improving nutritional outcomes through conditional cash transfers

The Indian government plans to universalise the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana – a conditional cash transfer programme for pregnant women and lactating mothers that aims to improve maternal and...

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Engaging the community to make schools accountable for delivering quality education

While the dismal quality of primary education in India has received considerable attention at the state and national levels, rural communities still seem to associate school quality with parameters su...

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Malnutrition and the National Food Security Act

The National Food Security Act aims to remove hunger and reduce malnutrition by providing subsidised foodgrains to two-thirds of the population. Using nationally representative data, this column finds...

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Barriers in accessing applications under RTE quota in Gujarat

In the school year 2017-18, Gujarat shifted from a paper-based system at the district level to an online system at the state level, for applications under the Right to Education Act. In this note, res...

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