A shorter version of this article appeared on BMJ Blogs on October 31, 2013 under the same title. Co-written with Himabindu G L of IPH, Bangalore.
Much of the material remains unprocessed, or, if processed, unanalysed, or, if analysed, not read, or, if read, not used or acted upon
Basic demographic information forms the basis of policy, planning and public
The Registrar General of India promptly responded with this instruction to all states. But since then…
discourse. The system through which governments record vital events such as births and deaths is the civil registration system. Defined by the United Nations as “the continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events”, it forms the basis for identity, citizenship and civil rights. Established perhaps first by Sweden, as early as 1631, its importance was globally recognised and more countries have worked towards establishment of efficient and comprehensive civil registration systems.
Health programme evaluation is still coming of age in India. In general, seeking
Evaluating Healthcare Interventions: Answering the ‘How” Question
an evidence-base for decision-making within public services is still a missing feature in our policymaking process. In any case, it is not because there is scientific evidence that something becomes (or should become) a policy anyway. This presumptuousness has (rightly) frustrated many a researcher-scientist. Continue reading
The appellation New world says it all about the Americas; that this landmass was
The medieval Icelandic conception of northern regions, based on an interpretive sketch. Illustration by David Trochos for Wikimedia Commons. Based on A.A. Bjornbo “Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga” (ISBN 1560989955) p262.
a world that was not known to have existed before the old world. What made Americas new? And for whom was it new? And why were they discovered so late? Continue reading