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Health inequities in India

Released in 2018, this book edited by Gaitonde & Ravindran includes chapters synthesising current evidence on various axes of health inequities (Springer link) In 2016, I was glad to be invited to join a team of researchers under the leadership of Sundari Ravindran (then Professor at Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies at SCTIST, Trivandrum) who were trying to understand the body of... read more

Sciencing up participation, and participationing science

That health, education and various other public services are distributed unfairly is not new for human societies; the level of unfairness however appears to be on the increase. This is indeed counter-intuitive, given the last few decades’ strides in economic progress and even improved average lifespan and improving access to health globally. Despite widespread feeling that inequalities in health or... read more

Healthy by chance, or by choice

I was recently invited to speak at a TEDx event organised by a school in Hyderabad. Given my research interests on health equity, I chose to build my talk around a foundational element of public health itself: what makes one healthy, is it a matter of chance (for eg. through genes), or by choice (through specific “healthy” behavioural choices, one “chooses”). As a medical doctor, my training is in... read more

Studying organisational change in Indian district health systems: end of a PhD journey

On 21st April, 2015 I defended my public health PhD dissertation at Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels. I sought to understand  organisational change within district health systems in an Indian district. The research was carried out in Tumkur district in southern Karnataka (on which I have blogged a bit). I focused on understanding “change” within a public service bureaucracy like the one... read more

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