Teaching module on human resources for health by WHO

In November 2017, the WHO’s Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research came out with a reader on human resources for health. This effort was lead by Asha George and colleagues at the University of Western Cape in South Africa along with Kerry Scott and Veloshnee Govender. As editors, they brought several people together (including myself) to work on seven chapters that summarised current health policy and systems evidence base on what we called as a software components of human resources for health.

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Kyasanur Forest Disease Vaccine safety

There has been rather little research or innovation in improving the efficacy of the KFD vaccine, a rather old product. Decided to understand vaccine safety using this product as a proxy and here is a compilation of ongoing work to understand this.

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Corona Maari/ಕೊರೊನ ಮಾರಿ

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BASAVARAJU, A SOLIGA/ADIVASI POET & THEATRE ARTIST FROM YERAKANA GADDE, BR HILLS
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Merit, privilege & public health/policy

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Over the past several years, watching raging social media debates and the shaping of merit in public discourse in India spurred this editorial on merit in public health/policy that appeared in BMJ Global Health as an editorial on August 6, 2021. Many thanks to Seye Abimbola, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief for his comments. As noted in the acknowledgements, a lot of internal reflection and churning from various life events, many of them not necessarily pleasant have shaped this editorial.

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Patient rights in India

Struggle for patient rights in India is/has largely been led by patient groups and social movements. In addition to the wider power gap between patients and providers, the Indian patient rights situation is aggravated by existing social inequalities including caste, gender, socio-economic position, disability and several other axes of inequities. One of my PhD students is examining patient rights from a governance lens. In this paper that we published a synthesis of literature including Supreme Court judgements in the journal Health Policy & Planning.

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