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.Continue reading
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An intersectional analysis of malnutrition in India
With two wonderful colleagues from our Institute’s health equity cluster, we recently published an article in the International Journal of Equity & Health. The study reports the results of an analysis of inequities in child malnutrition across intersectional population sub-groups. Further, we also used a more comprehensive population-level indicator of malnutrition than what is typically used: occurrence of stunting, wasting, and/or underweight. The work was conceptualized largely by Sabu while the data analysis was heavily supported by Yogish, both early-career researchers at the health equity cluster.Continue reading
Decentralise & equitabilise vaccine roll-out of COVID-19
This article appeared as an op-ed in The Hindu on 12 June 2021. Co-written with Supriya Kumar
Tele-triage of patients in cities
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Given the sudden crowding of hospitals that can overwhelm the system, one of the first difficulties being seen by city health systems is the need to determine who can be safely guided to manage their recovery at home, and who … Continue reading
Ecologising disease control: case of Kyasanur Forest Disease
Based on work I am involved with in a research consortium that’s aiming at leveraging the inter-sectorality & inter-disciplinarity offered by OneHealth approaches, here is a longish Twitter thread that cherry-picks key aspects of the paper we wrote along with some of my own reflections.
The paper can be downloaded from PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases here