Health Systems Strengthening

Bringing Fathers on Board

Effecting attitudinal changes towards gender equality can result in positive reproductive health outcomes, especially where men are the primary decision makers.

Bridges for Barriers in Adolescent Health

Is adolescent health programming ignoring adolescent voices, or are adolescents (and their representatives) not seeing the big picture? Building bridges between old and new may be the answer.

What will it take to assist our doctors?

We need to make India's public health sector a better place to work if we want to achieve our health goals.

Hunger and a woman’s right to health: A Gordian Knot

        Today, 28th May, is World Hunger Day and is also the International Day for Action for Women’s Health. The World Hunger Day calls for a holistic development approach — one that includes peace building, social harmony, human rights and good governance — to ensure the empowerment of people living in hunger…

Tech innovations to #EndTB —which one should we use?

It’s important to think of technology as an enabler, not a solution. What tech can’t do is replace the role of human contact in reaching out to, sensitising, and supporting those struggling with the disease and its effects. What technology must aim for is patient empowerment.

SBCC: Old wine or a new spirit!

We know that merely informing people of good practices - for instance related to immunisation, family planning, nutrition for pregnant and lactating women (the list is endless) - does not necessarily drive the adoption of good practices.

A Plate Half Empty

Any shortfall in nutrition, associated as it is with morbidity, mortality and disability, learning and intellectual ability, economic productivity, and reproductive health, severely impacts the well-being of individuals and their families, across generations.

Human-centered Design for Adolescent Health

Human-centered design appears to be a perfect approach to create adolescent-friendly spaces in healthcare, building the elements that engage adolescents to demand and use health services into its very DNA.

Water in Urban Slums: Life-saving or Life-threatening?

  One in about six urban Indians live in slums, defined by UN Habitat as a place characterised by lack of durable housing, insufficient living area, lack of access to clean water, inadequate sanitation and insecure tenure. Over 70% of slum households get their water from a tap, but just half get water inside their…

What’s the point of MEL?

Three reasons to keep pursuing data-driven approaches in public health     Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning—abbreviated as M&E, MEL, MLE or MEaL—is the key tool of a movement to bring transparency and accountability into projects in the development sector. In this era of evidence-based-everything, the usefulness of data to inform, justify and audit programmes is…