Harvard and the India Health Partnership Stand in Solidarity with the People of Nepal
On April 25, 2015, an earthquake in Nepal killed more than 7,000 people and injured more than twice as many. Its epicenter was the village of Barpak, Gorkha district.
It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake. Some casualties were also reported in the adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative has set up a site where people can make donations to the effort to assist survivors in rebuilding their country.
Update from the Harvard Club of Mumbai
Building a Better India: Doing Good While Doing Well
“On September 22nd, 2014, The Harvard Club of Mumbai hosted a lively panel discussion and Q&A session at Good Earth, Mumbai between prominent social entrepreneurs and eminent alumni on the future of social enterprise in India.
This panel, held in partnership with the Princeton Club and Global Shapers, Mumbai (World Economic Forum), was honored by the presence of the following prominent leaders of social change in Mumbai:
Aditi Shrivastava, Head, Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N)
Prerana Langa, CEO YES Bank Foundation CSR
Krishna Pujari, Co-Founder, Reality Tours and Travels
Mayank Sekhsaria, Director DD Cotton/Co-founder Greenlight Planet
These changemakers walked us through their journey in discovering how to make social change while also creating a profitable venture. They explored the challenges/rewards of building systems of social change that simultaneously serve as viable business enterprises.
They talked about how to make such ventures sustainable, how to encourage innovation in social enterprise, how to encourage socially responsible practices in the corporate sector, and similar such issues. They summed up the discussion by offering ways in which sustainable social enterprise can serve as the engine of economic development in a rapidly changing India.
Over 80 members of alumni clubs were in attendance. They enjoyed an elaborate high tea offered by Good Earth, Mumbai concurrent with alumni networking and followed by a lively discussion and Q&A.”
India’s Health System: Recent Findings and Developments
Seminar Co-sponsored by the India Health Partnership, Global Health and Population Department, and South Asia Institute
On April 14, 2014, IHP and SAI co-sponsored their first seminar together. The speakers, Sofi Bergkvist, Managing Director of ACCESS Health International, World Bank, and Jerry La Forgia, Lead Health Specialist, World Bank presented their findings to a diverse group of attendees including people from Harvard’s medical, business, and Kennedy schools, as well as the School’s students and undergrads, and a Fellow with the Center for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi.
IHP will continue to engage others across the Harvard community and India in efforts to advance public health.
Heather Schofield Presented Study Findings at Dept. of Global Health and Population
On Thursday, February 13, Ms. Schofield, a doctoral candidate in business economics and a graduate of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented findings from her study “The Economic Cost of Low Caloric Intake: Evidence from India.”
Ms. Schofield presented two analyses which found that changes in caloric intake result in substantial and broadly generalizable changes in productivity among malnourished adults.
The first drew on a five-week randomized controlled trial among cycle-rickshaw drivers in Chennai, in which half of the participants received an additional 700 calories per day. Schofield found that treated individuals showed significant improvements in both physical and cognitive tasks as well as increased labor supply and income. The second study examined the impact of a 700 calorie per day decline in intake–caused by fasting during Ramadan–on agricultural production. She found that overlap between Ramadan and the labor intensive portions of cropping cycles results in a 20 to 40 percent decrease in productivity, driven primarily by reduced caloric intake.