Recent Events

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 HSPH students and undergrads, and a Fellow with the Center for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi.

Jerry La Forgia

Jerry La Forgia

Sofi Bergkvist

Sofi Bergkvist

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 Harvard School of Public Health, presented findings from her study “The Economic Cost of Low Caloric Intake: Evidence from India.”

Heather Schofield

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.