Tag Archives: India

Subu Subramanian speaks at UNICEF South Asia conference “Stop Stunting”

subramania_headshot-for-panelHarvard Pop Center faculty member Subu Subramanian, PhD, spoke in New Delhi at a conference on stunting sponsored by UNICEF South Asia. Subramanian’s appearance at the conference was featured in this HSPH news brief, this New York Times article,  and in this video by UNICEF.

New indices based on local distributions of wealth may offer more accurate insights into health inequalities in India

corsi_black-shirt-for-webRecent Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, has co-authored a study published in PLoSOne that introduces a new approach for analyzing nationally representative household survey data. By analyzing local distributions of wealth, Corsi and his colleagues hope to offer wealth index scores that will serve as more valid indicators of wealth and will correlate well with health outcomes.

Study finds multiple-method users of temporary contraceptives more likely to discontinue use & have unintended pregnancy in Uttar Pradesh, India

Montana_Livia_2014_croppedWhile female sterilization continues to prevail as the most dominant family planning method provided and used in India, almost one in five contraceptive users in India employs a temporary method. Harvard Pop Center Research Scientist Livia Montana, PhD.,  and colleagues have published a study in BMC Public Health that explores the patterns of temporary method use among urban women from Uttar Pradesh, India with the goal of offering programmatic recommendations that may lead to fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions in this region, and beyond.

Novel sampling methodology for urban slum / non-slum areas using satellite data for eval of family planning program in India

Montana_Livia_2014_croppedLivia Montana, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center senior research scientist, co-authored a paper published in Spatial Demography, that introduces a novel sampling approach to delineate slum and non-slum areas using satellite data in order to evaluate family planning services in six cities of Uttar Pradesh, India. The methods were developed as part of the impact evaluation of the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), which is dedicated to increasing access to high-quality family planning services to help reduce maternal and child mortality, and unintended pregnancies.

District-level look at fertility change and gender bias in India

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistVisiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, has published a paper that expands fertility change and gender bias research in India to the district level. This new research, published in the Journal of Biosocial Science, suggests that a comprehensive strategy to reduce the gender differential in child mortality and curb sex-selective abortion to improve the child sex ratio would be helpful in India.

In certain occupations in India, men at greater risk than women for asthma

Harvard Pop Center Faculty Steering Committee Member SV Subramanian (Subu), Ph.D., Professor of Population Health and Geography at HSPH, has co-authored a study that has confirmed findings from high income countries showing a high prevalence of asthma in men in a number of occupational categories and sub categories, with no evidence of increased risks, however, for women in the same occupations.

Pande’s Oped in NYT on Pollution in India

Rohini Pande, Ph.D., Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and a Pop Center faculty member co-wrote an oped piece in the New York Times on pollution in India, drawing attention to health costs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/opinion/indias-particulate-problem.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0