Tag Archives: India

Promoting healthy aging in developing countries; a look at Chinese vs. Indian contexts

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay Mohanty, PhD, has published a Comment in a special issue of The Journal of the Economics of Ageing dedicated to the economic implications of population aging in China and India, which is co-edited by Pop Center faculty member David Bloom, PhD. The comment is in response to the article Healthy Aging in China, also appearing in this special issue.

Air pollution in India reducing life expectancy for 660 million by 3.2 years

pandeRohini Pande, PhD, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design and Harvard Pop Center faculty member, is co-author of a special article published in Economic & Political Weekly that reveals the deadly impact of the air quality for 660 million residents in India, and outlines government policies that could help to reduce pollution and increase life expectancy. The findings of the study are explored in this vox.com article.

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.