Accessible Research with PwDs (Persons with Disabilities) Challenges and way forward

Photograph: one of the FGDs More than 15 percent  of the world’s population is affected by various forms of disability [1]. Yet, research, more so, health research, informed by the perspectives of the PwDs, is limited [2]. We, at Development Solutions, did two assignments including young PwDs as a part of our research, with a […]

The Focus of Menstrual Hygiene Needs to Move Beyond Just Sanitary Pads

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor recently raised a parliamentary question during the monsoon Lok Sabha session, regarding the government’s efforts to provide facilities for menstrual care to girls and women. The Union minister for health and family welfare Harsh Vardhan, in his response, drew attention to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s scheme to provide subsidised sanitary pads […]

The Daughter Disadvantage – Is Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Changing mindsets at all?

Data from the Civil Registration System (CRS), appears to indicate that there is a substantial decline in the sex ratio at birth. The ratio has fallen from 898 in 2013 to 887 in 2014; see http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/Sex-ratio-at-birth-on-the-decline/article16728001.ece. The decline has been sharp since 2011 when the figure was 909[1]. The states of Manipur, Rajasthan and Tamil […]