Facility Based maternal care – lacking respect and interpersonal care

Disrespectful intrapartum care during facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of women’s perceptions and experience – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616305469 This article in the sub Saharan African context analyses the model of maternity care that is increasingly institution centred rather than women centred. Women’s experiences at institutions indicate that institutions and care […]

Hysterctomy – Addressing the stigma of menstruation

Hysterectomy is a big business in many private hospitals in India. There are ample reports and newspaper articles on this issue. Several media and newspapers including #The Hindu ,  #Times of India, #Guardian and #BBC have reported on how some of the private health care providers have been exploiting and profiting from it (See http://www.theguardian.com/society/sarah-boseley-global-health/2013/feb/07/india-healthcare?; http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21297606). In fact, it is according to one […]

Swachh Dilli Door Ast!

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched last year by the Prime Minister is the new mantra of cleanliness (https://swachhbharat.mygov.in/). A very welcome initiative; much has already been written about the campaign. While some have examined why the program is struggling[1]; others have tried to understand the sanitation behaviour in rural north India and the reasons why […]

Differently abled & Access to Education: Is enough being done?

We, at Development Solutions, are undertaking an assignment with SCORE Foundation, to enable skilling and employment of visually challenged persons across the country[1]. For the assignment, we were examining the data on population, school enrolment, education levels and employment among differently abled persons. A recent article in ‘The Hindu’ reported a reduction in the enrolment of […]