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 The decline has been sharp since 2011 when the figure was 909[1]. The states of Manipur, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu […]

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 – 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 providers […]

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; 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 ( 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 […]


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