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Congrats to Dean and Diane for winning the Joseph W. Elder Prize from the American Institute of Indian Studies for their soon-to-be-published book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste. The prize is named after...Read More..
I'm pasting below a list of practical action ideas that Robert Chambers has proposed after the pit emptying demonstration in Warangal. These are activities that governments and organizations can take up alike, to break down taboos around pit emptying related to caste and...Read More..
At the start of the new year, we were excited to see forward momentum on the national maternity entitlements program: the prime minister announced that the program would be made universal and cover all districts beginning January 1st, 2017 (up...Read More..
Village sanitation and child health: Effects and external validity in a randomized field experiment in rural India|Jeffrey Hammer and Dean Spears
This paper by Jeffrey and Dean reports a cluster randomized controlled trial of a village sanitation intervention conducted in rural Maharashtra, designed to identify an effect of village sanitation on average child height. The paper got published on 20th April,...Read More..
Do read Nikhil's article on poor public health services in Uttar Pradesh and the struggle of three newborns against neglect in public health facilities, poverty, and disease. This is the first part of a two-part piece. The second part will...Read More..
Neonatal mortality is the number of babies, per 1000 live births, that die in the first 28 days of life. Postneonatal mortality is the number of babies, per 1000 live births, that die between 29 days and a year. Infant mortality...Read More..
The Global Health Frontiers series on sanitation talks about the effect of poor sanitation on physical and cognitive development of an individual. The film has featured an interview with our MD, Sangita Vyas and Research and Policy Manager, Nikhil Srivastav....Read More..
Dean's article in Global Nutrition Report's website talks about how measuring open defecation and promoting toilet use in India can help children grow to their full potential. Hence, helping make World Toilet Day a Happy World Toilet Day! Read...Read More..
This week, FiveThirtyEight blog highlighted a newly-released working paper by Dean Spears and I. The paper, now posted as part of the National Bureau of Economic Research's working paper series, studies the infant mortality externalities of poor sanitation. The paper, "Neighborhood Sanitation...Read More..
Is Some Vaccine Worse than None?: The Rubella Vaccine Threshold Effect The issue:Vaccines are the most effective tools to defend against viral infection. Diseases that use to be common causes of illnesses and deaths around the world, such as...Read More..
This afternoon in Washington DC, IFPRI will release its new 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report. The report covers an impressive range of important topics. Among them, is a chapter that I was honored to be asked to contribute, in collaboration...Read More..
Diane Coffey's new article "Prepregnancy body mass and weight gain during pregnancy in India and sub-Saharan Africa" was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Diane's article is important because it shows that maternal nutrition in India...Read More..
A recent ad on Mid-day meal Scheme in India, made by UNICEF and uploaded on Youtube by Ministry of Human Resource and Development, is exciting. It shows little kids sitting together and enjoying nutritious meals offered in their schools. The...Read More..
Our Associate Director Sangita Vyas was a panelist on DelhiDemand's show on Sanitation and waste in Delhi. You can see the show here. In the show, Sangita referred to Dean's work on sanitation and health, and on Jeff Hammer's work...Read More..
Two new (and frightening) articles on anti-biotic resistance (with one of them featuring r.i.c.e. research)
Scroll.in, along with IndiaSpend, had an article on anti-biotic resistance in India. We quote from the article: With gut bacteria, the chances of that happening may increase when you take antibiotics, because bacteria, like every species, evolve to survive. “The...Read More..