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EPW: Toilets can be temples

By Dean Spears, on October 19th, 2012

Economic and Political Weekly argues that "Indians have to accept that sanitation is not a dirty word." http://www.epw.in/editorials/toilets-can-be-temples.html All of this comes out of the "Nirmal Bharat Yatra" -- a cross-country trip intended to raise awareness and support for the...Read More..

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Check out this video of Diane and Dean's mentor and friend, Dr. Jeff Hammer. Jeff is a professor in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He presented his insights about health care in India at a conference at Columbia...Read More..

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We're excited to announce that rice will be hosting a conference in Delhi in the summer of 2013, along with our partners, the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, SHARE at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and...Read More..

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An editorial in today’s Economic Times – a leading Indian newspaper – cited rice’s research to make an important point. Open defecation is not merely a health problem. Because early life disease keeps children from growing into tall adults and...Read More..

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rice is hiring!

By r.i.c.e., on October 8th, 2012
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Come work with us at rice! We are currently hiring for three positions: Economics post-doctoral research scholar Field survey manager Research assistants Learn more at the jobs link at the top of the page....Read More..

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On what doesn’t happen

By Diane Coffey, on September 16th, 2012
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Today's New York Times has an op-ed about India reminding us that our intuition isn't always right about what's going to help poor people. This important fact merits rehearsal. The article is, of course, imperfect: to fit into a newspaper...Read More..

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An oldie but a goodie

By Diane Coffey, on September 15th, 2012

Today, as I'm working on an extended abstract for a project about women's status and child health in India, I've been reviewing this wonderful 1996 essay written three UNICEF affiliates. I honestly can't remember if I've posted this before, but...Read More..

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Eating medicine

By Diane Coffey, on August 24th, 2012

Here, the minute you mention to people that you aren’t feeling well, they ask, “did you take medicine?” Actually, the direct translation of the question would be: “did you eat medicine?” I’m not a huge fan of taking medication, so,...Read More..

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Business Standard has published another op-ed, this one focused on incentive compatible policy solutions for open defecation: Getting what you pay for. We typically write here about open defecation in India, but it's important to be aware of suffering in...Read More..

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Electricity in the news!

By Dean Spears, on August 1st, 2012

I'm sure you've all been reading about the enormous power outage. Hundreds of millions of people rich enough to have electricity at all, but not so rich as to have their own generators (which is, in fact, interestingly common) lost...Read More..

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Today Business Standard -- which calls itself India's leading business newspaper, something like an Indian Wall Street Journal -- published an op-ed about sanitation in India and the TSC. It's nice to see a financial newspaper taking the opportunity to...Read More..

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Four cheers for the NFHS-IV

By on July 30th, 2012
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Great news in today's Times of India: the NFHS -- India's version of the internationally standardized Demographic and Health Surveys -- is coming back from the near-dead four a fourth round (National health survey not nixed). This is the most...Read More..

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Infant mortality

By Diane Coffey, on July 29th, 2012

This was a tough week. When I left Sitapur in the last days of March, I said good-bye to 21 women who I had been visiting weekly throughout February and March. Three were pregnant, and 18 had little babies, all...Read More..

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Drought and Desperation in Bihar

By Avinash Kishore, on July 13th, 2012
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Bihar is in the throes of a severe drought again—the third time in last four years, and so far, the shortfall in rains is worse this year than it was in 2009 and 2010. Rainfall is below normal in 36...Read More..

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Thanks to new friends at LBSNAA

By Dean Spears, on July 13th, 2012

Yesterday I had the fun opportunity to present my sanitation research at LBSNAA, the training institute for Indian Administrative Service officers. We met with the 2010 class, almost finished with their two years of training. These folks will go on...Read More..

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On the topic of tablets…

By Diane Coffey, on July 13th, 2012
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...a friend of mine, Anirvan Chowdhury, who works with Accountability Initiative in Delhi, sent this link which is related to Avinash's last post. Thanks, Anirvan! http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Pruned-mid-day-meal-scheme-for-students-is-egg-on-states-face/articleshow/14827670.cms...Read More..

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