This was published in ‘The Better India’ on May 6 2017. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt. New research from Harvard Medical School in the US, where too the ‘profit motive’ gets disproportionately blamed, emphasizes what could be called system factors: limited resources, high workload, limited motivation, and limited accountability. These put… Continue reading What we can learn from hospitals which have successfully brought down their C-section rates
Using hypothetical Facebook conversations and some satire, I have attempted to highlight the challenges faced by India’s poor in maternal care. 1. Almost 70% of Indians live in villages, and a majority of villages have poor govt health infrastructure and unreliable electricity supply. People manage somehow, but these ‘jugaads’ are dangerous & unsustainable. Besides, the… Continue reading India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook
This article appeared in Quartz India on March 02, 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: By and large, the most persuasive argument for making midwives more mainstream in India is a feminist one. It can hardly be contested that the current system in which women receive care here is heavily biased towards… Continue reading Shunned for Years, Can Trained Midwives Fix India’s Maternity Mess?
This article was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Jan 9 2016. Here is the link: Following is an extract: The public health problem of unnecessary Caesareans has been around for some time now. But only recently, with distrust in the healthcare system increasing, have Indian patients begun questioning needless surgeries… Continue reading The Cesarean Epidemic: Let’s Make Normal Deliveries the Norm Again
This article appeared in India Today’s ‘DailyO’ on 12 Nov 2015. It can be found here. Below is an excerpt: For India, where generally, the amount you earn dictates how well you get treated (medically and otherwise), Scandinavia offers some wise health policy lessons. What broadly defines their success in healthcare is extensive government participation.… Continue reading What India Can Learn from Scandinavia and their ‘Welfare’ Models
(Sporadic incidents of sexual crimes may have random causes, but a rape and molestation ‘culture’ like that exists in India has a particularly complex set of reasons, and these have been extensively addressed in the Indian media. Teenagers and young men, however, frequently fail to connect to such serious and heavy-worded analyses, especially when many… Continue reading A ‘Male’ Take on India’s Carnal Crimes
(This article is dedicated to all those women who grow up in the extremely shackled and patriarchal Indian society and still dare to be bold, independent and free.) It was published in Huffington Post on 17 June 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: If one really delves into the themes of the epic, there… Continue reading Ramayan: A Glorious Saga of Love (Almost)