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In the few years since inception, the School of Development is engaged in a several large research programmes, with the potential to directly inform policy making as well as add to our understanding of realities on the ground.

Decentralisation and Decision Space in the Health Sector in KarnatakaStudy

In the health sector, decentralization has been explicitly conferred a crucial role in the chain of service delivery under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). However, after almost a decade of organized decentralization in India its impact is still not clear, nor is it clear how fully individuals/communities are able to participate and fulfil their health needs. This study attempts to bridge the existing research gap in the literature by examining the possible impact of decentralization and increase in decision space on health outcomes in the state of Karnataka. Given the lack of empirical evidence in this area, the results of this study would be of interest to researchers and policy makers in the country.

Do we know what they eat, and why? A Study on School-level Dietary Adequacy and Impact of Cultural Beliefs in Remote Rural Areas in Southern India The large proportion of children in this country are malnourished is a matter that demands an urgent response. The devastating impact of malnutrition and under-nutrition on the child’s (and later the adult’s) ability to reach their full potential is well documented.

Study attempts to explore

  • What is the current nutritional intake of children in Grades 1-5 in terms of both macro- and micro-nutrients, and what is the educational and clinical impact?
  • Are there deficiencies that can be addressed on the short-term by supplementation or fortification?
  • Are there locally available solutions (short- or long-term) that can be mainstreamed into the everyday lives and diets of the children to address significant nutritional deficiencies?

Click here for report on Karnataka’s Roadmap To Improved Health prepared by Azim Premji University.

Health system strengthening within vaccination programs: An ethnographic study

Despite the growing currency of health system strengthening (HSS) as a buzzword, a great deal of ambiguity remains as to what is meant by HSS at different levels of the health systems, in different policy contexts and at the interface of global and national level debates.

The primary objective of this study is to provide an ethnographic perspective on the interface of health system strengthening and vaccination policies and programmes at the global, national (India) and local levels (Odisha). At the national level, these debates are examined within the National Rural Health Mission.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s GLOBVAC Program.

Revitalization of Local Health Traditions in India

Recently there has been a resurgence of policy interest both globally and in India in traditional systems of medicine and healing. Following the National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy (2002), the National Rural Health Mission (2005) recently has sought to mainstream AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) and revitalize local health traditions to strengthen primary health care in India.

In this context, the proposed research seeks to examine the policy lessons of and for revitalization of local health traditions in three states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala with the following research questions:

Rural Urban Conundrum – A treatise on Small Farm dynamics

The aims to understand: (i) what available approaches have to offer in explaining a small farm, as a reliable livelihood option and small farmer as an identity in India. (ii) To synthesise and evolve an integrated and dynamic framework for explaining the Indian small holder.

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