Recent blog posts by Urvashi
May 30, 2013
It might be hard to imagine how something as fundamental as a toilet is not on the top of someone’s priority list. Or to understand why a patient stops taking his tuberculosis medication even though it’s free. But the reasons are simple: People living in extreme poverty face numerous challenges and conflicting priorities at every turn.
Dec 18, 2012
Children across India suffer needlessly from malnutrition. Evidence-based school health programs, administered well, are key to changing that situation. In the coming months, we look forward to progress on three clear fronts.
Oct 23, 2012
Careful planning now will help ensure state-by-state adoption of well-designed deworming programs. And if that happens, we may achieve a future in which intestinal worms and malnutrition are a rarity, not a baseline expectation, especially among the poor.
Oct 19, 2012
Rajasthan’s Deworming Program Targets 16M Kids – and Helps Blaze the Trail for Sustainable School Health Initiatives Nationwide
Deworming programs have been shown to be highly effective. With a long term commitment to the program, Rajasthan is likely to reap dual benefits from the program: Improved childhood health and elevated educational levels.
Jun 21, 2012
In the effort to promote universal access to sanitation, we can’t get distracted by the relative glamour of a technical design competition to reinvent the toilet. We also need an arsenal of non-technical strategies.
Jun 07, 2012
Given the complexities involved, is the effort to link microloans to water and sanitation work worth pursuing? The answer is an unequivocal yes.
May 27, 2012
How can families break out of extreme poverty? An innovative West Bengal pilot program provides valuable insights.
Apr 12, 2012
Our job in the coming years is to bring the right government stakeholders and the right program-implementation partners to the table to help ensure that the existing solutions are effectively implemented using money that’s already there.
Apr 04, 2012
A recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review critiqued private foundations for the tendency to fund diseases that are “highly visible and ownable.” The critique hit home for us – not because it reflects the way we work, but rather because it reflects some of the thinking that’s led us to our current approach to health issues in India.