ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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State and Health Markets in the Time of Pandemic

This paper attempts to explain three broad trends that underpinned the relationship between the state, market, and healthcare: first, the state is moving away from its health provider role to a regulator role, which involves shifting the resources, authority, and responsibility to diverse public and private actors. Second, in the name of the pandemic, the state has opened up fresh frontiers of privatisation and corporatisation of healthcare, extending to non-metropolitan cities and small towns. Third, the above two processes would lead to further exclusion of lower castes, classes, and genders from access to healthcare, spiralling health inequalities.

University of Hyderabad

We, the teachers at the University of Hyderabad, strongly oppose all moves by the university administration to alienate and gift away more than 1,000 acres out of the 2,324 acres of land that were granted to the university by the Andhra Pradesh government in 1974.

Health Care Access and Marginalised Social Spaces

Most rural poor have problems in accessing health care services not because they lack trust on biomedicine as is usually thought but because of the failure of the state to take cognisance of social spaces in health care policies. Secondly, the biomedical approach to human suffering is clearly inadequate especially in developing countries. Findings of a study of the leptospirosis epidemic in Gujarat show that the quick supply of drugs, opening of special wards in the hospitals, increased allocation of equipment, doctors, health workers, during the 1997-99 epidemics failed to save lives. The improvement of services and equipment temporarily during epidemics at PHCs and community health centres did not help change the reputation of these institutions overnight.

Ethnography of Malaria in Surat District- Putting People on the Agenda

Surat District Putting People on the Agenda Lancy Lobo Purendra Prasad A NATIONAL Workshop on 'Ethnography of Malaria in Surat District' was held at the Centre for Social Studies (CSS), Surat during March 5-6, 1998. Leading health social scientists, health care activists and health bureaucrats from India and abroad participated in this workshop. The objectives of this workshop were : (a) to share the findings of three-year long study by the CSS on community perceptions of malaria and local knowledge systems regarding health; (b) to draw out clear messages for information, education and communication for mobilising people for health awareness, and training of the health personnel; (c) contribute to the development of culturally appropriate health interventions. The workshop was sponsored by the department of international development, UK, through the British Council* as part of its ongoing study on malaria control and research in Surat district for the last three years.

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