COVID-19 caused disruptions in services to those with mental illness in several countries across the globe. While these disruptions have been well-documented, few studies have looked at the service provider perspective. A recent study by LEAD at Krea University and the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) explored care dynamics from the perspective of the service providers at SCARF, based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This study was supported by the India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx) at the University of Oxford. Accessibility, Availability and Personal Challenges Access
Health Systems and Quality of Life
Diya Ahuja, Twinkle Juneja and Sapna Nair
Seeta* is a teenager in rural Uttar Pradesh. Harassment by boys from the village had become an ordinary spectacle that relentlessly continued every day as she traced her steps to school. Despite her fears, a wary Seeta chose to not confide in her parents because she was afraid of being accused of promiscuous behaviour. Her dreams of completing college and securing a decent job also hung in the anvil. Seeta’s hopes were dashed when her parents eventually found out about the
Sapna Nair, Preethi Kannan, Kaustav Mehta, Ananya Raju, John Mathew, Padmavati Ramachandran
This exploratory study supported by the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, at the University of Oxford, provides insight into Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF)’s experience in providing mental health services to communities in Tamil Nadu, in the Covid-19 context.
Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness among Youth: Evaluation of the Kissa Kahani Program
This study examines the impact of a community-based multi-media intervention that aims to improve sexual and reproductive health awareness among youth.
This study examines the demand and supply side factors that influence the uptake of Take Home Rations provided under the ICDS program, in Tamil Nadu.
Father Involvement in Early Childhood Care: Insights From an Intervention Among Parents in Rural India
Sapna Nair, Shivani Chandramohan, Nandhini Sundaravathanam, Arvind Balaji Rajasekaran, Rathish Sekhar
This paper discusses insights from the design and implementation of a study that tested the impact of techno-social innovations in improving the involvement of fathers in child-care on child development outcomes.
This study evaluates the uptake of a health-protecting technology, insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs), through micro-consumer loans, as compared to free distribution and control conditions.