Health Systems and Quality of Life

Impact of Improved Father Involvement in Early Childhood Care Among Rural Indian Parents: Insights from Randomised Evaluation

This study examines the impact of awareness and behaviour change among parents on children’s development, as well as early stimulation and learning. … Read More

Improving Quality of Health Care to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Kerala, India

This assessment examines the impact of a quality standards training program based on guidelines to improve on the management of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) in public hospitals in Kerala. … Read More

Access to Microfinance, Female Empowerment and Fertility in Urban India

This study evaluates the impact of access to microfinance on female labour force participation and childbearing in the long-term. … Read More

Empowering Women With Access to Affordable Child Care

With declining female labour force participation in India, this impact evaluation study aims to explore the influence of day care facilities on a range of social and economic outcomes on women and contribute to evidence in support of child care programmes for women empowerment. … Read More

Hospital Participation in India’s National Health Insurance Scheme (RSBY)

Evaluation study on the response of hospitals to National Health Insurance Scheme (RSBY) in order to observe how RSBY impacts hospital decisions geared towards capacity expansion, adoption of new technology, specialized services and pricing for the non-insured. … Read More

Engendered Access Engendered Care? Evidence from a Major Indian Hospital

Debraj Ray, Rajshri Jayaraman, Shing-Yi Wang

A central feature of many developing countries is the presence of significant gender differentials in health outcomes. Two potential factors that can account for this are that females access treatment later than males and that they receive differential care at … Read More

Gender Differentials in the Seeking of Eye Care

Rajshri Jayaraman, Debraj Ray, Shing-Yi Wang

A central feature of many developing countries is the presence of significant gender differentials in health outcomes. In this working paper, authors present findings from a study on one potential factor which can account for this; namely, that females seek … Read More

Microloans, Insecticide-treated Bednets and Malaria: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Odisha

Alessandro Tarozzi, Aprajit Mahajan, Brian Blackburn, Lakshmi Krishnan, Dan Kopf, Joanne Yoong

This policy note presents findings from a study conducted in a malaria endemic part of Odisha. The study sheds light on the impact of two different distribution schemes on the adoption and usage of insecticide treated nets: free distribution and … Read More

Fighting Malaria with Microfinance: A Case Study on Biswa Microfinance Utilizing Microcredit Contracts to Increase the Use of Insecticide Treated Bednets

Dan Kopf

This case study sheds light on BISWA microfinance’s pilot project in which they offered self-help group (SHG) members across 50 villages the opportunity to purchase ITNs through cash or credit contracts. The case study focuses on the process of developing … Read More

Informing Policy: Gender Differences in Health Outcomes

Parul Agarwal, Misha Sharma

This policy note summarises key findings from a study that attempts to examine whether there exists gender differentials in the seeking and treatment of eye care.