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

Bikramaditya Kumar ChoudharySubscribe to Bikramaditya Kumar Choudhary

Health, Illness and Disease

The conceptions of disease and its formulation under different paradigms have made it clear that the approach towards health and medicine has never been completely detached from ecology. Health and disease are thought to be the products of the interaction among three key elements: the agent, the host, and the environment. This paper is an attempt to develop an approach that encompasses the concerns surrounding an understanding of disease ecology and a patient's behaviour during treatment. Using the example of tuberculosis patients put under DOTS, which disregards the patient's say in decision-making, it analyses the implications for the larger health issue using the political ecology approach.

Waste and Waste-Pickers

Waste-pickers are not aware of the forward linkages of the waste recovery process, but thanks to globalisation are affected by the movement of market prices. They are mostly very poor, face social and economic exploitation and have little say in the formulation of policies that directly affect them.
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