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Family Planning Programme

A paradigm shift in the family planning programme strategy of the Indian government is under way. The new programme places emphasis on the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) approach to the complete neglect of primary health care. This article focuses on the context that gave birth to the new initiative and, analysing epidemiological data on women's health in the country, undertakes a critique of the RCH approach.

Sanctions Kill Children in Iraq

A recently released UNICEF survey shows that the health and wellbeing of children, the most vulnerable section of the population is being severely affected by the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq.

Apocalyptic Visions: Hunger, Inequality and Population Growth

and Population Growth Mohan Rao The Malthus Factor: Poverty, Politics and Population in Capitalist Development by Eric B Ross; Zed Books, London and New York; pp 264, price: unstated (paperback).

Restating the Case for Development

Mohan Rao Health and Development: Intersectoral Linkages in India by K V Narayana; Rawat Publications, Jaipur, pp 197, Rs 220 (hardcover). WHAT is the nature of the relationship between health and socio-economic development? Are historical lessons valid when it is claimed that history is at an end? What are the insights the history of health offers for health policy in developing countries today? Are favourable health outcomes related to economic growth alone or to egalitarianism? These are some of the questions that propelled the investigations in this brief book.

Quinacrine Sterilisation Trials-A Scientific Scandal

the local bodies within their jurisdiction. The context had to be much broader, namely, from the centre to the states and from the state to their local bodies. Whenever he wrote or spoke on the subject of decentralisation in general or in the particular context of planning, EMS made it very clear that he was strongly opposed to the way the centre had, since independence, taken on functions and powers that should belong to the states.

Fetishistic Celebration

Mohan Rao Girl's Schooling, Women's Autonomy and Fertility Change in South Asia edited by Roger Jeffery and Alaka Basu; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1996;

Myths of Reproductive Profligacy of Poor-Evidence from Mandya District

Muslims were sore with him ever since his failure to prevent the BJP from riding back to power. They were doubly ruffled when he decided to join hands with the Congress in response to the BSP-BJP tie-up. Previously in the 'AJGAR' combination, the Muslims completed the equation by adding the necessary ,M' factor. But now Mulayam Singh sits uncomfortably with a political equation that originated against the Congress with the backing of the same party and the not so enthusiastic support of the Muslims.

Health and Structural Adjustment-Major Shifts at Policy Level

The World Bank's World Development Report 1993 proposes drastic changes in the direction and content of health service development. A recent seminar in Delhi raised issues regarding the report's conceptual methodological and empirical aspects.

Plague The Fourth Horseman

Plague: The Fourth Horseman Mohan Rao The plague of 1896 which besieged parts of India was the third great plague pandemic in history. While it devastated many regions of the country, when it was introduced in the west caused few deaths, mainly because Europe had by then been transformed by the sanitary and health revolutions.

An Imagined Reality-Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism and Population Myth

Malthusianism and neo-Malthusianism offer an excessively simplistic understanding of the complex relationship of resources and population, which has proven to be a theoretical red herring.

Disease and Medical Myths in Medieval Europe

Miasmas and Disease: Public Health and the Environment in the Pre- Industrial Age by Carlo M Cipolla, translated by Elizabeth Potter; Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1992; pp 101, price unstated.

Of Cholera and Post-Modern World

Of Cholera and Post-Modern World Mohan Rao An examination of the political and economic forces underlying the recent epidemic of cholera in Latin America reveals striking resemblances to the situation in which the pandemics of cholera occurred in the 19th century. It draws attention to the fact that not only does politics inform the occurrence of disease, but the shape and content of health policy and intervention as well.


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