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

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Responses to Rape in Schools

The safety guidelines for schools in Karnataka that mandate cultures of surveillance and control are inadequate to prevent the systematic abuse of children in schools. Systems that place child welfare at the heart of schooling and school processes are necessary if schools are to be safe spaces where all children learn and flourish.

Long on Aspiration, Short on Detail

The recommendations of the Planning Commission's High Level Expert Group on Access to Universal Healthcare are significant because they make explicit the need to contextualise health within the rights. However, the problem with the report is that it does not ask why many of the same recommendations that were made by previous committees have not been implemented. The HLEG neither recognises the problems, constraints and compulsions at the national, state and district levels nor offers any solutions on how to deal with them.

Health Insurance

Notwithstanding the urgency to reform and restructure the health system, cost of care can be contained if referral systems could be enforced and the unfinished agenda of controlling infectious diseases achieved. The existing financing and payment systems are not suitable for countering market failures typical of insurance. An attempt has been made in this paper to explore whether this system can be made to generate better health outcomes, enable participation of civil society, widen choice of provider, provider accountability, optimise utilisation of existing capacities and promote more need-based deployment of resources.
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