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The Political Economy of Public Sector Performance Management Reform

Reflections from Prajapati Trivedi, founding Secretary of the Performance Management Division in the Government of India Cabinet Secretariat, in Governance. “The new government of Prime Minister Modi never formally declared that it is closing the RFD system. It simply stopped asking the departments to prepare RFDs (performance agreements). Indeed, the government went on to appoint three more Secretaries for Performance Management as my successors.

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Weekly links March 10: Ex post power calcs ok? Indian reforms, good and bad policies, and…

Andrew Gelman argues that it can make sense to do design analysis/power calculations after the data have been collected – but he also makes clear how NOT to do this (e.g. if a study with a small sample and noisy measurement finds a statistically significant increase of 40% in profits, don’t then see whether it has power to detect a 40% increase – instead you should be looking for the probability the treatment effect is of the wrong sign, or that the magnitude is overestimated, and should be basing the effect size you examine power for on external information). They have an R function retrodesign() to do these calculations. Annie Lowrey interviews Angus Deaton in the Atlantic, and discusses whether it is better to be poor in the Mississippi Delta or in Bangladesh, opioid addiction, and the class of President Obama.

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A cost we can’t afford: The human and economic costs of malnutrition and how India can end…

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Experiences of stigma and discrimination faced by family caregivers of people with…

Publication date: April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 178 Author(s): Mirja Koschorke, R.

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Gates Foundation Funding For Indian Immunization Program Ending; Health Ministry To Fund Group…

Reuters: India scraps funding ties with Gates Foundation on immunization “A group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that works on India’s immunization program will now be funded by the health ministry, a government official said, a move in part prompted by fears foreign donors could influence policy making. … The Gates Foundation…More

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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Scrub Typhus in South India

Objective To determine the prevalence and risk factors of scub typhus in Tamil Nadu, South India.

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Cultural ontologies of cancer in India


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Feeding the future

On a bright day, we reach the small village of Mantur, not far from Hubbali, the largest city in India’s North Karnataka region. After a bouncy ride on semipaved roads, we arrive at the gate of an old, high wall that leads to a higher primary school for girls. It’s lunchtime, and as we enter […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPrEP sẽ có mặt tại Việt Nam?Why playtime for babies is serious businessIn the blood: the relentless drive of PATH’s malaria researchers ;

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Women’s lives put at risk in India by private healthcare providers

Private hospitals are subjecting women to unnecessary surgery for financial gain, highlighting urgent need for health reformProfoundly shocking stories are coming out of India about the exploitation of poor, ill-educated or illiterate women at the hands of doctors in private hospitals. Thousands are being given hysterectomies and caesareans that they do not need by doctors and hospitals that can make substantial sums of money out of the operations. They leave women in pain, infirm, unable to work to earn a living and in horrendous debt.Indian women earning just enough to feed themselves and their families cannot go to government clinics because they are too few and far between. The private healthcare market has swept all before it. In 1949, the private sector provided 8% of India’s healthcare facilities

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Petition asks BRICS to triple TB R&D funding

Categories: TBTags: Aaron Motsoaledi, Brazil, BRICS, China, India, Russia, South Africa, TAGGlobal tuberculosis treatment advocates and activists are asking leaders of the five countries that are home to almost half of all tuberculosis illnesses and deaths to triple their funding for research and development of new medicines and technologies to prevent, diagnose, and treat the leading infectious disease killer worldwide, on a petition that will be […](Read more…)

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The connection between social media and saving lives

Editor’s note: Guest contributor Laura Anderson interviewed PATH’s senior digital policy communications associate, Lippi Doshi, to learn how she shares PATH’s stories and news with millions of people across a multitude of digital channels. Q: What is your job at PATH? I strategize, manage, and coordinate PATH’s social media presence and digital advocacy efforts. What […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe essential fight for positive changePATH’s cofounder, Gordon Duncan, leaves a legacy for global healthHonoring decades of compassion and friendships ;

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What is the Matthew Effect on Khan Academy in India?

Many scholars have identified an interesting phenomenon that manifests when introducing educational technology to populations in developing countries. The Matthew Effect, coined by Robert Merton, posits that students, who start better off, typically stay better off, and students who start worse off, often stay worse off. The Matthew Effect comes from Matthew 25:29: “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” As Michael Trucano aptly puts it in his blog post titled, “The Matthew Effect in Educational Technology”, the biblical verse “roughly translates [to] ‘the rich get richer”. Not only would the Matthew Effect suggest that those with pre-existing advantages tend to benefit more, and more quickly, from the use of new technologies, but it shows that education technology needs to be re-evaluated as it raises important questions about the potential for new technologies to further increase existing education divides rather than help close them. This effect is quantified in an article, “Educational Technology Isn’t Leveling the Playing Field” in Slate by Annie Paul

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Bringing toilets to people, PATH style

Shwooooshhhhhhhhhhhhh! Gurgle, gurgle, glub… glub… We all know that familiar sound, when you push down on the handle of a toilet and the swirling water washes the contents away. Depending on where you are in the world, the toilet you use and the flush you hear may look and sound a bit different. But, for […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe role of innovation in ending preventable deaths of mothers and childrenPATH and the Clinton Global Initiative: over a decade of global health impactA lifesaving investment: $50 to save 10 newborns ;

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India embraces technology as a tool to reach development goals

India’s long- and short-term vision to address poverty includes plans to increase energy production and scientific collaboration to expand access to technology. Rajagopala Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the government of India, covered a wide range of technology initiatives ranging from the expansion of electricity access to rural tech programs in a Seattle talk last

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