Health & Hygiene: Books, Reports & Newsletters

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  1. National Pedestrian Conference (28-29 Feb. 2020): Right to Walk booklet published by Parisar, Pune. It covered various aspects including a change in priority that would allow people, not vehicles, to reclaim the urban environment. (checked on 3 Dec. 2020)
  2. Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution by Don Fitz. Cuba has transformed its health care to the extent that this “third-world” country has been able to maintain a first-world medical system, whose health indicators surpass those of the United States at a fraction of the cost. The book brings us the story of how Cuba’s health care system evolved and how Cuba is tackling the daunting challenges to its revolution in this century. (checked on 30 July 2021)

  3. Tathapi Publication List 2012 has posters and titles in English and Marathi on women’s health matters. (checked on 3 Aug. 2015)
  4. Samapathik Trust has books and films on issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Hijara, Intersex (LGBTHI) communities. (checked on 13 Jul. 2021)
  5. Menstrupedia comic – The friendly guide to Periods for Girls. (checked on 4 Sep. 2016)


Articles & Reports:

  1. Making children resilient to droughts by Sahana Ghosh. A recent study mapped the effect of drought on child stunting since 1990 in 53 countries, including India, and it has found that factors such as good governance, nutritionally diverse crops, overall crop production and irrigation can make children resilient to droughts. (checked on 21 Sep. 2019)
  2. The ST Dispo Bag -Waste Pickers Create a Solution to an Occupational Health Problem: In terms of numbers, given India’s population, it is estimated that a staggering 36 million women dispose of sanitary towels every month. To safely dispose of this bio-medical waste, waste pickers have devised a solution. (checked 3 Aug. 2015)

  3. Science in the Anthropocene: The emerging field of Planetary Health by Nate Seltenrich. It’s no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are changing as the climate does, and human health is at risk from loss of biodiversity, depleted water supplies, environmental toxins, and collapsing food systems. From this realisation has come a new research field: planetary health. (checked on 10 Aug. 2018)
  4. The policy brief Culture Matters: Using a cultural context of health approach to enhance policy-making developed through the WHO Regional Office for Europe together with its expert group on the cultural contexts of health and well-being argues that incorporating cultural awareness into policy-making is critical to the development of adaptive, equitable and sustainable health care systems, and to making general improvements in many areas of population health and well-being. (checked on 21 Mar. 2017)
  5. Herbs, Home Medicine, and Self-Reliance: A Study on the Current Status of Traditional Home Medicine in Idukki District, Kerala, by Richard Gaunt SIT Study Abroad. (checked on 9 Oct. 2015)

  6. Going with the Flow: Why the Urban Government and NGOs of Ahmedabad, gujarat build Sewerage-Connected, Individual Toilets in Slums by Taylor Cranor (checked on 9 Oct. 2015)

  7. Training for Alternatives in Health and Medical Care: A Report on the Workshop organised by FRCH Pune in 2002. (checked on 14 Mar. 2016)
  8. Community-Based Monitoring to Claim Right to Food in JharkhandOxfam and Chetna Vikas work in 36 villages, in Deoghar and Dumka districts of Jharkhand to establish a community-based monitoring system called Gram Ahar Raksha Dal (GARD) to ensure food justice and to link community based initiatives to macro level policy work. (checked on 26 Jul. 2015)
  9. How villages in four states are tackling malnutrition by Sonal Matharu. Hamlets in four states show how community efforts can combat malnutrition among children. (checked on 20 Jan. 2016)
  10. Community-Based Monitoring to Ensure Right to Food in BiharOxfam works with Koshish Charitable Trust on community-based monitoring (CBM) systems to ensure delivery, transparency and accountability of the different food schemes in 12 panchayats in 2 districts in Bihar. (checked on 26 Jul. 2015)
  11. Community-Based Monitoring to Ensure Right to Food in OdishaOxfam works with Antodaya in 10 districts of Odisha to ensure food justice. (checked on 26 Jul. 2015)
  12. Reports on MHM and Waste Management: Introduction to Holistic approach to Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and Report on workshop on Sanitary Waste. Read overview of pads made by SHGs in Tamil Nadu and about earth&us that is a leading organisation in the field of MHM and Waste Management. Watch documentary film Masika about MHM. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  13. An uncomfortable but scary truth outlines a green solution to the problem of sanitary waste. (checked 3 Aug. 2015)

  14. Karuna Trust has written / published a number of research papers, presentations and studies documenting the efficiency and efficacy of their Public-Private-Partnership model. See a partial list that catalogues the more important ones. (checked on 7 Aug. 2015)
  15. Menstrual taboos and ancient wisdom – The urge to be able to talk to girls and women, especially from rural backgrounds, in their own language and way of thinking and give them back the meaning of their rituals, started the author (a Mythri educator) on this journey. (checked on 3 Aug. 2015)

  16. Manifesto for the Green Mind by Jules Pretty sets out a plan to engage people with Nature and create more sustainable and enjoyable living for everyone. (checked on 12 Nov. 2017)

  17. How Pune’s segregating its sanitary waste effectively – Thanks to SWaCH, a self owned cooperative of waste pickers, sanitary waste is now being responsibly segregated in Pune. (checked on 3 Aug. 2015)

  18. Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance is an article on the extraordinary story, and struggle, of the Unist’ot’en people of the western part of Turtle Island (= North America), and on their defiant resistance against continuing colonialism – and the rich, creative alternative practices they are forging. (checked on 13 Nov. 2017)

  19. Saving the NHS means forcing us to change the way we lead our lives by Nick Cohen presents a partial sketch of how Britain would have to change to ensure a healthier population. (checked on 30 Jan. 2018)

  20. The town that’s found a potent cure for  illness – community by George Monbiot discusses learnings from a project in Frome in Somerset that has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation. (checked on 2 Mar. 2018)


  1. Newsletter by Tribal Health Initiative Sittilingi, Jan. 2019.
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