“If we eat well, we can study”: dietary diversity in the everyday lives of children in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India

This paper investigates young people’s and their caregivers’ experiences of food insecurity, diet and eating practices in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India. It also provides original child-focused evidence on perceptions of government food programmes such as the Midday Meal Scheme and the Targeted Public Distribution System. The paper analyses three rounds of longitudinal qualitative… Read more

School meals as a safety net: an evaluation of the midday meal scheme in India

Despite the popularity of school meals, there is little evidence on their effect on health outcomes. This study uses newly available longitudinal data from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India to estimate the impact of the introduction of a national midday meal programme on anthropometric z-scores of primary school students, and investigates whether the… Read more

The impact of the midday meal scheme on nutrition and learning

Food insecurity and poor nutrition remain a problem in many developing countries and can have profound effects on children’s health and their development. The Midday Meal Scheme in India is a programme covering primary school children to improve nutrition as well as increase educational enrolment, retention and attendance. This policy brief examines the effect of… Read more

Evaluating Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom: Assessing impact in the health sector

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC),  a major international scholarship agency funded by the UK government, is responsible for disbursing scholarships, as investment in the skills, human capacity and higher education systems that developing countries need to devise their own long-term solutions to key global health issues. This report aims to assess the… Read more

The state of the world’s children 2015: reimagine the future

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 2015 edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world who… Read more

Improving Health and Social Cohesion through Education

Today’s global policy climate underlines the importance of better addressing non-economic dimensions of well-being and social progress such as health, social engagement, political interest and crime. Education plays an important role in shaping indicators of progress. However, we understand little about the causal effects, the causal pathways, the role of contexts and the relative impacts… Read more

Tim Martineau on the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Working Group

Tim Martineau is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and leads a growing team working on health workforce issues. In this video, he talks about the Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Working Group, a subgroup of Health Systems Global which is a society for… Read more

Successful Capacity Strengthening: Three Case Studies by the Capacity Resource Unit (CRU)

In this video, members of the Capacity Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, talk about improving the effectiveness of capacity strengthening programmes and present three case studies of such programmes. Speakers include: Imelda Bates (Head of Capacity Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), Stefanie Gregorius, (Research Assistant, Capacity Research Unit, Liverpool School of… Read more

Introducing the Capacity Research Unit (CRU): Strengthening Health Research Capacity around the World

Professor Imelda Bates is the Head of the Capacity Research Unit (CRU), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the focus for an emerging international network with expertise in the evaluation of research capacity development. In this video, Professor Bates talks about the CRU’s work in health research capacity development in low and middle income countries (LMICs),… Read more

Early childhood diarrhea predicts impaired school performance

OBJECTIVE: Diarrhea is a leading cause of mortality worldwide; however, its long-term morbidity is poorly understood. Recently, early childhood diarrhea (ECD) has been associated with impaired physical fitness, growth and cognitive function 6 to 9 years later. We studied the effects of ECD on school functioning in a shantytown in northeastern Brazil. DESIGN: We administered… Read more

Malaria and Primary Education: A Cross-country Analysis on Repetition and Completion Rates

This paper explores the link between P. falciparum malaria– most malaria morbidity and mortality is due to the malignant Plasmodium falciparum -and primary education in terms of school performance on the macroeconomic level. Cross-country regression analysis shows that the relationship between school results (measured in terms of repetition and completion rates) and the P. falciparum… Read more

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