Menzies seminar series 


Professor Narayanan presents ‘Health-disease-poverty nexus: Structure and utilisation of health services in India’, on Thursday 17 April, from 1pm to 2pm.

With growing recognition of the causal link between poverty and health, policy makers in the developing countries are currently engaged in devising strategies which underline that certain conditions of illness cannot be eliminated without adequately addressing poverty characterised by deprivation, malnutrition, illiteracy, disease and squalid surroundings.

Adverse effects of ill-health are greatest for the resource poor due to frequent illness, exclusive earning through physical work, and lack of savings to meet health contingencies.

In recent years in India the number of people living below poverty line has declined while health standards remain far from satisfactory. Admittedly, further reduction in poverty is not possible without significant improvements in health conditions.

Professor Narayanan’s presentation aims to examine the health-disease-poverty nexus in India and offers some comments on the strategies and structural/functional deficiencies of public health policy dealing with poverty.

Professor Narayanan is an Adjunct Professor with the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi. He has an international teaching and research background in economics and international affairs with a number of universities within the USA, Latin America, South America and Australia.

This seminar takes place in the Menzies Seminar Room, John Mathews Building, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus.