Reports & Policy Briefs

Syrian refugees arrive on the shores of Lesvos island

Digidiki, Vasileia, and Jacqueline Bhabha

Emergency Within an Emergency: The Growing Epidemic of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Children in Greece

This report focuses on the situation facing refugee and migrant children in Greece, a key site of distress migration. The report documents an alarming pattern of exploitation and abuse, including physical violence and sexual abuse.  It examines the complex factors that expose children as young as 11 to regular sexual exploitation in central Athens, and it investigates the circumstances in Greek camps that contribute to regular patterns of violence and abuse.

 

Balsari, Satchit, and Tarun Khanna

Exchanging Health Information: Setting an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda (Harvard South Asia Institute)

Using India as a case example, this report explores requirements for electronic exchange of health information. India offers an extraordinary opportunity for considering these issues, as most health records are paper (which means India lacks the contention among systems in the US) and the government is currently creating a regulatory authority and writing health information laws. As well, the government has recently rolled out a unique biometric digital identification system, Aadhaar. The report grew out of a September 2016 interdisciplinary two-day conference organized by Dr. Balsari and others, with the support of SAI and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. The report forms part of an approach to advance healthcare equity in India through technology, task shifting, and training (3T).

 

Balsari, Satchit, Mrudula Phadke, Greg Simon, Raghav Goyal, and Ian Mulholland

Task Shifting in Healthcare: Reframing the Ayush Debate (Harvard South Asia Institute)

This report offers a new angle on the tension between allopathic and non-allopathic medicine. Dr. Balsari and his team review task shifting in Indian healthcare, considering the potential of practitioners in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (Ayush) to alleviate chronic workforce gaps in rural areas. Part of “Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development” (a Tata-Trust-funded project at the South Asia Institute), the report describes task shifting and training as paths towards healthcare equity in India, forming part of the 3T approach—task shifting, training, and technology.

 

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