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Women's Health and Poverty Alleviation in India

K.S. Mohindra (Author)
Synopsis Poverty and ill-health are intertwined; therefore, social responses need to address the links between the two. There has been increasing attention paid towards the role of microcredit as poverty alleviation strategy (that especially targets women), yet little scrutiny of how microcredit may influence population health in general and women’s health in particular. In this book, we ask: can microcredit be considered a "pro-health" poverty alleviation strategy for women? Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the linkages between poverty alleviation and women’s health are investigated from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. The theoretical perspective draws upon Amartya sen's capability approach and population health models and theories. The empirical perspective is based on a study examining female participation in self help groups (a form of microcredit) and their health in the South India state of Kerala.
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About the author

K.S. Mohindra

K.S. Mohindra is currently Global Health Post Doctoral Fellow (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, and is affiliarted with the International Health Unit, Centre de recherché gu CHUM. She was previously a research associate with the International Development Research Centre (1999-2001) and has worked on collaborative research projects in Asia, Africa and Latian America. She holds a PhD in public health from the Universite de Montreal. This, her first book, is based on her doctoral dissertation, which won the 2007 Quebec Population Health Research Network Prize of excellence.

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Bibliographic information

Title Women's Health and Poverty Alleviation in India
Author K.S. Mohindra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788171887149
length 150p., Tables; Figures; Index; 24cm.