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EMcounting the Mela: From Chennai to Prayag *

* With apologies to Prof Eck 🙂 This blog marks the final series of posts from the FXB Center Public Health team. It explains in some detail how the disease surveillance project was implemented and focuses on our local team composition. Subsequent post…

The cyclical city

In April began the planning of the Kumbh Nagri. In October they secured its space and laid down roads in November. InDecember they marked the plots and allocated land. Come January Kumbh Nagri turned into a mega city of tents, tin, and plywood: resplen…

Mauni Amavasya: Everyone was invited. And everyone came.

It’s 1:30am and we are now in Benaras.  We delayed our morning departure to spend another day at the Kumbh. Mauni Amavasya was not the uneventful day the organizers had hoped it would be. Officials say that 30 million people (one and a half times Bo…

HealthTap: Bringing Interactive Mobile Health to Asia and Beyond

Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of HealthTap, joined Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School and Director of SAI, David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics, Harvard School of Public Health, and students from across Harvard and...

NY Times Blog on HSPH Project

NY Times Blog on HSPH Project Can Big Data From Epic Indian Pilgrimage Help Save Lives? Big data, meet humanity. The South Asia Institute at Harvard has sent a team of public health specialists to one of the largest gatherings in the world, the Kumbh M…

Waiting for an Uneventful Day

February 9, 2013: The crowds in the Kumbh Nagri have swollen to fill the sandy Gangetic floodplain as the largest bathing day begins tomorrow. Today the roads brimmed with pilgrims on their way to and from the Sangam; the barricades rolled to block all…

Business Findings of the Kumbh Mela Team (comments for TOI)

(I drafted these comments in response to a query from Times of India directed through Meena). Questions 1) Purpose of the “Mapping the Kumbh Mela”- South Asia Institute 2) Could you elaborate on the focus of the project? – Faculty member at the S…

UPCOMING GRANT DEADLINES

SAI Graduate Student Associates, Deadline March 1 Doctoral degree candidates from all Harvard academic departments and professional schools are eligible to apply. Applicants from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences should have completed their General Examinations...

Invitation and Call for Papers

International Seminar on the Environment – Development Relationship in Bangladesh Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9 AM – 5 PM Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA   This event will explore how the development partners can more effectively assist...

Photos posted on SAI’s Kumbh Mela site!

Photos posted on SAI’s Kumbh Mela site! https://mittalsouthasiainstitute.harvard.edu/kumbh-mela/ We have posted a first batch of photos from the trip, and will be updating photos regularly!Filed under: All, Photos