A billion people, or one-seventh of the world’s population, now live in slums in developing country cities. Mumbai, India, possibly has the world’s largest population of slum dwellers: 50-60% of its population lives in informal settlements on <9% of the city’s land area. A significant proportion of those slum residents live in “non-notified” settlements that lack any legal recognition, resulting in their exclusion from formal municipal services such as water, sanitation, and electricity. From 2009 to 2012, a team of researchers from PUKAR (a Mumbai-based research collective), the Harvard School of Public Health, and NYU engaged in an interdisciplinary project investigating health in a non-notified slum of 14,000 people. With support from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, several new findings have emerged from these data in the last year that the research team wishes to disseminate to the public. This event will consist of a few short presentations of original research findings followed by reflections on the findings by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
“Why Illegality is Deadly” Ramnath Subbaraman,PUKAR; Research Fellow in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.
“A Novel Household Coding System and GPS Mapping for Facilitating Research and Advocacy” Dana Thomson,Research Associate in Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
“Water Poverty in Slums: A Social Ecological Framework” Alpen Sheth,PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Measuring Water Poverty: Insights from Kaula Bandar” Laura Nolan,PhD Candidate in the Office of Population Research, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
“Does Living in a Slum Take a Psychological Toll? Evidence and Reflections on Social Suffering in our Urbanizing World” Ramnath Subbaraman, PUKAR; Research Fellow in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.
Reflections and Conversation:
David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health.
Rahul MehrotraChair, Department of Urban Planning and Design; Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Sofi Bergkvist is the founding Managing Director of ACCESS Health International. ACCESS Health identifies, analyzes and supports in the design of healthcare service delivery and financing models for high quality and low-cost healthcare. She is also is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business, where she focuses on health financing and public private partnerships in health.
Jerry La Forgia is a Lead Health Specialist at the World Bank. He devises policies and strategies, conducts policy dialogue with clients and designs and supervises Bank lending operations. He is also leading several policy research tasks in health. Dr. La Forgia specializes in health finance and management.
Dr. Paul C. Salins, Medical Director & Vice President, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi Specialty Hospital
Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
For more than 30 years, Dr. Salins has modified, rebuilt and deconstructed faces, some to create harmony, others to restore normalcy, and few to meet an individuals expectation. Yet, great art uncovers faces which fascinates, captivates and powerfully communicates, whether ugly or beautiful, harmonious or full of discord. The real face that in art becomes manifested seems to elude the surgeon, condemning his efforts to boring repetitions of aesthetic ideas. Can this gulf be bridged, and as mankind as we know changes, will art define the new faces we shall seek?
Dr. Michael Phillips, Director, Suicide Research and Prevention Center, Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine; Executive Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Beijing Huilongguan Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health, Emory University School of Medicine.
Professor Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Public Health Foundation of India & Sangath.
Professor Arthur Kleinman, Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Shekar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at World Health Organization, Geneva
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, and the China Medical Board
Dipu Moni,Foreign Minister of Bangladesh
with Ruhul Abid, Assistant Professor, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School M. Shawkat Razzaque, , Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Dental School
and Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Arthur Kleinman,Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Jennifer Leaning,Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Global Health Seminar
V Lakshmikumaran, Founder and Managing Partner, Advocate and Patent Agent, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys; Founder and Managing Partner, Advocate and Patent Agent, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys
Home to nearly a sixth of humanity, the birthplace of many of the world’s great religions and philosophies, and now a hotbed for innovation and technological change, South Asia is truly the world’s laboratory, a space where we can experiment with the world’s most urgent challenges. Join leading academics from Harvard University in a discussion of the timely appeal of South Asia to the humanities—at the intersection of religion and civil society, ancient arts and cutting edge technologies. Our guest speakers will challenge you – Is Pakistan really Islamic? The Taj Mahal: What’s the Attraction? – and share with you the latest research and inquiry on South Asia from Harvard.