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Centre for Labour and Health

Aims and Objectives

 

The degree to which health systems meet the needs of different social groups is an issue of concern all over the world. This is more so in countries experiencing rapid economic and institutional change. In India where a large number of people are poor and depend on the informal sector for their livelihood, providing horizontal equity in terms of health benefits becomes a challenge. In order to address these key issues of health provision and its interlinkages with the world of work, the Centre for Labour and Health Studies has been set up in V.V. Giri National Labour Institute. This specialized Centre focuses on understanding and addressing emerging health challenges confronting workers in a globalised economy. The core research areas of the centre are as follows:

 

Core Research Areas of the Centre

 

  • Labour market transformations and challenges to health security of workers.

  • Public health services and its impact on labour and livelihoods.

  • Social Protection and HIV/AIDS.

 

Specific Research Issues of the Centre

 

  • Inequities in access to health services and its effect on workers in the informal economy.

  • Health care burden and its impact on the livelihood of workers.

  • Analysing the factors and role of horizontal health provision and equity.

  • Role of social insurance in providing health protection.

  • Impact of HIV/AIDS on the livelihood of workers involved in the informal economy.

 

Research Advisory Group

 

The Research Advisory Group of the Centre comprises of the following members:

 

  • Dr. Ritu Priya Mehrotra, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • Prof. Indrani Gupta, Health Policy Research Unit, Institute of Economic Growth

  • Prof. D.B. Gupta, National Council for Applied Economic Research

 

Centre Coordinator

Dr. Ruma Ghosh, Fellow