Struggle for Health: A Case Study of Malnutrition and ill-Health among South Indian Tribals

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  • Author :Stuart Gillespie
  • Year of Publication :1993
  • ISBN: :9788170224631
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XI, 164
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Anthropology, Ayurveda and Health Sciences, Scheduled Castes and Schduled Tribes

About the Book :

This book is based on a longitudinal study conducted in four small tribal villages in south India between February 1985 and February 1986. The study investigates the socio economic aspects of malnutrition and ill health, while documenting the complex dynamics of food and health care provisioning in these communities. A central hypothesis that structured the work was that economic inequality within the population was insufficient for inter household income differences to be related to child nutritional well being. Rather, child nutrition status was posited as being particularly associated with seasonal peaks in maternal labour participation and child disease incidence. The results highlight some important conditions for improving the nutrition and health of poor rural Indian population groups, with implications for policy that go beyond the traditional confines of nutrition and health professionals. It is a book of value for students and professional engaged in research and action on issues of nutrition and health, not only in India, but worldwide.

About Author :

Stuart Gillespie is trained in human nutrition, with particular emphasis on the socio economic and policy aspects. He was involved in managing the health and nutrition component of an integrated tribal development project in Andhra Pradesh between 1984 and 1986 when the fieldwork for this book was carried out. From 1986 to 1988, he was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Human Nutrition of the London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as a part-time lecturer at King College, London and a consultant for several NGOs. Since 1988, he has been associated with the United Nations. In 1989, he worked as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, investigating the potential long-term impact of AIDS on African food production systems. Since 1989, he has held the post of Project Officer with the United Nations Sub Committee on Nutrition (ACC/SCN) in Geneva.