Aruna Bhattacharya

Aruna Bhattacharya
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) · School of Human Development

Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health and Urban health from the context of Human Settlements in urban spaces at School of Human Development

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Introduction
A seasoned academician in Medical Anthropology and Public Health with more than two decades of experience in HSPR (health systems and policy research) and impact evaluation, especially in TB, HIV, and COVID-19 research in India and South-East Asia Australia Leadership Award Fellow for HIV/STI research; Harvard School of Public Health training in Ethics in Health Research; Welcome Trust funding for Health Systems Research in Harm Reduction in HIV/AIDS prevention in India

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Publications (18)
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COVID-19 health seeking behaviour in marginalised settings - micro ethnographies from Bengaluru, India
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This study is an ethnographic enquiry into the pre-school Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP), in India’s western Gujarat state. The broad objective was aimed at understanding the institutional barriers and sociological process that had led to the exclusion of families and children under the age of six from the SNP. This study was undertaken be...
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Introduction The Indian Tuberculosis (TB) Programme currently faces the dual challenges of tackling increasing numbers of drug resistant (DR) TB cases and regulating practices of a pluralistic private sector catering to TB patients. A study of health seeking behaviour of DR-TB patients in such a situation, offers an opportunity to understand the pr...
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Background The child protection community is increasingly focused on developing tools to assess threats to child protection and the basic security needs and rights of children and families living in adverse circumstances. Although tremendous advances have been made to improve measurement of individual child health status or household functioning f...
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1. SNP, a State run program, operates within the contours of existing ideological and material contradictions of the society. 2. Is a marker of social privileges and discrimination 3. Dominant social institutions such as caste and gender inscribe their characteristics on to the program and subvert its functioning and benefits in favour of select gr...
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Previous studies have established the risky behaviors of IDUs in India, and that IDUs are sexually active; however, there is a need to better understand the nature of sexual partnerships of IDUs. A total of 783 (Delhi) and 766 (Imphal) male IDUs were recruited into the study through respondent-driven sampling. We examined characteristics of sex par...
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Background: Tribal communities are "at risk" of undernutrition due to geographical isolation and suboptimal utilization of health services. Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the nutritional status of Sahariya tribes of Madhya Pradesh (MP), India. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in villages inhab...
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An interventional study was carried out under a Government of Madhya Pradesh, India supported project with aims to describe establishment of a social club (a youth club), incorporating strategy of life-skill-based education and its potential as a tool for creating HIV/AIDS awareness among adolescents of age 15-19 years living in slums of Ujjain cit...
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Designing interventions to reduce HIV transmission among injecting drug users (IDU) requires reliable estimates of risk behaviors. We present population-based estimates for unsafe injection practices and sexual risk behaviors among male IDUs recruited through respondent driven sampling in India (Delhi: 783; Imphal: 766). IDUs in Delhi, mostly stree...
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Background: The consequences of sexual assault or rape are both physical and emotional and are more damaging in cultural settings where men are expected to be sexually demanding and where women's sexuality is valued by its purity. In Bangladesh, 5,816 women and children were raped from 2001 to 2007. Survivors of sexual assault need sympathy, timely...
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Despite accepting gender based violence as public health issue, no serious attempt has been made to develop and test comprehensive models for providing care and support to rape survivors (RSs). Services like provision of emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) need to be provided within 72 h after crime. This paper p...
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This paper deals with a youth club for adolescents living in an urban slums of Ujjain city, India. The youth club incorporates the strategy of life-skill-based education and its potential as a tool for creating HIV/AIDS awareness among adolescents. The study indicates that establishment of social club is feasible with the available local resources,...

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