Gouranga Lal Dasvarma

Gouranga Lal Dasvarma
Flinders University · College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

19.69
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PhD (Demography)

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Research Experience
July 2010 - May 2020
Flinders University
Position
  • Associate Professor
Description
  • I supervise Higher Degree Research students and teach in several postgraduate subjects. My research is focused on population and environment, sustainable development, migration and remittances, reproductive health and family planning.
July 2001 - January 2003
Australian National University
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Adviser to Ministry of Planning and National Institute of Statistics
April 1987 - June 1992
Population Council
Position
  • Associate and Country Representative, Indonesia

Publications

Publications (60)
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Introduction Commencing breastfeeding within one hour of birth is defined as early initiation of breastfeeding (EIBF). Both the mother and child benefit from EIBF. This study aims to identify the predictors of EIBF among Indonesian women. Methods This paper analyses data from a weighted sample of 6,616 women collected at the Indonesia Demographi...
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Background Nepal formulated a range of policies related to maternal and neonatal survival, especially after the year 2000. Nevertheless, Nepal’s perinatal mortality remains high, particularly in disadvantaged regions. Policy analysis can uncover the underlying values, strategies and policy formulation processes that shape the potential to reduce in...
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Background: We aim to examine the gendered contexts of poor perinatal survival in the remote mountain villages of Nepal. The study setting comprised two remote mountain villages from a mid-western mountain district of Nepal that ranks lowest on the Human Development Index (0.304), and is reported as having the lowest child survival rates in the co...
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Background: This paper aims to examine the health care contexts shaping perinatal survival in remote mountain villages of Nepal. Health care is provided through health services to a primary health care level-comprising district hospital, village health facilities and community-based health services. The paper discusses the implications for future...
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The Timor-Leste National Human Development Report 2018: Planning the Opportunities for a Youthful Population is the fourth national HDR of Timor-Leste. This National Human Development Report (National HDR) puts the well-being of young people at the centre of the policy agenda. Why youth? Timor-Leste has one of the youngest populations in the Asia a...
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Objective and the context This paper examines the beliefs and experiences of women and their families in remote mountain villages of Nepal about perinatal sickness and death and considers the implications of these beliefs for future healthcare provision. Methods Two mountain villages were chosen for this qualitative study to provide diversity of c...
Data
Interview guides for women, service providers and stakeholders. (DOCX)
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Brief description of study participants. (DOCX)
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Backgroud: Many rural mothers did not give appropriate child feeding which impacted to underweight for their children in Konawe Disrict of Southeast Island in Indonesia. This was also related to mother's poor knowledge about child feeding. Objective: this study aimed to investigate the relationship between rural mothers' knowledge and their practic...
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Backgroud: Many rural mothers did not give appropriate child feeding which impacted to underweight for their children in Konawe Disrict of Southeast Island in Indonesia. This was also related to mother's poor knowledge about child feeding. Objective: this study aimed to investigate the relationship between rural mothers' knowledge and their practic...
Chapter
The aim of this chapter is to present innovations associated with the linkage of statistics and well-being and human development, where the contexts of application are poor countries, and where there is a further linkage with international efforts to tackle multidimensional poverty. The chapter begins with background information focused on the foll...
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Objectives The prevalence of underweight in children under 5 years of age is anomalously high in Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. This state of affairs may be related to poor housing conditions, such as limited access to clean water, the absence of a sanitary latrine, and the use of poor housing materials. Therefore, this st...
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This paper analyses the trends and regional variations in the target achievement of MDG 5 of improving maternal health in Bangladesh. Based on the analysis of secondary data a comparison is made between the rate of progress required for each indicator of the goal to achieve its target by 2015 from 2000, the current rate of progress (between 2000 an...
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The increasing sense of insecurity and fear of identity loss among the members of many ethnic communities in Northeast India are encouraging the communities to construct new narratives of their nations while challenging the state-constructed definition of a nation. While the recent revival movements by these communities might lead to strengthening...
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Successful inter-spousal communication is promoted as a key strategy to fostering shared decision making and responsibilities on reproductive health matters. With data from a large-scale study examining the risk factors of reproductive tract infections (RTIs) in married women, we investigated the extent of inter-spousal communication about reproduc...
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The length of working life of Indonesian males has been estimated for 1980 and 1995. Data on age specific labour force participation rates are obtained from the 1980 census and the 1995 intercensal population survey. Data on agespecific mortality have been adopted from appropriate model life tables based on indirect estimates of child mortality in...
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This research is concerned with the patterns of child malnutrition in Indonesia since the mid 1980s. Aggregate data show that malnourished children are found among lower income groups. In this study a 10% reduction in the proportion of the population under the poverty line was found to be accompanied by a fall of around 4-6% in the number of childr...
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This research is concerned with the patterns of child malnutrition in Indonesia since the mid 1980s. Aggregate data show that malnourished children are found among lower income groups. In this study a 10% reduction in the proportion of the population under the poverty line was found to be accompanied by a fall of around 4--6% in the number of child...
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Beginning with a discussion of the sources and quality of Indonesian age data by sex, this paper examines the changes in the functional age groups of the population of Indonesia from 1971 to the year 2005, and the implications of these changes for education, labour force participation, dependency ratios and fertility. Data for the period 1971 to 19...
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Fertility trends in Indonesia for the period 1967-1985 are analyzed. Data are from the Indonesian censuses of 1971 and 1980 and from the 1985 Intercensal Survey (SUPAS 85); they concern fertility rates by province, marital status, and for the general population. An overview of the sociocultural factors that affect data reliability and a discussion...
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A method of estimating current fertility from information on last live births is presented. The technique is developed from one proposed by Hull for estimating fertility rates for Indonesia using 1976 intercensal survey data and does not depend on conditions of stable fertility or on assumptions about past mortality. "The estimates of [the] total f...
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Estimates of the number of infant and child deaths in Indonesia in 1983 are first presented by province using official data. The author then attempts to determine the number of such deaths that can be considered preventable. It is concluded that about 60 percent of infant deaths and 71 percent of deaths among children aged one to four could be avoi...
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Correlations of infant mortality rates with other available characteristics of statistical divisions of Australia have been analysed. The analysis has been done in three segments (i) all statistical divisions (AUSTRALIA-I), (ii) divisions excluding large Aboriginal populations (AUSTRALIA-II), and (iii) divisions containing only major urban and metr...
Thesis
The overall mortality in the developed countries is now at the lowest level ever recorded. It is believed that any significant gain in longevity in these countries can be achieved only through a better understanding of the fundamental processes of ageing. However, despite low mortality, various socio-economic groups of the population in these count...
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Some factors which determine the impact of a particular contraceptive on the fertility of a given population are discussed: 1) duration of use of the contraceptive, 2) proportion of the population using the contraceptive, 3) distribution of fecundability among contracepting couples (a homogeneous or heterogeneous distribution), and 4) risk of expos...
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In spite of enjoying a higher level of female autonomy in a strong matrilineal kinship system, women in matrilineal societies in northeast India have the highest fertility in the country. This direct association of high female autonomy and high fertility challenges the most commonly observed inverse relationship between these two variables in other...

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Population growth; migration; urban sprawl; conversion of paddy fields to golf courses or building of 5-start hotels (for example in Bali, where the impact on water resources is quite strong
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Hi Terry, Zhong Wei and Adrian. O had two PhD students who wrote their theses on maternal mortality in West Java and maternal morbidity in Bangladesh respectively. Would you like them to contribute to your book? Cheers. Gour

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