Tanvi Rao is a Ph.D. student in the department of Applied Economics & Management (AEM) at Cornell University. Her research interests span the fields of development economics, labour economics and public policy analysis. Apart from her work which studies the impacts of the Indian government’s flagship community health worker program on the delivery of public health services she is also working on a project that looks at decision-making with regards to higher-education in India. For the latter she plans to conduct a primary “subjective beliefs” survey with intermediate-degree college students, in Jharkhand, during 2014-15. At Cornell, she is also part of the TATA-Cornell Agriculture & Nutrition Initiative (TCi) where she is a research scholar. A part of her work with the group includes identifying pathways for improving the nutritional status of agricultural households using individual-level panel data collected by ICRISAT. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Tanvi completed her Master’s at the same department and did her B.A. in economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in Delhi University.
Impact of Community Health Workers on childhood immunisation: Evidence from India’s ASHAs
27 Jun 2014
A key component of the National Rural Health Mission launched by the Indian government in 2005 was the introduction of a cadre of village-level Community Health Workers known as ASHAs. This column analyses the impact of the ASHA programme on childhood immunisation, and finds that ASHAs have had a positive impact by generating awareness regarding the need and availability of immunisation.
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