Prairna Koul

Dr Prairna is a public health profession with specialization in RMNCH+A+N interventions. She also worked as a manager with Health and nutrition practice at MSC.

Posts by Prairna Koul

Taking the well-designed SABLA scheme to the next level (Part-II)

This blog highlights the various challenges that plague the successful implementation of SABLA, an initiative of the government for the self-development and empowerment of adolescent girls. It further provides insights on how the government can restructure the program for efficient delivery of services.

Taking the well-designed SABLA scheme to the next level (Part-I)

For the 111 million girls in India aged 11-18, adolescence is particularly challenging due to poor access to healthcare, education, skill development, nutrition, employment opportunities, hygiene, and sanitation. Our blog examines the origin and evolution of SABLA, an initiative of the government to address these challenges.

Policy shifts to bolster India’s frontline healthcare workers

The pandemic has reiterated the importance of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in the healthcare delivery systems of India. This blog sheds light on the long-standing challenges ASHAs face and how the government can tackle them

Impact of COVID-19 on routine healthcare services and ASHAs

The report studies the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on key elements of India’s health system framework—community demand, provision of health services, and community health workers. It also provides recommendations to better prepare the healthcare system of India to tackle shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navigating the new normal: Can behavioral sciences help?

This note focuses on the situation of COVID-19 in India and the government’s communication efforts during the pandemic. Based on MSC’s research with low- and middle-income households, it highlights how these efforts can be strengthened through the adoption of a Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) campaign.