Dr. Rajalakshmi RamPrakash
QUALIFICATION & SPECIALIZATION : BA PSYCHOLOGY (WCC, CHENNAI), MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK (TISS, MUMBAI), PGD MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS (NLSIU, BENGALURU), PhD SOCIAL SCIENCES (TISS, MUMBAI).
EXPERIENCE IN YEARS TEACHING/PRACTICE/INDUSTRY/RESEARCH : 1 year of teaching, 8 years of practice and 11 years of research Experience.
Dr. Rajalakshmi RamPrakash is currently Senior Research Associate at LIBA specializing in Healthcare Management. She has extensive experience in research, training and consultancy. Her PhD thesis was recently featured as a case in UN Women’s document. She has been the recipient of prestigious awards and Fellowships such as the Health and Population Innovation Fellowship (MacArthur Foundation, USA) and Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA) Scholarship for Program on Ethical Issues in International Health Research. She has been associated with top academic and research institutions including Tata Institute of Social Sciences, National Law School of India University, Population Council and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute Youth Development. She has worked closely with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Government of Tamil Nadu) and is on the advisory board of several non- governmental organizations. Her areas of interest include healthcare, gender, ethics, corporate social responsibility and bottom of pyramid populations. She has several publications to her credit, some of which have been cited in United Nations policy documents.
- Gold medalist in Bachelors in Psychology from the Women’s Christian College (Chennai)
- Best Outgoing Student in Masters in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai)
- State first rank in Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Board exams
- Diploma in Medical Law & Ethics from National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
- Awarded National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship conducted by UGC
- Awarded State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) by Bharathidasan University
- PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences completed in three years
Dr.Rajalakshmi is peer reviewer for reputed journals including International Journal for Equity in Health, Social Science and Medicine, Indian Journal of Social Work.
- UN General Assembly, Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health: note / by the Secretary-General, 10 August 2009, A/64/272, available at: https://www.refworld.org/docid/4aa762e30.html.
(Refer Citation #75, in Page 16 )
- UN Women, ‘Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls: Expert Group Meeting Sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63), December 2018, EGM/SPS/BP.2 available at: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/csw/63/egm/sen%20gbackground%20paperdraftegmspsbp2.pdf?la=en&vs=2659
(Refer Box 3, Page 25 for Case study of Doctoral study)
Awarded grant of USD 2000 by Health Systems Global to publish in International Journal for Equity in Health (in process)
RamPrakash & Lingam, (2018), “Does Gender Equity Matter? – A systematic and interpretive review of studies on Publicly Funded Health Insurance Schemes in India”, 2018, e-Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol1 (2), pp. 59-79 (peer reviewed online social sciences and humanities journal)
Rajalakshmi, (2016), “Emerging Trends in Micro Insurance in India”, Management Matters, 14(1), pp.65-77(ISSN 2279-0187)
Rajalakshmi, (2007), “Reducing Reproductive Rights: spousal consent for abortion and sterilization”, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 4 (3) pp. 102-103 (Scopus indexed)
Rajalakshmi, (2003), “Delinking Prostitution from Trafficking- A look at India’s Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1956”,Canadian Women’s Studies Journal, Vol. 22(3/4),pp.110-113 (ISSN 0713-3235)
RamPrakash & Lingam, (2018), “Falling out of Pockets: Insights from a Gendered Health Research of a Publicly Funded Health Insurance Schemes in Tamil Nadu, India”, Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi(forthcoming)- Awarded grant for publishing by Ford Foundation
RamPrakash, “Understanding Gender in Health Insurance Programs” in “Engaging with Health Inequities: Methodological Journeys”, Editors: Dr.Rakhal Gaitonde & Dr.Arima Mishra, Oxford University Press (in process).
Balasubramaniam , RamPrakash & Srilakshmi, (2016), “Religious Fundamentalism and Comprehensive Sexuality Education in South India “,RUWSEC and ARROW (ISBN 978-93-5267-578-4)
“Judicial Handbook on Combating Trafficking of Women and Children for Commercial Sexual Exploitation”, Centre for Women and Law- NLSIU, UNICEF, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Bengaluru (2006)- Acknowledged for contribution as Primary Investigator
“Chennai District Human Development Report- 2017”, Corporation of Chennai, State Planning Commission & Loyola Institute of Business Administration – Acknowledged for contributing Case Study 6.1 Page 97.
Rajalakshmi & Indira (2014), “Insured for Accident?-A Study on Awareness and Uptake of Accident Insurance Among Urban Street Vendors in Chennai, India”, Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2522994
Rajalakshmi, (2012), “Health Microinsurnace in India- A scoping Study”, C.K. Prahalad Centre for Emerging India, Loyola Institute of Business Administration.
Rajalakshmi, (2007), “Informed Consent in Sterilisation Services-Evidence from public and private health care institutions in Chennai”, Health and Population Innovation Fellowship Programme, Working Paper No. 4. New Delhi: Population Council
Rajalakshmi, (2007), “Provider Perspectives in Informed Consent in Female Sterilisation Services: Findings from a Facility based study in Chennai”, Health and Population Innovation Fellowship Programme, Working Paper No. 3. New Delhi: Population Council (2007)
RamPrakash, (2018), “National Health Protection Scheme may create more roadblocks than easier access for the poor”, The Wire, 24th November 2018.
Rajalakshmi, (2017) “Voluntary and Informed Consent in Female Sterilisation- position of Indian courts”, Blog, Rural Women’s Social Education Centre.
Rajalakshmi & Indira, (2013),“Micro Insurance, Macro Problems”, The Hindu Business Line, September 27th 2013.
CONFERENCE/WEBINAR PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS:
NATIONAL (Oral Presentations)
Rajalakshmi, (2018), “Strategic purchasing of Healthcare: Private Sector Participation in Public Health- Insurance and Public Private Partnerships”, National Health Assembly, Organized by People’s Health Movement, 22-23 September 2018, Raipur
Rajalakshmi, (2018),“Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme- Presentation of Key Findings”, State Health Assembly, Organized by Makkal Nalavazhvu Iyakkam, 15th September 2018, Erode
RamPrakash & Lingam, (2017),“Has Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) facilitated access to healthcare?”, National Conference on Health Insurance and Universal Health Care in India, CEHAT-TISS, 13-14 October 2017, TISS-Mumbai.
RamPrakash,(2016),“Religious Fundamentalism and its Impact on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People in India”, Presentation in Consultation on Building New Constituencies for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, RUWSEC & ARROW, 18th July 2016, Chennai.
Rajalakshmi, (2007), “Informed Consent In Reproductive Health Services- Findings from study in public and private health institutions in Chennai”, organized in collaboration with Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of South India(OGSSI), presided by Health Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Tamil Nadu , 19th June 2007, Chennai.
Rajalakshmi & Indira, (2013), “Micro Insurance for Life and Health- Bottom of the Pyramid Perspectives”, presented at National Health Economics Conference held at SRM University, Health Economics Association of India, Chennai, 27-28 May, 2013.
Rajalakshmi, (2005), “Informed Consent in Sterilisation Services”, First National Bio Ethics Conference, Forum for Medical Ethics Society, 25-27 November, 2005, Mumbai.
Rajalakshmi, (2003), “Laws and International Conventions on Trafficking in South Asian Context”, Panelist in South Asia Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS, 19-20, 2003, Kolar, Karnataka.
Rajalakshmi, (2019), “Where are women’s pockets?- Advocating for a gendered understanding of universal health coverage through qualitative evidence” , paper accepted with partial scholarship for QE Symposium on Qualitative Evidence and Sustainable Development Goals, October 2019, Brasilia.
RamPrakash, (2019), “Gender Inequities in Publicly Funded Health Insurance Schemes”, Health and Equity Network India (HENI), Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, webinar presentation for international audience, 13th May 2019, Chennai.
Rajalakshmi & Indira, (2014), “Role of Commercial Insurance Providers in Providing Health Insurance for Low- income Groups in India”, paper accepted in International Symposium on Global Governance and Health, Organized by Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM), JNU, 7-9 September 2014, Delhi.
Rajalakshmi & Indira, (2013), “Insured Yet Unaware- the plight of the poor consumers of life and health insurance in Tamil Nadu, India” oral paper presented in International Conference on “Health Systems in Asia” organised by National University of Singapore and Elsevier, 13th – 16th December 2013, Singapore (partial scholarship from TVS Capital).
Rajalakshmi, (2000),“Community Based Approaches to Reproductive and Child Health” – Deputed by DESH(NGO) to make oral presentation at the John D. and Catherine.T MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, USA on June 10th 2000.
INVITED AS RESOURCE PERSON (MOST RECENT):
Workshop on “Towards a Gendered Understanding of Mental Wellbeing” organized by SAMA and SOCHARA, April 2019, Chennai.
Fourth Methodology Workshop on “Cutting Edge Research on Health Inequities: Concepts and Methods” on “Gender Analysis of Chief Ministers Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme”, Azim Premji University, 6th August 2018, Bengaluru.
Training for Faculty members of polytechnic colleges of South India on “Student Psychology and Prevention of Suicides”- – 26th to 30th November 2018, NITTTR, Chennai.
(Has been a Master Trainer for Sexual Reproductive Health, Legal Literacy, Human Rights since 2002)
- Project on Religious Fundamentalism and Comprehensive Sexuality Education in South India – to undertake secondary data analysis, report writing, policy briefs and newsletters, make presentations- funded by ARROW (Malaysia)
- Project on Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services within Universal Health Coverage Plans- to undertake systematic review- funded by WHO (Geneva)
Successful Proposals written for externally funded projects:
- From UNICEF- for NLSIU- research and advocacy project covering ten states in India on Sensitizing Judiciary on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children for Trafficking (3 years)
- From MacArthur Foundation-for research project on Informed Consent in Reproductive Health Services for Health and Population Innovation Fellowship (3 years)
- From University of Milan (ALTIS)- for LIBA- research project on Study of Insurance Awareness among Bottom of Pyramid Population in Tamil Nadu (India) (1 year)
AREAS OF INTEREST:
- Healthcare & Health Insurance
- Ethics (Business & Medical)
- Social justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Development
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Bottom of pyramid populations
- Policy Analysis, Impact Evaluation
- Mixed methods research