The Social Determinants of Health in India

Concepts, Processes, and Indicators

  • Devaki Nambiar
  • Arundati Muralidharan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Conceptualization

  3. Operationalization

  4. Oversight

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-226

About this book


Drawing from the work of academics and practitioners from ten states across the country, this edited volume showcases and synthesises the diversity and richness of efforts to understand and act on the social determinants of health in India, the conditions in which we are born, grow, live work and age. Such an effort is salient in the current era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which have foregrounded the issue of equity and the need for a comprehensive, multi-sectoral agenda for health and development. In India, particularly in the last decade, there have been myriad efforts to more critically theorise and intervene in areas with bearing on health, like conflict, nutrition or urbanisation, or to address the concerns of vulnerable groups like women, children and the elderly. From these efforts emerge lessons of convergence for academic and policymaking institutions in India who are looking to operationalise and bring life to the SDG agenda in India and other Low and Middle Income Country settings. The book comprises eleven chapters and six short commentaries that appear in conversation with each other, as well as an annexure of validated, ready to use indicators for monitoring of social determinants of health.


Alma Ata declaration health equity draft National Health Policy conflict as a social determinant of health urban health in India child nutrition services community based health services maternal mortality in India institutional structures for public health universal health coverage menstrual health and hygiene management health in rural India universal access to healthcare

Editors and affiliations

  • Devaki Nambiar
    • 1
  • Arundati Muralidharan
    • 2
  1. 1.The George Institute for Global HealthNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.WASH in Health and Nutritions, WASH in SchoolsWaterAid IndiaNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-5998-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-5999-5
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