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Inequalities in Access to Health Care in Brazil and India:
Closing the Gap for the Poorest-poor


The broader objective of this study is to understand the methodological and substantive issues related to social inequalities and access to health care in Brazil and India, with a focus on the poorest-poor. It also aims to develop a trilateral research network and strengthen research capacity engaging demographers, social statisticians and economists from Brazil, India and the UK to undertake a quantitative investigation of the extent of inequalities in access to health care and their determinants and the changes over time. The study is part of the ESRC Pathfinder Project on 'Inequalities in Access to Health Care in Brazil and India: Closing the Gap for the Poorest poor' funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. It brings together a trilateral team of interdisciplinary academic researchers from the Indian, Brazilian, and British institutions.


  1. Facilitate internationally relevant cross-country studies, and strengthen research partnerships and networking of social scientists from Brazil, India and the UK;

  2. Analyse large-scale national survey data to address policy-oriented research problems in the area related to social inequalities and population health;

  3. Share research experiences and build capacity in quantitative methods of health and demographic data from household surveys;

  4. Produce joint academic research outputs (working papers, publication in peerreviewed international journals) and disseminate findings at international conferences;

  5. Identify priority research areas and strengthen the research consortium by developing joint research proposals.


  • Department of Social Statistics University of Southampton, UK

  • School of Health Sciences University of Portsmouth, UK

  • LSE Health and Social Care, UK

  • Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional (CEDEPLAR), Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  • Population Research Centre (PRC) Institute for Social & Economic Change (ISEC) Bangalore, India

  • Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Trivandrum, India

  • International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) Mumbai, India


India Team

  • K.S.James

  • T.R.Dilip

  • U.S.Mishra

  • Abhishek Singh

  • Lekha Subaiya

Brazil Team

  • Andr?J. Caetano

  • Eduardo L.G. Rios-Neto

  • Carla Jorge Machado

  • Ernesto F. L. Amaral

UK Team

  • Sabu S. Padmadas

  • Saseendran Pallikadavath

  • Tiziana Leone

  • Zoe Matthews

  • Maria Evandrou

  • Fiifi Amoako Johnson

  • Andrew Amos Channon

  • Jane Falkingham


The forth coming Workshop will be held in ISEC, Bangalore during January 8 - 13, 2011.



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