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Madhurima Nundy is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi, India. She is presently a Fellow, Health and Human Development, Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her areas of interest include researching health systems, health policies, commercialisation of healthcare and inequalities in health. She also uses comparative frameworks to study health systems. She has several publications and has been a regular contributor to policy analysis in the area of public health in China and India. Previously she was Assistant Director and Fellow at the ICS, Delhi (2012-21); Senior Programme Coordinator at the Public Health Resource Network, New Delhi (2009-12). Among other experiences, she was a Technical Consultant with the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (2004-05) and a Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust (1999-2001).

Grim Image of India Prompts Debate Over China’s Swaggering Propaganda
04 May 2021

Even in China, where propaganda has become increasingly pugnacious, the display was jarring:

“We feel safe unlike Chinese citizens in India”: Indian diaspora in China Indian students feel equally at home in China
25 Apr 2021

Despite the tensions between the two countries over border disputes, the mindless tirade against China in most Indian media

‘Product of China’: India snubs its China-educated doctors even as Covid-19 runs rampant - Rama V. Baru & Madhurima Nundy
13 Sep 2020

Thousands of Indian medical students who graduate in China are blocked from work on their return by the notorious Foreign Medical Graduate Exam

Student Mobility for Higher Education: The Case of Indian Students Studying Medicine in China
11 Jul 2020

The mobility of Indian students travelling abroad for higher education, has been on the rise since the early 2000s. The favoured destinations have been the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. However, in the last few years it has been observed that China is one of the top non-English speaking countries where Indians are going for higher education, mostly for undergraduate medical courses.

Epidemics and their Urban Context: COVID-19 and Lessons from Wuhan
18 Apr 2020

The impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented across the world and urban cities have faced it in full force and are among the worst affected. It began in the city of Wuhan in China and spread to other cities within and outside China. In India too, most metropolitan cities especially Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad have..

Health policy pointers for India in China’s tryst with privatisation
25 Nov 2019

The Chinese government’s role today is split between public funding of social insurance for curative services and provisioning of private healthcare.

Commercialisation of Medical Care in China:Changing Landscapes
20 Sep 2019

This topical book will be useful to scholars and researchers of Chinese studies, Chinese economy, public health, health management, social health and medicine, medical sociology, sociology, political economy, public policy and public administration as well as policymakers and practitioners.

The Illusion of Universal Health Care: Medical Insurance as the Panacea
28 Feb 2019

This analysis places the recent developments in health policy in India and China in the context of the departure from the principles and design that informed the Primary Health Care (PHC) approach in 1978.

Public Private Partnerships in Health Care: China and India
30 Sep 2017

(Co-author ) ICS Analysis, Issue No. 51, September 2017

Public-Private Partnerships in Health Care: China and India
08 Sep 2017

This paper attempts to present the different models of PPPs being piloted in the tertiary public hospitals in India and China. It also compares the respective models in terms of the variations in design, the levels of emergence etc.

Health Service Systems in Transition: Challenges in India and China
01 Jul 2017

This edited volume is a collection of papers presented at the International Seminar on "Challenges to Health Service Systems in Transition: China and India". The authors are public health scholars from various institutes and universities from Beijing, Delhi and Shanghai.

Regional and Sub-regional Cooperation in Health Security: India and China
30 May 2017

The paper anlyses the growing importance of Pubic Health in a globalised world primarily due to rising incidence of infectious diseases and threats posed by transnational disease epidemics.

भारत और चीन: स्वास्थ्य सुरक्षा पर क्षेत्रीय और उपक्षेत्रीय सहयोग
17 May 2017

यह पेपर वैश्विक दुनिया में पब्लिक हेल्थ ;मुख्य रूप से संक्रामक बीमारियों की बढ़ती हुई घटनाओं और ट्रांसनेशनल महामारी द्वारा उत्पन्न खतरे के कारण; के बढ़ते महत्व मुहैया कराता है।

Regional and Sub-regional Cooperation in Health Security: India and China
01 May 2017

ICS Analysis, Issue No. 46, May 2017

China's One- or Two-child...
15 Oct 2016

The announcement of the shift from a one-child to two-child policy at the fifth plenum of the 18th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China...

Indian Students in Higher Education Abroad: The Case of Medical Education in China
04 Jul 2016

The commercialisation of medical education in India has led many students to study medicine abroad. China tops the list of the most preferred destination to study medicine.

Social Unrest and Resistances: State and the Social Sector in China during the Reform Period
10 Jun 2016

This paper looks at social unrest, resistances and growth of non-governmental organisations in the social sector arising from consequences of the reform agenda in the last three decades.

Health Tourism in India and China
06 Jun 2016

(Co-author), ICS Blogs

Violence against Health Personnel in China and India: Symptom of a Deeper Crisis
30 Dec 2015

Several incidents of violence have been reported against doctors and other health personnel in China in the last few years that have received considerable media attention.

चीन और भारत में स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों के विरुद्ध हिंसाः एक गहरे संकट का लक्षण
30 Dec 2015

चीन में पिछले कुछ वर्षों में डॉक्टरों और अन्य स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों के विरुद्ध हिंसा की कई घटनाएं घटी हैं, जिन्हें मीडिया में भी बहुत कवरेज मिला है।

Challenges to Health Service Systems in China and India
02 Oct 2015

China Policy Institute Blog, The University of Nottingham

Challenges to health service systems in China and India
02 Oct 2015

The historical pathway for the emergence of China and India as global players has been different.

Lifting Drug Price Controls in China
30 May 2015

Economic and Political Weekly

Implementing of RSBY in Chhattisgarh, India: A Study of Durg District
21 Feb 2015

(Co-author) in Rama Baru (ed.), Medical Insurance Schemes for the Poor: Who Benefits? (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2015), pp.111-150

Challenges to Health Service System in China: Institutional and Financial Reforms
01 Jan 2015

in Md. Nazrul Islam (ed.), Public Health Challenges in Contemporary China: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Heidelberg: Springer, 2015), pp. 9-23

The Ebola Crisis: Responses from India and China
23 Dec 2014

On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak a public health emergency

The Ebola Crisis: Responses from India and China
01 Dec 2014

ICS Analysis, No. 23, December 2014

Recent Trends in Health Sector Reforms and Commercialisation of Public Hospitals in China
02 Dec 2013

Several scholars have commented on the content and process of reform as encompassing both developed and developing countries and acknowledge that it is a global process informed by the principles of new public management (NPM).

The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) experience in Chhattisgarh: What Does it Mean for Health for All
01 Jul 2013

Working Paper, published by Sama - Resource Group for Women and Health

of Colin Leys and Stewart Player. 2009. Plot Against the NHS (Wales: Merlin Press)
01 Jun 2013

Social Change, Vol. 43, No. 2, June 2013, pp. 321-324

District Planning in Mental Health
01 Jan 2012

Module No. 18, New Delhi: Public Health Resource Network, 2012

Issues in Urban Health
01 Jan 2011

Module No.16, New Delhi: Public Health Resource Network, 2011

A Health Programme for Homeless Children in Residential Care: A Handbook for Programme Managers
01 Jan 2011

New Delhi: Public Health Resource Network and Centre for Equity Studies, 2011

Understanding Children’s Health Needs and Programme Responsiveness
01 Jan 2010

(Co-author) Working Paper Series 3, Vol. 1, USRN, New Delhi, 2010

Health PPPs in India: Stepping Stones for Improving Women’s Reproductive Health Care?
01 Jan 2009

in Timmermann, Martina and Kruesmann, Monika (ed.) Public Private Partnerships within the Ethical Framework of the UN Global Compact: The Example of the “Women's Health Initiative for Improving Women's and Girls´ Health in India” (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2009)

Health Sector in Delhi
31 Dec 2006

Background Paper, Modes of Service Delivery, Collective Action and Societal Regulation: Making Public Services Responsive to the Poor in Brazil, India and Mexico, IDS, Sussex

Living Under a Shadow: Gender and HIV/AIDS in Delhi
01 Jan 2001

New Delhi: Institute of Social Studies Trust, 2001


Areas of interest

Her areas of interest include studying different health service systems, health policies and inequalities in health. She has several publications to her name.


Current Positions

    • Honorary Fellow, Insitute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. 
    • Fellow, in Health and Human Development at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi.

Past Positions

    • Assistant Director, Insitute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.
    • Fellow, Insitute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. 
    • Senior Programme Coordinator, Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), New Delhi, January 2010-October 2012.
    • Project Associate, School Health Project component of University School Resource Network – Jawaharlal Nehru University (USRN – JNU), New Delhi
    • Technical Consultant, National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and WHO, India, May 2004-April 2005


    • PhD. Public Health, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • MA, Social Work, Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi, Delhi

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