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Rama V. Baru is Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and an Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India. She is also an Honorary Professor at the India Studies Centre, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. Her major areas of research interest include commercialisation of health services, infectious diseases, comparative health systems and health inequalities. She is the author of four books: Private Health Care in India: Social Characteristics and Trends (1998); School Health Services in India: The Social and Economic Contexts (2008); and Medical Insurance Schemes for the Poor: Who Benefits (2015). Her most recent publications by Routledge is a book (with Madhurima Nundy) titled Commercialisation of Medical Care in China: Changing Landscapes (2020), and another a co-edited volume (with Anuj Kapilashrami) titled Global Health Governance and Commercialisation in India: Actors, Institutions and the Dialectics of Global and Local (2018). She has contributed to many edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a member of the Ethics Committee at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Technical Appraisal Committee for Health Technology Assessment, the Department of Health Research, the Ministry of Health, the Government of India and the Scientific Advisory Group, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.   

Ukraine War a Reminder of Multiple Concerns Staring Down Indian Medical Students Abroad
06 Mar 2022

Commenting on the plight of Indian students stuck in Ukraine, mostly pursuing medical education, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Our children today are going to small countries

See how rural India has been overrun by the pandemic’s second wave
19 Jun 2021

There were no funeral pyres on June 10 at the Tavarekere mass crematorium, roughly 19 miles outside the South Indian city of Bengaluru

Modi Government Guilty of "Criminal Negligence | The Emperor has No Clothes" | India COVID Crisis
05 May 2021

India's top public health professional Dr Rama Baru in a conversation with Barkha Dutt talked about the government's response to the second wave of COVID-19 in India.

‘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.

Health Systems Preparedness during COVID‑19 Pandemic: China and India
03 Jun 2020

This commentary reviews the health systems preparedness during the COVID‑19 epidemic in China and India. It provides insight into how nonmedical measures were employed to contain and control the epidemic in Wuhan.

To contain coronavirus, monitor and communicate
06 Mar 2020

Science, a functioning public health system, and government support are critical in managing epidemics

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 Bhore Committee and the Recent Debates
15 Mar 2019

THE Bhore Committee report is a much-invoked document in academic, policy and activist circles when discussing the history of health services development in India.

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.

Lifting Drug Price Controls in China
30 May 2015

Economic and Political Weekly

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).

Inequities in Access to Health Services in India: Caste, Class and Region
18 Sep 2010

Despite India’s impressive economic performance after the introduction of economic reforms...

Full Meal or Packaged Deal?
14 Jun 2008

With lobbying going on to replace cooked meals in the mid-day meal programme with...


Areas of interest

Health Policy, Commercialization of medical care, Inequalities and health


Current Positions

    • Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • Project Director, Transnational Actors and Commercialisation of Health Care, ICSSR Sponsored Research Project (2013-2015)
    • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi

Past Positions

    • Associate Professor, Social Services Area and Adjunct faculty,ASCI, Hyderabad
    • Programme Officer, Public Policy Division, Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi.


    • PhD. Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, (CSMCH), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • M.A. Social Work (Medical and Psychiatric Social Work), University of Kerala

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