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Rebel Health Services in South Asia: Comparing Maoist-led Conflicts in India and Nepal.

Sahay, G., Devkota, B. and van Teijlingen, E., 2016. Rebel Health Services in South Asia: Comparing Maoist-led Conflicts in India and Nepal. Sociological Bulletin, 65 (1), 19 - 39.

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This is the first paper comparing Indian and Nepali Maoist rebels providing health services and health promotion to the communities under their influence. The paper presents the key provisions either made by rebel health workers themselves or by putting political pressure on government health workers to deliver better services in the areas controlled by rebels. The paper is based on a mixed-method approach comprising 15 interviews and a questionnaire survey with 197 Nepalese Maoist health workers and a secondary analysis of policy documents and other published materials on the Maoist health services of India. The paper suggests that rebel health services in India and Nepal followed a fairly similar approach to what and how they offered health care services to local populations. Maoists becoming a government party changed the political landscape for the rebel health workers in Nepal. However, not incorporating the Maoist rebel health workers into the government health system was a missed opportunity. There are lessons that India and Nepal can learn from each other. Should the Maoist rebels and the Government of India come to an agreement, potential for rebel health workers to be integrated in the official health care system should be considered.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:South Asia ; Terrorism ; India ; Nepal ; Health system ; Conflict
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:23441
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 May 2016 13:21
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:55


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