Meg Towle, Author at State of the Planet

Meg Towle is a Research Associate with the Model Districts Project, a partnership between the Earth Institute and the Government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As a Marshall Scholar she completed public health graduate studies in the UK, and is now based at the Columbia Global Center|South Asia in Mumbai.

Recent Posts

Promising drops in India’s infant mortality?

New government data shows a 3-point drop in national IMR rates, and 2 to 5 point drops in our Model District states, between 2009 and 2010.

by |January 2, 2012

India’s new Annual Health Survey: the largest survey sample in the world?

India’s anticipated Annual Health Survey surveyed a sample population of 18.2 million from 284 districts. Where do the Model Districts stand?

by |January 2, 2012

New working paper: Model Districts as a roadmap for scale-up

Read our team’s new working paper on ‘Model Districts as a Roadmap for Public Health Scale-up in India.’ In this paper we will briefly explain how India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and The Earth Institute arrived at the need for the Model Districts initiative, the project’s proposed strategy for narrowing the policy-practice gaps and… read more

by |July 5, 2011

New working paper: India’s Decade of Development II

In 2000 Drs. Sachs and Bajpai called for a ‘Decade of Development’ in India. Now in 2011, a new working paper reflects on progress and propose strategies for strengthening India’s growth in the next 20 years.

by |June 2, 2011

Our newest Model District (in a state of 199 million people)

We’ve launched the second of five Model Districts: in a state big enough to be the 5th largest country in the world.

by |April 15, 2011

India is booming – so why are nearly half of its children malnourished? (Part 2)

About one third of the world’s malnourished children live in India. What is the country doing about its nutrition challenges, and is there a way forward?

by |March 24, 2011

India is booming – so why are nearly half of its children malnourished? (Part 1)

India has more hungry people than anywhere in the world, and remains an enigma in global nutrition. How can a country have shining economic growth and strong agricultural productivity, without commensurate reductions in hunger and malnutrition?

by |March 24, 2011

India’s progress towards the healthcare MDGs

The Model Districts project is narrowing in on maternal and child health, with targets set by MDGs 1, 4, 5. How is India progressing towards these goals?

by |March 14, 2011

What is the Model Districts project?

We are excited to introduce the Earth Institute’s newest project in India, the Model Districts. This is a 5-year initiative focused on maternal and child health, and will serve as a roadmap of progress towards MDGs 1, 4, and 5.

by |February 18, 2011