Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health

Current Centre Research

Ongoing research projects of CORTH members

Narrating Blood: An international network for cross-cultural research and intervention into blood-related reproductive and adolescent health and care- economies in India, Bangladesh, Ghana and the UK

The proposed programme of work will create a unique network of scholars across the globe to ‘talk about blood’. Drawing together complementary international and national research expertise from across anthropology, psychology, education, geography, migration, medical and public health, the programme will establish a set of analytic and methodological instruments to address the social, economic and health burden of hidden blood related conditions such as anemia in lower and middle income countries. It will focus on the way blood is narrated within policy discourse as well as perceived in terms of weakness (anemia) or stigma (menstrual) in everday family, school and livelihood contexts in poor, rural, urban and migrating populations.

Inherited blood disorders, globalisation and the promise of genomics: an Indian case-study

The re-classification of sickle cell and thalassaemia (recessively inherited blood disorders (IBDs) within ‘prevention and management of birth defects’ by the WHO, in 2011, marks an important moment in the framing of these disorders as an emergent global health crisis. A much higher incidence poses significant healthcare challenges in low and middle income countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa, India and Brazil. India is estimated to have the largest number of IBD carriers in the world (around 42-45 million); where approximately 22,500- 37,000 babies with these disorders are born each year– largely in rural and poor communities with little access to long term care. Despite cheap diagnostic tests and treatments, including new born screening and curative stem cell transplants, available across public and private sectors, only 5- 10 percent of these children receive optimal care in India.

Read more: Inherited blood disorders, globalisation and the promise of genomics: an Indian case-study