All posts by Annette Marie Ruth

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, USA, I am a Research Degree (MPhil/PhD) student under the supervision of Prof. Vikram Patel, in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, Department of Population Health, at the LSHTM. For my doctoral research, I am undertaking an evaluation-based research project as a Research Fellow with Sangath, an Indian health NGO, in the context of VISHRAM (VIdarbha Stress and Health progRAM), a sustainable, community-based mental health care intervention programme in Vidarbha Region, Maharashtra, India. The key objective of VISHRAM is to implement and evaluate a comprehensive, population-based, psychosocial intervention (based on a lay community health worker-led implementation model for case ID, referral, and basic counselling) to reduce psychosocial distress and suicide risk, through targeted interventions for the prevention and management of common mental disorders and alcohol abuse in the region's agricultural communities. My research focus in evaluation is in relation to programme coverage and associated collective outcomes within a theory of change framework. For more information on my professional background, research, and academic qualifications, refer to LinkedIn:

Racing to Beat the Cows

Introductory Note: You may or may not have been wondering why I have been relatively dormant lately. Well, a significant amount of work in addition to weak, intermittent internet connectivity have accounted for part of my inactivity in blogging. Also, my experiences lately have been largely static, so there hasn…

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On a Jetplane – Back to Keppel Street (LSHTM)

”I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor…

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Amidst Leopards and Tigers

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

If you ever find yourself in India, I would strongly recommend coming out to Nagpur and spending some time here – perhaps use…

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For Everything Else, There’s Charades

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

The other day I was in Nirmala’s, a local grocery store, holding a piece of paper on which I…

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PhD = Procrastination + hallucination + Dissertation

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“PhD = Procrastination + hallucination + Dissertation.” Or so it said on a handout I received from the LSHTM on my first day…

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The Accidental Vegan

“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” – Indira Gandhi

Before diving into the ensuing narratives and reflections, I should warn you of my somewhat unorthodox documentary habits. I will chronicle my experiences continually throughout the week, but due to a combination of endless work, crummy Internet…

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Journey to the Heart of India


On the 2nd of April I arrived in Nagpur, the geographic centre of India, to begin work on the VISHRAM (VIdarbha Stress and Health progRAM) pilot study, and it being my first trip to the country, I was not altogether certain of what to expect. Looking back…

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