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Lalit Dandona, MD, MPH PDF Print

Distinguished Research Professor
Director, Wellcome Trust Capacity Building Programme


Areas of interest: Evaluation of population health interventions; health information systems in less developed settings; broader determinants of health; research capacity in less developed settings; HIV/AIDS; visual impairment and blindness

Lalit Dandona, MD, MPH, is Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Wellcome Trust Capacity Building Programme-1 at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi, and Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Prof. Dandona and his research teams have carried out public health research in India for twenty years on population health measurement, health systems, intervention evaluation, research capacity, HIV/AIDS and blindness. Several of these research projects have been multi-country collaborations. Prof. Dandona has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has served on the editorial boards of 10 journals and as scientific reviewer for about 40 journals and several granting agencies. His profile was published in the Lancet in 2001 and he received the 2006 BioMed Central Research Award in Medicine for public health research on HIV in India. Prof. Dandona serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Health Initiative, University of Chicago, USA, and has served as a technical expert for Professorial appointments at the University of Sydney,the National University of Singapore and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Dandona received his medical training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine in Baltimore, USA, and his public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He previously served as Professor and Chair of International Public Health at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, and Professor and Director of the Centre for Human Development at the Administrative Staff College of India.

Prof. Dandona has taught researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, and has served as a technical expert in public health for governments, international organizations and funding agencies.


Selected publications:

  • Dandona R, Pandey A, Dandona L.A review of national health surveys in India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2016; 94: 286-296.
  • Dandona R, Bertozzi-Villa A, Kumar GA, Dandona L. Lessons from a decade of suicide surveillance in India: who, why and how? International Journal of Epidemiology 2016; Epub June 2.
  • Cowling K, Dandona R, Dandona L. Improving the estimation of the tuberculosis burden in India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2014; 92: 817-825.
  • Kumar GA, Dandona R, Chaman P, Singh P, Dandona L. A population-based study of neonatal mortality and maternal care utilization in the Indian state of Bihar. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2014; 14: 357. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/14/357
  • Cowling K, Dandona R, Dandona L. Social determinants of health in India: progress and inequities across states. International Journal for Equity in Health2014; 13: 88. http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/13/1/88
  • Raban MZ, Dandona R, Dandona L. Variations in catastrophic health expenditure estimates from household surveys in India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013; 91: 726-735.
  • Makela SM, Dandona R, Dilip TR, Dandona L. Social sector expenditure and child mortality in India: a state-level analysis from 1997 to 2009. PLoS ONE 2013; 8: e56285.
  • Dandona L, Kumar GA, Lakshmi V, Ahmed GM, Akbar M, Ramgopal SP, Sudha T, Alary M, Dandona R. HIV incidence from the first population-based cohort study in India. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013; 13: 327. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/13/327
  • Dandona L, Katoch VM, Dandona R. Research to achieve health care for all in India. Lancet 2011; 377: 1055-1057.
  • Reddy KS, Patel V, Jha P, Paul VK, Shiva Kumar AK, Dandona L, for theLancet India Group for Universal Healthcare. Towards achievement of universal health care in India by 2020: a call to action. Lancet 2011; 377: 760-768.
  • John TJ, Dandona L, Sharma VP, Kakkar M. Continuing challenge of infectious diseases in India. Lancet 2011; 377: 252-269.
  • Ng M, Gakidou E, Levin-Rector A, Khera A, Murray CJL, Dandona L. Assessment of population-level impact of Avahan, an HIV-prevention initiative in India. Lancet 2011; 378: 1643-1652.
  • Lim SS, Dandona L, Hoisington JA, Spencer JL, Hogan MC, Gakidou E. Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer programme to increase births in health facilities: an impact evaluation. Lancet 2010; 375: 2009-2023.
  • Dandona L, Raban MZ, Guggilla RK, Bhatnagar A, Dandona R. Trends of public health research output from India during 2001-2008. BMC Medicine 2009; 7: 59. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/7/59
  • Dandona L, Lakshmi V, Sudha T, Kumar GA, Dandona R. A population-based study of human immunodeficiency virus in south India reveals major differences from sentinel surveillance-based estimates. BMC Medicine 2006; 4: 31. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/4/31/
  • Dandona L, Dandona R, Naduvilath TJ, McCarty CA, Nanda A, Srinivas M, Mandal P, Rao GN. Is current eye-care-policy focus almost exclusively on cataract adequate to deal with blindness in India? Lancet 1998; 351: 1312-1316.

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