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Kabir Sheikh PDF Print
Joint Director, Research and Policy (Health Systems)
MBBS, MSc, PhD

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Dr Kabir Sheikh MBBS, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM(R) is a public health physician, health systems researcher and policy analyst, with interests in health systems strengthening, governance and social equity in low and middle income countries. He directs the Health Governance Hub, an interdisciplinary programme of health policy and systems research at PHFI with collaborations across six continents. He also directs the Nodal Institute of the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at PHFI, and the WHO Regional Training Centre for Implementation Research at PHFI. Dr Sheikh is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at BRAC University Dhaka.

Dr. Sheikh is the founder and Scientific Convenor of the National Knowledge Platform for Health Systems Research, the Government of India’s national platform for health systems research and policy uptake. He currently advises the Government of India on the establishment of India’s nascent national Health Technology Assessment platform. In 2011, he led the technical team (citizen and private sector participation) for the Government of India commissioned recommendations on Universal Health Coverage. He is the founder and convenor of the KEYSTONE India initiative, a consortium of thirteen leading Indian public health institutions engaged in capacity-building for health policy & systems research.

Dr Sheikh is the Board Chair and South-East Asiaregion representative ofHealth Systems Global, the first international membership organization for health systems research and knowledge translation. He is a member of the Global Health Group of the Medical Research Council UK, and a Member of the Lancet Commission on Migration and Health. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Scholar (2011) and an Expert Resident in health systems research at the Universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape (2014). He serves in various roles as an expert and advisor to the World Health Organization, the European Commission, UNICEF, the Wellcome Trust, USAID, DfID, the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, and several universities and policy / research groups globally.He is also a founder and convener of SHaPeS, Health Systems Global’s thematic working group on Social science approaches for research and engagement on Health Policy and Systems.

He has authored over sixty refereed publications, and edited the volumeHealth Providers in India (Routledge 2010) and two journal special editions - on Health Systems in Asia (Social Science and Medicine, 2015), and on People Centred Health Systems (Health Policy and Planning, 2014). Dr Sheikh is health systems editor of Health Policy & Planning, and a member of the advisory board of BMJ Global Health.

Area of Interest

Global health, health policy and systems research, implementation research, human resources for health, decentralization and participatory governance, health stewardship and regulation, primary health care, universal health coverage

Research Publications

Books edited:

  • SHEIKH K & George A. Eds (2010). Health Providers in India: On the Frontlines of Change, New Delhi, London: Routledge

Journal Issues edited:

  • Phua K, Tang S, SHEIKH K eds. Health Systems in Asia (2015). Social Science & Medicine. Special issue. 145, 141-248
  • SHEIKH K, Ranson M, Gilson L. Science and Practice of People Centred Health Systems (2014) Health Policy & Planning. Supplement ii.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Downey LE, Mehndiratta A, Grover A, Gauba V,SHEIKH K, Prinja S, Singh R, Cluzeau FA, Dabak S, Teerawattanon Y, Kumar S, Swaminathanan S. Institutionalizing Health Technology Assessment in India. BMJ Global Health (accepted for publication)
  • Saligram P, Pinto EP, Mondal S, SHEIKH K. Beyond efficiency and effectiveness: a human rights framework for assessment of health care regulatory architecture. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (accepted for publication)
  • Zaidi S, Ahmed SM, Sondorp E, Saligram P, SHEIKH K. Policy responses for health equity in South Asia: are we doing enough? BMJ (accepted for publication)
  • SHEIKH K, Lakshmi JK, Zhang X, Bigdeli M, Ahmed SM. Governing the mixed health workforce: learning from Asia. BMJ Global Health (accepted for publication)
  • Scott KES, George A, Harvey S, Mondal S, Patel G, SHEIKH K. Negotiating power relations, gender equality and collective agency: Are village health committees transformative social spaces in northern India? Int J Equity in Health (accepted for publication)
  • SHEIKH K, Kumar S, Ved R, Kumar S, Raman VR, Ghaffar A, Tran N, Reddy KS, Swaminathan S. (2016). India’s new health systems knowledge platform—making research matter. The Lancet, 388(10061), 2724–2725.
  • SHEIKH K, Bennett SC, el Jardali F, &Gotsadze G (2016). Privilege and inclusivity in shaping Global Health agendas. Health Policy and Planning (advance access 25 October)
  • Garimella S, SHEIKH K (2016). Health worker posting and transfer at primary care level in Tamil Nadu: governance of a complex health system function. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 5(3), 663-671.
  • Joysula KL, SHEIKH K, Nambiar D, Narayan VV, Sathyanarayana TN, & Porter JDH (2016). “Getting the water-carrier to light the lamps”: Discrepant role perceptions of traditional, complementary, and alternative medical practitioners in government health facilities in India. Social Science & Medicine, 166, 214–222.
  • Purohit B, Martineau T, &SHEIKH, K. (2016). Opening the black box of transfer systems in public sector health services in a Western state in India. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 1–12.
  • Garimella, S., Raman, V. R., Varghese, J., &SHEIKH, K. (2016). The KEYSTONE short course: developing capacities for policy-relevant health policy; systems research. BMJ Global Health, 1(Suppl 1), A36–A37.
  • Raman VR, SHEIKH K. (2016) Generating momentum for community roles in Universal Health Coverage: outcomes of state-civil society consultative processes. BMJ Global Health. 1(Suppl 1), A14–A15.
  • Scott K, SHEIKH K, George A, Garimella S, Mondal S, Patel G, &Ved R. (2016). Understanding the contextual factors that influence village health sanitation and nutrition committees in northern india. BMJ Global Health, 1(Suppl 1), A15–A16.
  • Salve S, SHEIKH K, Porter JDH (2016). Private practitioners’ perspectives on their involvement with the TB control programme in a Southern Indian state. International Journal of Health Policy and Management(online access 08 May 2016).
  • SHEIKH K, Mondal S, Patanwar P, Rajkumari B, Sundararaman T (2016). What rural doctors want: a qualitative study in Chhattisgarh state. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics,1(3), 138-144.
  • Nambiar D, SHEIKH K (2016). How a Technical Agency Helped Scale Up a Community Health Worker Program: An Exploratory Study in Chhattisgarh State, India. Health Systems & Reform, 2(2), 123–134.
  • Daniels K, Loewenson R, George A, Howard N, Koleva G, Lewin S, Marchal B, Nambiar D, Paina L, Sacks E, SHEIKH K, Tetui M, Theobald S, Topp SM, Zwi AB (2016). Fair publication of qualitative research in health systems: a call by health policy and systems researchers. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(1), 1–9.
  • SHEIKH K, Schneider H, Lehmann U, Agyepong I, Gilson L (2016). Boundary-spanning: reflections on the practices and principles of Global Health. BMJ Global Health, 1(1), e000058
  • SHEIKH K, Uplekar M. (2016). What can we learn about the processes of regulation of TB medicines from the experiences of policy and health system actors in India, Tanzania and Zambia? International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 7(5), 403-415.
  • Phua KH, SHEIKH K, Tang S, Lin V. (2015). Health Systems of Asia: Equity, Governance and Social Impact. Social Science & Medicine, 145, 141–144.
  • SHEIKH K, Freedman L, Ghaffar A, Marchal B, el-Jardali F, McCaffery J, de Sardan JPO, dal Poz M, Flores W, Garimella S, Schaaf M. (2015). Posting and transfer: key to fostering trust in government health services. Human Resources for Health, 13(1), 82.
  • George A, Scott K, Garimella S, Mondal S, Ved R, SHEIKH K. (2015). Anchoring contextual analysis in health policy and systems research: A narrative review of contextual factors influencing health committees in low and middle income countries. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 159–167.
  • SHEIKH K, Saligram PS, Hort K. (2015) What explains regulatory failure? Analysing the architecture of health care regulation in two Indian states. Health Policy Plan. 30(1), 39–55.
  • Nambiar D, Narayan VV, Josyula LK, Porter JDH, Sathyanarayana TN, SHEIKH K. (2014) Experiences and meanings of integration of TCAM (Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medical) providers in three Indian states: results from a cross-sectional, qualitative implementation research study. BMJ Open. 4(11), e005203.
  • SHEIKH K, Ranson MK, Gilson L (2014) Explorations on people centredness in health systems. Health Policy Plan. 29 Suppl 2: ii1–5.
  • SHEIKH K, George A, Gilson L. (2014) People-centred science: strengthening the practice of health policy and systems research. Health Res Policy Syst. 12: 19.
  • Lakshmi JK, Nambiar D, Narayan V, Sathyanarayana TN, Porter J, SHEIKH K. (2014) Cultural consonance, constructions of science and co-existence: a review of the integration of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in low- and middle-income countries. Health Policy Plan; (advance access Aug 28, 2014)
  • SHEIKH K, Porter JDH (2013). Communicative rationality in health policy. Indian Anthropologist 43 (1): 17-34 (Special issue on Anthropology and Public Health).
  • SHEIKH K (2013). Review of Zachariah A, Srivatsan R, Tharu S Eds. Towards a Critical Medical Practice: Reflections on the Dilemmas of Medical Practice Today. Social Scientist, 41(5-6), 83-87.
  • Dey S, Nambiar D, Lakshmi J, SHEIKH K, & Reddy K (2012). Health of the elderly in india: challenges of access and affordability. In J Smith & M Majmundar (Eds), Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives. Washington DC: The National Academies Press.
  • SHEIKH K, Rajkumari B, Jain K, Rao K, Patanwar P, Gupta G, Antony KR, et al. (2012). Location and vocation: why some government doctors stay on in rural Chhattisgarh, India. International Health, 4(3), 192–199.
  • Gilson L (2012). Doing Health Policy and Systems Research: Key steps in the process in Gilson L. Ed. (2012) Health Policy and Systems Research: Methodology Reader, Geneva: WHO [Contributor]
  • Raman VR, SHEIKH K, Verma N, Sharma N. (2012) Governance ‘Toolkits’ for Universal Health Coverage in India: Guidance on Implementing the Expert Group’s Recommendations. BMC Proc, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Nambiar D, SHEIKH K, Verma N. (2012) Scale-up of Community Action for Health: Lessons from a Realistic Evaluation of the MitaninProgramme in Chhattisgarh. BMC Proc, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • SHEIKH K, Raman VR, Mayra K. (2012) Nurturing Nursing in India: the Need for Governance Reform. BMC Proc, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • SHEIKH K. (2012) Analyzing power in health systems: the case of medical dominance in India. BMC Proc, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Nambiar D, Saligram P, SHEIKH K. (2012) Does ‘Giving’ influence Governance? Application of a Framework Describing the Role of Private Philanthropy in Indian National Health Priority Setting. BMC Proc, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Lakshmi JK, SHEIKH K, Nambiar D, Satyanarayana TN, Narayan V, Porter J. (2012) Engaging TCAM (Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medical) Providers for Essential Health Service Delivery in India: a Policy Analysis. BMC Proc, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • SHEIKH K &Nambiar D (2011) Government Policies for Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medical (TCAM) Services in India: from Assimilation to Integration? Nat Med J India, 24(4), 245-246.
  • Neogi SB, Hasan H, SHEIKH K, Zodpey S (2011) Scope for rotavirus vaccination in India: revisiting the evidence. Ind J Pediatrics 78(10), 1251-1255.
  • SHEIKH K, Gilson L, Agyepong IA, Hanson K, Ssengooba F, Bennett S (2011) Building the Field of Health Policy and Systems Research: Framing the Questions. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001073.
  • Gilson L, Hanson K, SHEIKH K, Agyepong IA, Ssengooba F, Bennett S (2011) Building the Field of Health Policy and Systems Research: Social Science Matters. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001079.
  • Bennett S, Agyepong IA, SHEIKH K, Hanson K, Ssengooba F, Gilson L. (2011) Building the Field of Health Policy & Systems Research: an Agenda for Action. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001081.
  • SHEIKH K & Porter J. (2011). Does the insularity of the medical profession threaten its future in national health? Nat Med J India 24(4), 229-230.
  • SHEIKH K, Porter, J. (2011). Disempowered doctors? A relational view of public health policy implementation in urban India. Health Policy Plan, 26(1), 83-92.
  • SHEIKH K, Porter, J. (2010). Discursive gaps in the implementation of public health policy guidelines in India: the case of HIV testing. SocSci Med, 71(11), 2005-2013. (Featured as a model implementation research study in Health Policy and Systems Research: Methodology Reader, WHO 2012)
  • SHEIKH K, Porter J (2010); Understanding practitioners' responses to national policy guidelines. In K Sheikh and George A. Eds. Health Providers in India: On the Frontlines of Change, New Delhi: Routledge
  • SHEIKH K, George A (2010); India’s health providers – diverse frontiers, disparate fortunes. In K Sheikh and George A. Eds. Health Providers in India: On the Frontlines of Change, New Delhi: Routledge
  • Joseph S, Kielmann K, Kudale A, SHEIKH K, Shinde S, Porter J, Rangan S  (2010). Examining sex differentials in the uptake and process of HIV testing in three high prevalence districts of India.  AIDS Care. 22: 3, 286 — 295
  • SHEIKH K, Porter J (2009). “Its 100% for me”: hospital practitioners’ perspectives on mandatory HIV testing. Ind J Med Ethics; 6(3): 132-137
  • Datye V, Kielmann K, SHEIKH K, Deshmukh D, Deshpande S, Porter J, Rangan S (2006). Private practitioners’ communications with patients around HIV-testing in Pune, India; Health Policy Plan; 21: 343-352
  • SHEIKH K, Porter J, Kielmann K, Rangan S (2006). Public private partnerships for equity of access to care for TB and HIV/AIDS: lessons from Pune, India; Trans Royal Soc Trop Med & Hygiene;100(4):312-320
  • SHEIKH K, Rangan S, Kielmann K, Deshpande S, Datye V, & Porter J (2005). Private providers and HIV testing in Pune, India: challenges and opportunities; AIDS Care; 17(6): 757-766
  • SHEIKH K, Rangan S, Deshmukh D, Dholakia Y, Porter J (2005); Urban private practitioners: potential partners in the care of patients with HIV/AIDS; Nat Med J India; 18(2): 32-36.
  • SHEIKH K. Continuity of care for HIV-patients in the private medical sector, Pune, India (2004); ProcIntl AIDS Cong; App.: pp49-53
  • Rajpal S, Kumar R, Dhingra VK, SHEIKH K (2000); INH induced psychosis – a case study; Ind J Allergy Applied Immunology; 14: 25-27

Policy Tools and Briefs

  • Schaaf M, SHEIKH K, Freedman L, Juberg A. A hidden HRH challenge: personnel posting and transfer. High-level commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Global Health Workforce Alliance. May 2016
  • SHEIKH K. PRIMASYS methodology to assess primary care systems. BMGF / WHO. July 2015
  • Hort K, SHEIKH K, Prasad L.E.Analysing regulatory systems in mixed public-private health systems: A new assessment tool and its application in India. Nossal Institute of Global Health. Melbourne. May 2013
  • High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage. Guidelines for the Constructive Participation of Communities, Local Elected Representatives, NGOs, and the For Profit and Not-for-Profit Sectors in the Delivery of Health Care. Planning Commission, Government of India, October 2011
  • SHEIKH K. Mapping the Regulatory Architecture for Health Care Provision: A Toolkit for National and Provincial Assessment. New Delhi, April 2011
  • SHEIKH K. A Tool for National Situation Assessment: Public-Private Mix for TB Care and Control; Stop TB Department, World Health Organization; Geneva, 2006
  • Rangan S, SHEIKH K. Social Assessment of HIV/AIDS Among Tribal People in India: Action Plan prepared for the III National AIDS Control Programme Planning Committee; New Delhi, 2006.

Reports and Monographs

  • Public Health Foundation of India. VOICES - Village Health Committees for Intensified Community Engagement at Scale in India. WHO. New Delhi, December 2016
  • Public Health Foundation of India. Nurturing Nursing for Universal Health Coverage.DfID. New Delhi, December 2016
  • Public Health Foundation of India. Posting and transfer policies and practices in the health system. DfID. New Delhi, December 2016
  • Public Health Foundation of India. Strengthening Grassroots Institutions for Universal Health Coverage in India. IDRC. New Delhi April 2015
  • Public Health Foundation of India. The Landscape of Nursing Governance in India. DfID India / Deloitte India. New Delhi. November 2014
  • Public Health Foundation of India. Posting and Transfer Practices in the Health Sector in Tamil Nadu State. New Delhi. September 2014.
  • SHEIKH K, Satyanarayana T, Lakshmi JK, Nambiar D, Narayan V, Porter J. Engaging TCAM (traditional, complementary & alternative medical) providers in the delivery of essential health services in three states of India. Wellcome Trust Consortium. New Delhi. November 2013
  • Public Health Foundation of India and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.  Measuring Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger in India.  Oxfam India.  New Delhi December 2012.
  • SHEIKH K, Nambiar D, Verma N, Mayra K. Understanding ‘Scaling-Up’ of Community Action in Health: A Pilot Realist Exploration in Chhattisgarh State, India. Public Health Foundation of India. New Delhi, March 2012
  • Nambiar D, Saligram P SHEIKH K, Understanding the influence of private philanthropy on national health priority setting in Low and Middle Income Countries. Public Health Foundation of India. New Delhi, March 2012
  • SHEIKH K, Saligram P, Prasad L. Mapping the Regulatory Architecture for Health Care Provision in Mixed Health Systems. Public Health Foundation of India.New Delhi, June 2011
  • High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage. Report on Universal Health Coverage for India. Planning Commission, Government of India, October 2011
  • SHEIKH K, Chokshi M, Singh A, George MS. Regulating the Availability of TB Medicines in India; Reportof a Policy Process Appraisal. Public Health Foundation of India.New Delhi, Jan 2011
  • SHEIKH K, Rajkumari B, Patanwar P, Gupta G. Why Some Doctors Serve in Rural Areas: An Assessment from Chhattisgarh State; Report of a Qualitative Research Study. Public Health Foundation of India & National Rural Health Mission.New Delhi 2010.
  • SHEIKH K. Regulating and Restricting the Availability of TB Medicines in Tanzania and Zambia; Reportof a Policy Process Appraisal; Stop TB Department, World Health Organization. Geneva, 2009
  • Rangan S, SHEIKH K. Social Assessment of HIV/AIDS Among Tribal People in India: Action Plan prepared for the III National AIDS Control Programme Planning Committee; New Delhi, 2006.
  • SHEIKH K &Lal SS. Public Private Mix for DOTS: Focus on Africa: Report of the IV Meeting of the PPM Subgroup for DOTS Expansion; Stop TB Department, World Health Organization. Geneva, 2006. 
  • Joseph S, Kudale S, Rangan S, SHEIKH K, Kielmann K, Porter J. Access to HIV/AIDS Care: A Study among People Living with HIV/AIDS. Centre for Health Research and Development, Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences and Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Pune, 2006
  • SHEIKH K, Deshmukh D, Deshpande S, Rangan S, Porter J. Investigating Private Sector Delivery of Services for the Management of Adult HIV Patients in Pune City, India. Centre for Health Research and Development, Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences and Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Pune 2004

Working Papers

  • Schaaf M, SHEIKH K, Freedman L, Juberg A. A hidden HRH challenge: personnel posting and transfer. High-level commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Global Health Workforce Alliance. May 2016
  • SHEIKH K, Saligram P, Prasad L, Hort K. Mapping the Regulatory Architecture for Health Care Delivery in LMIC Mixed Health Systems. Public Health Foundation of India / Nossal Institute of Global Health and Oxfam India.New Delhi, Melbourne, Nov 2012
  • Gaitonde R, SHEIKH K, Saligram P. Community Participation in Health: A Review of the Global Literature. Public Health Foundation of India. New Delhi, March 2011.
  • Gaitonde S, SHEIKH K Saligram P, Namnbiar D. Community Participation in Health: The National Landscape in India. Public Health Foundation of India. New Delhi, March 2011.
  • Menon S, Mathur S, SHEIKH K. Community Participation in Health: Report of Community Consultations. Public Health Foundation of India. New Delhi, March 2011.

Blogs and popular articles

  • Bennett S and SHEIKH K. How the new global goals can help drive systems to address health challenges better How the new global goals can help drive systems to address health challenges better. The Conversation; 1 October 2015
  • Bennett S and SHEIKH K. How the new global goals can help drive systems to address health challenges better How the new global goals can help drive systems to address health challenges better. BMJ Blogs; 1 October 2015
  • SHEIKH K. Posting and transfer holds clues to the health of health services. Health Policy and Planning Blog; 8 Jan 2014
  • SHEIKH K & George A. India’s Health Providers; Medico Friend Circle Bulletin; Feb-Mar 2010; pp 17-21
  • SHEIKH K. Delivering health care in adversity; Kushal - Newsletter of the Public Health Foundation of India; September 2009

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