Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer
Dr Syed Abbas completed his MBBS from Aligarh Muslim University and an MPH in Comparative Health Systems & Policy from Johns Hopkins University. He has worked for more than eight years in health systems research in different capacities and regions.
Prior to joining PHFI, he studied health care delivery systems at different levels in Aligarh, managed a multi-centric ICMR funded project studying urban mental health services at the Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences in Delhi and subsequently joined the UN as a Research Analyst in their Knowledge Management programme, Solutions Exchange. He worked on economic evaluations of Hib vaccine in India and injury interventions in Uganda at Johns Hopkins.
Dr Abbas joined PHFI in 2008. He contributed to an economic evaluation of introduction of Hib vaccine in India as a part of a joint LSHTM-PHFI group. He has contributed to a series of baseline mapping exercises, including research prioritisation and program assessments under the Roadmap to Combat Zoonotic Infections in India (RCZI) Initiative at PHFI.
Dr Syed Abbas has also contributed to different training activities at PHFI, including developing training programmes for community representatives under the NRHM and designed a three-month induction training programme for District Malaria and Kala Azar consultants for the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.
He is currently working on a Wellcome Trust-sponsored PHFI-UKC research fellowship on disease surveillance policies in India. He is also involved in a study in West Bengal that aims to use geographic information systems for developing a community health index.
His areas of expertise are economic evaluation, policy analysis, priority setting and resource allocation, developing training curriculum using competency based approaches.
Areas of interest
Infectious diseases policy; Disease surveillance; Emerging infectious diseases, Zoonoses, Research Policy, One health, Governance
- Abbas SS, Venkataramanan V, Pathak G, Kakkar M. Rabies control initiative in Tamil Nadu, India: a test case for the “One Health” approach. International Health. 2011 Nov;3(4):231–9.
- Kakkar M, Abbas SS. One health: moving from concept to reality. The Lancet infectious diseases. 2011 Nov;11(11):808.
- Abbas SS, Sekar N, Shah NK, Kakkar M. Identifying Research Priorities for Zoonoses Research in India (2010-2015). In: 1st international One Health Congress. Melbourne: EcoHealth; 2011. p. S20.
- Kakkar M, Abbas SS. Developing One Health Approaches in India. In: 1st international One Health Congress. Melbourne: EcoHealth; 2011. p. S106.
- Sekar N, Shah NK, Abbas SS, Kakkar M. Research Options for Controlling Zoonotic Disease in India, 2010-2015. PloS one. 2011 Jan;6(2):e17120.
- Bishai D, Asiimwe B, Abbas SS, Hyder AA, Bazeyo W. Cost-effectiveness of traffic enforcement: case study from Uganda. Injury prevention. 2008 Aug;14(4):223–7