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Rakhi Dandona PDF Print

Adjunct Additional Professor, Public Health


rakhidondonaRakhi Dandona holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne.She has been a lead investigator on epidemiological studies on injuries, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health,blindness and mortality estimation for over 15 years, including studies involving multi-country collaborations. She has extensive experience in the design and conduct of epidemiology studies in India and has led a variety of quantitative and qualitative analyses.

Over the last few years, Dr. Dandona has been increasingly involved in research to build evidence to support decision -making across the public health sphere for effective, efficient, and equitable public health systems to maximize population health impact, cost-effectiveness, and health equity. Her current research looks into the gaps in indicators that form the basis of the health information system, encompassing determinants of health; health system inputs, outputs and outcomes, and health status.

Dr. Dandona has held several grants for public health research in India including from the Wellcome Trust, UK and the National Institutes of Health, USA. She has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers including in the Lancet, WHO Bulletin and BMC Medicine, and has served as a scientific reviewer for over two dozen journals. Dr. Dandona serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Injury Prevention.

Prior to joining PHFI, Dr. Dandona was the Head of Population Health Research Division at the George Institute for International Health – India, Hyderabad and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney School of Public Health.

Dr. Dandona is particularly interested in contributing to research andtraining activities that promote a sustainable research environment in India to deal effectively with the disease burden and health system priorities within the context of health equity. She is involved with supervision of graduate and post-graduate students, and has also served as a mentor in the MENTOR-VIP programme of the World Health Organization.


Select Publications

  • Cowling K, Dandona R, Dandona L. Improving the estimation of the tuberculosis burden in India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2014;92:817-25.
  • Cowling K, Dandona R, Dandona L. Social determinants of health in India: progress and inequities across states. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2014; 13:88.
  • Raban MZ, Dandona L, Dandona R. The quality of police data on RTC fatalitiesin India. Injury Prevention. 2014; 20:293-301.
  • Kochar PS, Dandona R, Kumar G, Dandona L. Population-based estimates of still birth, induced abortion and miscarriage in the Indian state of Bihar. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014; 14: 413.http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/14/413.
  • Dilip TR, Dandona R, Dandona L. The national employment guarantee scheme and inequities in household spending on food and non-food determinants of health in rural India.International Journal for Equity in Health 2013; 12: 84. http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/12/1/84.
  • 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. .
  • 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(2):e56285.
  • Dandona L, Katoch VM, Dandona R. Research to achieve health care for all in India. Lancet 2011;377:1055-57.
  • Dandona R, Kumar GA, Ameer MA, Ahmed GM, Dandona L. Incidence and burden of road traffic injuries in urban India. Injury Prevention 2008;14:354-359.
  • Dandona R, Kumar GA, Ameer MA, Reddy BN, Dandona L. Under reporting of road traffic crashes to the police: comparison of two data sources from urban India. Injury Prevention 2008;14:360-365.
  • Dandona L, Lakshmi V, Sudha T, Kumar GA, Dandona R. A population-based study of HIV in south India reveals major differences from sentinel surveillance based estimates. BMC Medicine 2006;4:31. .
  • Dandona L, Lakshmi V, Kumar GA, Dandona R. Is the HIV burden in India being overestimated? BMC Medicine 2006;6:308. .
  • Dandona L, Dandona R, Gutierrez JP, Kumar GA, McPherson S, Bertozzi SM, ASCI FPP Study Team. Sex behaviour of men who have sex with men and risk of HIV in Andhra Pradesh, India. AIDS 2005;19:611-619.
  • Dandona R, Dandona L. Refractive error blindness [invited]. Bulletin of World Health Organization 2001;79:237-243.
  • Dandona L, Dandona R, Naduvilath TJ, McCarty CA, Nanda A, Srinivas M, Mandal P, Rao GN. Is the 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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