Team Members

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Prof Ramanan Laxminarayan
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Prof. Ramanan Laxminarayan, PHFI’s Vice-President for Research and Policy, is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems. Through his work on Extending the Cure project in the United States and the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership, he has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. He has worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank and other international organisations on evaluating malaria treatment policy, vaccination strategies, the economic burden of tuberculosis, and control of non-communicable diseases.

Prof Laxminarayan is an editor of the Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries, 3rd edition. He has served on a number of advisory committees at the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics of Anti-malarial Drugs and subsequently helped create the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism for antimalarials. He has co-authored and edited five books and published over sixty peer-reviewed journal articles. Prof Laxminarayan also directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and is a Research Scholar at Princeton University.

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Prof Richard Cash
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Dr. Cash received his MD from New York University School of Medicine and his MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He conducted the first clinical and community-based trials on ORT.
He is a Visiting Professor in Public Health and an Advisor in Global Health at the Public Health Foundation of India. He has held several academic appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, the Harvard Institute for International Development in Cambridge, the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and the University of Maryland. He is also a visiting professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He has previously worked as the Chair of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association and as the President and a Board Member of the Child Health Foundation in Columbia, MD. He is currently a member of the board of BRAC USA. Other positions include Director of the Conference on Essential Drugs in Primary Health Care hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization; Co-Investigator in The Japan AIDS Project with Mahidol University, Bangkok; Senior Scientific Advisor for Applied Research for Child Health (ARCH) at the Harvard Institute for International Development; and Principal Investigator for the International Fellows Program in Ethical Issues in International Health Research at the Harvard School of Public Health.

In 2007, he was presented the Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health by Thailand for his work on ORT.

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Madhavi Misra
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Madhavi is a trained Social Worker and has received her MA in Social Work Degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She has also received her MPH degree from University of Warwick in the UK.

Additionally, Madhavi has completed a certificate course in Tobacco Control from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a certificate course in Global Health Diplomacy from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Madhavi Misra is a public health professional with work experience of 6 years the field. She has had experience of working with the marginalized population of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa and has conducted large baseline study on maternal and child health, nutrition, communicable diseases and health systems. This baseline study is in preparation for operating PHFI’s public health demonstrative field areas. The study included conducting in-depth household level questionnaires, use of PRA tools, facility surveys, and in-depth interviews with major stakeholders.
Madhavi is undertaking and coordinating a project on documenting innovations in maternal and child health and youth reproductive health where from a detailed directory of innovations compiled by the team, 23 innovations in MCH have been documented in written case study and audio-visual films for capacity building as teaching case studies.
Madhavi coordinated the India Research Site Landscape Analysis project, thereby helping strengthen research capacity for public health evidence generation.

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Susmita Chatterjee
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Susmita Chatterjee, a Research Scientist at PHFI, is an economist by training. She has received her Ph.D in economics from the University of Calcutta. Her research interests include costing, cost-effectiveness studies and impact evaluations. She previously worked as an Economist at the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (a permanent medical research institute under the Indian Council of Medical Research), Kolkata. Her past projects include studying the private demand for cholera and typhoid vaccines in Kolkata and their cost effectiveness as well as assessing the impact of HIV targeted interventions in India. In 2008, she was the recipient of an Asia Fellows Award grant from the Ford Foundation for research on the economic valuation of diabetes and its consequences in Thailand.

At PHFI, She is working in the Disease Control Priorities Project and the Indian Research Site Landscape Analysis Project. She is the consultant of Joint Learning Network, USA for provider payment mechanism in Vietnam. She is also a member of the Core Working Group for preparing a costing manual on provider payment mechanism – an initiative by the Joint Learning Network.

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Nithiyananthan Muthusamy
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Nithiya received his BA in International and Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA in 2011 with a focus on economic policy. He has also completed a training course on Global Trade & Development in the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Monterey, California, USA. He has previously worked with the Ashoka Fellowship in Bangalore, where he was part of an initiative to strengthen India’s Social Entrepreneurship network. He is currently a Research Analyst with PHFI, and his professional commitments include the India Research Site Landscape Analysis project, and the Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU).