About Sanghita Bhattacharyya

Sanghita Bhattacharyya has 15 years’ experience and her research interests are broad and crosscutting, comprising of maternal and child health, quality of healthcare, health management information system, child nutrition and community participation. She has led number of research projects in different states of India, supported by multiple donors like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, NIPI, MRC- DFID. She is providing technical assistance to government of West Bengal in their planning and decision making process. She is also working at the community level to strengthen the local elected representatives for water and sanitation programmes. She has considerable field exposure and has worked closely with civil society organizations. She is the recipient of the Senior Research Fellowship awarded by the University Grants Commission, India and Wellcome trust, UK research fellowship. She has a M. Phil and PhD. in demography and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Languages
English
Full Professional Proficiency
Hindi
Professional Working Proficiency
Bengali
Native or Bilingual Proficiency
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EDUCATION

Research Fellowship
University of Oxford
August 2012 to May 2013
Oxford, United Kingdom

Ph.D in Demography
Jawaharlal Nehru University
January 1999 to April 2004
New Delhi, India

M.Phil in Demography
Jawaharlal Nehru University
May 1997 to December 1998
New Delhi, India

M.A in Geography
Jawaharlal Nehru University
August 1995 to April 1997
New Delhi, India

EXPERIENCE

Senior Public Health Specialist
Public Health Foundation of India
August 2007 to Present
New Delhi, India
Following projects I am involved: “Strengthening People-Centered Accessibility, Respect, and Quality (SPARQ)”, collaborating with University of California- San Francisco, Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation & Packard Foundation, 2015-17 “ Data Informed Platform for Health “ collaborating with LSHTM, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in the state of West Bengal, 2012-17 “Community intervention to improve growth among children under-2 in rural India”, collaborating with University College of London and Ekjut. It is funded by Wellcome trust, Medical Research Council & DFID, 2012-16. “User’s Perspective to Improve Quality in Maternal health care: Development of Maternal Satisfaction Scale for Secondary Level of care”, funded by PHFI- Wellcome Trust, 2013-14. “Women’s perception of quality and satisfaction with maternal health services” which is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 2011-12. Maternal and Child Health Sustainable Technical Assistance and Research (MCH-STAR) initiative, which is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It’s a five year initiative. 2007-2012 “Roadmap for achieving quality care for all institutional births in India”, funded by Maternal Health Task Force, 2011-12.

Senior Public Health Consultant
Centre for Population Health and Development
March 2017 to Present
West Bengal, India
Providing technical assistance to Government of West Bengal, to support the Government’s efforts to sustain open defecation free initiative (ODF). To sustain the current effort, the district authorities wanted to make it holistic and renamed it as ODF plus (ODF+) by incorporating maternal, child health and nutrition component. In order to sustain the program and for community to track the progress, Centre for Population Health and Development (CPHD) is supporting the district in creating an interface “Village Health committee Performance Tracker”. This is the first attempt in West Bengal as well as in India to track the performance of village health committee digitally through a web-based software. Providing technical assistance to the district authorities in the aim of developing a holistic approach to analyze the usage of toilet facility as well as evaluate whether there is any positive deviance in overall quality of life due to ODF

Senior Reserarch Associate
Centre for Social Research
June 2004 to July 2007
New Delhi, India
Centre for Social Research is one of the leading women's NGOs in India working in the field of social action since 1983. I was involved in projects related towards gender-based research, violence against women, development and political empowerment of women. Following studies I was involved: Female Foeticide “ Meri Shakti Meri Beti”- Save the Girl Child. Supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare “Impact of Trade and Globalisation on Gender in India: Women Workers in Fisheries Sector” supported by UNCTAD “Child Marriage in India- Situational Analysis in Three States”, supported by NIPCCD. “Participation of Women in Panchayati Raj Institutions: In the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh”, supported by National Commission for Women “Section 498A IPC: Used or Misused?”, supported by USAID / IFES "Assessment of Gender Sensitization in Police Training: A Four-State Study” supported by USAID / IFES

PUBLICATIONS

Do women’s perspectives of quality of care during childbirth match with those of providers? A qualitative study in Uttar Pradesh
Authors: , 2018
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Is quality of care during childbirth consistent from admission to discharge? A qualitative study of delivery care in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Authors: , 2018
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Effect of participatory women’s groups and counseling through home visits on children’s linear growth in ruraleastern India (CARING trial): a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Authors: , 2017
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Putting women at the center: a review of Indian policy to address person-centered care in maternal and newborn health, family planning and abortion.
Authors: , 2017
Type of Doc: Academic Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Are village health sanitation and nutrition committees fulfilling their roles for decentralised health planning and action? A mixed methods study from rural eastern India.
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

District decision-making for health in low-income settings: a case study of the potential of public and private sector data in India and Ethiopia
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Factors influencing women's preference for health facility deliveries in India: a cross sectional analysis
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Out of pocket expenditure to deliver at public health facilities in India: A cross sectional analysis.
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Linkages between public and non-government sectors in healthcare: A case study from Uttar Pradesh, India,
Authors: , 2016
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Determinants of women's satisfaction with maternal health care: a review of literature from developing countries.
Authors: , 2015
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

“Neither we are satisfied nor they”-users and provider’s perspective: a qualitative study of maternity care in secondary level public level facilities, Uttar Pradesh, India
Authors: , 2015
Type of Doc: Scientifc Paper | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Selection Process Of Community Health Workers: A Qualitative Study From A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective In Rajasthan, India.
Authors: , 2015
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Factors affecting the performance of community health workers in India: a multi-stakeholder perspective.
Authors: , 2014
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Developing a framework to review near-miss maternal morbidity in India: a structured review and key stakeholder analysis.
Authors: , 2014
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Evolution of quality in maternal health in India: lessons and Priorities
Authors: , 2014
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Positioning quality in health services: A case study of maternal and child health programs in India
Authors: , 2014
Type of Doc: Research Paper | Type of Publication: Other

Delivery should happen soon and my pain will be reduced: understanding women’s perception of good delivery care in India.
Authors: , 2013
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Quality care at childbirth in the context of Health Sector Reform Program in India: Contributing factors, Challenges and Implementation Lesson
Authors: , 2012
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Migration of health professionals from India: tracking the flow.
Authors: , 2011
Type of Doc: Scientific Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

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