The State of Demographic and Health Data in India
The State of Statistics – #DataDiscourses with Prof Usha Ram on The State of Demographic and Health Data in India
#IMPRI Generation Alpha Data Center (GenAlphaDC), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invites you to an IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk series –
The State of Demographic and Health Data in India
Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:
Date: September 23, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live
Prof Usha Ram
Professor, Department of Public Health & Mortality Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai
Usha Ram is a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Mortality Studies and Coordinator of the Short Term Training Program and Publication Cell at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India. She was awarded CIHR-Hope Fellowship by the Canadian Institute for Health Research, Canada. She worked at the Centre for Global Health Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada between 2011 and 2015. She earned her doctorate in Demography from Mumbai University and has two masters, one in Population Studies from IIPS, Mumbai, and second in Economics from Rajasthan University, Jaipur. Prof Ram has coordinated several large-scale demographic and health studies at the IIPS including a first-ever sub-national study of Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study, Concurrent evaluation of national rural health mission, Family health and wealth study, Cause of death study in India to name a few. She recently developed district-level factsheets for tribal health indicators being used by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI for developing local policies and programs. She is currently the principal investigator of the “Exemplars in Global Health: National and subnational investigation of the drivers of success in maternal and newborn mortality reduction in India” in collaboration with the University of Manitoba, National Health System Resource Centre, and IHAT funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India. Ram has mentored several candidates at the Ph.D., MPhil, and Master’s levels.
She has published over 100 articles in International and national journals. Her work mainly focuses on mortality estimates at the sub-national level, maternal and newborn mortality, sex-selective abortions, mental health, gendered nature of sexual and reproductive health, assessment of mortality data from CRS, and Demographic Health Surveys, tribal and minority health. Her recent work on estimating childhood and adult mortality for the Indian district has received wide appreciation. She has developed a new method for estimating age-gender-specific mortality for Indian districts using multiple data sources adopted by several countries, including Ethiopia, Mexico, and Brazil.
Prof Ram has worked in several capacities for various international and national organizations. She was a UNFPA consultant to analyze mortality data from the 2014 census of Vietnam. She is Co-Chair, Child Health and Infectious Disease, Centre for Global Health Research, St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto, Canada and a member of the nutrition committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research, India, and joint secretary of the Indian Association of Study of Population (2004-2011). She is on the advisory board of the Lancet EclininMedicine, a reputed global public health journal, ARPAN, an NGO working towards the elimination of child sexual abuse in India. She served as External Review Committee Member, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Grand Challenges Canada (GCC): Stars in Gender Equality (Stars in Global Health Round 10) competition, 2018-19.
Prof Purushottam M. Kulkarni
Demographer; Retired Professor of Population Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Purushottam M. Kulkarni, demographer, was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Statistics by the Colorado State University, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Brown University. He worked in various research and educational institutions in India and retired as Professor of Population Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of research interest are technical demography, fertility, reproductive and child health, sex ratio at birth, and population policies and programmes. He has published research articles in various journals and is a co-author of the book Population and Reproductive Health in India: An Assessment of the Current Situation and Future Needs.
Dr Rattan Chand
Chief Director (Retd.), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Former Deputy Director-General, National Accounts Division, and Former Director, National Sample Survey Organisation, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India
Dr Manorama Bakshi
Head – Health and Advocacy, Consocia Advisory, New Delhi
Dr Srinivas Goli
Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi