Ongoing Projects

December 2020 to Ongoing – Upscaling RHCC by Developing a Protocol for Low-Budget Reproductive Health Kit

Funded by IPPF’s Designated Regional Funds, this project aims to develop a low-budget reproductive health kit for disasters and humanitarian crises and identify the pathways to integrate this kit in the Government of Bangladesh’s reproductive health system, and in other low-and middle-income countries. This new project is a follow-on from the previous research project titled: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Belkuchi, Bangladesh. This new project is led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) in collaboration with the research partners: Dr Fariha Hassen, (BSMMU), Mr Maqbul Bhuiyan (DMA), Mrs Nimisha Goswami (IPPF-SAR) and Dr Murali Mohan Reddy Gopireddy (IPPF-SAR). The Research Assistants are: Dr Sumaiya Tasneem Khan (BSMMU) and Mrs Denise Corsel (University of Leicester).

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April 2020 to Ongoing – Eastern Belt Network-India

The aims of this project are:

  1. To identify and map the number of colleges and universities that offer programmes related to risk, crisis, disaster management, development, and avoidable deaths in the 10 eastern states of India (West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura); and
  2. To explore the feasibility of developing a network of these colleges and universities for avoidable deaths, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.

This is a collaborative project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University) in collaboration with Srashta Chowdhury (University of North Bengal), Rwittambarah Kashyap (Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Assam), Satyajit Barik (NIIS Institution of Information Science & Management, Odisha) and Meharaj Bano (Vellore Institute of Technology).

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April 2020 to Ongoing – Social Distancing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Japan and the UK

The aim of this research project is to explore how social distancing is being defined, perceived and practiced by national governments and household during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh, India, Japan and the UK. This is a collaborative research project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) in collaboration with Dr Fariha Haseen (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University) in Bangladesh, Dr Upasona Ghosh and Dr Srinivas Nalala (Indian Institute of Public Health-Odisha) in India, and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University) in Japan. The Co-Investigators include: Dr Iqbal Kabir (Directorate General of Health Services, Government of Bangladesh); Mr Dillip Pattnaik (Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association); Sumaiya Tasneem Khan (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University); Mr Maqbul Bhuiyan (Data Management Aid); and Mrs Denise Corsel (University of Leicester).

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April 2020 to Ongoing –  Avoidable Deaths from the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdown in India

The aim of this research project is to study the current number of avoidable deaths from COVID-19, and the current number of unavoidable deaths from COVID-19 in India and Odisha. The number of deaths from COVID-19 is understood through the lens of the Avoidable Deaths Framework (ADF), one that understands disaster deaths are both avoidable and unavoidable. This is a collaborative research project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) in collaboration with Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University); Ms Kumiko Fukuromoto (Kansai University); Dr Vincent Pieterse (Vincent Pieterse); Dr Lopamudra Patnaik Saxena (Coventry University); Mr Daniel Mendez (ADN-RC, Belize); Mr Krishna Clarke (Caribbean Development Bank); Dr Azukaego Nnaji (Divine Aid International); Mr Lakshman Srikanth (ADN-Intern); Mr Bhola Saha (CRRP India; Royal Global University, Assam); Mr Dillip Pattanaik (OSVSWA); Dr Madhulika Sahoo (Vellore Institute of Technology); Ms Shaiza Khawaja (ADN-Intern); Anuradha Bhardwaj (Doers) and Antara Ragini (ADN-India, National Research Coordinator).

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