Ongoing and Past Projects

Avoidable Deaths Network

July 2020 to Ongoing – COVID-19 Helplines for Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in India

The aim of this project is to identify existing helpline services in India that provide psychosocial support to the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restricted social interactions. Moreover, it also aims at disseminating the comprehensive report via different agencies to make it more available to the general public. This is a collaborative research project between Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) and Doers in collaboration with NIIS group of Institutions, Odisha. It is led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester), Ms Anuradha  Bhardwaj (Doers) and Dr Bimal Kanti Nayak (NIIS Group of Institutions). The Conent Analysts include: Shaiza Khawaja, Srashta Chowdhury and Meharaj Bano from ADNSatyajit Barik, Kingston Pradhan, Debajani Routray, Rupashree Mishra and Priyanka Mishra from the NIIS Group of Institutions; and Niharika Gupta, Nidhi Kalta, Jithin Shelly, Aiswaraya K K, Kumari Anjali, Nitin Rathi,  Manpreet Kaur and Muneera K from Doers.

For updates on this project, please click here.


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).

For updates on this project, please click here.


April 2020 to Ongoing – Report on Avoidable Deaths from COVID-19: Odisha and 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).

For updates on this project, please click here.


March 2020 to Ongoing – ADN’s Art Project on ‘Hope’

Looking for an art project ðŸŽ¨ for the young (or young at heart)? If you or your kids are stuck at home due to the COVID-19 lock down and you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist, you might be able to help us out.

The ADN is looking for a new image to be featured in our next newsletter and as the cover picture of our Facebook page. We are looking for an image that represents hope against the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, it is important to stay hopeful and focus on the positives of life (e.g. your family, keeping people safe, working together, and etcetera).

Once you’re done, please post your image in the comments on our Facebook page or email it to us. We will select an image to be featured! You can go to our Facebook page by clicking here or emailing us at: contact@avoidable-deaths.net

Please see our ADN Photo Gallery for the images that have already been submitted. Thank you to those who are participating in this Art Project on ‘Hope’.


November 2019 to July 2020 – Strengthening Avoidable Deaths Network

Funded by Leicester’s GCRF and Tiger Team Funding this project aims to engage with regional coordinators and relevant stakeholders in India, Bangladesh and Uganda to identify research themes for ADN HUBs.


November 2019 to July 2020 – Raising the Visibility, Outreach and Impact

Funded by ESRC-Impact Acceleration Account, this project aims to raise the visibility, outreach and impact of the IPPF-Funded project ‘Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Bangladesh’.


May 2017 to June 2019 – Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management (RCDDM): Future Leader Programme

Funded by Kansai University’s Grant-in-Aid for the Promotion and Upgrading of Education and Research, this 22-months research project was led by the Principal Investigators: Dr Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita. The Research Assistants on this project were: Mrs Denise Corsel and Ms Sigi Fu. To read more, please click here. The products for this project are still a work in progess.


January 2019 to March 2019 – Disaster Risk Governance of Local Level Administration in Bangladesh

Funded by the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies’ (LIAS) Rutherford Fund Fellowship Scheme, Dr Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett hosted Dr Edris Alam for three months. This research project aimed to strengthen the inter-departmental coordination, partnership and collaboration between governmental actors in order to reduce deaths from landslides in Bangladesh. For more information about the Rutherford  Fund Fellowship Scheme, please click here.


October 2015 to July 2018 – Improving the Quality and Availability of Reproductive Health in Disasters in Belkuchi Upazila, Bangladesh

To improve the quality and availability of post‑abortion care during a flood, the University of Leicester and International Planned Parenthood Federation South Asia Region (IPPF‑SAR), in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, developed and measured the impact of an integrated intervention package, called RHCC. For more information, please click here for a summary of the project or click on the respective links to access the project’s website, blogFacebook page, film, the Policy Brief on improving the quality of post-abortion care, the Policy Brief on the RHCC Approach and the project’s Final Report.


February 2017 to April 2017 – Earth Observation for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s International Development Innovation and Impact Fund, this three months scoping project explored the earth observation (EO), early warning system (EWS) and Sendai nexus for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa, specifically in Kenya and Uganda. For more information, please click here. To access the outputs that were developed from this project, please click the links below: