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Veena Iyer

Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar

Dr. Veena Iyer

Associate Professor

Dr. Veena Iyer is an Associate Professor with Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar. Her areas of academic and research work include Maternal health, Infectious diseases, and Urban health. She is a qualified medical practitioner from Goa Medical College (1990) and has secured an MPH from Emory University, Atlanta (2009), and a PhD from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

In the 90s Veena served as an Emergency Medical Officer at Lokmanya Tilak Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai for three years. Veena worked as a Medical Officer of an Urban Health Centre in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation for ten years (1995-2005) where she practiced as a General Practitioner and implemented all national health programmes. That body of work resulted in her present areas of interest. Veena has also volunteered with the United Nations as a Medical Doctor at Accident and Emergency Services, Rio Claro Health Centre, Trinidad, for a year (2007).

Areas of interest

  • Maternal Health
  • Infectious Diseases, specifically water and vector borne
  • Surveillance
  • Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Urbanisation/Urban Health
  • Health Systems

Awards and Grants

  • AWARD – APR project partner, a Belmont Consortium Project (Partner)
  • National Surveillance System for Enteric Fever in India (NSSEFI)Tier 3; Phase II (Co-PI)
  • Public Health Research Initiative Grant – PI
  • Global Resilience Program Stage 2 – Co-I
  • Wellcome Trust Program – Small Grant – PI
  • MATIND Project, EU (FP7) – Coordinated Phase II in three districts of Gujarat                                                     

Key publications

  • Iyer, V., Sharma, A., Nair, D., Solanki, B., Umrigar, P., Murtugudde, R., Jiang, C., Mavalankar, D. and Sapkota, A., 2021. Role of extreme weather events and El Niño Southern Oscillation on incidence of Enteric Fever in Ahmedabad and Surat, Gujarat, India. Environmental Research, 196, p.110417. (Journal Impact Factor 6.4)
  • Iyer, V., Mavalankar, D., Tolhurst, R., & De Costa, A., 2020. Perceptions of quality of care during birth at private Chiranjeevi facilities in Gujarat: lessons for Universal Health Coverage. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28(2), 1850199.
  • Iyer, V., Ravalia, A., Bhavsar, K., Cottagiri, S.A., Sharma, A., Vegad, M., Shah, P., Shah, B., Solanki, B., Soni, S. and Mavalankar, D., 2019. Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in typhoidal Salmonella in Ahmedabad in an era of global antimicrobial resistance surveillance systems. Journal of Global Infectious Diseases, 11(4), p.153.
  • Iyer, V., Chowdhury, N., Rajiva, A., Cottagiri, S.A., Sharma, A. and Mavalankar, D., 2019. Laboratory Capacity for Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in Gujarat: Quantity, Quality, Effects and Way Forward. Health, 11(07), p.998.
  • Iyer, V., Bhavsar, K., Cottagiri, S. A., Sharma, A., Kohli, V., Dhruvey, V. S., Solanki, B., 2018. Dengue in India: Recent Advances, Prognostic Concerns and Future Considerations – A Review. Journal of Health Systems, 3: 2, p.3-8
  • Iyer, V., Sidney, K., Mehta, R., Mavalankar, D., De Costa, A., 2017. Characteristics of private partners in Chiranjeevi Yojana, a public-private-partnership to promote institutional births in Gujarat, India–Lessons for universal health coverage. PloS one. 2017 Oct 17;12(10):e0185739.
  • Iyer, V., Sidney, K., Mehta R., Mavalankar, D., 2016. Availability and provision of emergency obstetric care under a public–private partnership in three districts of Gujarat, India: lessons for Universal Health Coverage. BMJ Global Health. 2016 Apr 1;1(1):e000019.
  • Iyer, V., Azhar, G. S., Choudhury, N., Dhruwey, V. S., Dacombe, R., Upadhyay, A. 2014. Infectious disease burden in Gujarat (2005-2011): comparison of selected infectious disease rates with India. Emerg Health Threats J 2014, 7: 22838 – http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ehtj.v7.22838

PHRI Research Work by Dr. Veena Iyer