Dr. Samiksha Singh is Director Health Services Research. She is an epidemiologist and a fervent public health specialist with 14+ years of experience in maternal and neo-natal health, early childhood development, infections, HIV, health systems and quality improvement in India.
She has led evaluations of complex public health programs and health systems research. They evaluated Dakshata and SCSL programs for quality improvement in clinical practice in labour rooms and newborn care units across public and private hospitals. Her other related research includes evaluation of obstetric referral systems, maternal and peri-natal death reviews, peri-conception health care and utilization of maternal and child health services. Samiksha has 10+ years of direct engagement with governments, and other partners for framing policy, implementing programs, and building collaborations for ending preventable maternal mortality.
Prior to joining the Council, Samiksha worked with PHFI. She led the ‘Advanced Collaboration for Early Childhood Development and Empowerment’ that brings experts from all over the country for policy formulation, program strategies, capacity building, and research inclusive of children with special needs. The collaborative supported state of Telangana in developing a road map for comprehensive ECD program, followed by a pilot implementation of an integrated community-based intervention for ECD in partnership between H&FW, WDCW, and Panchayati Raj. Her work with National Neonatology Forum included capacity building of Special Newborn Care Units in 4 states and SNCU-DEIC linkages for follow-ups.
Samiksha holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; an MD in Community Medicine from University College of Medical Sciences, and MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College from Delhi University. She has published 30+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and she also serves as an academic editor for Plos One and reviewer to several esteemed journals.
Singh S, Kannuri NK, Mishra A, Gaikwad L, Shukla R, Tyagi M, Chamarthy S. Effect of WHO-SCC based intra-department mentoring program on quality of intrapartum care in public sector secondary hospitals in Andhra Pradesh, India: Pre-post mixed methods evaluation. Plos Global Public Health. 2022;2(8): e0000530. DOI:10.1371/journal.pgph.0000530
Zamboni K, Singh S, Tyagi M, Hill Z, Hanson C, Schellenberg J. Effect of collaborative quality improvement on stillbirths, neonatal mortality and newborn care practices in hospitals of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India: evidence from a quasi-experimental mixed-methods study. Implementation Science. 2021 January;16:4.DOI:10.1186/s13012-020-01058-z
Hanson C, Zamboni K, Prabhakar V, Sudke A, Shukla R, Tyagi M, Singh S, Schellenberg J. Evaluation of the Safe Care, Saving Lives (SCSL) Quality Improvement collaborative for neonatal health in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India: a study protocol. Glob Health Action. 2019;12(1):1581466. DOI:10.1080/16549716.2019.1581466.
Singh S, Doyle P, Campbell OM, Murthy GVS. Management and referral of high-risk women and women with complications during the antenatal period: Knowledge, attitude and practices survey of providers in rural public healthcare in two states of India. Reproductive Health. 2019 July 10;16(1):100. DOI:10.1186/s12978-019-0765-y
Singh S, Doyle P, Campbell OM, Rao GVR, Murthy GVS. Inter-facility transfer of pregnant women using publicly-funded emergency call-centre based ambulance services: a cross-sectional analysis of service logs from five states in India. BMJ open. 2017 Jun 9;7(6):e015077. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015077