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Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR)


Located in Jaipur with a branch office in Kolkata, the Indian Institute of Health Management & Research (IIHMR) is a premier organisation that is engaged in Research, Programme planning & Management and Capacity building in the health sector.

Over the past two and a half decades, the institute has become an organisation of distinction playing a pioneering role in establishing health management as a distinct discipline in India and overseas. Its research in health systems and programme management at the national and international level has made a significant impact on policies and programmes in the health sector in the country. Also, it is committed to developing a critical mass of professionals for managing the health sector through its academic and training programs.

IIHMR is a WHO Collaborating Centre for district health system based on primary health care and also works closely with JHSPH in Afghanistan to provide monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance to strengthen the health of the rural poor.

The FHS team is based in Kolkata, and leads the research interventions in Eastern India including the FHS initiative in the Sundarbans.

Who we work with at IIHMR

Recent FHS publications involving IIHMR


The objective of this brief is to introduce the Photovoice method, highlight how it helped capture the voices of mothers in the Sundarbans, and demonstrate how the method can bridge the gap between communities and local decision-makers. 

Vadrevu L and Kanjilal B (2016) Measuring spatial equity and access to maternal health services using enhanced two step floating catchment area method (E2SFCA) – a case study of the Indian Sundarbans, International Journal for Equity in Health, 15:87, DOI: 10.1186/s12939-016-0376-y

Inaccessibility due to terrain and lack of transport leaves mothers travelling for long hours before reaching a facility to deliver a child. This article analyzes the issue of spatial inaccessibility and inequity of maternal health services in the Indian Sundarbans where complex topography and repeated climatic adversities make access to health services very difficult. 

Vadrevu L, Kumar V and Kanjilal B (2016) Rising challenge multi morbidity in the Indian Sundarbans, Indian Journal of Medical Research 5(2): 343-350  doi: 10.5455/ijmsph.2016.25082015129

Multimorbidity or multiple chronic conditions increase with age and imply complicated clinical management and lower quality of life that is compounded by poverty. Yet, there is a serious dearth of evidence on this issue. This article aims to explore the burden and predictors of multiple morbidities in the Sundarbans of West Bengal.

Bhati, D. K. (2015) Reflections of Child Health Rights: Perspectives from Healthcare Stakeholders in North India, European Scientific Journal, Vol 11, No 18, pp 143-15

In health-care settings, stakeholder’s knowledge, attitudes and perspectives influence their perception towards children, including children’s rights and right to health. The knowledge and attitudes generally present a culture of how children’s right are perceived and treated. This study explored the knowledge, attitudes and perspectives of 35 Indian health care stakeholders regarding children’s rights and right to health and their perspectives on realization of the selected domains of rights in reality. 

Risks and adversities during early childhood majorly hamper this neurological development. They are also irreversible with long standing impact on the eventual productivity in life. Given the huge impact that deficits in the early years have in terms of human productivity and sustainable development, early childhood development needs serious attention. This research brief provides formative evidence on the gaps in the care practices needed for Early Childhood Development in the Sundarbans. It will begin by first gauging the status of child development, the gaps and challenges in key practices needed for it and it will conclude with key recommendations.

Among the several determinants of child malnutrition – ranging from individual factors to societal ones – recent evidence indicates open defecation as an important determinant responsible for child malnutrition. This research brief explores the association between underweight children (0-6 years) and open defecation in the context of Indian Sundarbans, where low body weight is considered as an indicator of childhood malnutrition.