Manisha holds an MSc in Global Health Science from Oxford (2009) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Assam Medical College and Hospital in India (2001). In 2013, Manisha completed her DPhil in Public Health from Oxford.
Manisha works as the Lead Epidemiologist/ Health Services Researcher for UKNeS at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, NDPH. She is currently the co-lead of a project working towards establishing an obstetric surveillance system in India (IndOSS), as a collaborative initiative between an Indian University and Oxford. Manisha’s current research involves analysing the characteristics of pregnant women who died and the risk factors for progression from severe morbidity to death among pregnant women in the UK. Previously, her research analysed the effects of a wage-for-employment policy on infant malnutrition in India, using mixed methods. Manisha’s research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health, social determinants of health, operational research and medical education.
From 2004-06, Manisha was a Surveillance Medical Officer in the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) where she worked towards the eradication of poliomyelitis in India, surveyed polio cases and monitored immunisation campaigns. She was State Routine Immunisation Officer for Rajasthan from 2006-08, providing technical assistance to the Rajasthan Government’s Health Officers in formulating policy guidelines for maternal and child healthcare.
Furthermore, she was a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar (National Institutes of Health, US) in 2009-10 where she designed a multi-centre surveillance study on cardio metabolic diseases for South Asia. Since 2009, Manisha has also been a faculty member at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
She has written extensively on improving healthcare policies for maternal and child health and is currently a researcher at Public Health Oxford.
Manisha is the first Weidenfeld alumnus to become a member of the University of Oxford congregation.