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Area of Research


The research programs at IIHMR have mainly focused on policy, health programs, health systems and population management. These studies were mainly surveys, operational research, program evaluation, and implementation science.

S.No. Area of Projects No. Percent
1 Health Program Evaluation 51 14.2
2 Health Survey 49 13.6
3 Health System and Strategies 51 14.2
4 Human Resource &Training 33 9.2
5 Family Welfare 26 7.2
6 National Health Policy/Policy Projects 25 7.0
7 Operations Research 20 5.6
8 Project Implementation Plan 15 4.2
9 Health Economics/Financing/Insurance 13 3.6
10 NGO 13 3.6
11 Maternal Health/Child Health 12 3.3
12 Health Management Information System 10 2.8
13 HIV/AIDS 9 2.5
14 Information, Education and Communication 7 1.9
15 Information Technology 5 1.4
16 Public Private Partnership 5 1.4
17 Nutrition 4 1.1
18 Quality Assurance 4 1.1
19 Medical Education 2 0.6
20 Others 6 1.7

Salient Features of Research Work

a.IIHMR has conducted several research studies that have influenced various policies and programs.

  • IIHMR’s national study on salt iodization led to universalization of salt iodization in India
  • The evaluation study of Nation Polio Surveillance enabled the government to change and strengthen the organization structure and human resources for eradication of poliomyelitis.
  • Evaluation of Global Fund in 16 countries across all continents helped The Global Fund to re- strategize the prevention and control in malaria, tuberculosis and HIV especially in the developing countries.
  • Evaluation of National AIDS Control Program helped re-design of NACP Phase III
  • Evaluation of National Leprosy Eradication Program in India helped WHO and GoI to declare elimination of leprosy in India.
  • Evaluation of National Tuberculosis Control Program helped implementation of revised operational strategies in India
  • Global Resource Flow Study for HIV and Reproductive health in 160 countries provided necessary inputs to UN for increasing allocation of funds to these programs.
  • Evaluation of Health Systems and Technical Support to Ministry of Health, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan helped restructuring and strengthening health care in that country.
  • Future Health Systems in Five countries for strengthening health systems with the support of DFID has provided opportunities to test research innovations to improve and strengthen health systems
  • Integrated drinking water and sanitation brought safe drinking water to 350 villages of Churu district of Rajasthan, and established new models of public-private-people partnership in managing water resources at the local levels.

b.Currently IIHMR is implementing projects of high national importance, namely,

  • Food Fortification in Rajasthan
  • Health for Urban Poor (HUP) in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh
  • Future Health Systems for Poor (FHS) in West Bengal
  • Resource Flow Analysis for Reproductive health and HIV globally with United Nations