The UCL Centre for Global Health Economics

Dr Rajesh Kumar Sinha

Dr Sinha is a Health Economist with Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi. He leads the Project Planning and Monitoring Unit (PPMU) at LHMC which is functioning in collaboration with UNICEF and supporting projects on Integrated Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (IMSAM) in different states of India. Previously, Dr Sinha was working with Ekjut, India in collaboration with UCL-Institute for Global Health, UK as Health Economist and primarily worked within randomised trials of complex public health interventions in the area of MNCHN. His research is focused on economic evaluations and social determinants of maternal and child health and nutrition. Additionally, he also conducted studies on publicly financed health insurance, health system financing and burden of out-of-pocket health expenditure in India. Dr Sinha has published around 30 papers in peer reviewed journals of high repute. 

Dr Sinha holds a PhD in Economics from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore and a Fellow Cost & Management Accountant (FCMA) from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India (ICMAI). He has done his post-graduation in health economics and health finance and brings with himself working experience of twenty years including twelve years of working in the areas of health and nutrition.

Selected Papers

Determinants of Stunting, Wasting and Underweight in five high burdened pockets of four Indian States Indian Journal of Community Medicine; 2018;43:279‐83; DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_151_18

Impact of Publicly Financed Health Insurance Scheme (Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana) from Equity and Efficiency Perspectives. Vikalpa (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and SAGE Publication.

Protocol for the economic evaluation of a community-based intervention to improve growth among children under two in rural India (CARING trial) (2016). British Medical Journal.  BMJ Open 2016;6:e012046 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012046

Economic evaluation of participatory learning and action with women’s groups facilitated by Accredited Social Health Activists to improve birth outcomes in rural eastern India” (2017). Cost Effectiveness Resource Allocation (Bio-Med Central) Sinha et al. Cost Eff Resour Alloc (2017) 15:2 DOI 10.1186/s12962-017-0064-9

Comparison between Weight-for Height z-score (WHZ) and Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) to diagnose children with acute malnutrition in 5 districts in India.  Indian Journal of Community Medicine; 2018;43:190-4. DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_310_17

Social determinants of inequities in undernutrition (weight-for-age) among under-5 children: a cross sectional study in Gumla district of Jharkhand, India” (2016) Bio-Med Central (International Journal for Equity in Health). DOI 10.1186/s12939-016-0392-y

Effect of participatory women’s groups facilitated by Accredited Social Health Activists on birth outcomes in rural eastern India: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Global Health; Vol 4.

Participatory women’s groups and counselling through home visits to improve child growth in rural eastern India: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Bio-Med Central (Public Health), 15:384, doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1655-z

The equity impact of participatory women’s groups to reduce neonatal mortality in India: secondary analysis of a cluster-randomised trial. International Journal of Epidemiology, 1–13, doi:10.1093/ije/dyt012.

Sustainability and replicability of improvements in neonatal survival following participatory learning and action cycles with women’s groups: a prospective study from rural eastern India. Bulletin of World Health Organisation, 91(6), 426-433, ID: BLT.12.105171

Community mobilisation with women’s groups facilitated by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) to improve maternal and newborn health in underserved areas of Jharkhand and Odisha: study protocol for a cRCT. Bio-Med Central (Trials), 12:182,

Explaining the impact of a women’s group led community mobilisation intervention on maternal and newborn health outcomes: The Ekjut trial process evaluation. Bio-Med Central (International Health and Human Rights) 2010, 10:25,

Effect of a participatory intervention with women’s groups on birth outcomes and maternal depression in Jharkhand and Odisha, India: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 375(9721), 1182-1192

Out-Of-Pocket and Catastrophic Health Expenditure: A Cross-sectional Assessment of a Rural District of the state of Jharkhand. Journal of Disease and Global Health; 4(3):130-140 (ISSN: 2454-1842).

Collecting and Analysing Cost Data for Complex Public Health Trials: Reflections on Practice Global Health Action 2014, 7: 23257 -