Sarita Panday is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow on a project ‘resilience policy making in Nepal: giving voice to communities” at the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. She completed her PhD from School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) looking at the role of female community health volunteers in maternal healthcare provision in Nepal.
Prior to her PhD, she completed a combined degree in Masters in Public Health and Health Management from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her undergraduate degree was in Bachelor of Science in Nursing from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal.
Sarita has worked as a principal investigator on a systematic review project funded by the World Health Organisation and has also worked as a reviewer in other projects funded by the Department For International Department, UK and University Grant Commission, Nepal. Her major interests are in maternal health, community health workers and health policy research in developing countries with focus on South Asia and in particular Nepal. Besides research, she has worked as a programme officer in remote parts of Nepal that involved provision of various healthcare interventions in safe motherhood and infectious diseases.
She has been awarded a fellowship at FSI, Stanford University to undertake a research on community health workers and incentives in South Asia.