Public Health Foundation of India
The Public Health Foundation of India is redressing the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research, and policy development in the area of public health.
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is actively collaborating on several IHME projects. Most recently, IHME has begun collaborating with PHFI on the Access, Bottlenecks, Costs, and Equity (ABCE) project to collect and analyze costs and constraints information across five representative Indian states.
PHFI will organize the collection of primary data collection at a range of health facilities within the five states. A compilation of other data sources maintained by the Ministry of Health will complement the new data. Analyses will examine the cost of different facilities and intervention combinations. Analyses will also examine the nature and magnitude of constraints, particularly supply-side constraints.
The survey instrument is based on a core survey implemented in approximately 15 other countries. The survey will provide needed data to calculate both cost effectiveness estimates and optimal resource allocation assessments of different intervention-platform combinations.
In addition to the ABCE project, PHFI will collaborate with IHME to collect verbal autopsies in India. Verbal autopsies are an established method of estimating causes of death within a population by asking the next of kin of the recently deceased about the signs, symptoms, and other key characteristics displayed by their family member before death. The responses collected through these questionnaires are used to assign the likely causes of death within a population for communities that lack complete vital registration systems.
Recently, the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium developed a new verbal autopsy instrument and accompanying automated analysis technique that will be used to collect verbal autopsy data throughout India in this collaboration.