Dr Anand Ahankari

Lecturer in Maternal, Child and Family Health


My qualifications

University of Nottingham, UK
University of Nottingham, UK
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India

Affiliations and memberships

International Epidemiology Association, USA
Indian Public Health Association, India
University of Hull, UK
Honorary Fellow (2020-21)
University of Oxford, UK
Academic Visitor (2019-20)
Royal Society for Public Health, UK
Fellow (2015-16)
The John Snow Society, LSHTM London, UK


Research interests

Research collaborations


Postgraduate research supervision



I) Published Journal Articles

Ahankari A, Ovseiko P, Kabra P et al. Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours about gender equality: a cross-sectional survey of adolescents from rural India. F1000Research 2022. doi:10.12688/f1000research.124577.1.

Smith L, Hilton A, Walker J, Alfred L, Ahankari A, Schölin L. Prevention of alcohol related harm though preconception care: A scoping review of barriers and enablers. Dialogues in Health 2022. doi:10.1016/j.dialog.2022.100040.

Ahankari AS, Tata LJ, Fogarty AW. Access to a piped water supply is positively associated with haemoglobin levels in females living in rural Maharashtra State, India. Public Health 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2021.09.030.

Buckner L, Carter H, Ahankari A et al. Three-year review of a capacity building pilot for a sustainable regional network on food, nutrition and health systems education in India. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health 2021. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2020-000180.

Ahankari AS, Kabra P, Tata LJ, Hayter M, Fogarty AW. Two measures of systemic inflammation are positively associated with haemoglobin levels in adolescent girls living in rural India: A cross‐sectional study. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13524.

Ovseiko PV, Ahankari A. We all progress through progress towards gender equality. EClinical Medicine 2020. doi:10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100306.

Ahankari AS, Tata L, Fogarty A. Weight, height, and midupper arm circumference are associated with haemoglobin levels in adolescent girls living in rural India: A cross‐sectional study. Maternal & child nutrition 2019. doi:10.1111/mcn.12908.

Ahankari AS, Wray J, Jomeen J, Hayter M. The effectiveness of combined alcohol and sexual risk taking reduction interventions on the sexual behaviour of teenagers and young adults: a systematic review. Public Health 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.05.023.

Ahankari A, Hayter M, Whitfield C et al. aDolescents gEnder surVey, rEsponsible coupLes evaluatiOn, and capacity building Project in India (DEVELOP): a study protocol. F1000Research 2019. doi:10.12688/f1000research.19521.2.

Hayter M, Ahankari A, Jamadar K et al. Growth, challenges and opportunities in Indian nursing. J Advanced Nursing 2019. doi:10.1111/jan.13978.

Ahankari AS, Myles PR, Dixit JV et al. Consanguinity is a risk factor for maternal anaemia and low birth weight in pregnant women living in rural India: A prospective study. Public Health 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.06.023.

Ahankari AS, Myles PR, Tsang S et al. A qualitative study exploring clinical reasoning for influenza-like illness in Solapur city, Maharashtra, India. Anthropology and Medicine 2017. doi: 10.1080/13648470.2017.1321459.

Dave M, Ahankari AS, Myles PR et al. Household air pollution and lung function in Indian adults: a cross-sectional study. The Int J of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2017. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.16.0615.

Adaji EE, Ahankari AS, Myles PR. An investigation to identify potential risk factors associated with common chronic diseases among the older population in India. Indian J Community Medicine 2017. doi: 10.4103/0970-0218.199802.

Ahankari AS, Bapat S, Myles PR et al. Factor associated with pre-term delivery and low birth weight: a study from rural Maharashtra, India. F1000Research 2017. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.10556.1.

Ahankari AS, Fogarty AW, Tata LJ et al. Healthcare benefits linked with below poverty line registration in India: Observations from Maharashtra Anaemia (MAS) Study. F1000Research 2017. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.10556.1.

Laur C, Ball L, Ahankari AS et al. Proceedings of the inaugural international summit on medical nutrition education and research. Public Health 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.08.023.

Ahankari AS, Myles PR, Tata LJ et al. PCPNDT seems to benefit India’s birth sex ratios. BMJ 2016. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i5194.

Ahankari AS, Myles PR, Fogarty AW et al. Prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia and risk factors in 1,010 adolescent girls from rural Maharashtra, India: a cross-sectional survey. Public Health 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.07.010.

Ahankari AS, Dixit JV, Fogarty AW et al. Comparison of the NBM 200 non-invasive haemoglobin sensor with Sahli’s hemometer among adolescent girls in rural India. BMJ Innovations 2016. doi: 10.1136/bmj innov-2015-000139.

Ahankari AS, Fogarty AW, Tata LJ et al. Assessment of a non-invasive haemoglobin sensor NBM 200 among pregnant women in rural India. BMJ Innovations 2016. doi: 10.1136/bmj innov-2015-000085.

Ahankari AS, Myles PR, Tata LJ et al. Banning of fetal sex determination and changes in sex ratio in India. Lancet Global Health 2015. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00053-4.

Marufu T, Ahankari A, Coleman T et al. Prenatal maternal smoking and stillbirth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health 2015. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1552-5.

Ahankari A, Marufu T. India’s progress towards 5th Millennium Development Goal: A critical review. Indian J Maternal Child Health 2015;16:1-11.

Ahankari AS, Leonardi-Bee J. Maternal hemoglobin and birth weight: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Med Sci Pub Health 2015. doi: 10.5455/ijmsph.2015.2212201489.

Ahankari AS, Fogarty A. Association of Socioeconomic status with sex ratio at live birth in Individuals living in the slums of Sholapur city, India. Int J Med Sci Pub Health 2015. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2015.1109201428.

Otete H, Ahankari AS, Jones H et al. Parameters for the mathematical modelling of clostridium difficile: A systematic Review. PLoS ONE 2013. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084224.


II) Training Manuals


Ahankari AS (Eds). Life free from violence: training manual for village-based dispute resolution committee members. Halo Medical Foundation, 3rd Edition. June 2014. 2.

Dixit JV, Ahankari AS. Maternal and neonatal health training manual for grass root health workers. Halo Medical Foundation, India. April 2013. 3.

Dixit JV, Ahankari AS. Adolescent health dialogue booklet. Halo Medical Foundation, India. April 2013.


III) Upcoming Research Article(s) 

Experiences of domestic violence prevention interventions and gender equality promotion work: A qualitative study of Nirdhar Groups in rural India.