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Dr Divya Parmar

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

School of Health Sciences, Division of Health Services Research & Management

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City, University of London
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United Kingdom

About

Overview

Dr Divya Parmar joined City in 2014. She is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the School of Health Sciences and Deputy Editor of Globalization and Health.

Divya's academic interests lie at the interface of public health and poverty reduction, cutting across topics of health policy, health care financing, maternal health, and health equity. She has worked and conducted research in India, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal, and Zambia.

Qualifications

  1. PhD, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  2. MSc International Health Systems, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States
  3. MA in Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), India
  4. BSc (Hons) Economics, St Stephen's College, Delhi University, India

Employment

  1. Senior Lecturer, Health Services Research & Management Division, Aug 2017 – present
  2. Programme Director for Masters in Public Health (MPH), School of Health Sciences, Jan 2015 – present
  3. Lecturer, Health Services Research & Management Division, Sep 2014 – Jul 2017
  4. Postdoctoral Researcher, LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, Aug 2011 – Jul 2014
  5. Research Associate, Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University, Jan 2008 – Jul 2011
  6. Researcher, International Vaccine Access Centre, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, May 2007 – May 2008
  7. Project Manager (South India), EPOS Health Consultants, Jan 2004 – Jan 2006
  8. Social Worker (Part time), Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Jan 2003 – Jan 2004
  9. Social Worker (Part time), Committed Communities Development Trust, Mumbai, Jan 2002 – Jan 2003

Languages

Hindi.

Expertise

Geographic Areas

  • Africa
  • Asia

Research

Research Overview

Divya's research agenda focuses on generating policy-relevant evidence to promote equitable and effective health systems. Her research investigates a) the extent and direction of inequities in health care access, b) the underlying causes for these inequities, and c) the extent to which health programs and policies bridge these inequalities. Her research is primarily based in low and middle-income countries.

Research Projects

Pump Priming Fund, City University, Principle Investigator. Impact of the European financial crisis on health outcomes. 2015-2016.

Research Sustainability Fund, City University, Principle Investigator. Building research collaborations with partners in Ghana and Burkina Faso. 2016

ESRC, Co-applicant (PI - Dr Ernestina Coast, LSE). Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia: the socio-economic costs. 2012-2014
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European Commission (FP7), Researcher. Health Inc - Financing health care for inclusion. 2011-2014.

Editorial Leadership

Deputy Editor, Globalization and Health.

Research Centres

Centre for Health Services Research
City Health Economics Centre

Grant Referee

Peer Review Group Member - Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

Occasional peer-reviewer - ESRC, NIHR, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO) Science for Global Development

Journal Reviewer

Social Science & Medicine
Health Policy and Planning
Health Services Research
PLoS ONE
Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Research Students

Name
Susan Bradley
Thesis Title
PhD Thesis: Malawian midwives’ perceptions of the practice, impact and challenges of delivering respectful obstetric care.
Role
2nd Supervisor

Publications

  1. Williams, G.A., Parmar, D., Dkhimi, F., Asante, F., Arhinful, D. and Mladovsky, P. (2017). Equitable access to health insurance for socially excluded children? The case of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ghana. Social Science and Medicine, 186, pp. 10–19. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.023.
  2. Bradley, S., McCourt, C., Rayment, J. and Parmar, D. (2016). Disrespectful intrapartum care during facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of women's perceptions and experiences. Social Science and Medicine, 169, pp. 157–170. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.09.039.
  3. Costa-Font, J. and Parmar, D. (2016). Political agency and public healthcare: Evidence from India. WIDER Working Paper, 125(2016) .

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  4. Parmar, D., Stavropoulou, C. and Ioannidis, J.P.A. (2016). Health outcomes during the 2008 financial crisis in Europe: systematic literature review. BMJ, 354, p. i4588.

Chapters (4)

  1. Parmar, D. and De Allegri, M. (2014). Operationalizing impact evaluations: from theory to practice. In Radermacher, R. and Roth, K. (Eds.), Practical Guide to Impact Assessments in Microinsurance Luxembourg: Microinsurance Network and Micro Insurance Academy ISBN 978-99959-864-8-3.
  2. Williams, G., Mladovsky, P., Dkhimi, F., Soors, W. and Parmar, D. (2014). Social exclusion and social health protection in low- and middle-income countries: an introduction. Health Inc - Towards equitable coverage and more inclusive social protection in health Antwerp: ITGPress. ISBN 978-90-76070-39-1.
  3. Fenny, A.P., Asante, F., Arhinful, D.K., Kusi, A., Williams, G. and Parmar, D. (2014). Safeguarding individual’s utilisation of healthcare: the case of the NHIS in Ghana. Health Inc - Towards equitable coverage and more inclusive social protection in health Antwerp: ITGPress. ISBN 978-90-76070-39-1.
  4. Kusi, A., Arhinful, D.K., Asante, F., Fenny, A.P. and Parmar, D. (2014). Are women excluded from social protection programmes in Ghana? A case study of the National Health Insurance Scheme. Health Inc - Towards equitable coverage and more inclusive social protection in health Antwerp: ITGPress. ISBN 978-90-76070-39-1.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (12)

  1. Parmar, D. (2015). Do user fee exemption policies for maternal healthcare work? Studying the impact of Free Delivery and Caesarean Policy in Senegal. International Health Conference 25-27 June, St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
  2. Parmar, D. (2014). Comparing enrolment of older people in NHIS in Ghana and Plan Sesame in Senegal. Financing health care for inclusion (Health Inc) Final Conference 28-29 October, Antwerp, Belgium.
  3. Parmar, (2014). Enrolment of older people in social health protection programs – does social exclusion play a part? Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 30 Sep 2014 – 3 Oct 2014, Cape Town, South Africa.
  4. Leone, T., Coast, E., Parmar, D. and Murray, S. (2014). The socio-economic burden of unsafe abortion for women and households in Zambia. BSPS Annual Conference, 8 Sep 2014 – 10 Feb 2014, University of Winchester.
  5. Parmar, D., Leone, T., Coast, E., Hukin, E., Murray, S. and Vwalika, B. (2014). Health system costs of safe abortion and post abortion care from unsafe induced abortions in Zambia. Third International Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) 11-13 March, Nairobi, Kenya.
  6. Parmar, (2014). Enrolment of older people in social health protection programs in Senegal and Ghana. Third International Conference of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) 11-13 March, Nairobi, Kenya.
  7. Haber, N., Parmar, D., Pitchforth, E., Thomson, S., Ghosh, S. and Mladovsky, P. (2013). Private health insurance market in India: current trends and policy implications. Health Systems in Asia: Equity, Governance and Social Impact 13-16 December, Singapore.
  8. Parmar, D., Steffen, R., Souares, A., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2011). Does community-based health insurance protect household assets?: evidence from rural Africa. 8th World Congress on Health Economics 10-13 July, Toronto, Canada.
  9. Parmar, D., De Allegri, M., Souares, A., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2011). Equity impact of community-based health insurance (2004-2008). 3rd International Conference on Health Financing in Developing and Emerging Countries (CERDI) 11-13 May, Université d’Auvergne, France.
  10. Parmar, D., Souares, A., Allegri, M.D., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2011). Community-based health insurance scheme in Burkina Faso: can premium subsidies increase adverse selection? 13th Annual Scientific Conference of ICDDR,B: Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage 14-17 March, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  11. Parmar, D., Souares, A., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2010). Does community-based health insurance protect household assets? 9th International Conference on Health Economics, Management and Policy 28 Jun 2010 – 1 Jul 2010, Athens, Greece.
  12. Parmar, D. (2009). Community-based health insurance: improving household economic indicators? 2nd Scientific Meeting Centre de Recherche en Sante de Nouna 3-5 December, Nouna, Burkina Faso.

Journal Articles (18)

  1. Williams, G.A., Parmar, D., Dkhimi, F., Asante, F., Arhinful, D. and Mladovsky, P. (2017). Equitable access to health insurance for socially excluded children? The case of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ghana. Social Science and Medicine, 186, pp. 10–19. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.023.
  2. Parmar, D., Leone, T., Coast, E., Murray, S.F., Hukin, E. and Vwalika, B. (2017). Cost of abortions in Zambia: A comparison of safe abortion and post abortion care. Global Public Health, 12(2), pp. 236–249. doi:10.1080/17441692.2015.1123747.
  3. Bradley, S., McCourt, C., Rayment, J. and Parmar, D. (2016). Disrespectful intrapartum care during facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of women's perceptions and experiences. Social Science and Medicine, 169, pp. 157–170. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.09.039.
  4. Costa-Font, J. and Parmar, D. (2016). Political agency and public healthcare: Evidence from India. WIDER Working Paper, 125(2016) .

    [publisher’s website]

  5. Parmar, D., Stavropoulou, C. and Ioannidis, J.P.A. (2016). Health outcomes during the 2008 financial crisis in Europe: systematic literature review. BMJ, 354, p. i4588.
  6. Leone, T, , Coast, E, , Parmar, and Vwalika, B, (2016). The individual level cost of pregnancy termination in Zambia: a comparison of safe and unsafe abortion. Health Policy and Planning, 31(7), pp. 825–833. doi:10.1093/heapol/czv138.
  7. Fenny, A.P., Asante, F.A., Arhinful, D.K., Kusi, A., Parmar, D. and Williams, G. (2016). Who uses outpatient healthcare services under Ghana's health protection scheme and why? BMC Health Services Research, 16(1) . doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1429-z.
  8. Stavropoulou, C., Parmar, D. and Ioannidis, J.P.A. (2016). . BMJ (Online), 355 . doi:10.1136/bmj.i6639.
  9. Savadogo, G., Souarès, A., Sié, A., Parmar, D., Bibeau, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2015). Using a community-based definition of poverty for targeting poor households for premium subsidies in the context of a community health insurance in Burkina Faso. BMC Public Health, 15(1) . doi:10.1186/s12889-014-1335-4.
  10. Parmar, D., Williams, G., Dkhimi, F., Ndiaye, A., Asante, F.A., Arhinful, D.K. and Mladovsky, P. (2014). Enrolment of older people in social health protection programs in West Africa--does social exclusion play a part? Soc Sci Med, 119, pp. 36–44. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.08.011.
  11. Parmar, D., De Allegri, M., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2014). Do community-based health insurance schemes fulfil the promise of equity? A study from Burkina Faso. Health Policy and Planning, 29(1), pp. 76–84. doi:10.1093/heapol/czs136.
  12. Parmar, D., Souares, A., De Allegri, M., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2012). Adverse selection in a community-based health insurance scheme in rural Africa: Implications for introducing targeted subsidies. BMC Health Services Research, 12(1) . doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-181.
  13. Parmar, D., Reinhold, S., Souares, A., Savadogo, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2012). Does community-based health insurance protect household assets? Evidence from rural Africa. Health Services Research, 47(2), pp. 819–839. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01321.x.
  14. Souares, A., Savadogo, G., Parmar, D., Sie, A. and Sauerborn, R. (2011). Changes in utilization of health services among the poor: is health insurance benefitting the poorest households? TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, 16, pp. 92–92.
  15. Savadogo, G., Souares, A., Parmar, D., Sie, A., Bibeau, G. and Sauerborn, R. (2011). Targeted subsidies to improve enrolment to community-based health insurance among poorest households: why do we need to consider community perceptions and criteria of poverty during the identification process, Nouna Burkina Faso. TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, 16, pp. 330–330.
  16. Souares, A., Savadogo, G., Dong, H., Parmar, D., Sié, A. and Sauerborn, R. (2010). Using community wealth ranking to identify the poor for subsidies: A case study of community-based health insurance in Nouna, Burkina Faso. Health and Social Care in the Community, 18(4), pp. 363–368. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00905.x.
  17. Parmar, D., Baruwa, E.M., Zuber, P. and Kone, S. (2010). Impact of wastage on single and multi-dose vaccine vials: Implications for introducing pneumococcal vaccines in developing countries. Human Vaccines, 6(3), pp. 270–278. doi:10.4161/hv.6.3.10397.
  18. Souares, A., Epp-Graack, G., Savadogo, G., Parmar, D., Sie, A. and Sauerborn, R. (2009). Comparison of medical treatment between community-based insurance members and non-members in primary health care in Nouna, Burkina Faso. TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, 14, pp. 32–32.

Education

Educational Leadership

Programme Director, Masters in Public Health (MPH)

Administrative Roles (SHS)

Member, Travel and Conference Committee
Member, Scholarship Panel
Member, Postgraduate Forum
Member, Programme Directors Forum
Member, HSRM Programme Committee
Member, HSRM Student Staff Liaison Committee

Teaching

PHM001 Public Health (Module Leader)
PHM003 Global Health (Module Leader)

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