Asha George, Dphil
Division: Health Systems
615 North Wolfe Street, Suite E-8146
Baltimore , Maryland 21205
Dphil , Sussex University, Institute of Development Studie , 2007
MSc , Harvard UniversitySchool of Public Health , 1999
Asha George is a qualitative researcher engaged with the social analysis of health systems as a part of policy and implementation research to improve equitable health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. She is interested in the implementation of services at community level, examining the linkages between communities and front line health providers, with implications for how responsiveness and governance of service delivery are experienced and negotiated by service delivery actors. Her doctoral research focused on accountability for maternal health, coupling social autopsies of maternal deaths with ethnographic research on rural public and private provider perspectives on accountability in India. Currently she collaborates with co-investigators on a policy analysis of community case management of child illness in six sub-Saharan African countries; community capability for maternal health in Uganda; community and provider perspectives on frontline maternal health service delivery in Tanzania; strengthening health committees in India and Ethiopia; and internal accountability for routine immunisation in Nigeria. She also facilitates gender analysis across various health systems research projects. She is an Indian national, fluent in Spanish and with a working knowledge of French, Portuguese, Kannada and Malayalam.
Editorial Board Membership
Reproductive Health Matters Journal Editorial Advisory Board, UK, 2002 onwards
Human Resources for Health Journal Editorial Advisory Board, Switzerland, 2011 onwards
Honors and Awards
Advising, Teaching and Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2013
Young Researcher Award, Alliance for Health Systems Policy and Research, 2002
Overseas Research Scholarship, Higher Education Funding Council for England, 2001-2005
Saltonstall Graduate Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 1998
Partial Tuition Merit & Summer Research Award, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
William Manger Thesis Award, Georgetown University, 1993
Qualitative research, human resources for health, accountability, governance, community, sexual and reproductive health and rights, child health, gender analysis, health systems
George A, Iyer A. 2013. Unfree markets: Social relations, linkages and motivations viewed by informal health providers in northern Karnataka, India. Social Science and Medicine. 96: 297-304.
Colvin C, Smith H, Swatrz, A, de Heer J, Marraccini T, Opiyo N, Kim J, Ahs J, George A . 2013. Systematic review of qualitative studies regarding household recognition and response to child malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea in sub-Saharan Africa. Social Science and Medicine. 86:66-78.
Scott K, McMahon S, Yumkella F, Diaz T, George A. 2013. Navigating multiple options and social relationships in plural health systems: a qualitative study exploring health care seeking for sick children in Sierra Leone. Health Policy and Planning. Mar 27.
George A, Young M, Bang A, Chan KY, Rudan I, Victora C, Chopra M, Rubens C. 2011. Setting Implementation research priorities to reduce preterm births and stillbirths at the community level. PLOS Medicine. Jan 4.
George A. 2009. 'By papers and pens, you can only do so much’: Views about accountability and human resource management from Indian government health administrators and workers. International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 24 (3): 204-24.