Dr Nibedita S Ray Bennett
Dr Ray-Bennett’s expertise centres on the complexities around disasters and vulnerability in order to reduce deaths, and develop intervention packages to improve the quality and availability of post-abortion care during a major disaster informed by evidence-based research.
Her work will help households and policy makers to respond to lockdown, and build the capacity of frontline workers to prevent secondary deaths from other underlying health conditions, gender based violence, extreme poverty and hunger during this time. Her work will also help policymakers to incorporate voices of women on the frontlines, and ensure attention is given to sexual and reproductive health rights.
With research locations in India, Bangladesh, and Uganda, Dr Ray-Bennett’s expertise will guide authorities tackling COVID-19 on the impact of lockdown on vulnerable populations, and the challenges of social distancing in low-and middle-income countries where health systems are weak.
Building on Dr Ray-Bennett’s world-changing research, she is part of a campaign on ‘positive response’ for COVID-19 alongside academics from other leading UK universities, with a focus on stories from the Global South.
This project is part of the University of Leicester’s portfolio of Global Challenges Research Fund projects, carrying out cutting-edge research in partnership with local universities, policymakers and communities that addresses the challenges faced by countries experiencing chronic disadvantage.