Vandana Tripathi, PhD

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Population and Family Health
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Vandana Tripathi has worked in global public health for over 20 years. She is the Director of the MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics project at EngenderHealth, overseeing this global USAID initiative to improve access to, quality of, and use of safe surgical services in maternal health and family planning. Prior to this, she led the USAID Fistula Care Plus project at EngenderHealth, strengthening health system capacity to prevent and treat fistula in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her primary research interests include strengthening the measurement of maternal and newborn health care quality, which she has addressed through studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program. She has also worked extensively to document quality of care issues implicated in iatrogenic fistula, which accounts for an increasing proportion of the global fistula burden. Her additional areas of research interest including evaluating strategies to reduce barriers and strengthen access to care and investigating needs and capacity related to chronic childbirth injuries. Vandana has also served as the head of programs at HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA), supervising the development, implementation, and evaluation of health and human rights projects, both globally and in the U.S. Before this, Vandana worked on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs at a variety of organizations including Planned Parenthood of New York City and the Ford Foundation.


Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Population and Family Health

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1995 Brown University
  • MPH, 1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health
  • PhD, 2014 Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Community Health
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health

Selected Publications

Tripathi V, Elneil S, Romanzi L. Demand and capacity to integrate pelvic organ prolapse and genital fistula services in low-resource settings. International Urogynecology Journal. 2018 Oct;29(10):1509-1515.

Mallick L. Tripathi V. The association between female genital fistula symptoms and gender-based violence: A multi-country secondary analysis of household survey data. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2018 Jan;23(1):106-119.

Tuncalp O., Tripathi V, Landry E, Stanton CK, Ahmed S. Measuring the incidence and prevalence of obstetric fistula: approaches, needs and recommendations. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015 Jan 1; 93(1):60-2.

Experience developing monitoring indicators for an emerging maternal health issue: The case of obstetric fistula. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries. 2015; 9(1):14-22.

Rodriguez DC, Tripathi V, Bohren M, Paul A, Singh K, Chhabra V, Singh S, Bennett S. "From me to HIV": a case study of the community experience of donor transition of health programs. BMC Infect Dis. 2015 Aug 19;15(1):349.

Tripathi V, Stanton C, Strobino D, Bartlett L. Development and validation of an index to measure the quality of facility-based labor and delivery care processes in sub-Saharan Africa. PLOS ONE. 2015 Jun; 10(6): e0129491.

Tripathi V. A literature review of quantitative indicators to measure the quality of labor and delivery care. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2016 Feb; 132(2):139-45.

Necochea E, Tripathi V, Kim YM, Akram N, Hyjazi Y, da Luz Vaz M, Otolorin E, Pleah T, Rashidi T, Bishanga, D. Implementation of the Standards-Based Management and Recognition approach to quality improvement in maternal, newborn, and child health programs in low-resource countries. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2015 Jun; 130 (2015) S17-S24.

Deepak NN, Mirzabagi E, Koski A, Tripathi V. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Uterotonic Drugs During Childbirth in Karnataka, India: A Qualitative Research Study. PLOS ONE. 2013 Apr 29;8(4):e62801.

Tripathi V, King EJ, Finnerty E, Koshovska-Kostenko N, Skipalska H. Routine HIV counseling and testing during antenatal care in Ukraine: A qualitative study of the experiences and perspectives of pregnant women and antenatal care providers. AIDS Care. 2013 Jun;25(6):680-5.