ANISA (Aetiology of Neonatal Infection in South Asia) Study:
Although infection is well known to be a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in neonates and young infants, very few population-based studies have systematically examined the timing and causative agents of infection. Especially, viral agents have not been looked for that could be contributing significantly to this morbidity. Head quartered in Dhaka, and in collaboration with ICDDR,B, and CDC-Atlanta, this large study is being implemented in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan utilizing population-based cohorts, attached hospitals, laboratories, and data management centers. Dr. Panigrahi is directing this research supported by the Child Health Research Foundation with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in two large cohorts (>400,000 population) in eastern India in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Public Health.