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Ananda Bandyopadhyay

Title Senior Program Officer, Polio Research
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ananda Bandyopadhyay is a medical epidemiologist with a passion for "perennial prevention" of polio.

Ananda worked with NPSP - WHO as a Surveillance Medical Officer for nearly four years (2006 - 2009) in India and coordinated polio eradication and measles control initiatives in parts of Assam, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Ananda completed his MPH in Global Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and has worked as a research fellow for the Lancet Commission on Health Professional Education for 21st Century. He worked as a Public Health Epidemiologist at the Rhode Island Department of Health for two years before joining the Gates Foundation in June 2012. His work at the Foundation is focused on facilitating research initiatives aimed at eradicating polio.

Ananda is a guest speaker (2011 - present) at Harvard for the Course on Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries, and has delivered lectures on polio and measles for MPH/MS students.

Ananda is certified in GIS applications from Center of Geographic Analysis at Harvard, and he is interested in using GIS methods to enhance infectious disease surveillance.

Posts By Ananda Bandyopadhyay

Polio-Free South-East Asia Region: A Triumph That Transcends All Boundaries

In 2006, I was working for WHO’s National Polio Surveillance Project in India where I was responsible for surveillance and immunization activities to facilitate polio eradication. On my way back to my office one day after examining a child suspected to have polio, I took the above photo as we were driving past the international border between India and Bangladesh. 2006 was the year when Bangladesh reported 18 cases of polio after not having a case since 2000. The outbreak came from across the border in India, which, had nearly 670 cases that year. This image of the setting sun that evening reminded me of the reality of infectious diseases and vulnerabilities of us, the people, and the countries. The sun setting on the Bangladesh sky had its reflection across the man-made barbed wire border, onto the Indian waters. The parallel was too evident to be missed: as long as polio remained on one side of the border, it could cross over and infect children on the other side.

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Three Reasons to Celebrate Women Working to End Polio, This Mother’s Day

As we celebrate the Mother’s Day in 2013, we have reasons to feel more grateful than ever to the women who have been at the fore-front of the epic battle against polio in protecting the future of their children and their community. Three examples stand out to me.

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Eradicating Polio: How One Man Changed His View on Vaccines

It’s a universal truth that parents want what’s best for their children. Unfortunately, when a parent questions the value of vaccines, he puts his entire community at risk. But as I learned in India in 2008, this shared risk can sometimes be part of the solution.

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Polio Eradication: India’s Pursuit of Perennial Prevention

A photo essay on courageous health workers in India reaching children with polio vaccines. Madhubani, Bihar, India. August 2007

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