Sania Ashraf, PhD

Associate Scholar

  •  Research Scientist
  •  Bangladesh | India
  •   Health Behavior | Infectious disease | Maternal Child Health

Languages- English (Proficient); Hindi (Expert); Urdu (Expert); Bangla (Proficient)

BIO STATEMENT

As a global health epidemiologist, Dr. Ashraf uses mixed research methods to design, test and evaluate the impact of context-specific interventions in low-income communities to improve health outcomes. Her research specializes in childhood diseases, and water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) focused studies. Currently, her research is using a community based randomized trial to investigate how social norms can be leveraged to improve sanitation practices in India. She has previously worked on global health studies focused on childhood infectious diseases

including diarrhea, respiratory illness, malaria and rotavirus vaccines in Bangladesh, Kenya, Philippines and India.

RECENT GLOBAL PROJECTS

Longitudinal Evaluation of Norms and Networks in India (LENNS): A community randomized trial to assess the impact of a multi-level norm centric behavior change intervention on improved sanitation practices in Tamil Nadu, India (Co-investigator)
Wash Benefits: A randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of single and combined WASH and Nutrition interventions on child growth and health outcomes in Bangladesh (Co-investigator)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Stephen P Luby, Mahbubur Rahman, Benjamin F Arnold, Leanne Unicomb, Sania Ashraf, Peter J Winch, Christine P Stewart, Farzana Begum, Faruqe Hussain, Jade Benjamin-Chung, Elli Leontsini, Abu M Naser, Sarker M Parvez, Alan E Hubbard, Audrie Lin, Fosiul A Nizame, Kaniz Jannat, Ayse Ercumen, Pavani K Ram, Kishor K Das, Jaynal Abedin, Thomas F Clasen, Kathryn G Dewey, Lia C Fernald, Clair Null, Tahmeed Ahmed, John M Colford Jr Effects of water quality, sanitation, handwaching, andnutritional interventions on diarrhea and child growth inrural Bangladesh; a cluster randomised controlled trial, The Lancet Global Health 6 (3), e302-e315

Benjamin F Arnold, Clair Null, Stephen P Luby, Leanne Unicomb, Christine P Stewart, Kathryn G Dewey, Tahmeed Ahmed, Sania Ashraf, Garret Christensen, Thomas Clasen, Holly N Dentz, Lia CH Fernald, Rashidul Haque, Alan E Hubbard, Patricia Kariger, Elli Leontsini, Audrie Lin, Sammy M Njenga, Amy J Pickering, Pavani K Ram, Fahmida Tofail, Peter J Winch, John M ColfordBenjamin F Arnold, Clair Null, Stephen P Luby, Leanne Unicomb, Christine P Stewart, Kathryn G Dewey, Tahmeed Ahmed, Sania Ashraf, Garret Christensen, Thomas Clasen, Holly N Dentz, Lia CH Fernald, Rashidul Haque, Alan E Hubbard, Patricia Kariger, Elli Leontsini, Audrie Lin, Sammy M Njenga, Amy J Pickering, Pavani K Ram, Fahmida Tofail, Peter J Winch, John M Colford Cluster-randomised controlled trials of individual and combined water, sanitation, hygiene and nutritional interventions in rural Bangladesh and Kenya; the WASH benefits study. BMJ.com 

LM Lamberti, S Ashraf, CLF Walker, RE Black  A systematic review of the effect of rotavirus vaccination on diarrhea outcomes among children younger than 5 years. The Pediatric infectious disease journal 35 (9), 992-998

Suzanne L Pollard, Tanya Malpica-Llanos, Ingrid K Friberg, Christa Fischer-Walker, Sania Ashraf, Neff Walker. Estimating the herd immunity effect of rotavirus vaccine. Vaccine 33 (32), 3795-3800

Nuhu Amin, Amy J Pickering, Pavani K Ram, Leanne Unicomb, Nusrat Najnin, Nusrat Homaira, Sania Ashraf, Jaynal Abedin, M Sirajul Islam, Stephen P Luby. Microbiological evaluation of the efficacy of soapy water to clean hands: a randomized, non-inferiority field trial.  The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 91 (2), 415-423

S Ashraf, MH Huque, E Kenah, M Agboatwalla, SP Luby. Effect of recent diarrhoeal episodes on risk of pneumonia in children under the age of 5 years in Karachi, Pakistan. International Journal of Epidemiology