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Dr Shobhana Nagraj

Clinical Researcher, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Dr Shobhana (Shobi) Nagraj is a Clinical Researcher in global maternal child health in the Health Systems Collaborative, Centre for Global Health Research, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. Shobi started her clinical career, training in paediatric surgery and later left surgery to work in primary care and applied global health research. Her research focuses on taking a systems-thinking perspective to address complex global health challenges. Shobi’s DPhil in Women’s & Reproductive Health involved the theory-informed design and evaluation of a complex intervention for community health workers (CHWs) in rural India to screen and refer high-risk pregnant women. The intervention was co-designed and successfully implemented by CHWs and the evaluation showed an improvement in maternal anaemia (link below). The work has become foundational for a larger clinical trial and an expanded programme of work. Shobi is a core member of the Oxford University Global Surgery Group and has been a course director for the Oxford University Global Surgery course since 2021. Her editorial on ‘Global Surgery, Universal Health Coverage and the Spirit of Ubuntu’ can be found through further link below.

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