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Kheya Melo Furtado

Kheya Melo Furtado
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  • PhD Health Sciences
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)


Kheya Furtado joined the Goa Institute of Management's Healthcare Management programme as Assistant Professor in February 2018. Prior to GIM, she served at the Health Division of the NITI Aayog, New Delhi- the premier policy think tank of the Government of India, wherein she implemented key projects, including the Health Index report on the ranking of States & UTs on their performance in Health; the drafting of the Health Chapter of the Three Year Action Agenda for Government of India 2017-18 to 2019-20, following the Twelfth Five Year Plan; and the District hospital index for monitoring the performance of public hospitals based on outputs & outcomes; in addition to contributing policy inputs on the various national health schemes and initiatives. Her doctoral research was carried out under the INSPIRE fellowship award of Department of Science and Technology, during which she worked on engaging private practitioners in a disease surveillance network for dengue and malaria and studied its implications on case reporting. Her areas of interest are primarily in public health and mixed health systems strengthening research and advocacy for evidence-based policy.

Area of expertise:

Public Health, Health systems

Also teaches/ taught at:

Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune

Research & Publications:

  1. Kumar A, Furtado KM, et al. The Malady in Healthcare: Agenda for Action. In: Debroy B, Desai KA, editors. On the Trail of the Black. New Delhi: Rupa Publications; 2017.
  2. Jain N, Kumar A, Nandraj S, Furtado KM. NSSO 71st Round: Same Data, Multiple Interpretations. Economic and Political Weekly 2015; 50(46-47): 84-87.
  3. Furtado KM, Kar A. Health resources in a 200,000 urban Indian population argues the need for a policy on private sector health services. Indian Journal of Community Medicine 2014;39:98-102.
  4. Furtado KM, Kumar A. Disease surveillance: Engaging the private sector. NITI technical articles 2015.

Selected Conference Presentations:

  1. Furtado KM, Kar A. The effect of increasing private sector representation in a dengue fever surveillance network on incidence rates. Presented at the 'Institute of Tropical Medicine -Antwerp 3rd International Colloquium- Health Systems and Control of Neglected Diseases in Asia', Bangalore, India, 20-23 November 2013. 
  2. Furtado KM, Kar A. Incidence of dengue fever in a 200 000 urban population and the role of private sector reporting in case detection. Abstract of the 'Brain storming Conference on Dengue Scenario in India: Disease burden, Surveillance and Control', Centre for Research in Medical Entomology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, July 25-26,2013.
  3. Furtado KM, Dutta E, Kar A. Prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in slum residents of Pune city, Maharashtra aged between 20-60 years. Abstract of the '28th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Medical Statistics', NIHFW, New Delhi, November 11-13, 2010.