Dr Somasundari (Somla) Gopalakrishnan

Clinical Research Associate


Work experience:


Clinical Medicine experience; Public Health experience at Primary care trust (Walsall teaching primary care trust (pct)) involved in data mapping to estimate teenage pregnancy rates in Walsall, West Midlands and other pct related activities; Behavioural epidemiology experience (project to measure child hood obesity in South Asian primary school children in Birmingham, UK); Genetic Epidemiology (twin studies in the East Flanders cohort data, Belgium); monitoring and evaluation of operational and implementation research in health care facilities in low and middle income countries (LMIC); training different health care providers on health care facilities assessment on availability, utilisation and coverage of maternal and newborn health; electronic data collection on health care facilities data; Line management of Research Assistants); Safeguarding Co-ordinator




Teaching both undergraduate medical students (epidemiology, basic statistics) and post graduate students (diploma and masters) in sexual and reproductive health topics; module convenor for Masters course in international Public Health; project supervision to diploma and master students, co-chair of ethics meetings, personal tutor for master students and mentor for junior staff members.




Quantitative and qualitative research in health care facility data; implementation and operational research; evaluation studies using theory of Change approach to assess effectiveness of implementation research designs in LMIC


Past Projects: 


MiH2 facility data from 8 African and 2 Asian countries; cross-sectional and cohort data to assess the impact of ebola virus on the uptake of maternal and newborn health services in Sierra Leone; scale up studies in the existing MiH2 and new countries; quantitative data after the EOC training in the skills labs from India, evaluation of Special newborn care units in India and Bangladesh, assessing effectiveness of ANM training in Maharashtra state, India, Improving quality of care for mothers and newborn in selected facilities from 5 districts in Malawi, Global fund (GF) project to assess availability and utilisation of ANC and PNC services integrating HIV, TB and malaria in LMIC.


Current projects:


UNICEF led improving  quality of care in maternal and newborn health in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar; GF project in 2 states in Nigeria.




Selected publications

  • J Pak Med Assoc. 2015 May;65(5):480-5. Status of emergency obstetric care in four districts of Punjab, Pakistan - results of a baseline assessment.
    Utz B1, Zafar S2, Arshad N3, Kana T1, Gopalakrishnan S1; Nynke van den Broek.

    Midwifery 2015 Sep 30. Epub 2015 Sep 30. Midwifery. Susan Jones, Charles A Ameh, Somasundari Gopalakrishnan, Betty Sam, Florence Bull, Roderick R Labicane, Fatmata Dabo, Nynke van den Broek