Dr Prasanthi Attwood

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

2006-7 Masters in Public Health (Health Systems), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, US.


2006 Diploma in Community Eye Health – Distinction. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

1999-2004 MB BChir. (Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery), Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge


1999-2002 MA (Hons.)  II:I  Medical Science (Supplicated from BA 2006 Gonville and Caius. College, University of Cambridge

Medicine & Health
School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Prasanthi Attwood (nee Puvanachandra) is an Injury Epidemiologist at The George Institute, Oxford with 12 years experience in the field of injury prevention. Following completion of her medical degree at Cambridge University and a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, she joined the Hopkins faculty in the International Injury Research Unit working in injury prevention with a focus on road traffic injuries and child injuries. She has authored several publications on injury prevention and has worked as a consultant for the WHO on the development of a variety of injury-related documents and reports.

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA, 2019, 'Application of healthy life year measures to environmental health issues', in Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Elsevier, pp. 132 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11248-5
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA; Morrow RH, 2011, 'Application of Healthy Life Year Measures to Environmental Health Issues', in Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, pp. 111 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-52272-6.00220-8
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Peden M; Puvanachandra P; Keller ME; Rodrigues EM; Quistberg DA; Jagnoor J, 2022, 'How the Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the issue of active mobility and co-benefits in Latin American cities', Salud Publica de Mexico, vol. 64, pp. 14 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.21149/12786
    Journal articles | 2022
    Puvanachandra P; Ssesumugabo C; Balugaba BE; Ivers R; Kobusingye O; Peden M, 2022, 'The epidemiology and characteristics of injuries to under 5’s in a secondary city in Uganda: a retrospective review of hospital data', International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457300.2022.2089686
    Journal articles | 2020
    Puvanachandra P; Janmohammed A; Mtambeka P; Prinsloo M; Van As S; Peden MM, 2020, 'Affordability and availability of child restraints in an under-served population in south africa', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17061979
    Journal articles | 2019
    Janmohammed A; Attwood P; Mtambeka P; Prinsloo M; Peden M, 2019, 'The need for stronger child restraint laws', South African Medical Journal, vol. 109, pp. 545, http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i8.14118
    Journal articles | 2015
    Puvanachandra P; Razzak JA; Hyder AA, 2015, 'Establishing a National Emergency Department Surveillance: An innovative study from Pakistan', BMC Emergency Medicine, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-227X-15-S2-I1
    Journal articles | 2014
    He S; Lunnen JC; Puvanachandra P; Singh A; Zia N; Hyder AA, 2014, 'Global childhood unintentional injury study: Multisite surveillance data', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301607
    Journal articles | 2013
    Hoe C; Puvanachandra P; Rahman MH; Sayed HE; Eldawy S; El-Dabaa A; Albert M; Hyder AA, 2013, 'Seatbelt use and speeding on three major roads in Egypt: A brief report', Injury, vol. 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0020-1383(13)70212-2
    Journal articles | 2013
    Puvanachandra P; Bishai D; Hyder AA, 2013, 'The Global Road Safety Programme: Work in progress', Injury, vol. 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0020-1383(13)00592-5
    Journal articles | 2012
    Hoe C; Bicaksiz P; Puvanachandra P; Ozkan T; Lajunen T; Hyder AA, 2012, 'MAKING GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY COLLABORATIONS WORK: STAKEHOLDERS' PERCEPTIONS', INJURY PREVENTION, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590u.15
    Journal articles | 2012
    Hyder AA; Puvanachandra P; Morrow RH, 2012, 'Measuring the health of populations: explaining composite indicators', JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH, vol. 1, pp. 222 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2012.e35
    Journal articles | 2012
    Nukhba Z; Uzma RK; Junaid AR; Prasanthi P; Adnan AH, 2012, 'Understanding unintentional childhood home injuries: pilot surveillance data from Karachi, Pakistan', Injury Prevention, vol. 18, pp. A97.1 - A97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590a.1
    Journal articles | 2012
    Puvanachandra P; Hoe C; El-Sayed HF; Saad R; Al-Gasseer N; Bakr M; Hyder AA, 2012, 'Road Traffic Injuries and Data Systems in Egypt: Addressing the Challenges', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 13, pp. 44 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2011.639417
    Journal articles | 2012
    Puvanachandra P; Hoe C; Özkan T; Lajunen T, 2012, 'Burden of Road Traffic Injuries in Turkey', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 13, pp. 64 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2011.633135
    Journal articles | 2012
    Puvanachandra P; Kulanthayan S; Hyder AA, 2012, 'A game of Chinese whispers in Malaysia: Contextual analysis of child road safety education', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 22, pp. 1476 - 1485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732312457245
    Journal articles | 2012
    Zia N; Khan UR; Razzak JA; Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA, 2012, 'Understanding unintentional childhood home injuries: Pilot surveillance data from Karachi, Pakistan', BMC Research Notes, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-5-37
    Journal articles | 2012
    Özkan T; Puvanachandra P; Lajunen T; Hoe C; Hyder A, 2012, 'The validity of self-reported seatbelt use in a country where levels of use are low', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol. 47, pp. 75 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2012.01.015
    Journal articles | 2011
    Chandran A; Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA, 2011, 'Commentary: Prevention of violence against children: A framework for progress in low- and middle-income countries', Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 32, pp. 121 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jphp.2010.40
    Journal articles | 2011
    Ssengooba F; Atuyambe L; Kiwanuka SN; Puvanachandra P; Glass N; Hyder AA, 2011, 'Research translation to inform national health policies: Learning from multiple perspectives in Uganda', BMC International Health and Human Rights, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-698X-11-S1-S13
    Journal articles | 2011
    Trujillo AJ; Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA, 2011, 'Individual income and falls among the elderly in Latin America', Geriatrics and Gerontology International, vol. 11, pp. 180 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0594.2010.00662.x
    Journal articles | 2010
    El-Sayed H; Hyder A; Zekry O; Sugerman D; Abdel-Hamid S; Abbas H; Puvanachandra P, 2010, 'CHILDHOOD UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES SURVEILLANCE IN ISMAILIA GOVERNORATE, EGYPT', INJURY PREVENTION, vol. 16, pp. A25 - A25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ip.2010.029215.90
    Journal articles | 2010
    Hyder A; Syed S; Puvanachandra P; Bloom G; Sundaram S; Mahmood S; Iqbal M; Hongwen Z; Ravichandran N; Oladepo O; Pariyo G; Peters D, 2010, 'Stakeholder analysis for health research: Case studies from low- and middle-income countries', Public Health, vol. 124, pp. 159 - 166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2009.12.006
    Journal articles | 2010
    Lunevicius R; Stevens KA; Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA, 2010, 'The epidemiology of injury in the Republic of Lithuania', Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, vol. 38, pp. 386 - 394, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1403494809352102
    Journal articles | 2009
    Hyder AA; Sugerman DE; Puvanachandra P; Razzak J; El-Sayed H; Isaza A; Rahman F; Peden M, 2009, 'Global childhood unintentional injury surveillance in four cities in developing countries: A pilot study', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 87, pp. 345 - 352, http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.08.055798
    Journal articles | 2008
    Hyder AA; Puvanachandra P; Tran NH, 2008, 'Child and adolescent injuries: A new agenda for child health', Injury Prevention, vol. 14, pp. 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ip.2007.018085
    Journal articles | 2007
    Hyder AA; Wunderlich CA; Puvanachandra P; Gururaj G; Kobusingye OC, 2007, 'The impact of traumatic brain injuries: A global perspective', NeuroRehabilitation, vol. 22, pp. 341 - 353, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/nre-2007-22502
    Journal articles | 2007
    Whalley S; Puvanachandra P; Desai A; Kennedy H, 2007, 'Hepatology outpatient service provision in secondary care: A study of liver disease incidence and resource costs', Clinical Medicine, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London, vol. 7, pp. 119 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.7861/clinmedicine.7-2-119
  • Conference Papers | 2021
    Attwood P; Ssemugabo C; Balugaba B; Mugeere A; Bachani A; Hunter K; Ivers R; Hyder A; Kobusingye O; Peden M, 2021, 'PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL CHILDHOOD INJURIES IN UGANDA - DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERVENTION TOOLKIT', in INJURY PREVENTION, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, pp. A8 - A8, presented at Injury and Violence Prevention for a Changing World: From Local to Global: SAVIR 2021 Conference Abstracts, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2021-SAVIR.20
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Puvanachandra P; Peden M, 2018, 'PA 03-5-2229 Unintentional injuries in children and gender inequalities: analysis of a longitudinal cohort across four developing countries', in Abstracts, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, presented at Safety 2018 abstracts, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprevention-2018-safety.19
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Hyder AA; Trujillo A; Bishai D; Puvanachandra P; Tran N; Chandran A; Ma S; Stevens K, 2010, 'EVALUATING ROAD SAFETY INTERVENTIONS: PREREQUISITES FOR A MULTI-COUNTRY APPROACH', in INJURY PREVENTION, B M J PUBLISHING GROUP, pp. A167 - A167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ip.2010.029215.598
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Puvanachandra P; Chandran A; Sarfraz S; Akhtar T; Hyder AA, 2010, 'USING EVIDENCE TO INFLUENCE CHILD HEALTH POLICIES: A PILOT PROGRAM IN PAKISTAN', in INJURY PREVENTION, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, pp. A62 - A62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ip.2010.029215.225
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Zia N; Khan UR; Razzak JA; Hyder AA; Sugerman DE; Puvanachandra P, 2010, 'UNINTENTIONAL CHILDHOOD INJURY SURVEILLANCE IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN', in INJURY PREVENTION, B M J PUBLISHING GROUP, pp. A139 - A139, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ip.2010.029215.498
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Puvanachandra P; Hyder AA, 2008, 'Traumatic brain injury in Latin America and the Caribbean: A call for research', in Salud Publica de Mexico, http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s0036-36342008000700002

  • Co-Investigator / Country team lead: Bloomberg Philanthropies Road Safety Grant ($5 million)
    • Approved
    • Grant objective: Monitor and Evaluate the implementation and roll-out of road safety interventions in 10 countries.
    • Principle Investigator: Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Professor, JHSPH
    • Main role: Lead investigator for Egypt, Turkey and Kenya – will serve as country coordinator for the Evaluation project in these three locations. Data collection, analysis and report/paper writing for all 10 countries.
  • Co-Investigator/Project Coordinator: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($3.3 million)
    • Approved
    • Grant Objective: Building the Capacity of Makerere University to Improve Health Outcomes in Uganda
    • Principle Investigator: Dr. David Peters, Associate Professor, JHSPH
    • Main role: To act as project coordinator in one of the key objectives of the grant to translate research findings into policy implementation for male circumcision in Uganda. Working with collaborators from Makerere University to develop study plan and carry out comparative case studies, and develop a conceptual framework. 
  • Co-Investigator: UBS Optimus Foundation ($85,000)
    • Approved
    • Grant Objective: To train Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in utilizing research in advocacy for Child Violence prevention in Pakistan.
    • Principle Investigator: Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Professor, JHSPH
    • Main role as Co-Investigator: Responsible for writing grant, study conceptualization, study design, capacity building through training workshops and data collection/analysis.
  • Co-Investigator: CDC Seed Grant - Centre for Injury Prevention, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. ($20,000)
    • Principle Investigator – Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Professor, JHSPH. 
    • Grant Objective: Stakeholder Analysis evaluating the policy process leading to the implementation of a National Road Safety Education in Malaysia.
    • Main role as Co-Investigator; Responsible for study design, data collection and analysis.
  • Project Lead: Global Childhood Unintentional Injuries Surveillance, World Health Organization ($50,000)
    •  Principle Investigator – Dr. Adnan Hyder, Associate Professor, JHSPH
    • Grant Objective: To determine the epidemiology and risk factors for childhood injuries in low income countries using emergency department surveillance.

Injury Prevention

Child injury

Health systems