ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases

आई सी एम आर - राष्ट्रीय कॉलरा और आंत्र रोग संस्थान

Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान विभाग, स्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार
WHO Collaborating Centre For Research and Training On Diarrhoeal Diseases

NICED : Scientists

Dr. Falguni Debnath

Dr. Falguni Debnath

General Information
Name Dr. Falguni Debnath
Designation Scientist D
Date of joining ICMR 11 November 2011
Date of joining present post 01 September 2016
Discipline Epidemiology
Division Epidemiology
Email falgunidebnath@yahoo.in ; debnathf.niced@gov.in
Academic Qualification  
Graduation MBBS
Post Graduation MPH (Epidemiology & Health System)


Research Experience

Dr. Falguni Debnath is a medical epidemiologist. Her major works in this field were related to strengthening public health programs; finding out ways to build capacity among health care workers for improved delivery of maternal and child health care services; understanding societal, familial factors hindering optimum infant feeding outcomes; public health determinants of antimicrobial resistance. Apart from conducting research studies, she has also led teams in infectious disease outbreak investigation. She is also a part of research team looking at the interplay of climate and non-climate factors in the occurrence of diarrheal diseases in the eastern part of India; environmental priorities for antimicrobial resistance in India.. 

Research Interest

Dr. Debnath has major interests in health systems research; Maternal & child health (especially social determinants of optimum exclusive breastfeeding, improving community level management of acute respiratory tract infection); antimicrobial resistance.



The interplay of climate and non-climate factors in determining the risks and predicting outbreaks of waterborne. (2017-2020; as Co-investigator)
National sero-surveillance to monitor the trend of SARS-CoV-2 infection transmission in India: Community-based surveillance. (2020; Part of West Bengal Team)


Anti-Microbial Resistance Research & Evidence Synthesis for Stewardship implementation and Surveillance program development framework assessment (AMRES) (2020 - till date; as PI)Rates of early initiation of breast feeding (EIBF) and exclusive breast feeding (EBF) up to 42 days of post-partum period and factors associated with failure to early initiation of breast feeding in rural West Bengal (2017 -2019; PI)
A facility based cross sectional study on status of nutrition, immunization and chemoprophylaxis in Children Living with HIV/ AIDS (CLHIV) aged 1- 14 years in a tertiary hospital, Kolkata, India (2019 -till date; as Co-PI)
Dengue fever outbreak investigation at Baranagar Municipal area of North 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. (2016; Team leader)
Acute Gastroenteritis outbreak investigation at Pakapol village of Bhangore II block, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. (2016; Team leader)



  1. Murhekar MV, Bhatnagar T, Selvaraju S et al.SARS-CoV-2 antibody seroprevalence in India, August-September, 2020: findings from the second nationwide household serosurvey.Lancet Glob Health. 2021; (published online Jan 27.)  Link
  2. Debnath F, Mondal N, Deb AK, Chakraborty D, Chakraborty S, Dutta S. Determinants of optimum exclusive breastfeeding duration in rural India: a mixed method approach using cohort and content analysis design. Int Breastfeed J. 2021;16(1):13. Published 2021 Jan 21


  1. .Murhekar MV, et al. Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in India: Findings from the national serosurvey, May-June 2020. Indian Journal Med Res. 2020; 152(1): 48-60.
  2. Chakraborty D, Debnath F, Biswas S, et al. Exploring Repurposing Potential of Existing Drugs in the Management of COVID-19 Epidemic: A Critical Review. J Clin Med Res. 2020;12(8):463-471.
  3. Debnath F. A case study on assessment of competency of peripheral health workers using clinical vignettes through cross-sectional design. SAGE Research Methods Cases.2020.
  4. Debnath F, Chakraborty D, and Deb AK. Clinical Skill Building Among Providers Versus Community Skill Building for Optimizing Exclusive Breastfeeding Duration. Breastfed Med. May 2020; 349-50.


  1. Debnath F, Provash CS, Chakraborty A, Dutta S. Dengue fever outbreak by more than one serotype in a municipal area of Kolkata, Eastern India. J Vector Borne Dis 2019;56:380-2
  2. Debnath F, Deb AK, Sinha A, Chatterjee P, Dutta S. Cleanliness: Success in Water Borne Diseases. Indian J Med Res. 2019;149(Suppl):S105-S109.
  3. Mukhopadhyay AK, Deb AK, Chowdhury G, et al. Post-monsoon waterlogging-associated upsurge of cholera cases in and around Kolkata metropolis, 2015. Epidemiol Infect. 2019;147:e167.


  1. Debnath F, Ponnaiah M. Improved timeliness for reporting of acute diarrhoeal disease under surveillance overtime: Evaluation of integrated disease surveillance programme in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India, 2015. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2018; 6 (4) :163 - 167.
  2. Debnath F, Mukhopadhyay AK, Chowdhury G, Saha RN, Dutta S. An Outbreak of Foodborne Infection Caused by Shigella sonnei in West Bengal, India. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2018 Mar;71(2):162-166.


  1. Debnath F, Ponnaiah M, Acharya P. Dengue fever in a municipality of West Bengal, India, 2015: An outbreak investigation. Indian J Public Health 2017;61:239-42.   Pubmed
  2. Debnath F, Ponnaiah M. Improved timeliness for reporting of acute diarrhoeal disease surveillance overtime: Evaluation of Integrated Disease Surveillance programme in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India, 2015. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health; 2017. (Available online) DOI:   Link
  3. Debnath F, Bhatnagar T, Sundaramoorthy L, Ponnaiah M. Competency of peripheral health workers in detection & management of common syndromic conditions under surveillance, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India, 2016: a cross-sectional study. Glob Health Epidemiol Genom. 2017;2:e15.


  1. Debnath F. Descriptive epidemiology of acute diarrhoeal disease and outbreaks in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, 2010 -2014. Child Newborn, The Journal of West Bengal Academy of Pediatrics. 2016; 20:6-9. Pubmed
  2. Indwar P, Debnath F, Sinha A. Reporting measles case fatality due to complications from a tertiary care hospital of Kolkata, West Bengal 2011 - 2013. J Family Med Prim Care 2016; 5:777-9. Pubmed

Book chapter:

  1. Debnath, F. A case study on assessment of competency of peripheral health workers using clinical vignettes through cross-sectional design. SAGE Research Methods.2020.