Abid Siraj, PhD

Dr. Abid Siraj has been engaged in teaching, research, and program management in public health in India for the past 20 years. He has also been actively involved in rights to health advocacy work. His doctoral work focused on India’s trajectory in reproductive, sexual, and child health programs with special reference to family planning and population control from beneficiaries’ perspectives and perceptions. Besides his doctorate degree, he holds a master’s degree in social work from Central University of India-Aligarh Muslim University.

Dr. Siraj has worked with SIT since 2011, first as academic coordinator and later as the academic director of a public health program. Before joining SIT, he worked for a USAID-funded project to train the village heads of local self-governments to promote reproductive and child health in the villages of Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh in India. District and state government officials have praised his work as the manager of a community-based distribution project of family planning methods for achieving the family planning targets and implementing a choice-based contraceptives program with the help of community volunteers.

Dr. Abid was part of a team that did pioneering work in thethe ‘National Rural Health Missio, the largest public health program initiated by the government of India in 2005. His proposed initiative for an emergency helpline for safe delivery to ensure the timely shifting of pregnant mothers to the nearest hospital was adopted in various states.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
Health System and Policy

Undergraduate Courses
Globalization and Health
International Honors Program: Health and Community Program
Reproductive Epidemiology
Sexual Minorities and Right to Healthcare

Select Publications

Siraj, A., Vaidya. U., & Gaur, B. (September 2022). Changing Paradigms Of Population Control: A Competitive Analysis Of Rural-Urban Continuums Of India. Neuro Quantology. Volume 20(9). Page 7179-7188. doi: 10.48047/nq.2022.20.9.NQ44839.

Siraj, A. (2022, June 2005). Population Control: An Analysis of India’s Journey. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. International Journal of Social Science & Management Studies. Vol-8, No- 5. 2-15

Siraj, A., Vaidya. U., & Gaur, B. (2022). ICPD-1994 and London F2020 Has Changed India’s Trajectory of Family Planning Programs. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention (IJHSSI), vol. 11(12). pp 50-61. doi- 10.35629/7722

Select Presentations

Paper presented in Sodha Sikhar (Annual Inter-University National Research and Innovation Festival) organized by RNT University, Bhopal, on Changing Paradigms of Population Control: A Competitive Analysis of rural-urban continuums of India. Secured Silver Medal in social sciences category.

Research Interests

Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Health systems


  • PhD, Social Work, Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh-India
  • Master of Social Work, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh-India
  • BA (Hons), History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
Abid Siraj, PhD

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