Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR)
History, structure and governance
Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust (MANT) is a non-profit, non-racial, non-political,
non-religious organisation that, since 1960, has been working in the development, research,
and advancement of community action for the preservation of local ecology, health and
culture. We primarily work in the Eastern and Northeastern parts of India and have a team of
116 trained workers and 12 volunteers. Every year, we have been touching the lives of more
than 1.5 million people, mostly tribal people, through our different activities.
For details, you can check the www.mant.org.in
Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR), the research wing of MANT, was established in
November 2022, focusing on research and evidence. However, MANT has been implementing
research programmes since 2017.
To conduct research, evaluation, and systematic reviews related to public health. The centre
aims to bring both quantitative and qualitative evidence to promote and protect the health
and well-being of the people living in LMICs and prevent diseases and morbidities. And this
will be done by generating and disseminating new knowledge and information related to both
infectious and non-communicable diseases, indigenous health, one health, environmental
health, socio-economic determinants of health and health surveillance. Policy-focused
research will also be a part of the centre’s activity.
- To promote and protect the health and well-being of vulnerable communities through
research and development activities.
- In doing so, diversity in ethnicity, religion, caste and creed, cultural context, and
opinions of the communities will be given the utmost respect.
- We focus on promoting the voices, choices, and identity of the people in general and
indigenous people in particular.
- Policy-focused research across all activities.
- Collaboration with Institutions and Communities
- Combination of Methods, Ideas and Disciplines
- Conceptual Freedom
- Community Empowerment by bringing change
How CPHR works
CPHR is an independent research and analysis centre operating within MANT. It conducts
research and analysis projects covering various significant aspects of public health and climate
change. CPHR initiates research and analysis projects internally, secures research grants from
Indian and international agencies, and collaborates with other organizations, including
national and international universities. Our research is conducted at the local, national,
regional, and global levels. We incorporate the latest findings from international studies into
the design and execution of our research and analysis projects while also valuing the insights
and expertise of communities, practitioners, and decision-makers.
Areas encompassed in Social Intervention Assessment
CPHR conducts research in all areas of Social Intervention Assessment, including, for example,
the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of psychological or social conditions and the
promotion of health or wellbeing. Our Social Intervention Assessment also encompasses a
wide range of areas aimed at evaluating and improving social programs or interventions.
These assessments focus on understanding the impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of social
interventions either being implemented by MANT or any other organizations/institutions.
CPHR produces primary studies of interventions as well as systematic reviews and other
evidence synthesis products.
The goal of CPHR’s research and analysis is to enhance the body of knowledge concerning
indigenous peoples and populations residing in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Additionally, we aim to support the social sector in effectively utilizing resources and adhering
to established standards. Given that CPHR’s mission is centred around providing relevant
information that addresses contemporary issues, we prioritize practical applicability
throughout every phase of our projects, from initial concept development to the presentation
We consistently consider how knowledge derived from our research can be put into practice
in the real world, and how it can challenge conventional wisdom. CPHR produces research
that not only helps anticipate future challenges to the welfare state but also provides
immediately applicable insights for current issues. To ensure the practicality and relevance of
our research, we maintain ongoing communication with our stakeholders and the general
Based on our research and analysis, we strive to offer recommendations and inspire action.
We also select formats and distribution methods that are tailored to the specific needs of our
target audiences. Our research results and the underlying methodologies are readily
accessible, and all of our analyses and individual research reports are published and made
available to the public. We also have a system of sharing the research findings through our
quarterly newsletters and by organizing regular dissemination workshops followed by media
briefings. We published infographics, videos, and reels to disseminate results through social
CPHR’s vision is that;
- Our production and dissemination of knowledge is always up-to-date and relevant in
order to benefit indigenous people and other populations living on the margins in
- We are the preferred supplier of knowledge to support decision-making processes
among public service decision-makers, private interest groups and the general public;
- We are India’s strongest environment for applied research and analysis in the area of
public health and climate change and a natural choice as a partner among domestic
and overseas organisations.
Population served (mil): 1.5 Million
Description of population served: National.
Current total MANT budget (mil Euro): 0.88 million Euro
Permanent staff: 116
Ongoing CPHR projects: https://cphr-mant.org
Director: Dr Nirmalya Mukherjee
Contact person: Dr Paramita Bhattacharya
Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR)
Space no. 006 & 007, Ground Floor
1865 Rajdanga Main Road
Kolkata- 700 107
West Bengal, India
Tel: +91 842 001 1313
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