Rinki Deb

Programme Officer

Rinki completed her BSc(Hons) in Molecular Biology with Forensic Science from Queen Mary University of London and received her MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Tropical Medicine in 2009. She conducted field work in Laos and used molecular techniques to monitor the presence of malaria drug resistance markers in P.falciparum positive human samples from the region.

In 2010, she joined the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) at Foto-Cewek to work on two DFID funded programmes implementing mass drug administration through community and school-based delivery systems for lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. Rinki also supported monitoring and evaluation activities, capacity strengthening and development of operational research projects to address key programmatic gaps associated with drug delivery and the role of integrated vector management. Whilst working at CNTD, she completed her MSc in Project Management (part-time) through University of Liverpool.

Rinki joined Mike Coleman's group in 2013 to support establishing Foto-Cewek's Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded VL elimination project. Activities include establishing routine vector abundance and resistance monitoring, tracking parasite infection levels, implementing quality assurance surveys to assess IRS performance and implementation of the Disease Data Management System (DDMS) to drive effective data-driven decision making in VL. The project currently operates across three States (Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal) to support the Indian National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme achieve their elimination targets.

She is also involved in the development and validation of novel tools to improve monitoring and evaluation within implementation programmes, working with international multi-sectoral partners to drive innovation.

As a part-time PhD student, Rinki is exploring the role of novel tools to promote effective monitoring and evaluation within vector-control programmes.

Selected publications

  • Foster, Geraldine, Dunkley, Sophie, Deb, Rinki, Thomsen, Edward, Coleman, Marlize, Dhariwal, A.C, Gupta, R.K Das, Srikantiah, Sridhar, Das, Pradeep and Coleman, Michael (2017) 'Adaptation of a malaria surveillance system for use in a visceral leishmaniasis elimination programme'. International health, Vol 9, Issue 3, pp. 195-201.

    Gomes da Silva, Bruno, Purkait, Bidyut, Deb, Rinki, Rama, Aarti, Singh, Rudra, Foster, Geraldine, Coleman, Michael, Kumar, Vijay, Paine, Mark, Das, Pradeep and Weetman, David (2017) 'Knockdown resistance mutations predict DDT resistance and pyrethroid tolerance in the visceral leishmaniasis vector Phlebotomus argentipes'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol 11, Issue 4, e0005504.

    Thomsen, Edward, Deb, Rinki, Dunkley, Sophie, Coleman, Marlize, Foster, Geraldine, Orlans, Miguel and Coleman, Michael (2016) 'Enhancing Decision Support for Vector-Borne Disease Control Programs—The Disease Data Management System'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol 10, Issue 2, e0004342.

    Ismail, Hanafy, Kumar, Vijay, Singh, Rudra P., Williams, Chris, Shivam, Pushkar, Ghosh, Ayan, Deb, Rinki, Foster, Geraldine, Hemingway, Janet, Coleman, Michael, Coleman, Marlize, Das, Pradeep and Paine, Mark (2016) 'Development of a Simple Dipstick Assay for Operational Monitoring of DDT'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol 10, Issue 1, e0004324.

    Coleman, Michael, Foster, Geraldine, Deb, Rinki, Pratap Singh, Rudra, Ismail, Hanafy, Shivam, Pushkar, Ghosh, Ayan Kumar, Dunkley, Sophie, Kumar, Vijay, Coleman, Marlize, Hemingway, Janet, Paine, Mark and Das, Pradeep (2015) 'DDT-based indoor residual spraying suboptimal for visceral leishmaniasis elimination in India'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol 112, Issue 28, pp. 8573-8578. 

    Betson M, Nejsum P, Bendall RP, Deb RM, Stothard JR. (2014) ' Molecular epidemiology of ascariasis: a global perspective on the transmission dynamics of Ascaris in people and pigs` Journal of Infectious Diseases Vol 210 Issue 6, pp. 932-941

    Mohammed KA, Deb RM, Stanton MC, Molyneux DH. (2012)`Soil transmitted helminths and scabies in Zanzibar, Tanzania following mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis--a rapid assessment methodology to assess impact` Parasite and Vectors, Vol 5 pp.299

    Bockarie MJ, Deb RM.`Elimination of lymphatic filariasis: do we have the drugs to complete the job?`Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases, Vol 23 Issue 6, pp.617-620

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