Dr. Ragini Kulkarni








Scientist 'E'

Department of Operational Research
Phone : +( 91-22) 2419 2043
Email  : kulkarnir@nirrh.res.in

Academic Background

  • M.B.B.S. Nagpur University, 1993
  • M.D. Nagpur University (Preventive and Social Medicine, 1997)

Professional Experience

Medical Officer PHC-Pedhambe, Raigad, Maharashtra
Lecturer MGM Medical College (Dept. of PSM), Kamothe, Navi Mumbai
Scientist NIRRH 2003 – Till date



Research Interests

  • Burden of Disease
  • Emergency Contraception

Awards & Achievements

  • Award for Paper presented at Hindi seminar organized by NIV Pune “Published research work in Hindi and Local languages for the benefit of people” on 9th September 2011
  • Written a book on poems on Adolescent health “ Chahul Tarunyachi” in Marathi and Aahat yauvan ki” in Hindi which has 16 poems on various issues of Adolescent Health
  • Participated in a fellowship Program on Bioethics and Ethics Committee Administration organized by Western Institutional Review Board at Puyallup, Washington, USA from 26th June to 25th July. 



  1. Chander P.Puri,Kamal Hazari, Ragini Kulkarni, “Information, Education and Communication for Emergency Contraception” J Indian Med Assoc, Vol 104, No 9, September 2006
  2. Kulkarni R N, Chauhan S L, Shah B and Menon G. Investigating causes of perinatal mortality in Maharashtra. Ind J of Comm Med. 32: 259-263, 2007.
  3. Ragini Kulkarni and Sanjay Chauhan, Socio-cultural aspects of reproductive morbidities among rural women in a district of Maharashtra, India. Journal of Family Welfare 55 (2) : December  2009, 27-33, Citation – 1
  4. Ragini Kulkarni, Sanjay Chauhan, Bela Shah and Geetha Menon. Cause of Death among Reproductive age group women in Maharashtra, India. Indian J Med Res 132, August 2010, 150-154,  (I. F.: 1.82), Citations –15
  5. Ragini Kulkarni, Sanjay Chauhan, K. Seshagiri Rao and Varsha Tryambake, Knowledge of Reproductive Health among Self Help Group Women in Maharashtra, The Indian Journal of Social Work, IJSW, Vol. 73 (3), 339-354, July 2012
  6. Ragini Kulkarni - Issues and Challenges on Informed Consent in Biomedical Research Involving Human Participants: An Indian Perspective, Asian Bioethics Review , Volume 6, Issue 4, 371-390, December  2014.
  7. Ragini Kulkarni, ‘Ethical Dilemmas in surrogacy’, Hoekton international, Journal of medical humanities, Published online , Winter  2015.
  8. B.K.Gulati; Arvind Pandey; M.Ubaidullah; D.Sahu; R.Kulkarni; S.Begum, Potential Gain in Life Expectancy after Elimination of Cardiovascular Diseases in Selected States of India: An Analysis of Medical Certification of Causes of Death Data, Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary, December 2013, Volume 1, Issue 16, 301-310
  9. Beena Joshi, Sanjay Chauhan, Achhelal Pasi, Ragini Kulkarni, Nithya Sunil, Damodar Bachani, Ranjit Mankeshwar & ART adherence study group, Level of suboptimal adherence to first line antiretroviral treatment & its determinants among HIV positive people in India,  Indian J Med Res 140, July 2014, pp 84-95


Projects Completed in Last 5 years

As PI/Co-PI/Site PI

  • Assessment of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Self Help Group (SHG) Women on their Reproductive Health: A Qualitative Study ( December 2009- February 2010)
  • Community Based Kangaroo Mother Care for Low Birth Weight Babies – A Task Force Study by ICMR ( 2011-12)
  • Establishing, Operating, Sustaining and Strengthening ARSH clinics in Karjat block of Raigad district in Maharashtra ( 2010-2014)
  • Knowledge and Utilization of  Emergency Contraceptive Pills among Potential Users in Mumbai: A Pilot study ( Intramural, April –June 2010)
  • Clinical, Anthropometric and Biochemical (CAB) tests in Maharashtra and Goa District Level Household Survey –IV ( 2012-13)

As co- investigator

  • Study on determinants of vasectomy acceptance in a block of Thane district in Maharashtra
  • Determining Factors associated with ART drug adherence- A multicentre study (30 ART centers collaborated in the study country wide with NIRRH as Lead research Institute)
  • Strengthening linkages between HIV  (ICTC/PPTCT) and family planning services for prevention of unwanted pregnancies among women living with HIV/AIDS
  • Access and Utilization of Services for Prevention and Management of Infertility in the Primary Health Care System


  • ICMR Task Force Study “Improving health and nutritional status of vulnerable segment of population by implementing multi-component health and nutrition education intervention as a sustainable model of intervention”
  • Exploring Use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills and other Temporary Methods of Contraception among unmarried Youth in Mumbai: A Pilot Study