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Prerna Banati

Chief, Programme & Planning

Prerna Banati has served as Chief of Programmes and Planning at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti since 2012. Prior to this, she was a Takemi Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University. She has previously led work on Program Effectiveness at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and conducted epidemiological modeling as part of the Global Burden of Disease project based at WHO. Prior to this, she was based in South Africa leading research on community HIV prevention for independent NGOs and has published in the fields of HIV prevention, reproductive health, migration and health, aid architecture, health financing and environmental risk. Before her work in Africa, Prerna worked for a multinational consulting company in Boston in the field of quantitative human health risk assessment. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.
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The 2016 UNICEF Innocenti Results Report presents the activities and key results of the Office of Research achieved in 2016.

A first roundtable to explore the issues regarding care work and children was hosted in Florence by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti from 6 to 7 December 2016. Unpaid care and domestic work have often been neglected in both research and policymaking, being viewed as lying within the domestic sphere of decisions and responsibilities, rather than as a public issue. However, over recent decades, researchers across a range of disciplines have strived to fill the evidence, data and research gaps by exploring the unpaid care and domestic work provided particularly by women within the household, and uncovering the entrenched social and gender norms and inequalities.


Is longitudinal research the best response to the ‘post-truth’ order? (10 Mar 2017)

Longitudinal studies are an irreplaceable resource for understanding trajectories, transitions and shocks over time. Undeniably, the UK lead ...


Humanitarian research

Building knowledge and evidence on how best to meet children’s needs in emergencies is a pressing challenge. Year-on-year more children are caught u ...

Longitudinal and lifecourse research for children

Promoting a global dialogue and exchange on the importance of longitudinal studies in understanding children’s life course trajectories.