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Anil Thota


Anil Thota is a Team Lead/Evidence Synthesis Specialist at the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti leading the production of an Evidence Gap Map (EGM) on interventions for children with disabilities. Prior to this, he worked with the Campbell Collaboration where he completed a large EGM on what works to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa and contributed evidence syntheses to a guidebook for practitioners on child protection interventions. He has also recently published a systematic review on early warning systems for childhood cancer in LMICs working with colleagues at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Anil spent nearly a decade at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) till 2019 where he was acting branch chief and scientific team lead for the Community Guide Branch. He has also worked at Health Quality Ontario (2016-2017) as Manager of Clinical Reviews within the Evidence Development and Standards unit. Anil has a medical degree (MBBS) from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA). He is currently enrolled part-time at the University of Oxford in the MSc programme on evidence-based healthcare.