Sunny Mannava, a research scholar from the Public Health stream of the School of Medical Sciences presented part of his doctoral research work at the 16th European Public Health Conference in Dublin, Ireland early November 2023.

He made a poster presentation of his PhD work on “Cost-effectiveness analysis of childhood eye health interventions in India” under the health economics and health technology assessment track of the conference. Sunny’s research, under the supervision of Prof. B.R. Shamanna has made valuable contributions to the scientific literature and the field of health economics and ophthalmology by estimating quality of life years (QALY) utility values for various childhood eye conditions in India. There was this distinct gap in the global burden of disease estimates for childhood visual impairment and blindness which this seminal work for the first time anywhere in the world fills. This paves further fine tuning as well outcome measures and acts as a baseline and end line assessment measure for post intervention initiatives in the field of childhood visual impairment and blindness.

This is a prestigious annual conference of the European Public Health Association whose abstracts are published in the reputable open access European Journal of Public Health.


Sunny has expressed his gratitude to his supervisor and Dean of School of Medical Sciences Prof. Geeta Vemuganti. This presentation was made possible through a generous travel grant from the UOH – IOE funds and the research was supported by a grant from an International Eye NGO Orbis India. Dr.Ajitha Katta, SoMSc and Prof. Chakravarthy Bhagavathi, SCIS, UOH are his DRC members.