For over a decade, Dr. Merali has been involved in teaching and developing the Essential Newborn Care Course. This educational program teaches birth attendants and other front line health workers in low resource settings how to care for a newborn from the time of birth.

He is a member of the Global Neonatal Advisory Committee and has taught the course in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Cambodia, and Kyrgyzstan.

Selected Publications on Newborn Health

1. Chan NH & Merali HS (joint first authors), Mistry N, Kealey R, Campbell DM, Morris SK, Data S. Utilization of a novel mobile application, “HBB Prompt”, to reduce Helping Babies Breathe skills decay. PLOS Global Public Health. 2023; 3(5):e0000705. Link.

2. Ariff S, Ali KQ, Tessaro MO, Ansari U, Morris S, Soofi SB, Merali HS. Diagnostic Accuracy of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Compared to Standard-of-Care Methods for Endotracheal Tube Placement in Neonates. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2022; 57(7):1744-1750. Link.

3. Merali HS, Hemed M, Fernando AM, Rizwan S, Lutomia Mangala E, Wood AM, Abdalla K, Patterson J, Amick E, Foehringer Merchant H, Smith SL, Wheatley RR, Kamath-Rayne BD. Telementoring Initiative for Newborn Care Providers in Kenya, Pakistan, and Tanzania. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 2022; 27(4):426-437. Link.

4. Merali HS, Visick MK, Amick E, Savich RD. Helping Babies Survive: Lessons Learned From Global Trainers. Pediatrics. 2020; 146 (Supplement 2) S134-S144. Link.

5. Perlman JM, Velaphi S, Massawe A, Clarke R, Merali HS and Ersdal H. Achieving Country-Wide Scale for Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Babies Survive. Pediatrics. 2020; 146 (Supplement 2) S194-S207. Link.


Since completing his Masters of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University in 2016, Dr. Merali continues to work with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit where he has an Associate Faculty position.

His research focus is on preventing road traffic deaths in children in low- and middle-income countries. Road traffic deaths are the leading cause of death worldwide in children over the age of five.

Selected Publications on Childhood Road Traffic Injuries

1. Merali HS, Campbell SC, Inada H, Vecino-Ortiz AI, Bachani AM. 10 City Analysis of Child Passenger Helmet Use. Injury. 2022; 53(7):2478-2484. Link.

2. Merali HS, Lin LY, Li Q, Bhalla K. Using street imagery and crowdsourcing internet marketplaces to measure motorcycle helmet use in Bangkok, Thailand. Inj Prev. 2020;26:103-108. Link.

3. Merali HS, and Bachani AM. Factors Associated with Childhood Motorcycle Helmet Use in Cambodia. Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2018; 25(2): 134-140. Link.