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Dr Ashok Agarwal
Chief of Party, PIPPSE

Dr Ashok Kumar Agarwal is a public health expert (MD, Community Medicine) with more than 22 years of work experience with different vulnerable populations, health service providers, and health systems in India, contributing to the improvement of lives through sustainable and innovative public health approaches. He has worked with government organizations, NGOs (including in collaboration with the government) and development partners in remote areas as well as the national capital. He believes, health systems strengthening is crucial for prevention, care and treatment of major contributors to morbidity and mortality due to both infectious and non-communicable diseases. He also believes the industries in public and private sector can play a major role in improvement of lives of individuals. His focus areas of work include: HIV/AIDS, research, designing intervention programs for prevention and care, orphan and vulnerable children (OVC), evaluation of projects, implementation and management of projects/ MIS development, management of grants, strategic planning, capacity building, quality improvement (QI), and e-health. Dr Ashok has worked with Indian Council of Medical Research, Bhoruka Public Welfare Trust, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, FHI360; and currently working with Public Health Foundation of India. He has been successful in completing challenging assignments like conduct of a cohort study including HIV positive injection drug users (IDUs) in Manipur; scaling-up organizational HIV/AIDS program from quite small to a large portfolio; conducting an innovative study among hard-to-reach MSM within 12 months; and revival of a large project. He has authored more than 55 papers and abstracts in national and international publications.

Dr Subhash Salunke
Senior Advisor to Health Systems Support Unit, PHFI

Dr. Salunke has an MBBS, a Diploma in Public Health, a Diploma in Industrial Health and an M.D. from the University of Pune. He is the Senior Advisor, Health Systems Support Unit (HSSU), PHFI since May 15, 2010.

Dr. Salunke has been an effective and popular faculty in the subject of Preventive and Social Medicine (Community Medicine) for eight years and a postgraduate guide. Also, he was an adjunct Associate professor of Biological Sciences, human ecology at the University of Texas, USA – School of Public Health – from 1994 to 2000. His 30 years’ experience in the Public Health Department spans from Deputy Director to Director General in the Health Services of Maharashtra. Most of his illustrative examples of achievements in contemporary Public Health emanate from his own personal experience. Being an achiever, he has experienced a meteoric rise in the field of Public Health. His stint with the WHO SEARO spanned from being Regional Advisor in 2005 to Assistant Regional Director in 2009, including three years as the WHO representative to Indonesia.

He has navigated various portfolios in Public Health not only by fulfilling goals and targets but also by demonstrating innovative and rational ways. He has assisted State Governments to initiate a number of schemes, mainly focusing on health services to the poorer section of society. He was actively involved in formulating projects like “Health System Development” for Maharashtra that was supported by the World Bank. He has shown leadership in designing the HIV/AIDS Control special programme (AVERT) with the assistance of USAID for Maharashtra State. He was one of the members of designing National AIDS Control Programme Phase II during 1999-2000 that was a major step in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Rambabu Khambampati
Sr. Institutional & Capacity Building Specialist

Mr. Rambabu Khambampati, a sociologist by choice, has over 30 years of varied domain experience in HIV/AIDS, reproductive and child health, natural resources management, education, child protection, disability and livelihoods. He has a multi-layered experience of working with CBOs/federations, NGOs/networks, national and international foundations, grant-making organizations and government counterparts at state and national levels. His functional expertise lies in strategic planning, program design and management, grants management, due diligence, community centric programming, human and institutional development, training and capacity building and knowledge management. Working with marginalized communities and field realities helped him to be a positive change maker. His specific interest lies in empowering marginalized and vulnerable communities to lead on structural interventions from a rights-based perspective. His experience of working directly with the civil society (CBOs/NGOs), Government and national/international foundations added to his understanding of issues from different perspectives. Before joining the Public Health Foundation of India, Mr. Rambabu has worked with Osmania University, Family Planning Association of India, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Kusuma Foundation. His notable achievements include leading the teams in preparing grant applications and securing USD45.6 Million; developing discussion paper on Uttarakhand state perspective plan for education sector; leading the team in scaling up Gates Foundation-supported Avahan program in Andhra Pradesh, with a success rate of 75 percent in a record 4 months; developing human and institutional development concepts, systems and procedures for Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Rambabu’s academic credentials backed up his experience. He completed his Post Graduate courses in Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration and Population Studies. Sociology widened his perspective to be objective and non-judgmental on development issues, which transitioned his entry into development sector smoothly. Population Studies course refined his holistic perspective about population, environment and development.

Dr. Deepak S Khismatrao
Team Leader – Thane

Dr Deepak has an MBBS, and an M.D. in Community medicine from the University of Mumbai. He has also done a one year CDC sponsored fellowship in Public Health Management. He is the Team leader, PIPPSE project, PHFI since October 1, 2015.

Dr Deepak has been a faculty in the subject of Preventive and Social Medicine (Community Medicine) for more than 8 years teaching Medical and Nursing students. He has an experience of working in various National health programs and has done extensive field work in rural and tribal blocks of Maharashtra for implementation of Reproductive and Child health program. He worked as a WHO Medical Consultant for TB program in India with contribution in documentation of Public – Private Mix activities under TB program in Thane, Maharashtra. He comes with an experience of working for more than 8 years in the field of HIV/AIDS and was associated with HIV/AIDS AVAHAN Program funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through Pathfinder International.

He has an amalgamated experience of Public Health and Development sector working with various marginalised populations like Street Children in Mumbai; tribal and rural population of Maharashtra; most at risk populations like FSW, MSM, TG& IDUs. He was one of the team member for establishment of CHILDLINE (1098, a helpline for children) in B.Y.L. Nair Charitable hospital in Mumbai. He made a noteworthy contribution in epidemic control during the post flood deluge in Mumbai in July 2005 for which he was felicitated with an appreciation award by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

Mr. Debasish Chowdhury
Program Manager

Debasish has substantial experience of over 12 years in development sector with specific expertise on Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation and Partnership Management. He has been able to effectively manage large scale programs and provide technical support to Government both at State and National level.

Since April 2013, he has been working as Program Manager in Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). During the last two years, in collaboration with National Migration Unit (NMU) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Mr. Debasish has been providing technical assistance in conceptualizing, designing and implementing Migrant Service Delivery System (MSDS) an innovative information and communication technology (ICT) to track service uptake amongst high-risk migrants across the country.

Prior to joining PHFI, Mr. Debasish served as the Team leader for Technical Support Unit (TSU) in Jharkhand, managed by CARE India for more than two years. He played an instrumental role in undertaking site-validation exercise across all districts of Jharkhand to help Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS) in evidence informed HIV programming.

While overseeing the M&E unit of ‘Sonagachi Project’, which has a global recognition as one of the finest examples of Community Led Structural Interventions (CLSI),he facilitated a Community based Monitoring System to ensure community’s ownership over the processes and outcomes of the intervention. During his five-year stint in Durbar MahilaSamanwaya Committee (DMSC), he played a pivotal role in steering various advocacy efforts to prevent violence against sex workers. His research articles have also been published in various national and international journals.

Ms Sukhvinder Kaur
M&E Specialist

Ms Sukhvinder Kaur has done her M.Sc. and M. Phil. in Statistics from the University of Punjab, Chandigarh. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and is currently associated as M&E Specialist with the PIPPSE Project.

Ms. Kaur has a rich and diverse experience of 12 years in health sector. She has worked in different domains such as HIV/AIDS, Tobacco Control, Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, 1994 and Reproductive and Child Health programs at national and international levels. She has provided technical assistance in the areas of statistics, demography, monitoring and evaluation as well as research. She has worked very closely with Ministry officials and co-ordinated with diverse stakeholders across varying levels, like development partners (CDC Atlanta, USAID, UNICEF, UNAIDS etc.) academia, and research organizations in the area of health.

She has attended various conferences, presented papers and received fellowships. While working with WHO as a consultant, she attended fellowship program on “Leadership on Tobacco Control Initiative” at John Hopkins Maryland, USA in 2010; received another scholarship for “Participatory approach for M&E” a fellowship by Dutch Government at Netherlands during 2014. She was one of the members in the review committee for Joint Review of Health Sector at Bhutan, invited by Ministry of Health and sponsored by UNICEF Country Office, Bhutan.

Dr P.S. Saravanamurthy
Research Scientist

P.S. Saravanamurthy MSc., Ph.D, is a Research professional, having 12 years of Research and program experience in India and presently joined as “Research Scientist” of PIPPSE program. He is a basic science researcher (applied microbiology) by degree, but primarily his research experience is from social, behavioral and biomedical studies. He has experience in designing, implementing and disseminating both qualitative and quantitative studies.

In his early career, he has supported Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society for developing district level plan, which fed in NACP-III. He has capacitated and assisted research team in implementing studies among IDUs, transgender women and truckers in Tamil Nadu. He has taken lead in National Data Analysis Plan, a secondary data analysis project of NACO and facilitated 16 topics for peer-reviewed articles, of which five articles have been published already. He has also developed training modules for capacitating the professionals working in Link workers scheme (LWS) and district AIDS prevention and control units (DAPCU) on data analysis, validation and interpretation.

He is a Fogarty Fellow (2008–2009), from Albert-Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York, USA. His concept note of “Prevalence of carcinogenic Human Papilloma Virus among HIV infected and uninfected transwomen in Chennai, Tamil Nadu” has been recently selected for ICMR-NIH grant.

Dr Madan K Gopal
National Migrant Unit (NMU) Coordinator

Recognized health professional working on issues related to Health Systems Reforms and Strengthening in India for more than 24 years, Dr. Madan has an MBBS, MD (Preventive and Social Medicine) and Post Graduate diploma in Health and Hospital Management. Dr. Madan has provided leadership and direction to large and complex health care development projects, funded by governments and donors, in India and across the world. He has been responsible for program management, strategic vision, fiscal integrity, quality and timing of deliverables, and overall coordination with partners and mentoring of the senior technical experts. He has served as the liaison between donors, local governments, business community, technical training institutions, Industry Associations, Universities, and other stakeholders. Has a unique experience of working on designing various policies and technical guidance documents, implementing them, ensuring service delivery and evaluating those for their efficacy, effectiveness and impact.

Has worked on a variety of projects across sectors and has extensive experience in Basic Health Services, Public Health Administration, Health Care Reforms, Social Security, Health Insurance, Institution Building, System Strengthening, Polio Eradication, Health Care Quality and Equity and Health and Policy Research, Management development and capacity building, Private Sector and Teaching. Besides this, has explored the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) environment where in he has engaged with big Indian industries for government’s adopted program “Employer-Led Model (ELM)”. During the career span, has held many leadership positions and demanding roles and was doing multitasking. He was one of the key team members behind the implementation of one of the world’s largest health insurance scheme called RashtriyaSwasthyaBimaYojana (RSBY) in India that has been appreciated world-over. Dr. Madan has received National Award “Excellence in implementation of RSBY” for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Category for implementation of RSBY in Chhattisgarh by Ministry of Labor & Employment, Government of India.

Currently associated with USAID funded PIPPSE project at NACO, New Delhi and leading the implementation of migrant and ELM program.

Dr S.N. Mishra
Project Director and Senior Technical Advisor, Futures Group

Dr. S.N. Misra is a Graduate in medicine from Cuttack and specialized in Tropical Infectious Diseases from Mahidol University, Bangkok. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Disease Control from Antwerp, Belgium. As a clinician, he has more than 24 years of experience, including HIV medicine from the early days of the HIV epidemic. He is also Public Health and Infectious Diseases expert.

Currently, he is associated as a Technical Advisor and Project Director with Futures Group since 2007. He has been part of its Senior Management Team. He has been providing leadership to different programs for Futures Group, such as the Global Fund projects in HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis and Malaria, the TSUs for State AIDS Control Societies in Bihar, Odisha Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He is also the Chairperson for “The Partnership for Tuberculosis Care and Control in India”, a consortium of more than 200 Civil Society Organizations. He had also been associated with the DFID and USAID supported projects of Futures Group.

Dr. Misra, has a varied experience of working with NACO since NACP I, UN agencies such as World Bank, UNAIDS as well as other international agencies. He served as the first Medical Director for the Clinton Foundation, which supported NACO in the free ART roll out. He has extensive experience and expertise in training various cadres of health and non-health professionals, from concept development to implementation; Public-Private Partnership (PPP) building; Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E); research - data analysis and interpretation towards evidence-based program management and writing of proposals. He has contributed to different National and International publications and scientific teaching and training materials and is part of many National Health committees of the Government and other international and local professional associations.

Aparajita Ray
General Manager (Programs), Population Services International

Ms. Aparajita Ray has a mixed experience of 25 years both in corporate as well as development sector.

She has worked with the best communication agencies of the world like Ogilvy and Mudra. She has also worked on internationally acclaimed brands and campaigns.

Previously she worked with NACO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on IEC and Mainstreaming. She has played a key role in the implementation of NACP IV, with a special mandate to monitor and handhold all SACS on the smooth implementation.

In PIPPSE project, she is the Strategic lead on Mainstreaming, National HIV/AIDS Helpline, Private Partnership for Prevention and Care, Social Protection,ELM and Financial Inclusion. She is heading a team of 16 senior resources. She is also the interface for all stakeholders including the Government of India.

Mr. Kaveesher Krishnan
Team Leader, Kerala Technical Support Unit

Mr. Kaveesher is a professional Social Worker. He holds dual Post-graduation in Social Work and Sociology, holds M. Phil degree from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He was recipient of Ms. Sheela Zurrbrig Fellowship at JNU, New Delhi.

Mr. Kaveesher gained 15 years of extensive experience in diverse social development domains including public health. He has overseen development projects funded by international donors and of Government of India. He managed a large HIV Care and Support Program for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS (in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Manipur and Maharashtra) at SAATHI. He was consulted by various agencies towards technical and management support to the prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT)-public private partnership (PPP) program implemented in 145 private maternity clinics across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra states; Property Ownership and Legal Literacy Project for the HIV affected women in seven states; development of patient and provider HIV education materials; HIV mainstreaming in the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh etc. As part of Technical Support Group of NACO, he has overseen TI among truckers (Kerala and Goa).

Mr. Kaveesher coordinated around 10 research studies; rendered 15 deliberations at International conferences on HIV/AIDS (such as Toronto, Mexico, Columbo, Bali, Vienna and Dhaka) and has authored six technical papers. For a short period, he was associated as a State Programme Manager at Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology(ANERT), Department of Power, Government of Kerala to promote non-renewable energy resources for rural development. Mr. Kaveesher has expertise in Program Management, by managing development programs of national scale. His other core technical skills lie in project planning, partnership management, networking, capacity building, technical mentorship, team management and research studies.

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