HO and State Team

Dinesh Songara

Deputy Director – Programs

Dinesh Songara holds a Post-Graduate degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi (2013); Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune (2012); Master of Public Health

[read more](MPH) (International) degree from University of Leeds, UK (2011); and Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Bhavnagar University, Gujarat (2005). Mr. Songara has more than a decade long experience in the field of public health and wellness. He has been associated with LEHS|WISH as an Associate Director in Rajasthan State Program, leading the team of Technical Support Unit.[/read]

Huidrom Rosenara

Deputy Director – Programs

Rosenara has more than twenty-five years of experience in Public Health. She has expertise in program management in the development sector, dedicated to the cause of marginalized communities affected by HIV. Her core competencies lie in the areas of gender, sexuality

[read more]and human rights, responsive and community led interventions, civil society engagement and capacity building, and providing technical support to Government. She also has more than a decade of experience in managing multi-million dollar project implementation pan India, dealing with a large team having diverse background, and managing diverse stakeholders like National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Central TB Division (CTD), State AIDS Control Societies across the country, UN agencies, national/state level NGOs and various Key Population Networks.

Key organizations where Huidrom Rosenara worked prior to joining WISH include: a) India HIV/AIDS Alliance as Associate Director leading Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) supported programme for eight years; b) Northeast Regional Office of NACO for five years as Team Lead, supported by the Australian Government; c) Project Concern International, managing a comprehensive home and community based care and support program for PLHIV in five states of India supported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for nearly five years; and d) Naz Foundation (India) Trust, managing capacity building of agencies working in the field of HIV/AIDS on the issues of HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, supported by the MacAurther Foundation for more than two years. Rosenara has done her Master’s in Sociology from Annamalai University in 2005; Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1994; one year Diploma in Public Relation from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Chandigarh Branch in 1995; one month Program Management and Leadership course from Melbourne University in 2011; one year Leadership program from Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bengaluru, Karnataka in 2018.

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Dr. Anupa Vig

Deputy Director – Technical, Delhi

Dr Anupa Vig has over 22 years of experience in all in the field of public health, a professional in the field of Obstetrics& Gynecology and quality in health care. She graduated from Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government College in Pune with an MBBS in Medicine and Surgery followed by Specialization from LTMMGH, Sion Hospital Mumbai. She is a fellow of ISQuA and a trained Laparoscopic Surgeon. A trained External Assessor for NQAS and a mentor for the LaQshya (Quality improvement initiative by the GoI) is a keen researcher with many publications to her credit.

She worked with a number of organizations in the public health field before joining LEHS|WISH, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (National Referral Center), Piramal Swasthya, People’s College of Medical Sciences and many others. Her primary competencies include quality improvement, laparoscopic surgery, telemedicine, in vitro fertilization, high-risk obstetrics, content writing, etc. She has made significant contributions to health care programs. She has also worked on numerous international projects

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Satyaban Sahu

Lead – Learning & Impact

Satyaban Sahu is a trained demographer having Masters’ degree in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, and M.Phil in Economics from Berhampur University, Odisha. He has over 15 years of working experience in M&E and

Research in the domains of HIV/AIDS, MCH, Family Planning, Nutrition, Social Policy and Child Protection, etc. Satyaban’s core proficiency lies in data collection, data quality assurance (DQA), development of M&E logical framework/result-based framework and rolling out M&E tools, methodologies and data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative); besides ICT based data know-how.

Chayan Roychoudhury

Lead- Learning & Impact

A demographer with expertise in statistics, results-based management and developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for large scale interventions on health, digital health, CRVS, Social policies and SDGs, Chayan Roy Choudhury has supported national and international

[read more]organizations in measuring their project output, outcome and impact. He has been instrumental in developing digital decision support systems based on the primary and secondary sources of data that supported project monitoring of organizations like UNICEF, IntraHealth International, Save the Children, FRHS, etc. He has also contributed to developing e-learning modules for the registers and beneficiaries of birth and death registration.

He has received MPhil degree in population studies from IIPS and has more than twelve years of experience in the development sector in projects and program, like Urban Health Initiative, Community based monitoring for impact assessment of Covid-19 on vulnerable families, Civil registration and Vital Statistics, Sustainable Development Goals, mSakhi digital health, and many others.

Currently, he is the Lead for Learning and Impact in the organization.[/read]

Dr. Ruchi Bhargava

Specialist – Learning & Impact

Ruchi Bhargava has over 14 years of experience in social science research, especially in the areas of health, livelihood, education, water and sanitation, and other development issues. Over the years, her work profile primarily focused on conducting evaluations and

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impact assessment of various social and development projects and schemes commissioned by various Ministries/Departments of the Central and State Governments and Donor Agencies. Her background in management followed by Doctorate in Economics enables her to contribute and engage in the development sector as well as manage development programs.[/read]

Mr. Amrendra Kumar

Senior Manager-Learning & Impact, Delhi

He has over 10 years of ever-increasing experience as a Learning & Impact practitioner. He graduated from the Xavier Institute of Management in Jabalpur with a PGDM in rural management. He worked in World Health Partners, GIZ, CARE India, Aga Khan Analysis, Data Management, Data-Visualization, Technical People Management, and other places before joining LEHS|WISH. He was also affiliated with CHRI. Foundation and Nistha Jagriti Kendra. He has contributed towards Monitoring & Evaluation and his key skills include –Data Analysis, Report Writing, Data Management, Technical Leadership, Policy Implementation, Capacity Building and Research etc.

Hemant Gaur

Manager- Human Resources

Hemant Gaur is a HR Professional with over twelve years of progressive experience in the HR domain with various sectors, like telecom and NGO. He has done his Post Graduation in HR from Symbiosis Pune and, currently, he is pursuing LLB (Final year). Prior to

[read more]  joining WISH, he was working at SNS Foundation (ANAND Group CSR Wing). Other organizations where he worked in the past in the HR domain include Seed Foundation, Adacell Technologies and many more. He has contributed towards HR functional enhancements, and his key skills include HR Operations, Payroll, Compliances, Insurance, HRMS, Performance Management with Training and Development, to name a few.

Originally from Palwal, Haryana, Hemant has been living in the National Capital Region for many years. He loves pets, dancing and cooking.[/read]

Iffat Ara

Manager- Human Resources

Iffat is a seasoned professional with twelve years of experience in different domains like HR and Business Development. Prior to joining WISH, she worked at KTC India Pvt. Ltd. Iffat has also worked with other brands like BSES, Communique Marketing Solutions, and

[read more]has constructively contributed to the HR domain in her career. Iffat has done her Master’s in Human Resources and Finance (MBA) from MD University. Iffat belongs to Faridabad, however, she was fortunate to stay in and experience different parts of India as her father was in the Armed Forces.[/read]

Ms. Rajshree Sharma

Manager- Finance (GRC), Delhi

Ms. Rajshree Sharma is a finance expert with more than 5 years of progressively increasing expertise in the same field. She earned her business administration bachelor’s degree from Galgotias University in Greater Noida and her MBA with a finance concentration from CHRIST University in Bengaluru.

She formerly worked for Save the Children India in Gurugram and was affiliated with ABNP & Co (LLP) Gujarat prior to joining LEHS|WISH.

Her major competencies are grant management, statutory compliance, budgeting, time management, etc. She has contributed to financial accounting.

Mr. Vivek Kumar Asreker

Manager of Programs, Delhi

He is a public health specialist with more than six years of ever-increasing expertise in the healthcare industry. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in pharmacy from the TATA Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and the School of Pharmacy D.A.V.V. in Indore, respectively.

He worked for Path before joining LEHS|WISH and has also held positions at the Smile Foundation, IQVIA, and India Health Action Trust. His primary competencies are business development, digital health, strategic thinking, project design, client management, research, and capacity building, among others. He has contributed to project management.

Mr. Anand Geddam

Manager-Administration, Delhi

He has over 17 years of ever-increasing experience as an administration specialist. His master’s degree in business administration was earned at SCDL in Pune.

He has held positions with the NHRC, the Centre for Catalyzing, Orbitsys Technologies, Wardex Pharmaceuticals Ltd., and Cadila Pharmaceuticals before joining LEHS|WISH. His primary competencies are operation management, procurement, vendor management, event management, supply management, and relationship management, among others. He has contributed to administration.

Dr. Shalini Kapoor

State Program and Technical Head

Dr. Shalini Kapoor is a Medical Professional with specialist training in Pediatrics and Neonatology, Public Health Management and Medical law and Ethics. She brings with her 22 years of experience in health sector with clinical, public health expertise and competencies

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in program planning, management, implementation and evaluation. Shalini has experience in managing large public health programs and employs strong team building approach with multi stakeholder perspective in bringing health outcomes, which reach the most underserved through capacity building and field connect.[/read]

Dr. Savita Sharma

Senior Specialist – Urban Health

Dr. Savita Sharma has total professional experience of 14 years in various positions in the private and government sector, especially with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. She has obtained Master’s in Healthcare Management from Indian Institute of Health Management

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Research (IIHMR), Jaipur, Rajasthan; and Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh University, Himachal Pradesh. At LEHS|WISH, she is responsible for Urban Health Quality Assurance as a Specialist.[/read]

Rohini Jinsiwale

Senior Specialist- HWC

Rohini Jinsiwale holds an M.Phil degree in Economics with twenty-six years of experience in Public Health Sector. She is responsible for providing Techno-managerial support to NHM to strengthen the Health and Wellness Programme, Mental health and Geriatric care.

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Her expertise includes program planning, Strategy designing, Programme implementation, data management and analysis, and process documentation of activities/programs/interventions, including coordination with all relevant internal and external stakeholders. She possesses strong communication and organizational skills.[/read]

Dr. Moin Akhtar Khan

Specialist – Maternal Health

Dr. Syed Moin Akhtar is a Medical Professional with work experience in Public Health Sector, Endocrinology, and Maternal and Child Health. His strength lies in effective troubleshooting and problem-solving in a high-pressure

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environment, adaptability, and determination. He obtained M.B.B.S, MD in General Medicine from Volga SMU-Russia and MBA in Health Care Management (MGU, Bhopal). Before joining LEHS|WISH, he worked as Medical Officer in District Early Intervention Centre, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.[/read]

Dr. Shubhi Mishra

Manager- Maternal Health

Dr. Shubhi Mishra holds an MD (Medicine) degree with a Bachelor’s degree in Homeopathy, and Certificate in Nutrition and Child Health. She had been working as Medical Officer In-charge at CHC Goharganj for the past twelve years where

[read more] she achieved numerous milestones, both professionally and personally. She was instrumental in transforming a non-functional CHC into a fully functional one with OPD of 120-150/per day, 60-70 institutional deliveries per month, LTT, Immunizations, national programs, and COVID-management and vaccination services. As a result, CHC Goharganj received awards under Kayakalp for three consecutive years. She was also selected as the Best Sector Medical Officer.

Through her efforts, the CHC received many necessary articles under Lupin Foundation CSR. Since 2016, she had been regularly organizing annual blood donation camps at the CHC . For four years, she also worked as a state assessor for Kayakalp, LaQshya and NQAS.

She joined WISH in March 2022 as Program Manager, Maternal Health, and she is also responsible for LaQshya, ANC, high-risk pregnant women, and other areas related to maternal Health.

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Sarvesh Malviya

Manager- HWCi

Sarvesh Malviya is a Public Health professional with thirteen years’ experiences. He worked with the National Health Mission, MP, for eight years. His areas of expertise included developing trusted liaison with state health officials,

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Data analysis, convergence with other departments, training for medical officers and nursing staff, designing health promotion activities, community engagement and health camps at village level, M&E, engaging private providers, partnering local NGOs, managing donor funded projects/programs and deliverables, vendor management and computer proficiency.[/read]

Akhilesh Yadav

Manager- Learning & Impact

As part of the WISH state team, Akhilesh is responsible for all monitoring and learning related activities in Madhya Pradesh. In his current role, his key deliverables include Data Cleaning and Data Analysis for maternal health

[read more] programs; implementing M&E framework for other major program areas; and supporting various training programs.

Before joining WISH, he worked as District Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Indian Health Action Trust’s RMNCH+A Project (June 2015-May 2016). His responsibilities revolved around providing monitoring support in strengthening the quality of data, and ensuring data availability on a timely basis. He also provided data related feedback to all government officials on major program components, and supported DHS, IMI, and Family Planning review meetings. The highlight of his role was capacity building of all Block level staff (BPM, BCPM, DEO).

Akhilesh holds a Master’s degree in Health Statistics, Master’s in Population Studies, and he is pursuing PhD in Biostatistics from IMS, BHU. His interest areas include Maternal Health, Child Health, Respectful Maternity Care, NCD, Health Management Information System, and Government Data Base.[/read]

Dr. Avichandra Arunsingh Golait

Manager- Public Health

Dr. Golait holds a Masters’ degree in Public Health from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is a dedicated, result oriented public health professional with more than five years of progressive experience in RMNCHA+

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and public health insurance with strong relationships with administrators and department leaders to ensure the successful and effective operations of various programs.[/read]

Biswa Ranjan Patnaik

State Director, Rajasthan

A development sector expert, Biswa Ranjan Patnaik has more than three decades of experience working with the rural as well as urban communities. Mr. Patnaik has been part of senior leadership teams for about fifteen years, managing complex and multiple projects,

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simultaneously, with diverse stakeholders. His area of work spans maternal and child health, nutrition, reproductive health and menstrual hygiene, family planning, WATSAN, education, household food security, employability, child protection, and child trafficking. At LEHS|WISH, Mr. Patnaik heads the Rajasthan SCALE Program, providing strategic direction on program implementation and scale-up; and leading the state-team.[/read]

Dr. Naresh Potter

State Technical and Program Lead

Dr. Naresh Potter has done MBBS and MD (Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases) from University of Rajasthan, India. Before joining LEHS|WISH, he worked with Piramal Foundation, Ministry of Health-Saudi Arabia, Jhpiego, UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Family

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Welfare-Government of India. He was a practicing doctor for ten years before joining health program management assignments. Currently, he is managing LEHS|WISH programs in Rajasthan.[/read]

Dr. Ambey Kumar Srivastava

Senior Specialist- Learning & Impact

Dr. Ambey Kumar Srivastava is a development professional in public health, having more than 20 years’ experience in research, monitoring, evaluation and documentation. He has extensively worked in implementation, research and technical support projects on health and

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HIV/AIDS. He has extensive knowledge of conducting qualitative and quantitative research with vulnerable communities. Dr. Srivastava has published many research articles in international and national peer reviewed journals on Health, innovations, data quality, gender, HIV/AIDS, and other issues in social development.[/read]

Prashant Ghiya

Manager – Finance & Accounts

Prashant Ghiya is a highly analytical, deadline-driven Finance and Accounts professional with more than 15 years of experience. He completes all financial reports and accounting activities with accuracy and speed. He has done MBA in Finance. His key strengths are

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ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; attention to details and high level of accuracy. He analyzes monthly and quarterly financial statements, performs budget forecasts, and consistently works on cost reductions. He has good control on administrative and logistic work, and he is able to handle and guard confidential information sensitively.[/read]

Dr. Anil Kumar Jain

Manager – Operations, TSU Baran

Dr. Anil Kumar Jain is a qualified professional with over 15 years of experience in working in the health and education sectors. His work profile ranges from strategic and policy-level leadership, advisory, and management experience with strong analytical and conceptual skills to proven ability in

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the development of programs and processes involving a diverse and complex range of partners and stakeholders. At LEHS|WISH, he is Manager Operations at TSU, Baran. He provides technical support to the HWC program implemented in district Baran, Rajasthan.[/read]

Heikrujam Nongyai Nongdrenkhomba

State Program and Technical Head

Mr. Nongyai holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology, and has over eighteen years of work experience in the development sector at the state and national levels. His domain expertise lies in Public Health; and other areas of interest and experience include Livelihood, Good Governance,

[read more]Gender, Social Inclusion, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Community Participation.

During his eighteen years of career, he has worked with various renowned organizations, such as JSI, Cairn Oil & Gas-Vedanta Ltd., SAATHII, ACTED, National Health Systems Resource Centre, Plan International-India Chapter, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and so on.

He has hands on skills in managing large projects, and leading teams, strategic program planning, management (including partnership and donor management), providing technical support to NHM/Ministry of Health; building capacities of various stakeholders; conducting assessments, programmatic risk and security risk assessment; and program and budget management/tracking.

He is currently heading LEHS|WISH’s interventions in the State of Assam as the State Program and Technical Head where his main role focuses on leading & building the entire team, stakeholder coordination including government departments, development partners, donors as well as operational planning, strategy designing and its execution.[/read]

Diganta Sarma

Senior Manager- Programs

Diganta Sarma has fifteen years of work experience in the public health sector where his main role included liaisoning and coordination with various stakeholders including government functionaries; and providing technical support to National Health Mission, Assam, in program designing and

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Diganta graduated in Microbiology from Bangalore University in 2000, and completed his Master’s in Anthropology from the University of Pune in 2003.

His current role at WISH involves coordination and advocacy with different stakeholders, other development partners and government functionaries for implementation of WISH programs, monitoring and supervision.[/read]

Dipannita Kaushik

Manager- Public Health

Dr. Dipannita Kaushik, a native of Guwahati, Assam, completed her MBBS in 2015 from MUHS, Nashik, Maharashtra. She worked as a Clinician for two years in Guwahati in Internal Medicine, OBGY and Emergency department. As she was more interested in planning and implementation at scale, advocacy, capacity building, grant

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 management, community mobilization, project management, M&E, communication, documentation, networking and p

understanding people and their stories, she decided to switch career, and pursued Master’s in Public Health from IIPH Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

After completing her studies, she started freelancing for a Start-up working in the digital health domain.  Thereafter, she joined UNDP as the state lead for eVIN and COWIN in West Bengal. Her role at UNDP focused on liaisoning with the state government, and advocating for the digitalization of the immunization program. She led a team of twenty-six people, and implemented both the projects from scratch. She was also the National Resource Person for eVIN project implementation in Sikkim, and State Nodal Officer for COWIN project in West Bengal. She was a member of the State’s Advisory Committee that took policy decisions for Covid19 vaccination program; and member of the State Steering Committee and State Task Force for Covid19 vaccination program. She was the State Trainer of West Bengal government for Cold Chain Handler’s State ToT.[/read]

Mr. Pankaj Kumar Deka

Manager-Learning & Impact

Mr. Pankaj Kumar Deka  is a L&I professional with over 15 years of progressive experience. He has done his graduation in Arts, from Guwahati University and has Six Sigma Certification -Green Belt Training & Project. He has also done his course on Data-Visualization Techniques

[read more] from CFNS-CTARA, IITB. Prior to joining LEHS|WISH, he was associated with Piramal Swasthya Management & Research Institute and previously worked in Idea Celluar Limited, Bharti Airtel Limited, S.S Netcom, Anjan Barman Agency and Excel Credit Rating Agency. He has contributed towards Monitoring & Evaluation and his key skills include –Operation Management, Data Analysis, Data Management, Data-Visualization, Technical People Management etc.[/read]

Mr. Debabrata Saha

Manager at State Health Innovation Unit (SHIU),Assam

Debabrata is a development consulting professional with 7+ years of working experience of managing social purpose programs, project implementation, impact measurement, strategic government partnerships with a formal development management training and aspirations to bring measurable impact at scale. He completed his PGP in Development Management & Leadership from Indian School of Development Management.

He was part of SEWA Bharat before joining LEHS|WISH, and he has also worked with UC Berkeley, Piramal Foundation, and Intex Technologies. He is currently working at LEHS|WISH as Manager – State Health Innovation Unit (SHIU), Assam to strengthen the health ecosystem of Assam by leveraging the opportunities of emerging health-tech innovation landscape.

Dr Navneet Ranjan

State Program and Technical Specialist

Dr Navneet Ranjan is a Public Health Professional. In the last thirteen years, he has had the honor of working for a number of organizations, such as EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Marie Stopes International (MSI), NHSRC-Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and projects of DFID,

[read more]Harvard School of Public Health and Credibility Alliance. He has demonstrated a successful track record of coordinating and managing projects, providing policy level support, and capacity building at the state, national as well as international (multi-country) levels.

Dr. Navneet is PRINCE2® certified Project Manager, and holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pune and a clinical Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. He also obtained a second Bachelor’s degree in Science and a P.G. Diploma in Medical Law & Ethics from NLSIU, Bengaluru. He underwent leadership training from IIM, Lucknow and other trainings from PHFI, British Council and TISS.

Dr. Navneet has published several papers in various peer-reviewed journals, and also drafted volumes of reports for the government, and donors. Furthermore, he has received numerous honors and awards – including USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation Fellowship.

He is a member of the Indian Public Health Association, and a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). At WISH, Dr Navneet is managing UP state technical and program requirements, and is responsible for overseeing end to end state operations.

His areas of interest include Primary Health Systems Strengthening, Capacity Building, Quality Assurance, and assessment of policies and schemes.[/read]

Nikhil Kumar

Manager- Program

Nikhil Kumar has fourteen years’ experience in program management and technical assistance on Public Health, Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals. He has worked very closely at District and Block levels, specially with National Health Mission, NVBDCP (National Vector Borne Disease Control Program)

[read more]and other development partners on Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and nutrition issues for strengthening programs through Convergence, Supportive Supervision, Interpersonal Communication, Advocacy, Community Mobilization and Training. He has coordinated with senior government officials at District level for increased involvement in Vector borne diseases, Communicable and Non-communicable diseases, and maternal and child nutrition and health issues.

He holds Masters’ degrees in Community Medicine and Public Health, and Social Work (MSW).

He has rich working experience with organizations, like BBC Action Media, NIPCCD, and some top pharmaceutical companies, like USV, Zydus and Aventis.

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Dr. Madhur Nivrutti Raimule

Specialist- Technical & NCD, Mumbai

In the field of public health, Dr. Madhur Nivrutti Raimule Specialist- Technical & NCD has more than 8 years of progressively expanding expertise. He received his MD from the Department of Community Medicine at the Dr. D Y Patil Medical College in Pune, as well as his MBBS and Bachelor of Medicine in Medicine from Maharashtra University.

He formerly worked in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Jhpiego, and Mamta Medical College, Telangana, and was affiliated with WHO before joining LEHS|WISH.

His primary competencies include technical report writing, immunization analysis, program trainings, capacity building and data visualization, etc. He has contributed to program advocacy.