Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
I am a medical doctor with an interest and specialization in public health. I work at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. My primary interest is in health policy and systems research. For my PhD in public health, I used realist evaluation to understand the scope for organizational change within local health systems in Tumkur district in southern India given the current policy context and decentralization.
My journey into health began with a degree in medicine, after which I worked at Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra in BR hills in southern Karnataka as a doctor managing a hospital and community health programs. I subsequently worked in community health and on strengthening primary health care in Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh, working closely with public health and wildlife conservation organisations. Most of my travels have been to forests and my work at BR hills has been the origin and the consequence of my passion for wildlife, especially birds, stemming from a larger interest in natural history and biology itself. I try to keep this alive by birdwatching, reading and writing about this.
I am an editor on Wikipedia and strongly believe that it has contributed significantly to narrowing the gap between the expert and the amateur. Contributing to Wikipedia "is both an educational opportunity and a professional responsibility". Information and health suffer from similar inequities, and perhaps information equity will be achieved far earlier than for health, and one day, the only barrier to the sum of all human knowledge will be apathy. I help organize workshops to promote contributing content to Wikipedia.
I live and work out of the IPH field station in BR Hills, a tiger reserve in southern Karnataka. I teach short courses in public health and social science research methods, social determinants of health, health equity and human resources for health. I have broad research interests in health policy and systems research, health equity, mental health, OneHealth and planetary health.