Public Health, Gender, and Community Action



Meenu Bhambhani, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Meenu is a prominent disability rights and social justice activist. She is head of global corporate social responsibility for Mphasis. She was previously an Independent Study Project advisor for SIT. In 2009, Meenu was awarded the prestigious NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Award. She has promoted employment for persons with disabilities and has been recognized as a role model for persons with disabilities.

Anjali Capila, PhD
Anjali is a professor at Lady Irwin College in Delhi University. She authored Images of Women in the Folk Songs of Garhwal Himalayas (2002) and Traditional Health Practices of Kumaoni Women: Continuity and Change (2004). She teaches communication systems, media planning, and advocacy. She is deeply involved with planning and organizing department activities with rural and semi-urban communities.

Ashutosh Guleri, MD
Ashutosh is a Panchakarma expert with a practice of holistic and traditional treatments mentioned in Ayurveda. He has treated patients all over the world. Along with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree from Goa University’s Gomantak Ayurveda Mahavidyalya & Research Centre, Ashutosh holds a postgraduate certificate in Panchakarma from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka. He has presented and published scientific papers across India and translated Ayurvedic Anatomy from Marathi to Hindi. He is an avid blogger and writer.

Chris M. Kurian, PhD
Chris is a public health research scholar and consultant. Her recently completed doctoral work submitted to the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, focused on perceptions of well-being, health, and illness among lower middle-class populations in Delhi. Chris’s experience includes qualitative and mixed method research studies in rural and urban India. Her work spans areas including well-being, perceptions and health seeking behaviour, local health traditions, environment, and politics of knowledge in health. She has worked for institutions and projects including the International Centre for Research on Women, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and the Public Report on Health, among others. She lectures and advises students on Independent Study Project preparation.

Jayanti Singh, MD
Jayanti is a medical doctor associated with the Intensified Malaria Control Project II and other programs related to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She provides monitoring and evaluation for the seven northeastern states of India. Jayanti designed and executed a midline assessment study of the impact of nurses’ training on holistic care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) for India’s national AIDS control program.

Jayanti worked for UNICEF’s polio eradication program for four years, dealing with the challenges of a varied population — including an influx of laborers — and tenuous infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh. She represented that program during the 2009 annual meeting of the US Fund for UNICEF. She led surveillance and operations for the World Health Organization’s national polio surveillance project in India. As deputy director of immunization for PATH, she organized Japanese encephalitis immunization campaigns. She was in-house physician for the national Indian women’s soccer team during the Asian Championship in 2000.

Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso, MD
Tsering is a professor and practitioner of Tibetan medicine and astrology. He has worked as a professor at Men-Tsee-Khang Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala. Currently, he is the director of the Drungtso Tibetan Healing and Astrological Centre, a Dharamsala-based nonprofit that promotes and preserves the rich tradition of ancient Tibetan medical and astrological sciences. The center provides consultation services and delivers courses on Tibetan medicine and astrology at an international level. Tsering’s work highlights the importance of Tibetan medicine and astrology from its traditional role within Tibetan Buddhism culture and from a modern perspective.