Devendra Kumar. TripathiState Director- Uttar Pradesh
Devendra is responsible for the overall management, coordination and strengthening of public health facilities for Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services in Uttar Pradesh. He has more than 17 years of experience in Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, Nutrition & Adolescent (RMNCH+A), Program Implementation & Management, NGOs partnerships and capacity building of stakeholders with different organizations in Uttar Pradesh. Prior to IDF, Devendra was associated with India Health Action Trust (UPTSU), fhi360, Care India and PANI in different capacities.
Devendra has a PhD in social work from Lucknow University, and a Postgraduate degree in Social Work from Dr. R. M. L. Awadh University, Faizabad. He was awarded the Governor’s Gold Medal for securing the highest marks in Masters in Social Work.
Rita PradhanSenior State Director, Assam
Rita is a public health Professional with more than 15 years of experience in liaising and coordination with the state governments and MoHFW. Prior to joining IDF, Rita served as Consultant Training and Human Resources with Regional Resource Centre, North East, Government of India where she would liaise with Mission Directors, National Health Mission and other officials, with MH&FW in Delhi for technical inputs for National Health Mission implementation. She would also provide technical support in preparation of annual State PIP and be responsible for capacity building for implementation of NHM.
Rita has done her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Tezpur University, Assam. She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Health Care Management from Symbiosis Centre for Health, Pune.
Karuna SinghState Director, Rajasthan
Karuna leads IDF’s Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) program in Rajasthan. She is mainly responsible for the program management and liaising with the state government. She has almost two decades of experience in the development sector, mostly in the domain of public health. She joined IDF to lead the CAC program in Rajasthan in 2009, and previously worked as a freelancer serving various organisation including Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, India-Canada HIV AIDS Project, Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society, PCI, and LBII. She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and post-graduate diploma in Epidemiology.
G.S. GopalSenior State Director, Karnataka and Odisha
Gopal has been working with IDF since 2014 and brings with him over 15 years’ experience in implementing and managing multiple social project management programs with leading non-profit organizations, government agencies and the corporate sector. He works to strengthen public health facilities for Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services in Karnataka and Odisha. He holds a Master’s in Social Work, and a Post-Graduation Diploma in Personal Management and Industrial Relations.
Kamal SaratkarSenior State Director, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
Kamal has 15 years’ work experience in the fields of rural development, program management and implementation. He works to strengthen public health facilities for Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh is committed to developing them as model states for CAC services. Before joining IDF in 2008, Kamal worked with the Danida watershed program, microfinance organizations, and Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association, in various capacities. He holds a Master’s degree from the Indore School of Social Work, Madhya Pradesh.
Nilesh KumarSenior State Director, Bihar and Jharkhand
Nilesh Kumar leads the Comprehensive Contraceptive Care (CCC) Program in Jharkhand and also strengthen the public health facilities for Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services in the state of Bihar. He has over sixteen years’ experience in project/program management, behaviour change communication, and capacity building in the development sector. Prior to IDF, Nilesh was associated with Cipla, Population Services International, UNICEF, Pathfinder International and FHI 360. He has worked in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
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