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Salima Bhatia
Lead Consultant , Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India
New Delhi, India
Public health professional with over eight years’ experience in maternal and child health and health system strengthening at Ministry of Health (MOH), India; having abstract/ paper presentations and publications in international conferences and journals eg: ‘The Lancet’ and winner of the ‘Óut of the Box Challenge’ of the MO; seeking assignments in developing countries and remote locations
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Area of Expertise:
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
Professional Experience:
I am a mid-career level health professional from India, with a Master’s degree in Health Administration and over eight years’ experience in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, in activities ranging from decentralized planning, assisting policy formulation and health system strengthening, and monitoring and evaluation of reproductive, maternal and child health/ family planning programmes.

During my tenure in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, I have specialized in the fields of Reproductive, Maternal and Child health and Health System Strengthening. In my current assignment, I provide technical and programmatic support for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan and have been responsible for the initiative since its inception. I am also actively involved in strengthening systems for maternal health programmes such as Maternal Death Surveillance & Response, LaQshya (Labor Room Quality Improvement Initiative). I am involved in field visits for monitoring implementation of Ayushman Bharat Programme (Health & Wellness centres) to operationalize screening for Non –communicable diseases, comprehensive primary care and mid –level health care providers for health and wellness centres.
In my previous assignment I was responsible for designing and coordinating the decentralized planning process and health system strengthening initiatives such as free drugs and free diagnostics programmes for the National Health Mission. I have been involved in monitoring, have been a team member in review missions conducted by the Ministry and have also contributed to the draft National Health Policy. Responsibilities such as involvement in organizing National level capacity building/ review workshops, providing technical assistance to States for context- specific service delivery models for improving access to primary care and universal health coverage, have sharpened my skills to take up leadership roles. I was adjudged winner of the ‘Óut of the Box Challenge’ by the Ministry and awarded for the same by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, India.

During my internship at the WHO headquarters at Geneva I prepared a report on “Closing the Gap in a Generation: Policy options to address Health Inequities in India” which was presented at a Seminar at the WHO Headquarters. This gives me an experience of working in a multicultural environment and adapting international policies to local scenarios.

On the academic front, I have been invited for paper/poster presentations on RCH/ health system strengthening to international conferences such as the 14th World Congress on Public Health -2015, India; World Health Summit -2013, Germany, International Conference of Global Public Health- 2012, Sri Lanka. The abstract of my paper was published in a special booklet on new voices in global health by “The Lancet”.
• Masters in Health Administration, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, May 2010
• Bachelors in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, Smt. C.M.P. Homoeopathic Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai, India, Feb 2007
• Additional Training: Keystone short-course training on Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR), Public Health Foundation of India- Nodal Institute of the Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research (AHPSR), WHO, New Delhi, March 2015
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