Oommen George

Project Director, THALI

George is a public health specialist with a broad clinical background and a passion to end tuberculosis. He has 31 years of experience – 18 as a medical practitioner and 13 in public health. In public health, George led, designed, planned and/or managed programmes in tuberculosis (TB), non-communicable diseases, family planning, child survival, social marketing and social franchising, geriatric care, palliative care, and HIV/AIDS. His work associated him with government-led programmes, including the Revised National TB Control Programme, National AIDS Control Programme and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. He is an advisor to the Indian Medical Association on TB. George has worked on national and international projects, programmes, and events funded by bilateral, multilateral and private donors.

George currently works with the KHPT as the lead on the USAID-funded, Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI) project. He was previously with Abt Associates for six years as the Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Market-based Partnerships for Health (MBPH) project and the Chief of Party for Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project. He was also the Country Representative for the multi-project Abt portfolio in India.

In the past, George headed Health Services and Institutional Partnerships at Help Age India, and served as a national consultant to the World Health Organization for public-private mix in TB and for anti-retroviral therapy and care in India.

Till mid-2003, George worked as a medical practitioner, mostly in a secondary care facility in the Himalayan town of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, with medical, surgical and administrative responsibilities. George graduated in medicine from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, University of Madras, and has a M.Phil in Hospital and Health Systems Management from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and Tulane University, USA.