James Blanchard is Director at Centre for Global Public Health in the University of Manitoba. He has been advising and providing technical support for HIV prevention and care programmes since the inception of KHPT. He has spent more than a decade working on HIV prevention in South Asia; as a contributor to the design of India’s National AIDS Control Programme, as a member of a CIDA-sponsored technical support team assisting Pakistan’s Ministry of Health with its second-generation HIV/AIDS surveillance project, and as a member of a World Bank appointed team that mapped high-risk populations in Afghanistan.
He is an epidemiologist, physician, and associate professor of community health science at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include epidemiology and control of STIs and HIV, transmission dynamics, and social and behavioural aspects of HIV. He also helped establish internationally recognized research programmes in inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes, and continues to conduct research in these areas.
He earned his M.D. from the University of Manitoba, and M.P.H. and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.
Mr AM Rajashekara has thirty-six years of experience in the fields of administration, advertising and publicity, program planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes implemented across the country through the ‘National Literacy Mission Authority’ (NLMA). He is a well-known figure in the non-Formal Education sector and administration sectors with strong networking capabilities, having played advisory roles in several large programs within the government, both at the state and national levels. After completing his M.A. (Economics) from Bangalore University in 1976, he started his career with the Family Planning Association of India, funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He has led teams in planning strategies for nationwide mobilization and environment building activities through a variety of media initiatives, organised capacity building programmes for key functionaries, developed resource materials for training and assessment of learning outcomes, and so on.
He has several successes to his credit during his tenure as the Joint Director in the Department of Education & Literacy, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. He has also participated in numerous seminars, conferences and training programmes, and been awarded fellowships organised at different national and international forums on topics like ‘Population Education’, ‘Monitoring & Evaluation’, ‘Role of Media in Education’, ‘Capacity Building of Adult Education Functionaries’, ‘Mobilization and Environment Building’, ‘Assessment of Adult Learners’, ‘Development of Training Manuals’, etc.
Mr. Ashokanand H.S is a retired Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who graduated from State Civil Service Cadre. He has over two decades of experience working on various developmental issues like Watershed Management, Disaster Management, Education, Human Resource and Capacity Building, Social Welfare (SC and ST welfare), and Health (HIV/AIDS and related areas). His expertise lies in the area of empowerment of Panchayat Raj Institutions.
As Director-Advocacy, he has successfully mainstreamed HIV related issues with various Government Departments like Women and Child Welfare, Education, Housing, Food and Civil Supply, Law and Justice, Police, Social Welfare, Health, etc.,
He was instrumental in establishing and successfully operationalizing the satellite Communication Centre; the first of its kind in the country in the State Institute of Rural Development (ANS SIRD, Mysore) during 2002-08.
He has been a member of various expert committees both at the State and the National level. Currently, member Quality Monitoring Group in the Department of Planning, Government of Karnataka, guiding and monitoring the preparation of Human Development Report (HDR) for the State of Karnataka. Also a member – advisory committee of Karnataka Evaluation Authority, Government of Karnataka.
He has a Master’s degree in Plant Science and also a PG Diploma in Environment Planning from the University of Mysore.
Krishnamurthy Jayanna is a physician and a public health specialist with experience in health and development for close to two decades. His experience spans across HIV, Maternal Neonatal and Child health, Non-communicable diseases and Primary Health Care. His program and research interests revolve around on Quality of Care, Health systems strengthening, Implementation Research, Quality of Life and Integrative Health.
He completed MD in Community Medicine from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore; received advanced research training at W.H.O, Geneva and also holds post-doctoral research fellowship in Global Health from University of Manitoba, Canada. He currently works as Professor and Dean of Faculty of Life and Allied Health Sciences at Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore where he support Masters and PhD programs in Public Health as well as multidisciplinary research. He continues to be associated with KHPT as one of its Advisors, for two thematic areas: MNCH and NCDs/CPHC.
Reynold Washington is a community health specialist with over two decades of teaching, programmatic and research experience. His areas of interest include HIV, TB, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health.
He is recognised for his leadership in scaling up HIV prevention and care services, training systems and research across Karnataka and other states in India, for pioneering innovations that significantly contributed to national programmes and public policy, and for translating knowledge to post-graduate students, programme implementers, policy makers and donors within India and in several countries in Africa and Asia.
He is a technical resource member for the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), and the Karnataka State TB Operations Research Committee.
He completed his MBBS, MD in Community Health, and DNB (Social and Preventive Medicine) at St John’s Medical College in Bangalore. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit.
Ramachandra Rao Kadambar leads the Karnataka State Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project, funded by World Bank. Earlier, he has worked on community mobilisation programme, engaging with sex workers, people living with HIV and transgender on the formation of community-based organisations and co-operatives, under BMGF-Avahan programme.
He has more than three decades of work experience in grassroots community development with downtrodden and vulnerable groups. He has worked in non-government organisations, bilateral and multilateral projects; World Bank and UNDP aided projects. His technical expertise lies in the areas of entrepreneurship development, capacity building, women empowerment, fisheries development, total literacy programme, HIV-AIDS prevention, forestry, drinking water and sanitation, community-based tank management, self-help groups, co-operatives and training.
He has earned his post-graduation in social work with a specialisation in Community Development.
Mr Raghavendra.T is an Indian national and an experienced professional development worker, with a career background in Social work specialized in community development. He has more than 25 years’ experience in managing the interventions with the active involvement of the community at all levels of program planning, designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The summary of his expertise are
• A professional with 25 years of rich and varied experience in Project Management, strategic planning, designing, implementation, training and development, Organizational Development and team management.
• Presently associated with Karnataka Health Promotion Trust as Director, managing and implementing USAID/BMGF supported projects in high HIV prevalence region of Karnataka
• Worked in developmental sectors like water & sanitation, Human resource development, community empowerment, education for adolescent girls under different donor agencies like DANIDA, USAID, BMGF, WORLD BANK, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
• Co-authored more than 20 abstracts which are presented in national/international conferences
• Possess expertise in working with multi-discipline team members towards improving growth and meeting organizational goals.
• An enthusiastic & thorough trainer with the skills of being able to convey information with clarity and patience.
• Highly organised and responsible, able to execute complex projects & programmes to meet organisations needs.
• Personal skills include: commitment, meeting the target within the time limits, ability to manage independently and inter-relate & integrate within a team.
Dr. Joseph holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. He has been with KHPT in various capacities; as Deputy Project Director of USAID THALI (Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative) program, Project Director for the Care and Support programs of PLHIVs, and as Strategic Lead of HIV thematic area; was also a member of the Global Technical Team of KHPT and UoM to support the African and Caribbean countries for KP intervention under Linkages Program.
Prior to joining KHPT, he headed the Technical Support Units (TSU) to the State AIDS Control Society of Delhi State between 2014-16 and at Karnataka State between 2016-18. He was also the Team Lead for Targeted Interventions in the TSU in Karnataka.
He developed the family-based care and support model, focused on orphan and vulnerable children (OVC), including adolescents, during his stint with Presentation Society in Goa. He presented this work at the International AIDS Conference in Busan, South Korea. He has authored more than 10 publications; was also a key designer in the big city intervention plan for Delhi NCT.
Dr K.Karthikeyan, a medical doctor, trained in HIV medicine and mental health. His 25 years of clinical and public health experience covers grassroots, state, national and international levels.
In the early years of the HIV epidemic in India, led his team to establish home-based care in 15 districts of Tamil Nadu. He served as the nodal person in WHO India office, in 2006-2008, led the ART training roll out in India. He served as the WHO country focal point for HIV, in the Maldives and Timor Leste.
Since 2005, he has been associated with KHPT in various capacities. He is the thematic lead for Tuberculosis in KHPT. He led the technical team in USAID funded THALI project, continues in the same position in USAID funded Breaking the Barriers project. He is passionate about building the team at work.
Dr Prarthana BS, a medical doctor, trained in public health, medical law and ethics as well as in family medicine. She has 15 years of clinical and public health experience covering grassroots and state levels. She has worked as a clinician in HIV/ STIs and family medicine. She also has worked as a technical and training coordinator in various projects across themes of HIV, MNCH and Tuberculosis since 2010.
Currently, she is the strategic lead for tuberculosis in KHPT and doubles up as project director for private sector engagement in metro city JEET project for Bangalore. She is interested in integrating health with development across sectors.