Dr. Janaki Desai

After completing post-graduate studies in medicine with specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology established apractice as Medical Consultant in Mumbai; Continued work on a research project on “High risk pregnancies” at KEM hospital, Mumbai.

Concurrently, worked as consulting surgeon to Family planning association of India (FPA India) during which time conducted family planning camps in Maharashtra and other states every weekend and performed thousands of surgical sterilizations and other Family planning procedures; Undertook training of medical practitioners in India, and in South-Asian and Middle Eastern countries on advanced techniques in sterilization and contraception.

Late she relocated to Manila, Philippines where she completed post-graduate studies in public health at University of the Philippines, earning MPH Degree. She was actively involved as a volunteer with NGOs working in urban and rural slums in Manila on Health Education, Family Planning and Nutrition work; Served on the team to develop curriculum for Adolescent sexuality education at International School, Manila.

After returning to India, she founded “Niramaya Health Foundation”; Working as Hon. Medical Director overseeing and expanding the working of Niramaya, developing policies, planning projects, developing work strategies, organizing training programs on implementation, monitoring and evaluation procedures.

Rejoined Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) as an executive committee member. Presently working as the Vice – President of FPAI. Also served as member of South Asia regional (SARO) committee of IPPF of U.K. Actively involved in organizational development, policy planning and developing strategic planning of programs.