MD Community Medicine from Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, NTR University, Vijaywada
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Master Trainer (Certificate)
Jhpiego ( May 11, 2017)
Certificate of appreciation (for being a good support partner in public health and providing qualitative services in PPFP services in Saran Division)
State Health Society
March 24, 2017
Vikas Kaushal, Program Officer at Jhpiego, is a seasoned health professional with a proven track record in public Health. A native of Bihar, he earned his MBBS from Kathmandu University, Nepal; afterward, he worked in apex government institutions like AIIMS Trauma Center, New Delhi, and corporate hospitals like Max Healthcare and Medanta, Haryana. He did his post-graduate degree in Community Medicine from NTR University, India. He has also acquired Master Trainer Certificate from Jhpiego and was awarded Certificate of Appreciation from State Health Society, Bihar, for Jhpiego’s qualitative service in PPFP (post-partum family planning) services in District Siwan, Division Saran. Vikas is a public health expert providing technical assistance to strengthen FP services in Saran division, Bihar, which has a population of 10 million with a TFR >3.2. He helped reach 0.1 million post-partum women with around 10,000 satisfied clients. He tried to address unmet need for spacing in post-partum by acting as a catalyst for rapid scaling up of post-partum family planning (PPFP) services and leveraging the budget for PPFP program by galvanizing the opportunity by involving different stakeholders for promoting PPFP services, institutionalization of PPFP services in 53 public health facilities. He did training of more than 500 providers (doctors and nurses) for PPIUCD insertion skill and quality FP counseling, resulting in a 9-fold increase of PPIUCD acceptance and reaching up to 0.1 million delivered women. He also ensured community mobilization through orientation of more than 1000 frontline workers, and follow-up with more than 7000 clients has been done to ensure quality and client satisfaction.
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
I tried to address unmet need for spacing in post partum by acting as a catalyst for rapid scaling up of PPFP services and leveraging the budget for PPFP program
Galvanizing the opportunity by involving different stakeholders for promoting Post Partum FP services
Institutionalization of PPFP services in 53 public health facilities
Did training of more than 500 providers (Doctors & Nurses) for PPIUCD insertion skill and quality FP counselling; resulted in 9 fold increase of PPIUCD acceptance and reaching upto 0.1 million delivered women
Did community mobilization through orientation of more than 1000 Front Line Workers
Follow up of > 7000 clients has been done to ensure quality and client satisfaction
Got award for outstanding support in FP from govt counterpart.
What sparked your passion for family planning?
I’m very passionate about FP since my academic days and when got opportunity to work in highest populous state ,Bihar; i chose to work in Saran Division, with high unmet need for spacing (25.5%),very low mCPR (11.56%) and very high TFR (3.4) leading to high maternal mortality (306).As a public health expert I decided to work for postpartum FP in this geographical area, so that I can contribute more in reducing maternal and child mortality through my interventions in most vulnerable population
Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:
1. With a vision to provide access of contraception to PPW I did institutionalization of PPFP services at all delivery points and now every 9th PPW is adopting it as a contraceptive of choice
2. Health system strengthening by involving religious groups leaders , representatives from education, members of civil society, representatives from marginalized societies, divisional/ district health society members, administrative personnel in PPFP/PPIUCD programe programming and implementation
If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work?
I will use this platform to empower couples with more access and wide range of contraceptive choices provision in a way where quality, informed choice, volunteerism, respectful care is the norm for service delivery and pursuance of reproductive rights is the penultimate goal of client satisfaction.
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work