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Rajnish Prasad

Rajnish Prasad - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programme Specialist - HIV/AIDS (Asia Pacific)
Organization: UN Women
Current Location: Thailand, Asia
Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (MBA) from Institute of Rural Management Anand
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. PhD in Health and Hospital Administration, Institute of Health Management & Research (IIHMR), 2015-2019 (expected)
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, University of York, 2014-2017
3. Co-operative Governance School for Emerging Researchers , University of Saskatchewan, 2017
4. Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health, The University of Manchester, 2015-2016
5. Innovative Financing for Education, Central European University, 2015
6. International Seminar on Strategic Leadership and Management in Healthcare, John Hopkins & IIHMR
7. International Training Program on Family Planning and Reproductive Health Commodity, UNFPA and IIHMR, Jaipur
8. Bachelor of Computer Application, Devi Ahilya University Indore, 2001-2004
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Recognized by Hon’ble Health Minister, Government of Rajasthan for contribution to RMNCH+A initiative in the State
    Awarding Organization:
    Department of Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan
    Date Awarded:
    December 24, 2016
  • Award:
    Recognized by Hon’ble Health Minister, Government of Rajasthan for contribution in strengthening the implementation of PCPNDT Act in the State
    Awarding Organization:
    Department of Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan
    Date Awarded:
    February 10, 2017
  • Award:
    Invited to participate as a speaker in GirlUp Leadership Conference in Washington
    Awarding Organization:
    UN Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    July 11, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Rajnish has worked with Government of Rajasthan to design & roll-out a CLMIS for FP commodities. He has also worked to strengthen the availability & utilization of FP services specially among marginalized and young people. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have 13 years of experience in strengthening & managing FP initiatives. While working with NACO, Govt of India, I have contributed in strengthening availability & utilization of FP services for key population i.e. sex workers, MSMs, drug users, migrants and truckers through promotion of social marketing of condoms and integration of HIV & SRH services. While working with UNFPA in the state of Rajasthan, I have supported Government in strengthening implementation and quality of FP programmes. I have supported Government in development and roll-out of CLMIS for strengthneing supply chain of FP commodities. I have supported development of a website to improve participation of private service providers in FP services. I have also strengthened the provision of FP services for young people

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Family planning is one of the most important public health advancements of the last century. Voluntary FP reduces the number of unintended pregnancies and maternal & newborn deaths too. Without ensuring the availability of quality FP services for every individual and creating an enablibing environment to utilize the same, well-being and good health of an individual can't be ensured. Access to FP services is a right of every individual. FP is also critical for the achievements of all the SDGs.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I have worked with Governments to address the barriers in the availability & utilization of FP services. In the state of Rajasthan, key challenge in ensuring the availability of FP services at field level was lack of participation of the private service providers in the provision of FP services due to difficulties in the accreditation process & delay in fund release. I have supported the Government in developing an online platform to simplify the registration & fund disbursal process

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 the new platform and $1000 grant to address the barriers in the availability of FP services especially for the young people and the vulnerable population. I will work to create awareness on the importance of FP services for adolescent girls and people living with HIV. I will also work to promote usage of new technologies including chatbots, AI, augmented and virtual reality to create awarness on FP methods and reach out to young people and left out population.

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