Sanchika Gupta

Sanchika Gupta - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Officer
Organization: Jhpiego
Current Location: India, South Asia
Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management from Public Health Foundation of India, India
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM): (August 2014–July 2015) from Indian Institute of Public Health–Delhi, Public Health Foundation of India, Gurugram, Haryana, India
• Diploma in Reproduction and Child Health (DRCH): (May 2011–April 2012) from Jeewan Hospital, New Delhi affiliated to NARCHI Kolkata, India
• Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS): (September 2004–March 2010) from Sri Kalabyraveshwara Swamy Ayurvedic Medical College, affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India
• Certificate course on Basic Human Subjects Research (basic) (December 2018) from CITI program
• Certificate course on Project Management for Development Professionals (PMDPro) Level 1 examination (February 2018) from APMG International
• Certificate online course on Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health (February 2018) from Global Health eLearning Center
• Certificate online course on Research Methodology (August 2016-January 2017) from Public Health Foundation of India, Guru gram, Haryana
• Certificate online course on Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs (July-December 2015) from Public Health Foundation of India, Guru gram, Haryana
75 Public Votes Reached!
Sanchika built capacity of Jhpiego and government staff in 4 states, India, for FP program through SMART advocacy approaches. Her leadership facilitated improved FP services from 1 m to 44 m population and leverage USD 2 m for FP from government. – Rashmi Asif, Director, Clinical Services and Training FP, MNH, HRH at Jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

• Strengthened 50+ sub-national level learners on SMART advocacy approach to refine their skills enabling them to achieve their FP agenda at different forums in their states, India.
• Strategically collaborated with diverse teams to advocate for strengthening FP quality of care framework in public sector of four states, India.
o Programmatic achievements are PPIUCD acceptance rate improved from 1% to 7% in 25 facilities in Assam; 25% to 33% in 26 facilities in Maharashtra; PAFP acceptance rate of 5% to 53% in 9 facilities in Uttar Pradesh and 48% to 64% in 15 facilities in Maharashtra.
o 2 million USD was leveraged from national resources for FP instruments, logistics, capacity building of service providers, IEC/BCC activities and ensuring birth spacing schemes.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

During my internship and first project in public health I observed many poor pregnancy outcomes and infants poorly surviving and thriving respectively. The common root cause of closely spaced pregnancies made me deeply wonder ‘WHY’? The passion to improve women and infant’s health, along with my knowledge of social determinants of health stimulated me to work in FP to save them from preventable poor outcomes. I find FP a powerful tool to empower women to transform their lives holistically.

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

• My vision of energized FP services and program management was carried forward by project and state teams in four states implementing locally-driven solutions and collaborative efforts ensuring sustainability of planned initiatives.
• Data on post abortion FP was inconsistent in my work area. My envisioning exercise with team lead to successful and improved data quality, documentation and reporting on HMIS by facility providers and managers.

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 dialogue in winners network to propagate and learn experiences on FP best practices. Through ICFP, will share winning FP strategies and learnings with bigger global FP community. The course will help to further improve my capacity. 1000$ will help me develop small educative video on SRHR and FP related topics for youth to share online through youth groups to empower them on correct information and safe decision making considering their privacy.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Block Rudhauli, Basti: Group meeting with ASHAs (frontline health worker) to discuss on contraceptive needs for newly wed youths in the community Block Rudhauli, Basti: one to one meeting with newly wed couple to understand her contraceptive needs

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