Vidish Kulkarni

Vidish Kulkarni - 2019 Nominee
Position: Assistant Manager – Programs
Organization: Ipas Development foundation
Current Location: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Master of Social Work (MSW) from Indore School of Social Work, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Employee Award under Family Planning Program-CCC program
    Awarding Organization:
    Ipas Development Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    June 26, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Vidish Kulkarni has extensive experience in grass root level with specific focus on family planning program and SRHR. He has contributed significantly towards Family Planning area especially on training, capacity building and community mobilization. – Shenoy George Cherian, Senior Director - Programs at Ipas Development foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have supported the CSO teams in measuring the progress of the projects against the indicators in approved project documents and M&E plans. Coordinated documentation, study and action research programmes in the state. My 15 years of work has focused mainly on family planning. It provided me an opportunity to learn, implement & monitor various SRHR and HIV/AIDS programs. Regular engagement with various cadres of health care providers helped me gain deep insight about the public health sector.
Presently, I am working on a comprehensive contraceptive care program serving vulnerable rural women in over 57 public health facilities. In this project, I developed mechanism for post training support to help HSPs provide consistent services to the rural women coming to public facilities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Family planning program involves fair understanding of developmental approaches being practiced in current scenario, which enable poorest and socially excluded people to claim their entitlements to get share in nation’s development gains. When I was working with MPVHA at Indore MP state and seen, the need of awareness and right message towards community and these things always going my mind create the passion towards FP service. I developed volunteers in the community to ensure sustainability.

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

Looking back, I believe, I made a fine decision to dive into the development sector as it allowed me to connect with people over our shared vulnerabilities, teaching me to be empathetic, compassionate and humble in my life. My team-taught me the value of commitment and integrity towards one’s work. From my schools as well, I learnt the power of influence through mutual trust and friendship. Through this I am managing my team performance, region performance towards service provision.

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 shall make use of this fund on missing links to educate the Self-Help Groups/ community federations for SRH service at village level. The villages would be chosen from remote pockets of state where access to health services are still challenge. The SHG groups will work with adolescent groups to further sustain the efforts.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
ANM Planning meeting with government official Review meeting with health workers Training Workshop of health workers

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