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CHFP Fellows 2009 – 2011

Ms. Aarti Pawar (27, female) is a Bachelor of Legislative  Law. She has been working as a Guest Teacher Govt. High School, Balkuwan in Barwani district but is now interested in health issues.

Ms. Archana  Chouhan (25, Female) is a post graduate in social work (MSW) with Specialization in Community Development from Devi Ahilya Vishva Vidyalaya, Indore. She stared her carrier as a ‘Coordinator-Sponsorship & Gender’ in ASHA GRAM TRUST, Barwani (MP) by engaging in the “Community Based Rehabilitation Project” Funded by Action Aid India. She then worked as ‘Assistant Project Coordinator’ in ASHA GRAM TRUST, Barwani (MP). She was also “Project Coordinator” in Sardar Sarovar Nav Nirmaan Samiti, Anjad Dhar district.

Mr. Dhriendra Arya (28, Male) is a post graduate in social work, and has P.G. Diploma in Human Rights. He has been associated with various government programmes with a  research focus. He was working in Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Initiative Project as a block coordinator, in Madhusudangarh (Guna). He has also been volunteer with Sewa Bharti Astha Jan Chetna Society focussing on non formal education.

Mr.Diwakar Deshmukh (29, Male) is Master of Arts in Social Work from Barkatullah University. He comes from Betul District in the south of Madhya Pradesh.  During his study he chose a Dissertation Topic – A Study of “family & socio-economic factors of cardiac patient” Special reference to Dept. of CTVS, BMHR, Karond, Bhopal (M.P.) He worked with PRAXIS Chhattisgarh, as a Field Researcher from Sep to Oct. 2004 on Participatory Poverty Assessment Study Interface with DRDA and other Govt. department for the fulfillment of project objective.

He also worked as a block coordinator of Kannod Block of Dewas district of M.P. under NREGP (National Rural Employment Guarantee Project) in 2006; and as . a Field Officer in Livestock Sector Review in Chhattisgarh for CALPI (Swiss Development Agency ); and worked with VVS- Vasudha Vikas Sansthan, District-Dhar (M.P.) as a Project Officer 5TH July 2006 to Aug. 06. He has also worked on “Water Safety Plan & Fluoride Mitigation” project in all blocks in Dhar district under supervision of UNICEF.

Ms. Jwala Yadav (22, female) belongs to Damoh district in the north-eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. she has been working with Gramin Vikas Samiti in Tendukheda block in the bundelkhand region, for the past 5 years. Her work was focused on facilitating the process of immunization of children and pregnant women through the Self Help groups formed by the organization. Apart from this she is also working on adolescent issues through children and adolescents panchayat. She was also active in organising women sammelans in 2008 and 2009. The motivation behind being a fellow was to ensure various health services to the marginalized sections in their area of work.

Mr. Kedar Rajak (33, Male) is a post graduate in sociology,  and LLB from Rewa University.  He is working with Gram Sudhar Samiti for the past 10 years. Presently in Sidhi district. He has worked extensively in water and land conservation through the Rajiv Gandhi water conservation and CAPART project. He has also facilitated the process of farmers involvement in traditional farming. He also worked as a block co-ordinator and facilitated the process of Community based monitoring of health services during the pilot phase of community monitoring.

Ms. Lalita Jain (Shilpa) (35, Female) is a Postgraduate in Hindi literature. She belongs to Morena district north of Madhya Pradesh. She has attended various trainings focussed on Women’s Issues. She has worked as co –ordinator for Samata Project of MP-BGVS. She has been a active participant in various initiatives of All India, Peoples Science Network, and Peoples Health Movement – Madhya Pradesh Chapter. She also has been involved in RCH surveys in 1999 and 2003. She is one of the Executive members of  Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha. Recently she was working as a block co-ordinator of Begumganj,  Raisen -Dist in M.P- Jan Abhiyan Parishad. The motivation behind joining the fellowships to develop a broader understanding of health issues rather than working in state focused different thematic areas.

Mr. Mohamed Irshad Khan, (37, Male) is a postgraduate in Rural Development (MBA). He comes from Gwalior district Madhya Pradesh. He started his career as a volunteer in Nehru Yuva Kendra through which he actively involved himself in various social activities such as health and hygiene issues, training on vocational skills for youths. He did a focussed certificate course of IGNOU through Samarthan organization known as Sahbhagita Vikas Niyojan (participatory development and planning). Following this he did a six-month fellowship programme on livelihood through GDS organization Luck now. He has worked with Dalit community for tackling the social evil of untouchability, and discrimination. He has also worked for Samarthan (Centre for Development Support) in Sehore district.

Mr.Mohan Lal Burman (24, Male) is a postgraduate in Rural Development (MA). He is from Katni District in eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. He has worked as a Trainer, Researcher, & kalajatha artist (street play troupe) of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Sabha for 3 years. Through this he created public awareness about convergence, NREGA and RTI activities at the village level. He has participated in a Household Survey in Madhya Pradesh on outcomes of education, and also evaluated schemes implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. He has been a Master’s Trainer for Basic Education Centre Jabalpur. His motivation is to broaden his horizons and get a deeper perspective on community health.

Ms.Nazra Ibraheem (32, Female) is a post graduate in Economics (MA) and comes from Tikamgarh district of the bundelkhand region.  She has seven years experience in the Social field while also receiving  the District Youth Award from Nehru Yuva Kendra for the year 1999-2000. The collector of the district has also provided a recognition certificate for her contributions in the health sector. She has been a part of other fellowships provided by Samarthan and the Oxfam India trust. Her work is also associated with various networks such as the Madhya Pradesh Jan Adhikar Manch, UNICEF and MPVHA on child rights issue. Her motivation of being a fellow is to work on tackling the high mortality rates in her district.

Mr. Neelesh Sanothiya  (28, Male)  is  graduate in Commerce presently pursuing his post graduation in Social work. Presently working in an organization- Manthan Adhyayan Kendra .His prime involvement in the organization has been related to accounts work but he also equally contributed in various other programmes of the organization. During his work in the organization he has contributed to the study of the Dewas Industrial Water Supply and Bhakra Dams. He has an insight on the impact of globalization on the water sector and its developmental repercussions and being situated at Barwani he has been active in various struggles against displacement. He is interested to broaden his understanding of development and health.

Ms. Nidhi Shukla (37, female)  is a post graduate in two subjects Public Relation and Journalism and  Geography. She has additional training focused on media involvement.  She has been associated with many organisations with a focus on community development.  Since 2005 she has been associated with, Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha and has been working in Patalkot area in Chhindwara district. She was the District  Coordinator for Community based monitoring of Health under NRHM for Chhindwara (M.P.) and a Project Coordinator – Non .Timber .Forest .Products  Processing & Marketing.

Mr. Prabhu Saran Masih (46, male) has been working on health issues in various capacities for the past 25 years. During the past 25 years he has completed various trainings focused on community based health and development from well known institutes in India. He started his career as a Paramedical worker in Navjeevan ashram with leprosy patients. He has also worked at a Private nursing home working with paediatricians, gynaecologists and cardiologists. Since 1992 he is working with the Community Health Department of Christian hospital Chhatarpur under the Emmanual Hospital Association (EHA).Presently he is working as Program Office /Project In-charge at Chhatarpur. The motivation behind being a fellow is that it would sharpen his community needs analysis skills that would make his interventions more planned and public health oriented.

Ms. Preeti (22, Female) is the youngest of all the fellows, she recently completed her graduation from Lucknow University. She is pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Rohailkhand University, Bareilli, UP. She has completed two years of NSS (National Service Scheme) in college, was adjudged the best Volunteer. She was a member of the editorial team of college monthly magazine Yuvapath. She was a member of College Cultural Team. Participated in a number of Plays on Awareness Themes. As a member of BGVS UP, she has organized a number of Kala Jathas, Mid Day Meal Project etc., In addition to it she has conducted survey and contributed in Report preparation.

Ms. Ragini Mishra (33, female) is a postgraduate in Political Science and Sociology from Rewa University. She comes from the Sidhi District in eastern Madhya Pradesh. She has been working in Gram Sudhar organization for the past 12 years  with tribal and dalit community of district Sidhi through Womens empowerment, mobilization of Gram Sabha members for strengthening decentralization process and working with  children who are school drop-outs. She Worked as a district Co –ordinator for Community Based Monitoring of Health Services under the NRHM. The work was in the developmental blocks of district Sidhi (Sidhi, Kusmi, Majauli,and Sihawal) in 45 villages and she  facilitated the process of formation of Village health committees. She also facilitated the process of obtaining Deendayal Antadoya card for people living below the poverty line, and the  Janani suraksha yojana. She also has worked on water and land conservation through the Rajiv Gandhi Water Conservation and CAPART project.

Mr. Sanjay Vishwakarma (30, Male) Masters in Sociology from Barkatullah University, Bhopal with extended  educational interest into other areas like  Rural Development. He is also a B.Ed. graduate. He has worked as a Cluster Coordinator in Water Aid India project on “Safe Drinking Water” for a year. Mobilising community and strengthening the Gram Sabha and Gram Panchyats were the main strategy. He has also worked as a Cluster Coordinator in UNFPA on Reproductive Health in five Panchayats. It targeted adolescent boys and girls along with newly married couples for better understanding and practices of sexual and reproductive health aspects. Strategy followed was to strengthen VHSC by strengthening Gram Panchayat and Gram Sabha.  He is presently working in Samarthan- Centre for Development support, Sehore on Water Aid India Project on “Strengthening local self governance through participatory water and sanitation management” as a Cluster Co-coordinator.

Ms. Sapna Kanera (27, Female) is post graduate in  Social Work from Devi Ahilya Vishva Vidhyalaya, Indore with specialization in Rural & Urban Community Development.  She belongs to Barwani, and has been associated with Narmada Bachao Andolan since her childhood. She was quite active in the Youth wing of NBA called Rewa ka Yuva.  She had worked in Community Mental Health Programme at Patti Block run by Ashagram Trust, Barwani for 6 months. In the final year of M.S.W, she  worked for “Samagra Swachchhta Abhiyaan” in Gram Panchayat Fatyapur, Dist. -Barwani for 6 months, working to create awareness in community about sanitation and motivate them for hygiene and cleanliness. She also worked as PFT member (MED) in Gandhwani cluster, Distt. – Dhar (MP) with Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihood Promotion (MPRLP) with TAAL organization. She has also held additional charge of Gender and Social protection and worked for Social Advocacy for Silicosis affected people in Alirajpur, Jhabua & Dhar districts with Shilpi Kendra, Indore for a period of 1 year in 2007-08.

Mr. Sayyed Ali (28, Male) is from Ujjain, western  Madhya Pradesh. He is a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Social work from M.P Bhoj Open University. He started off as a lab technician after completing his diploma in lab technology from Vikram University Ujjain and later pursued his Bachelors of Science and Masters in Social work from M.P Bhoj Open University. Currently he is working in Jan Sahyog Sanstha (Ganiyari) Chattisgarh, since February 2009. He is involved in coordinating the appropriate health technology with developing management and quality control of nutrition measurement equipment, safe drinking water testing equipment, safe delivery kits etc. In addition to this, his work involves coordinating the training of health workers and screening and follow up of Tuberculosis patients.

Now He is placed in Ganiyari Bilaspur with MP-CHFP institutional partner Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS).

Dr. Shabana Khanum  (37, Female) is a graduate in Homeopathy. She has pursued her post graduation  MA and M.Phil in psychology from Batkatullah university. She comes from Gwalior in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. She has worked in Amarjyoti organization for Mental Retardation and with physically handicapped children, as a clinical psychologist. Co-ordinated the project in Gwalior Mansik Arogyashala, under Action Aid- India and National Human Right Commission. She also has been involved in SAMATA (A women’s wing of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti) since seven years. She has also been active in various social research projects related with mental health, food security, and education under BGVS. She was motivated to be a fellow as it would provide her an opportunity to work in  community mental health.

Mr. Uderam Thakur (33, Male) is a postgraduate in Social work. He has been associated with Asha Gram Trust since 1999 in the district community mental health programme.  He played an active role as a field coordinator in Barwani district of MadhyaPradesh. He has involved in assisting training independently on mental health issues, disability and panchayat issues under Community Based Rehabilitation Program. In advocacy issue assisted in organizing local advocacy and mobilization on mental health issues, disability and Panchayat issues. He has also assisted in networking/co-ordination with various partner organizations.

Now He is placed in Maheshwar with MP-CHFP institutional partner  Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association ( MPVHA).

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