Our Team

Our Team

We are a growing team..!

All the initial 5 health professionals who are initiating this work are medical and public health specialists and have worked in both government and non-profit health care scenarios for at least 5 years each. A senior physician with experience in an academic institution (AIIMS New Delhi) and then working in public health in rural Chhattisgarh for the last 21 years is also in the team. The team has two family medicine specialists, one internist/ public health practitioner and an anesthesiologist and pain specialist.

Sangwari has the potential to grow and attract a much larger set of health professionals with varied skills but all with a common values and mission mentioned earlier.

Chetanya Malik
Specialist internal medicine

Chetanya Malik studied in Delhi and did his MBBS and specialised training in Internal Medicine from Maulana Azad medical college. He has worked as a senior resident in Lok Nayak hospital for a period of two years after which he moved to rural India where he has been working for a few years at SEARCH Gadchiroli. There he worked as a physician and an administrator for a small rural hospital. He then moved to JSS Bilaspur as a junior faculty for 1 year. His areas of interest are health problems in the elderly and rural health.

Shilpa Khanna
Specialist Anesthetist

Shilpa Khanna studied in Delhi where she did her MBBS from Maulana Azad medical college and later her specialist training in Anaesthesiology from Post graduate Institute of medical science, Rohtak. She has worked as a senior resident for a period of more than two years at Govind Ballabh Pant hospital New Delhi. In rural India, where she has been working for 3 years that includes work at SEARCH Gadchiroli for a period of two years where she worked as a primary care provider, anaesthetist, pain specialist and a nurse trainer. She worked as a junior faculty Anaesthesia in JSS Bilaspur for 1 year.

Her area of interest are health care problems in rural India, pain and palliative care, anaesthesia in underserved areas and training of health care workers.

Neha Kale
Specialist Family Physician

Neha Kale was born and brought up in Mumbai. She completed her MBBS from VMGMC, Solapur, Maharashtra. She joined her post graduation in DNB Family Medicine at Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. During her post graduation she was actively involved in clinical training for Nurses. She did her senior residency at JSS for 1 year. During this period, she was part of training Medical officers in Sickle cell disease. Later she joined as Medical officer at one of the Community health centre in rural Maharashtra for 1 year.

Her areas of interest are primary health care, community health care and research.

Dhiraj Deshmukh
Specialist Family Physician

Dhiraj Deshmukh is from Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. He did his MBBS from VNGMC, Yavatmal and volunteered in Melghat tribal region during his undergraduate days. He completed his DNB in Family medicine and Post graduate diploma in Geriatrics (PGDGM) from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) Sevagram. He worked as a senior resident (SR) at Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, during which he was also part of training medical officers in non-communicable diseases. He has also worked as primary care physician at a Primary health centre in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra for 6 months and later at a Community health centre in rural Maharashtra for a year.

His primary areas of interest are primary and preventive health care.

Yogesh Jain
Public Health Physician

Yogesh Jain has an MD in Paediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi where he also served as a faculty member for a few years, but is a public health physician in practice. He has been primarily involved in "primary health care'- through founding and running a community health programme - Jan Swasthya Sahyog (People's health Support group) in rural Bilaspur in central India with like- minded health professionals since 1999. People from over 2500 of the most marginalised villages that are home to the indigenous people access these services for their major health care needs. He has been involved in addressing the issues - be they technical, operational, economic or political that determine the health care for the rural poor through clinical care, careful documentation, observational research studies, developing appropriate health related technology, training, and lobbying, all based on the continual learning from this community health programme. Observing Health and illnesses through the lens of Hunger and extreme poverty, he has been a strident believer in the continued role of the state as the primary provider of social services and also that unbridled privatization is not the way forward in an unequal world in which we live.

Yogeshwar Kalkonde
Public Health Practitioner and Neurologist
Yogesh is a public health doctor, researcher, an advocate and also a neurologist. He is trained in internal medicine in India and in neurology, immunology and clinical research in the United States (US). Seeking bigger challenges, he left his faculty position in neurology in the US ten years ago to work with communities that have limited access to health care. He worked in rural and Adivasi regions of Gadchiroli for a decade before moving to Chhattisgarh. The health issues of marginalized populations often remain understudied. Yogesh believes that data poverty leads to lack of problematization as well as systematic problem solving and compounds resource poverty. He is keenly interested in strengthening health care in rural and Adivasi areas through documentation, public health research for developing grass root level health care solutions, health system strengthening and mobilizing young health professionals to take up these challenges.
Jitendra Shahare
Jitendra Shahare did his diploma in Pharmacy and DMLT from MSBTE Mumbai University and Jijamata Vidyapeeth Jalgaon respectively. He worked for about 8 year 9 months with SEARCH (Gadchiroli) as community Pharmacist in 'Tribal Villages' under NHM in the Mobile Medical Unit in Maharashtra. During that time he was involved in various surveys as supervisors and surveyors also in communities like Scabies surveys and district level Alcohol and tobacco surveys. And also doing administrative work in tribal teams and involved actively in community health worker training Programs.
Sarita Logade
Sarita Logade did her graduation in Bachelor of Pharmacy from RTMNU University. She worked as a Community Pharmacist under the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) program, funded by Wellcome trust/DBT at SEARCH, Gadchiroli. Her primary responsibility included inventory management and counseling of patients. She was also part of the administrative component and capacity building (of Community Health Workers) of the program under the supervision of a senior physician/public health researcher. Apart from the NCD program, she worked as an evaluator for various cross-sectional studies (on infectious, health system research on healthcare-seeking behavior, tobacco, and alcohol-related surveys)