Just handing out condoms isn’t the solution.
This insight struck Nidhi Khosla in 2000 as she worked on a targeted HIV/AIDS prevention program for an Indian government agency. While managing program activities in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, she saw firsthand how infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS were inextricably bound with poverty, social marginalization and violations of basic human rights. “I was able to see more clearly the inter-linkages between health and development and the need to adopt a multifaceted approach,” she says.
Khosla applied that approach in her subsequent work with ActionAid International-India, which focused on health and anti-poverty programs aimed at the subcontinent’s most desperate populations. In 2004, she was chosen as the first Indian woman to receive a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to come to the United States to pursue MPH studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Eventually, she plans to contribute to research into the social causes of health disparities, especially in South Asia.
To develop innovative interventions on health and poverty in India and Bangladesh
Assistant Professor, California State University, East Bay