Garima Mathias

Garima Mathias - 2017 Nominee
Position: Project Manager
Organization: Ipas Development Foundation
Current Location: New Delhi
MBA in Health Management
Garima is a self-starter who is extremely committed to advancing contraceptive choices for women. She has an inherent ability to work at the national level with policy makers & with equal ease with HSPs and CHWs on provision of women centric quality. – Vinoj Manning, Executive Director at Ipas Development Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been working for over a decade with a singular focus on family planning. My first job as a District Program Manager in Gujarat offered me immense opportunity to learn, implement and monitor progress of various RCH programs with constant engagement with various cadres of health care providers. This helped me gain deep insight about the public health sector. In my current role, I am working on a project on comprehensive contraceptive care at Ipas Development Foundation with intervention in 450 public health facilities serving rural, vulnerable women.
I was part of national level team that developed reporting formats and indicators for Expanding Access to IUCD Service software which was approved by National Health Mission, Government of India.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

While pursuing my health management course I realized that FP services if provided and accepted timely and correctly can avert majority of maternal and child deaths and prevent women from morbidities. My work in Gujarat as DPM involved regular interaction with doctors, CHWs and rural women to understand their requirement from the health system and realized the huge need for comprehensive information and access to services, so I channelized efforts towards providing quality health services.

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

I oriented team members in implementing the onsite training by which we are increasing the contraceptive service provider base and making services more accessible to the rural women and men.
I worked closely with the IDF research team to design the client follow-up mechanism and system by which follow-up of IUCD clients can be done. Formats developed have been adopted by MP Health department for use by ANMs in the state.

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 use the grant to develop innovative strategies for engaging with young people on awareness generation on methods of contraception.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Facilitating an onsite training session for health service providers

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