Sumegha Asthana

Sumegha Asthana

Women in Global Health, India

Sumegha Asthana is a physician, health administrator and a health policy and systems researcher by training. Her public health journey started ten years ago in India with a masters in health administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. After which she worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India as a consultant. This was followed by her doctoral research in social medicine which is based at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and focuses on the role of global actors in health systems strengthening in India. Sumegha is a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow (SYLFF) supported by the Tokyo Foundation, Japan and a DAAD scholar under the “A New Passage to India” program at Bielefeld University, Germany. She is an advocate for decolonizing global health and building HPSR capacities in LMICs. She is based in Delhi and works as an independent public health consultant . She is an honorary lecturer at Queen Mary University London, where she teaches global health policy and governance. Sumegha is also the country lead of the India chapter of a global social movement called Women in Global Health, which aims to achieve gender equality in global health leadership.

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