Journey So Far……… Miles to Go……
Dr Vikash Ranjan Keshri completed MBBS from MGIMS, Wardha in year 2008 followed by
Rural service in an NGO hospital in Uttar Pradesh and MD in Community Medicine from
Department of Community Medicine, MGIMS in 2013. After his masters, he also obtained
Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal and Child Health (PGDMCH). He also obtained WHO
Alliance for Health Policy and System Research fellowship “Keystone fellowship on health
policy and system research”. Later on he received scholarship from Belgian Directorate
general for cooperation and development (DGD) for studying “Health Policy” at Institute
of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp Belgium, where he received distinction in the final courses
evaluation. He is one of emerging voice in health policy and system research in India and
globally and is member of “Health System Global”- a global body of health system
researcher. He regularly contributes in different global forum on health policy and health
system complexity issues. A balanced health activist in his own right he fights for agenda
setting for pro-poor health policy in India.
Dr Keshri’ s papers have been presented in many global platforms and fetched many
accolades. He was invited to present his paper in Global Maternal Health Conference held
in Arusha, Tanzania in year 2013. Many of his papers are already published in indexed
journal. His has been invited many times for reviewing abstracts for national and global
conferences and is reviewer for two international journals.
2008 t0 2013:
After graduating he started his rural posting stint and joined a charity hospital where he
played pivotal role in designing and implementation community outreach services in urban
slum of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Then he joined post-graduation in MGIMS, where he
worked in many projects and also completed his thesis in a WHO funded project on
improving quality of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) and Life Saving Anesthetic Skills
(LSAS) training for serving medical doctors. Based on the recommendations of this
project, many policy decisions were taken to improve the quality of training. After
completion of MD, Dr Keshri started working in a project on Rotavirus vaccine trial in the
department itself, where in his brief stint, he played important role in ensuring initial set
up of project.
2013 to 2014:
In year 2013, Dr Keshri moved to development sector and started working at DFID funded
Madhya Pradesh Health System Reform Project (MPHSRP) as state technical specialist for
RMNCH+A. Here he provided leadership in roll out of HMIS based scoring system for
monitoring RMNCH+A services indicator for 17 high priority districts. He also supported
state government initiative to deliver last mile service delivery by supporting
establishment of mini treatment centers in village with 1000 population in the state
through a local service provider and in initiatives like development of model maternity
wings at district hospitals. During his stint he also steered gap analysis for service delivery
in high priority districts and successful incorporation of gap filling budget in state
Programme implementation plan budget. Thereafter he shifted to state of Bihar.
2014 to Cont.…
For the last two years, Dr Keshri is working as Maternal Health Specialist in Bihar Technical
Support Programme funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) under a MoU with
Govt. of Bihar. He is leading the Maternal Health vertical in The State RMNCH+A Unit which
supports the state govt. to improve maternal health care and relevant policy reform.
He has been constantly supporting the Maternal Health Division in planning and executing
best practices in maternal health in the state and led outreach services strengthening
effort for improving RMNCH+A service delivery in rural Bihar.
For improving maternal health care, he could attract focus of policy makers on addressing
fifth delay that is attitude of service providers.
He is also involved in policy reform in the state and has successfully advocated creation of
District Reproductive and Child Health officer cadre in the state. He is currently working
om some big ticket reform in health system.