Fellow Since 1998
This profile was prepared when Harini Kakkeri was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Harini Kakkeri is demonstrating how to make women's reproductive health as a priority in both the health bureaucracy and amongst women themselves. She is doing this through the development of clinics devoted to issues of women's reproductive health which provide a wide variety of services all in one location. Her approach capitalizes on two features of public health care in India: the public's increasing awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS creates an opening for educating women about reproductive health in general, and government-sponsored population centers have the potential to provide the necessary infrastructure. She is leveraging health as not only a service, but also an economic and development issue and is set to take the program to scale through the institutionalized health network of the government.