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.