ACCESS Health International announced the appointment of Siddhartha Bhattacharya to head ACCESS Health India. In his new role, Bhattacharya will oversee and manage programmatic investments to strengthen health systems throughout the country. He will manage local Health Financing, Quality and Process Improvement, Maternal and Child Health, Eye Care and Hearing, Primary Healthcare, Healthcare Technology, and Drug Distribution and Procurement teams. He will work with the ACCESS Health India teams to establish and manage partnerships with key decision makers in government, the public and private sectors, and global health funding organizations. He will also build and oversee strategic collaborations with local and international research and development organizations, including the Max Institute of Healthcare Management and the Indian School of Business.
The three largest projects in Bhattacharya’s ACCESS Health India portfolio are the Private Partnerships Project, the Health Financing Support Program, and a quality improvement initiative called Safe Care, Saving Lives. The Public Private Partnerships Project strengthens collaboration between the public and private sectors and supports the development of more effective partnerships in healthcare. ACCESS Health has begun this work with Rajasthan, Bhattacharya will oversee its expansion to other states. The Health Financing Support Program helps policymakers understand and implement options for health reforms. The pilot phase of this work has begun in Madhya Pradesh and will soon expand. Safe Care, Saving Lives brings neonatal care providers together into collaborative. Providers work together to drive improvements in target areas to reduce neonatal mortality. ACCESS Health has piloted successful collaborative on neonatal care and eye care and is bringing this work to scale throughout India. “The cutting edge approach of ACCESS Health – combining global research and proven practices to improve global public health systems – has always interested me,” said Bhattacharya. “I am excited to be part of this transformation and look forward to making an impact on health system reforms in India”
Bhattacharya joins ACCESS Health from the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK EMRI), where he served as chief operating officer and technology head for four years.