Sita Shankar Wunnava
PATH (India Office), New Delhi, India
Sita Shankar Wunnava, BA Economics, MA Social Work
Have over two decades of experience with international health programs, including community- based HIV/AIDS prevention programs and adolescent reproductive health projects in India. Have worked with UN, International and National Organizations, in a multi-cultural environment.
Currently working as ‘Social Scientist’ in the India Country Office of PATH. Responsible for providing intellectual leadership to behaviour and social research activities with an aim to explore socio-cultural, service delivery, clinical, policy, cost and related issues to inform program design. This position entails design of research activities both qualitative and quantitative, develop research protocols, design program evaluation studies and provide technical support to implement project plans.
Have a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Population Leadership Fellowship from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. I have over two decades of wide ranging experience profile predominantly dealing with Adolescent and young adult sexual & reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, Women Studies and working with refugees to help improve their quality of life.
In my previous job with Pathfinder International, as Deputy Country Representative, I oversaw the PRACHAR Project in Bihar and an Urban Health Project based in Delhi. Both these projects sought to Promote Change in key behaviour that has an impact on the reproductive health of adolescents and young adults. I was involved in developing training curriculum for adolescents, young adults and NGO staff. Was closely involved with the evidence-based evaluation of the project and helped develop the proposal for scale-up of the project through the Government mechanism in the State of Bihar.
Prior to my work with Pathfinder, I worked as a research consultant with Project Concern International, New Delhi, and authored the report, “Migrant domestic working girls/women and their vulnerability to HIV/ AIDS,” which explored migration issues, social isolation issues, labour rights, general health issues, and HIV/AIDS issues (knowledge on the disease, modes of transmission, prevention, symptoms, treatment, attitude and practices). In addition, I have worked as National Consultant for UNDP and collaborated with National AIDS Control Organisation-India (NACO) on the project, “Strengthening Community-Based Responses to HIV/AIDS in India” and was involved in reviewing action plans submitted by NGO planning groups of six states viz. Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. I also worked as a social counselor for several years with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, New Delhi.
I am an Indian national and live in New Delhi. I have a son who is graduating from University this year. My husband works for a Public Sector organisation in India. My hobbies are reading and making new friends. I look forward to interacting with the fellow participants of this course and learn from their rich experience in the field of public health.
Edited by Aldo Campana,