Kavita Bhatia is an independent researcher in public health. She is based in India. She has considerable experience in the documentation and evaluation of community-based voluntary health care programs, particularly those involving community health workers. Since the past few years, she has been doing research, documentation and advocacy for women community health workers in large scale public health care programs. She is interested in the gender issues, rights and professional development of women health workers. She also runs an e-platform called Ashavani (http://www.ashavani.org).