EHS-COVID (285) WHO and HIFA: Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic (3)

11 May, 2021

Hi Neil,

It was an amazing opportunity to read all the thoughts presented by forum members. Being part of the entire process made me realize the efforts undertaken by different members to continue discussion and its documentation in different forms. The learnings are immensely helpful for the community as a whole. [*see note below]


Sanchika Gupta

HIFA profile: Dr. Sanchika Gupta is an Indian healthcare specialist with eight years of experience as both clinician and public health programmer. She explored wide breadth of public health realm viz. family planning/reproductive health, maternal, adolescent and child health during her association with national and international NGOs namely INCLEN, MAMTA, Jhpiego and Pathfinder International. She acquired technical expertise in advocacy, program management, research, monitoring and evaluation throughout her fieldwork in eight Indian states (Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh). She is the nominee of ‘120 under 40: the new generation of family planning leaders’ in 2019. In the recent years, she has been associated with HIFA through its Social Media Working Group and EHS-COVID19 project. In 2021, HIFA nominated her as Global Country Representative Coordinator. Currently, she is based in New Delhi, India and is available on email id or Twitter @sanchika_gupta.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thank you Sanchika for your help with this. All: You can read the first 142 messages of our EHS-COVID discuission here:

Gladson Vaghela, Sanchika Gupta and Sandra Bearcroft are now working on later messages 142-260. In addition, our colleagues at WHO are helping develop a publication as a Learning Brief for the WHO website. Our intention throughout this project is to share experience and learning for the benefit of others.]