Women lead 70-80% of all the healthcare services provided in India. Women healthcare professionals can be crucial in helping society understand its needs for nutrition and health. Women in public health, whether on the front lines or in the background, have advanced societies by putting great effort to increase community safety through prevention, policy, and education. As caregivers or allied health professionals (nurses, midwives, surgeons, or traditional healers), women have long been engaged in informal medical practice. There have been numerous influential women throughout history who have overcome prejudice and discrimination to make outstanding contributions to public health.
At Anamaya, the Tribal Health Collaborative we advocate for equal opportunity for women in the public health domain. The document below celebrates a few of the many women who are a part of the public health system and are an inspiration to the future generation of men and women.