Helen Davey

Helen Davey is a qualified nurse and a midwife with over 14 years of experience in the field of nursing, midwifery and maternal care. Prior to this, she was the health coordinator of a project in southern Ukraine, providing emergency care and working under the humanitarian sector structure. She was also focusing on the implementation of gender-based violence training and clinical rape management training in this role. Helen has a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. Helen is a NIPE (Newborn Infant Physical Examination) practitioner and holds an Advanced Assessment Practitioner Award with the University of Cambridge Assessment Network. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Health Policy from London School Tropical Hygiene and Medicine alongside her work at Aastrika Foundation.

Helen has also worked in nursing and midwifery in several countries across Europe, East Africa, and Asia and is an active member of the UK’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) and Save the Children’s Emergency Field Hospital Team. When she is not practising midwifery, she can be found travelling or playing rugby.

Lakshmi Viswanatha

An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Work (TISS), Lakshmi is passionate about maternal health and has over a decade of experience. She has been deeply involved in understanding the complexities of health, gender & equity and the intersectionalities in this realm. She has worked on various projects funded by international donors like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, etc. At Aastrika, she handles SPHERE, the collaborative digital platform to support capacity building activities within maternal health.

Bheemaray V M

Bheema is a public health professional, with 12 years of experience in project management, research, training & capacity-building in the non-profit sector and public health system. Bheema holds a Master’s degree in medical and psychiatric social work and a diploma in public health. He has extensively worked with various international NGOs and the department of health, Karnataka.

Prior to joining Aastrika, Bheema worked with Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and led operation activity for the Joint Effort for Elimination of Tuberculosis (JEET) project, in Karnataka. He hails from Vijayapur and currently lives in Bengaluru.

Eathel Zechariah N

Eathel has over 30yrs of experience in Labour and Delivery and Neonatal Care, and in critical and non critical areas as well. She is trained in BLS and ACLS, and has done CGFNS and NCLEX-RN, the international Nursing exams. She has experience in training individuals and groups of nurses in both classroom and bedside settings. She has a passion for training future midwives, in achieving the MDG. (Millennium Development Goals), and to transform the Indian Midwifery Cadre.

Jayanthi Yesuraj

Jayanthi Yesuraj joined Aastrika as a Midwifery Educator, having 5+ years of experience in nurse training. She holds B.Sc.Nursing degree and Masters in Hospital Management. She is passionate about imparting skills to individuals and is determined to bring changes in the Indian Midwifery Health System. In her spare time, she likes traveling and spending time with her family.

Mary Christinal M

Mary joined Aastrika as a Midwifery Educator. She has 20 years of experience in Labor Delivery & Recovery (LDR) and other departments.

Mary holds a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music.

Jayanthi Gopal

Jayanthi Gopal is a midwifery practitioner, educator, researcher, and a registered nurse. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked in various capacities like that of professor, lecturer, principal, nursing tutor and staff nurse. Her efforts have been dedicated towards raising awareness and educating people on various health related programmes. She has published papers on maternity related themes and is currently researching on “a model for supportive midwifery care at first stage of labour”. Jayanthi has completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing and Master’s in Obstetrics & Gynecology Nursing from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and is currently also pursuing a PhD from University of South Africa(UNISA).

Merilyn Nangsha

Merilyn Nangsha is a healthcare professional with over six years of experience in both clinical practice and teaching. She brings a comprehensive understanding of obstetric and gynaecological care to her professional endeavours. She was an assistant lecturer in Ramaiah Institute of Nursing Education and Research. She has served as staff nurse in Delhi Council for Child Welfare and Batra Hospital. Merilyn has a Master’s degree in Nursing from Rajiv Gandhi University and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Lakshmi Bai Batra College of Nursing, New Delhi.