Rani Desai

Rani Desai
Chief Executive Officer, Anahat Foundation, Bengaluru

Rani is an experienced public health professional, passionate about ensuring that healthcare is inclusive and equitable. She firmly believes that Universal Health Coverage can be achieved only by building robust primary and preventive health systems. She has worked in the development sector for 19 years, during which she has raised funds for nonprofits, implemented primary and preventive health projects across Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Nagaland. Rani led the Biocon Foundation for 12 years, between 2005 and 2017 – during which time she initiated path-breaking preventive health interventions, for oral, breast, and cervical cancers, diabetes, and hypertension. She also managed both private and government primary health centres, and sub centres. Among the many awards won under Rani’s leadership, the award and recognition that she treasures the most is the first Public Health Champion award presented by the World Health Organization, India in 2015. Rani now leads the Anahat Foundation, Bangalore, through which she is highly focused on improving the delivery of primary and preventive health services to the urban poor and ultra-poor. Anahat Foundation works in 46 slums across Bangalore, Tumkur, Davangere, and Chmarajnagar cities, and has treated more than 5,000 patients through community medical camps as well as by referring patients to government facilities for tertiary and secondary care. Anahat Foundation’s overarching objective is to advocate for strong primary and preventive health systems that are accessible to every citizen in our cities.

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