As a first year Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student, Bhavya Joshi is working at the intersection of global reproductive health and human rights. For more than 5 years, Bhavya has managed, implemented, and evaluated global public health projects in South Asia. Among other projects, she has worked on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) human-centered design intervention on Maternal and Child Health (MCH); managed the evaluation of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Abt Associates project on Family Planning, Child Health and SRH and supported the development of the national strategy for India and Bangladesh on Sexual and Reproductive HEalth (SRH) for Deaf Young Persons for Deaf Child Worldwide, United Kingdom (DCW). Within India, she has worked in 18 of 28 states. Her research organization Women’s Sexual And Reproductive Rights Advocacy (WomenSARRA), works toward the full realization of Sexual and Reproductive Health as a Human Right. At the Bixby Center, Bhavya will be supporting Dr. Ndola Prata to develop modules integrating gender sensitive approaches to public health for the One Health platform. These modules are at the intersection of one health and gender. This project is funded by USAID and is in collaboration with University of California, Davis and regional partners in Asia and Africa.
Bhavya obtained a Masters in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. She is completing her second Masters in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation from University of Innsbruck. Her bachelor is in Political Science (Honors) from Delhi University. Using her multidisciplinary academic background, Bhavya is passionate about using community-based approaches embedded in human rights mechanisms to aid women’s reproductive autonomy and informed healthcare decision making in low and middle-income countries. She is a travel enthusiast, fond of drinking coffee and experimenting with cuisines.