Dr Thelma Narayan
Community Health Cell
359, (old No.367) Srinivasa Nilaya
Jakkasandra 1 Main
1 Block, Koramangala
Tel: 080-25525372
Email : thelma@sochara.org

Dr Thelma Narayan, is a medical doctor with an M Sc. in Epidemiology and a Doctorate in public health policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London University. She is deeply committed to health and equity and works as a scholar activist. In 1984, she co-initiated the Community Health Cell, a professional resource centre in community health which grew into SOCHARA, and later evolved into SOPHEA-SOCHARA in 2011 under her leadership. Dr Narayan is currently the Director of SOPHEA and Secretary of SOCHARA, Bengaluru.

She has helped evolve public health and primary health care oriented state health policies in Odisha in 2002 and in Karnataka in 2004. She is an advisor to various national health initiatives including the National Rural Health Mission and was associated with the National Health Systems Resource Centre from its inception till 2013.

She was also a member of the national ASHA mentoring group till 2013 and was a member of the National Mental Health Policy Group set up by the MoHFW. She has written over 62 reports/publications/papers.