Prashanth N S/daktre

Honorary Associate, Other Initiatives

Birder-doctor-researcher | Faculty, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru Public health | Health policy and systems | Health Equity | Mental health | OneHealth & Planetary health

I am a medical doctor with an interest and specialisation in public health. I work at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. For my PhD in public health, I studied health care organisation and management at the district level in Tumkur district of Karnataka in south India.

After my medicine, I worked in an NGO in BR hills in southern Karnataka. I continue to write about my work there. I subsequently worked in primary health centres in Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh. Most of my travels have been to forests and my work at BR hills has been the origin and the consequence of my passion for wildlife, especially birds, stemming from a larger interest in natural history and biology itself. I try to keep this alive by birdwatching, reading and writing about this.

I am an editor on Wikipedia and strongly believe that it has contributed significantly to narrowing the gap between the expert and the amateur. Contributing to Wikipedia as others have said "is both an educational opportunity and a professional responsibility". Information and health suffer from similar inequities, and perhaps information equity will be achieved far earlier than for health, and one day, the only barrier to the sum of all human knowledge will be apathy. I help organise workshops to promote contributing content to Wikipedia. 

I teach short courses in public health and social science research methods, social determinants of health, health equity and human resources for health.