Annapurna Chavali is focused on models for improved primary healthcare. She has a Masters degree in healthcare administration from Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad and has six years of experience in international healthcare management. Prior to actively being involved in healthcare management, she was a full fledged physiotherapist serving patients directly as a clinician. The need to contribute at a large scale to the society made her take up healthcare management as her career. Her career in healthcare management started with residency programme at Aravind Eye Care System (AECS) - a WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness. In her tenure at AECS she worked on basic methods of sterilisation techniques in operation theatre (which was published), performance appraisal system for doctors and service quality in ophthalmic hospitals. After her specified period of residency she went to work in general and speciality hospitals in India and was as head of operations. Her career at The Cradle, an Apollo franchisee- an unique boutique woman and child hospital, involved project management, implementation and systems development. Her latest position at Right to Sight, an Irish charity involved in fight against needless blindness, included capacity building of eye hospitals in Sub Saharan Africa by the principles of successful eye care models in India. The work also involved advocacy role and networking with high net worth individuals.
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