Urogynecologist, Researcher, Social entrepreneur, Founder and Managing Trustee, ARMMAN
During her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sion hospital in Mumbai, Dr. Aparna Hegde witnessed how pervasive systemic problems in the provision of health care led to maternal and child deaths that were preventable. Unable to accept the status quo, she founded ARMMAN (Advancing Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity of Mothers, Children and Neonates; www.armman.org), a non-profit dedicated to designing cost-effective solutions at scale for complex health care problems. She conceptualized the four projects of ARMMAN; mMitra (with customized malnutrition and HIV-AIDS programs), HERO (Helpline for Emergency Response Operations), Arogya Sakhi home-based care and the Mother and Child High-Risk Factor Tracking system. ARMMAN’s programs make innovative use of technology to create cost-effective programs that find the right balance between the depth of impact and scale and have already impacted more than a million lives.
Dr. Hegde is also India’s leading urogynecologist and pelvic floor reconstructive surgeon with a master’s degree from Stanford University and IUGA (International Urogynecological Association) International Fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery from Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Health (C.U.P) in New Delhi, a first-of-its-kind, clinical and academic international center of excellence in the field of Urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery in the country.
An accomplished researcher in her field, she has multiple national and international research awards including one of the best paper awards at the 2013 American Urogynecological Society (AUGS) Annual meeting and has more than 74 abstracts and publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals. She is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of 2D and 3D ultrasound of the pelvic floor and is routinely invited as an expert to national and international conferences including IUGA and AUGS annual meetings. She is a member of the Editorial Board of International Urogynecology Journal (IUJ) and member of the Education Committee of the IUGA.
In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Ganatra award for social work by the Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynecological Society for the year 2013, the Prerak fellowship by IIM Lucknow for the year 2014, the Digital Woman Entrepreneur award in 2015 and the Mother Teresa Social Leadership Fellowship in 2016. She was one of the five global women leaders featured in the Voice of America Documentary, ‘A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders” narrated by Academy award winning actress, Sally Field in 2015. She was also a featured speaker in the TEDx Gateway event in 2014. Project mMitra was awarded the People’s Choice award at the Saving Lives at Birth event in Washington DC in 2011 and was a finalist at the mBillionth Award for South Asia in 2014. ARMMAN’s Arogya Sakhi home based care project was a finalist at the mBillionth Award for South Asia in 2015.