Indian Alliance of Patient Groups
A medical doctor, public health and management professional, Dr. Ratna Devi brings more than 30 years of experience working to improve health outcomes in India. She spent her initial 10 years in the government and for the past 20 years, she has worked with national and international NGOs for public health initiatives. Dr. Ratna has demonstrated experience managing large-scale programs for success and scaling-up innovative pilot programs across India, at national and state levels. A versatile leader, she combines clinical qualifications to support high-quality service delivery and management experience.
Dr. Ratna Devi is the CEO and Co-founder of DakshamA Health and Education, an organisation that is dedicated to working for access to health, patient education and advocacy. DakshamA aims to create a network of caregivers and patient groups, and work with them on knowledge sharing as well as providing essential feedback for managing long term and chronic diseases. She leads a cross disease Patient Alliance in India called Indian Alliance of Patient Groups (IAPG) and is the Past Chair of Board, IAPO (International Alliance of Patient Organisations, Board member HIA (Healthy India Alliance – the National NCD Alliance in India) and I–ORD (Indian Organisation for Rare Diseases). She holds an MBBS degree from Sambalpur University and a dual MBA from SYMBIOSIS and Manipal Institute of Distance Education. Dr. Devi also holds advisory positions at several NGOs and has contributed to research as well as publications.
Her work spans across policy initiatives for Non Communicable diseases, Rare diseases and Patient safety, focusing on changing the way healthcare is perceived and delivered in India and the region, bringing in best practices and patient perspectives for designing, implementing and measuring health outcomes. As a strong patient safety advocate, she works with government as well as patient organisations to advocate for better quality and safety not only in hospitals and other healthcare delivery institutions but safety at home, educational institutions and workplaces. She leads patient capacity building through the Patient Academy for innovation and research of which she is a director.