We are thrilled to share this TEDx talk from MSc Health Policy, Planning and Finance graduate Mahaveer Golecha.
Mahaveer is currently an Assistant Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India. He also works with a number of public health institutes in India including the Indian government and the WHO, providing expert advice and guidance on international health and social policy, health economics and pharmaceutical policies.
Maheever decided to study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine after his mentors – Professor K S Reddy and Professor Lalit Dandona – recommended the School and the HPPF programme to him. Mahaveer’s dissertation focused on the ‘Chief Minister’s Free Medicine Scheme’ that had been implemented in Rajastan, India. The work focused on the need for health system reforms in developing countries and for protecting citizens from huge out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare. This area of study surely went on to influence Mahaveer’s career as he now advocates for universal healthcare in India and endeavors to improve public health worldwide.
During his time at the School, Mahaveer won the prestigious “Young Investigator Scholarship Award” for his studies into Naringin, a bioflavonoid found in grape fruits and citrus fruits and was also interviewed for BBC, London. Mahaveer commented that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is truly a global school and where he made friends for life across the globe – many of whom have taught him about the public health systems in their own countries. As for impacting his career, Mahaveer believes that the HPPF programme contributed greatly to him achieving his ambition of improving population and public health in India and has enabled him to develop the skills needed to move towards that goal.
Mahaveer talked about giving advice to the aspiring students to the School: “The School is known across the globe. The School provides us all the resources required- material, expertise, world class library, talented faculties, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. All you have to take advantages of this uniqueness and make the best use of your time at School. Public Health is very important area, where you have opportunity to serve humanity and make a positive difference in people’s lives. Always think that your talent, skills, competency, education should help others, poorest of the poor and the last person standing in the row. Every one of you have something to offer to the society, you just need to discover your potential while framing the aim of your life. LSHTM and LSE, thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing and therefore giving me an opportunity to be part of this big, beautiful and prestigious, truly global alumni group.”
You can watch the Tedx talk below – it is very inspiring. Congratulations, Mahaveer!