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 19 years, she has worked with national and international NGOs for public health initiatives.
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 a Board member of IAPO (International Alliance of Patient Organisations, HIA (Healthy India Alliance – the National NCD Alliance in India) and I – ORD (Indian Organisation for Rare Diseases). Dr. Ratna is a member of the WHOs Global Coordinating Mechanism on the Steering group for “Meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs”.She holds an MBBS degree from Sambalpur University and a dual MBA from SYMBIOSIS and Manipal Institute of Distance Education.
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, bringing in best practices and patient perspectives for designing, implementing and measuring health outcomes. Her work with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research(ISPOR) as the Patient Representative from the Asia Pacific is helping patient organisations contribute to measuring healthcare outcomes that matter to them. As a strong patient safety advocate, she works with the government as well as patient organisations to advocate for better quality and safety not in hospitals and other healthcare delivery institutions but safety at home, educational institutions and workplaces