Dr Meenakshi Gautham

Research Fellow, Health Systems and Policy at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


Research Fellow, Health Systems and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Meenakshi’s work focuses on pluralistic health systems and antimicrobial stewardship in community settings. She is exploring ways of navigating the challenges and opportunities inherent in these systems in order to operationalise antimicrobial stewardship and strengthen universal health coverage, for human and veterinary health. She leads an HSRI/MRC funded 'One Health' research team engaged in designing a novel antibiotic stewardship intervention in rural West Bengal in India, working with informal health providers and paravets, the formal public health and veterinary health systems, the pharmaceutical industry and rural communities. She is the co-lead on a GCRF funded cluster project to convene cross-sectoral researchers and policymakers from countries of Asia and Africa to accelerate the development and testing of One Health interventions that address global health and food security.

Meenakshi joined LSHTM in 2012 as the India Country Coordinator of IDEAS, a 5-year Gates Foundation funded measurement, learning and evaluation project in maternal, newborn and child health, in Ethiopia, India (Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and North East Nigeria. She was also part of the Merck for Mothers study team at LSHTM, researching the private health sector in maternal healthcare. From 2008-2012, she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Institute of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands, and the Micro Insurance Academy in New Delhi. She received her PhD in Public Health and Policy from LSHTM in 2006.