Humans of Safe Care, Saving Lives

This is the third in a series of profiles of the dedicated individuals behind the Safe Care, Saving Lives project. Safe Care, Saving Lives is a quality improvement project to improve neonatal care in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 

Sudha, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Area Hospital Banswada, Nizamabad, Telangana
Obstetrician and Gynecologist,
Area Hospital Banswada,
Nizamabad, Telangana

“I was seventeen when my father, an engineer with the Indian Railways, was diagnosed with cancer. I witnessed firsthand my father’s trial with cancer, his deterioration, and the financial crisis that my family went through as a result. It was this episode of life that pushed me toward medicine. I graduated from Government Medical College, Nagpur, as a gold medalist in obstetrics and gynecology.

It has been fourteen years since I started my career as a civil surgeon. Over these years, I have had a long fight against infertility. I now have a nine year old daughter.

I know intimately how precious motherhood is. I understand the value and joy of being a mother. That is what I look to give to all my patients.

My hospital is located in the tribal belt of Nizamabad District, where access to high quality medical care is extremely limited. Ignorance and lack of education contributes to us getting the most severely anemic and high risk pregnant women.

It takes the collective will of all my nurses and colleagues to ensure healthy babies and healthy mothers. We may not have the best resources or extra hands on deck.

What we do have is heart and a desire to be the best that we can be for our patients. That is what helps us deliver smiles!”