UNICEF was created to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. The largest UN organization in India, UNICEF India is fully committed to working with the Government of India to ensure that each child born in this vast and complex country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential. UNICEF uses its community-level knowledge to develop innovative interventions to ensure that women and children are able to access basic services such as clean water, health visitors and educational facilities, and that these services are of high quality. At the same time, UNICEF reaches out directly to families to help them to understand what they must do to ensure their children thrive.
UNICEF knows that key to addressing these challenges are its partnerships with sister UN agencies, voluntary organizations active at the community level, women’s groups and donors. As the world’s biggest buyer and supplier of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF partners with GAVI Alliance to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunization in India.
Q&A with Dr. Khanindra Bhuyan
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
To ensure early (breastfeeding started within one hour of birth) and exclusive breastfeeding (feeding the baby with only breast milk and nothing else) for all the infants up to the age of six months.
Why did you decide to go into your line of work?
I am a passionate practitioner of public health and preventive medicine and my aim in life is to contribute to saving maximum lives with sound policy and the practice of public health. I feel privileged that I can apply some of the principles of public health and preventive medicine in my day-to-day work for advancing the rights of children to survival, development, participation and protection.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I can work with the children and women in Indian villages and try to ensure that various health services are accessed by them.
Learn more about UNICEF India at unicef.org/india
Dr. Khanindra Bhuyan is a UNICEF health specialist in Mumbai, India