Thiagarajan Sundararaman

People's Health Movement, India

Professor Thiagarajan Sundararaman is the ex-global coordinator of People’s Health Movement (PHM) and currently part of its Steering Committee. He has been an activist of people’s science movements and people’s health movements since the eighties. After acquiring his MD in Internal Medicine in 1984, he worked for 18 years in the Faculty of Internal Medicine, JIPMER in Puducherry.

From 2002, he shifted to working on strengthening public health systems first as Director of State Health Resource Centre Chhattisgarh and then as an executive director of the National Health Systems Resource Centre.

From 2015 to 2019, he was Professor and Dean of the School of Health Systems Studies in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Major contributions have been to developing community health worker programmes in India and different aspects of strengthening public health systems as part of the National Health Mission.