Government of India

Anuradha Gupta (co-Chair since Jan 2012)
Additional Secretary & Mission Director (National Rural Health Mission)
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Started term: December 2009

Anuradha Gupta is currently holding the position of Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission to Government of India. She is responsible for leading the Government of India’s flagship programme; the world’s largest in public health. Mrs Gupta’s work focuses on Reproductive, Maternal & Child Health and Health Systems Strengthening as well as the National Immunization Program.

In her 32 years of service, Mrs Gupta has held a wide range of assignments in the fields of Education, Health, Finance, Urban Development, Industry, Internal Security, Women & Child Development and Social Services. She holds an MBA (Australia) and has done advanced Course in Public Policy from Maxwell School (USA). She has received executive education at Stanford Business School and Kennedy School of Public Administration at Harvard.

As global leader, Mrs Gupta is presently the co-Chair of Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and is actively involved in fervent advocacy of women and children’s health. She is a member of the Global Reference group to provide strategic direction for Family Planning 2020 initiatives and the co-Chair of Stakeholders Group on Family Planning for the epoch London2020 Family Planning Summit. She led the clarion call for bringing family planning back into public discourse. Mrs Gupta is also a member of the Global Study Group responsible for developing an ‘Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s Health beyond 2015’ and co-authored a position paper entitled ‘Healthy Women & Children at the Heart of Sustainable Development’ to advocate for undiluted focus on Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child & Adolescent Health in the aftermath of 2015. She is also a member of the Global Newborn Action Advisory Group. On a special invite from the US Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton, Mrs Gupta served as a member of Steering Committee for ‘Child Survival: Call to Action’ in Washington DC, June 2012; India was a co-convener of this watershed event. India’s representative on Commission of Information & Accountability (COIA) set up by the Secretary General, United Nations.

As a national leader, Mrs Gupta has a nationwide presence in all 35 States/Union Territories of India. Currently, she is the Chairperson of RMNCH+A Coalition and co-convener of Mission Steering Group (equivalent to the National Cabinet/Council of Ministers) for the National Health Mission and chair/member/convener of several other strategic bodies.