Team, Aifo India Head office
Dr. Jose Manikkathan
DirectorDr.Jose has been Director of AIFO India since 2001. He holds a Ph.D in Sociology and is a pioneer in the disability and rehabilitation sector. Having worked in the development sector for over 30 years, Dr. Jose is leading the battle for leprosy eradication working in several capacities including national and international leadership positions, as an expert facilitator for CSO’s working in the public health space, as a research lead and as a consultant for monitoring and evaluation.
Dr. Jayanth Kumar YB
Head,ProgrammesDr.Jayanth is Head of Programs at AIFO India, where he manages AIFO India’s community based rehabilitation work with our network 17 partners across 10 states of India. He holds a Ph.D in sociology and a diploma in community health management , as well as completing an international CBR managers course. Dr.Jayanth completed his schooling from the Sri Ramana Maharishi School for the Blind and his higher education in a regular college despite being a visually impaired person. He has published several research papers and coauthored several national and international studies on disability, CBR and inclusive development. Being differently abled himself, Dr.Jayanth always wanted to give back to the community, challenge perceptions about disability and uplift the lives of those coming from backgrounds of poverty, vulnerability, disability and disease.
Dr. Samuel Michael
NLEP Consultant, KarnatakaDr.Samuel Micheal, is a consultant with the National Leprosy Eradication Programme under the Central Leprosy Division, Government of India and has worked in several capacities in the non profit sector for nearly 39 years. Dr. Michael is a trained medical doctor and holds several post graduate certifications in leprosy, Health Management from IIM Bangalore, hospital management, maternal and child health, human resource management and industrial health. He is also recipient of a fellowship in public health FRIPH (UK), and a certificate in Palliative care ( UK). Since March 2013 he has been a consultant for the NLEP program, working with AIFO India on our leprosy programs in Karnataka. He has been a consultant to OXFAM, Consultant and former CEO of the American Leprosy Mission, Consultant to ILEP India, Consultant and Director of Community Health at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital and Member of the Board of Management. Dr,Micheal brings rich and varied experience to not only the government programs but also AIFO India's leprosy initiatives.
Admin ManagerLucy is one of the AIFO India’s earliest employees joining us in 1997. Today she looks after office administration and coordination with our partners across the country and supports all teams with their admin and finance requirements. Lucy ensures that our guests, volunteers and staff are well taken care off at all times. In the past Lucy has worked with the Karnataka Paper Agencies, Dalmia & co Chartered Accountant, MECCON India, Engineering Enterprises and St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore.
Team, Regional office, Guwahati
Dr. Nayan Kumar Dass
ConsultantDr. Nayan Kumar Das formely worked with the Assam Rural Health Services. Starting his career as an M &HO-I on 1983 he worked across different State Dispensaries ( PHC’s) of NC Hills, Kamrup, Barpeta for 11 years. He rose steadily in his career and retired as Additional Director of Health Services, Uppar Assam. A passionate medical practitioner, he is deeply committed to the cause of leprosy and neglected tropical and communicable diseases. Today he is a consultant to AIFO Indias NLEP program supporting our work in enhancing government leprosy healthcare services.
Data Entry OperatorSimanta is responsible for all Data Entry, record keeping, administration and coordination for the AIFO NLEP office in Guwahati, Assam. Prior to working with AIFO India, Simanta was working as a customer care executive in a Travel Agency. He holds a diploma in office management and is the 6th semester of pursuing his BA degree from Kanta Handique State Open University. Seeing and experiencing hardship made Simanta pursue a life of service in the non profit sector.
PhysiotherapistMs.Vijaylaksmi is a trained Physiotherapist working alongside our medical team in the north east region, in support of the NLEP program. She started her career as a community organizer working at New Hope, following which she spent nearly a decade at Hoina Leprosy Trust surgical Unit and then moved on to the Lepra Society. She has worked and learned from numerous medical experts and has not only been involved in surgical units but also in several training programs. She credits her former colleague Mr. E.T. Rose, Director at Hoina and said that if he had not motivated her to explore leprosy work, she would have probably ended up as a nurse or teacher. Today, after all these years working in leprosy she said she is deeply contented and have committed myself to working without any motivation of profit.
Pranab Kumar Das
Non Medical Supervisor NLEPPranab Kumar Das has been working as the NMS at the AIFO/NLEP Program office in Guwahati since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guwahati University and has undergone several technical training programs over the course of his career enabling him to be a impactful NMS and leprosy worker. He started his career as an urban leprosy worker at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital and has held the position of NMS across several areas such as Dibrugarh and Kamrup in Assam. In 2012 he retired while serving as NMS to the State Leprosy Office , Assam. Pranab is very passionate about the welfare of persons affected by leprosy and committed to their medical as well as socio-economic rehabilitation.