Jana smarajit

Asst. Country Director at CARE India, New Delhi


Technical Advisor/Specialist

Public Health/WASH

Top Mgt (CEO, President, MD, Country Director/ Regional Representative, Executive Director)


Dr. Jana by profession is an epidemiologist and public health specialist presently functioning in the capacity of principal at Sonagachi Research and Training Institute. He is leading number of research program in addition to capacity building initiatives pertaining to health and HIV. Dr. Jana has served as National Program Advisor at National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India, from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Jana served as the Assistant Country Director at CARE India from August 2003 to March 2006 followed by, as Regional HIV Advisor overseeing 15 countries in Asia region under CARE USA till September 2006. He is presently serving as a member of the National AIDS Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of India since April 2011.He is acting as a member on the National panel constituted by the Supreme Court of India to look into Rights, Rehabilitation and trafficking issues pertaining to sex worker. He has authored over 200 articles, including 32 scientific articles, published i

Professional Experience

  • Asst. Country Directoraug-2003 - feb-2006

    CARE India, New Delhi

     Provide leadership and direction at Care Country HQ in India looking into National International policies and programs- with a annual budgetary allocation of USD 60 million and a staff strength of 2500.  To oversee all health program namely mother and child health, Nutrition, Reproductive health, TB and HIV intervention program.  Liaise with National Govt. and Donor agencies.  Assist country office in policy and finance related decisions  Resource mobilization  To provided leadership and direction in all operation research including policy analysis related to health and HIV intervention program.

  • Regional HIV Program Advisormar-2006 - aug-2006

    Asia Regional Management Unit

    Oversee HIV program implementation in 11 countries in the Asia region which includes Timor leste. The primary task was to provide technical support to ongoing programs, to help build strategic partnerships at national and regional levels. Guide country offices to mobilize resources for expansion of HIV intervention programs, help designing new project proposals, including donor liaison. Design strategic impact enquiry and other relevant research studies across the region. I was also responsible for building partnership policies and strategies including network building at regional level.

  • National Program Advisorfeb-2007 - mar-2009


    To ensure roll out of standardized HIV care interventions across the country developed Operational guidelines for each category of target groups and its execution in all the provincial states in India . Took part in refining National surveillance program with special reference to Sex workers Help developing strategies and communication on behalf of the Ministry of Health to address an attempt to criminalize sex workers and clients by the Ministry of MCH. Institutionalize the capacity building program through creating State Training Resource Centre STRC for each and every major state in India.

  • Epidemiologistjan-1992 - jul-1999

    All India Institute of Hygiene and public health, Calcutta, India

    Worked as a team leader in monitoring Sentinel Surveillance program for HIV epidemic designed by the national Govt of India and Indian Council for Medical research ICMR.

  • HIV Program co-coordinatoraug-1999 - jul-2002

    CARE Dhaka

     Manage and supervise and to scale up HIV intervention program among vulnerable population in Bangladesh,  Donor Liaison.  Resource mobilization  Partnership Building  Advocacy at policy level  Mapping of high risk behavior groups in addition to develop other operations research to understand barriers of Behaviour change with an objective to improve accessibility of services etc.  Scaling up of HIV interventions among different most of risk population e.g. brothel and street based female sex workers, transgender, IDUs and MSM population all across the country.  To assist implementation of National sentinel surveillance programmed in Bangladesh headed by ICDDRB.

  • Sector co-coordinator (Health & Population)/Regional Co-coordinatorjul-2002 - jun-2003

    CARE Bangladesh

     To provide leadership and direction in Health development approaches and program.  Oversee all health-related projects which includes reproductive health, water and sanitation, safe motherhood program and HIV intervention program  To provide technical guidance in designing operations research and new interventions program.  Advocacy and liaison with Govt. dept. Academic institutions Religious Institution in Bangladesh.  Training and orient staff members towards Right based approach to interventions. Contribution

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