You are always looked at as “different.” I have had the good fortune to straddle both my husband’s corporate sector, and my world of the development sector. I have always been looked at as the “social worker” and many times not been taken seriously.
As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact,” I had the pleasure of interviewing Mukti Bosco, Founder & Secretary General, Healing Fields Foundation.
Mukti Bosco is an Ashoka Fellow, known for her efforts in health and women’s empowerment, leading a preventive health education program reaching over six million families in India. Since starting Healing Fields in 2000, Mukti has been continuously striving to find innovative solutions to India’s health challenges.
Her deep understanding of the communities and their needs led to the development of a highly innovative micro health insurance program at a time when the majority of Indians were not insured. The uniqueness of the health insurance product and model was recognized nationally and internationally.
She has a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the Administrative staff college of India and John Hopkins University. Mukti has shared her experiences working with some of India’s most marginalized communities as a presenter at the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, and the Mayo Clinic’s Transform Conference.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Born to a family of medical professionals, Mukti’s early memories are of accompanying her parents to eye camps organized in remote parts of India. This sparked her interest in community health.
After working with several health-focused organizations, such as Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, Spastics Society of India, and Medico Pastoral Association in Bangalore, she returned to Hyderabad, where a poignant encounter highlighted India’s…