Shanti Mahendra is global health professional with extensive experience in health systems strengthening to advance improved maternal and newborn health outcomes and equity. She provides technical direction and manages programmes, including large complex sector-wide budget support to governments; cutting-edge research and knowledge building and sharing at academic institutions and international agencies; and grassroots level implementation through local governments and NGOs. She has also led on national and sub-national level monitoring and evaluation projects.
She is currently Team Leader for the UKAid-funded Nepal Health Systems Strengthening Programme (NHSSP). She has also provided strategic technical direction to other Options programmes including the Sector Wide Strengthening for Health (SWASTH) programme in Bihar (India), the Nepal Post-Earthquake Transition and Recovery Programme, the Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement (MANI) project in Kenya; and the Urban Health Systems Strengthening Programme in Bangladesh.