In ReAct's series of celebrating ReAct 15 years we decided to talk to our staff across the globe. Dr. Jaya Ranjalkar is a Senior Research Officer at the ReAct Asia Pacific node at C.M.C Vellore in India. She has been working for ReAct the last four years.
Why do you work for ReAct?
– I work for ReAct because I associate with the network’s goal and mission.
– ReAct is one of the few organizations dedicated to the cause of antibiotic resistance that addresses different aspects of antibiotic resistance by taking low- and middle-income countries’ perceptions into account. At the same time our network does not get influenced by the industry.
– Since I already worked on Tuberculosis, I have seen how drug-resistant infections result in enormous suffering in all ways – physical, financial, family and much more. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to cause suffering of a larger magnitude.
– As there are challenges with the narrative of antibiotic resistance, I strongly feel ReAct has brought to focus different key aspects of this at the global level.
What do you like about your work?
– In spite of being geographically separated ReAct has a great team with immense expertise.
– My work provides an opportunity to interact with stakeholders from diverse fields and contribute towards the cause of antibiotic resistance in a small but meaningful way.
What do you do at ReAct?
– Mainly I collaborate with our Director at ReAct Asia Pacific, Dr. Sujith Chandy, in our various ongoing activities and projects.
Dr. Jaya Ranjalkar completed her M.D. in Pharmacology in the year 2016 from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Her research was on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of antitubercular drugs in children. On successful completion of her M.D, she worked as a consultant for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and authored a report titled ’Snake-bite and Market Landscape of Anti-venom in India – A situational Analysis’. Her main areas of interest include infectious diseases with a specific focus on tuberculosis.
This year ReAct is celebrating 15 years of action on antibiotic resistance and the interview is part of this celebration!
The story of ReAct started 15 years ago with a small group of people, many who are still with the network today. They all shared a passion for global health, and felt the urgency to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The network has since grown, with the presence of offices in 5 continents and many passionate members working together.
Read more about ReAct 15 years celebrations and learn more about the story of ReAct!