UHC Specialist, Center for Universal Health Coverage
KPMG in the UK
Adrita is a health policy professional with a focus on health care financing and private sector integration for pro-poor health provision. Her work over the last 12+ years has ranged from driving policy implementation in NHS hospitals in London through performance-based financing, to implementing and appraising health financing mechanisms in developing countries.
Her early years in the NHS developed her interest in strategic planning and allocation of health sector resources to drive better health outcomes. Understanding how such expertise could be adapted in resource-constrained settings is what propelled her towards international health and development. With her modest upbringing in India, this wasn’t just an interest, it was a passion – a country where approximately 63 million people enter poverty because of high-out-pocket payment for health care and where the private sector accounts for 75% of all outpatient and basic care.
Adrita’s subsequent work took her to a wide array of settings such as post-conflict northern Uganda, South Africa, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, India, Cambodia where she worked with service delivery organisations, local governments, NGOs and think tanks to drive the aggregation of fragmented private health facilities and analyse rapidly changing health markets to inform policy and expansion strategies.
Prior to joining KPMG, Adrita managed a high-level policy consortium on health markets composed of major bilateral, multilateral and private donors (including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank Group ) as well as country representatives from India, Nigeria and Rwanda. She acted as the broker between agencies to identify synergies and reach agreements to develop policies and investment that support government stewardship of mixed health systems and private sector integration in UHC reforms.
Having straddled both worlds of policy development and service delivery, she is convinced that more can be done to bridge the gap between the two in order create coherence in health markets and make UHC a reality for the 400 million people who currently lack access to the most basic care. The KPMG Centre for UHC can play this catalytic role and she is excited to be part of this team.
Adrita holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.