Ruchika is a public health professional with twenty years of diverse experience in the field of Reproductive, Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition programming, policy and clinical research, strategy formulation, building alliances, regulatory affairs and behaviour change communications. Ruchika leads the maternal, new-born and child health and nutrition (MNCHN) portfolio at PATH, India supporting its strategies and projects which promote targeted interventions aimed at improving the health and nutrition of populations at risk through a range of activities. These include support to strengthening in-country health and nutrition systems, policy and legislation, developing and implementing sustainable strategies, implementation research and promoting innovations for better quality systems.
She is part of several Government Advisory and Regulatory committees and Indian and International coalitions working on MNCHN policy, programming and system strengthening. She previously worked with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) working towards mobilizing innovative nutrition investments to scale up both market-based approaches and public health delivery in India and Bangladesh. Prior to that, she worked with the food industry for several years in Research and Development for new products in India and Srilanka and with Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India.