Hyderabad: Dr. B V Sharma, Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hyderabad has been appointed a member of the Steering Advisory Group for the South Asia Centre for Disability Inclusive Development and Research being set up by the Public Health foundation of India at Hyderabad in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This group is primarily to advise/guide on the vision and mission and to review periodically the achievement of objectives of the Centre. The term of appointment is for a period of three years. Dr. Sharma while accepting the membership said that he is honoured by this appointment as his research interest is in the field of Medical Anthropology.
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is an autonomous foundation located in New Delhi, India. The foundation was created as a public-private initiative and launched by the Prime minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2006 with the aim of enhancing the capacity of public health professionals in the country over five to seven years. The PHFI initiative was collaboratively developed over two years under the leadership of Rajat Gupta (Chairman, PHFI and Sr. Partner Worldwide, McKinsey & Company), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Prof. K. Srinath Reddy (President, PHFI and former Head of the Department of Cardiology, AIIMS)
Dr. Sharma has also been elected as Joint Secretary of SIMA (Society for Indian Medical Anthropology).