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Dr Kaaren Mathias

Dr Kaaren MathiasAdjunct Research Fellow

Dr Kaaren Mathias is a Kiwi public health physician working with a faith-based community health NGO in India, . She directs a two-year fellowship programme in community health for middle-level programme and project managers and is also community health advisor for the 30+ community health projects across Northern India. These projects work in areas as diverse as child trafficking prevention, gender mainstreaming, climate change resilience, nutrition and food security, mental health, mainstreaming disability, and supporting government schemes.

Community health work in India is colourful, chaotic, exciting, and challenging... Kaaren's interests are particularly in nutrition, community based mental health promotion, and social inclusion. Her current research is looking at stigma and discimination among people with mental disorders and public health capacity building among NGOs in India.