Neetu Hariharan is a public health analyst with four years of experience in providing technical and analytic support across multiple health systems and financing projects through which R4D collaborates with global and country partners to advance health goals in low- and middle-income countries.
As senior program associate at R4D, Ms. Hariharan has worked with the South African government as it moves to adopt universal health coverage principles and become single-payer. Her team provides technical assistance to the South African National Treasury and Ministry of Health on issues related to health financing and policy, such as assisting local organizations develop primary health care costing models and contributing to key workstreams under the nascent NHI.
Currently, she works on the USAID-funded Support for International Family Planning Organizations 2: Strengthening Networks (SIFPO2) project in close collaboration with Population Services International (PSI). Under this program, she works to enhance the financial sustainability of PSI’s social franchise networks through a series of activities that help franchisors/intermediary organizations (1) identify and assess opportunities to diversify financing and improve against key social franchising goals, and (2) connect with public sector and 3rd party financing, delivery, and oversight systems; this can involve helping PSI franchisors evolve into new roles as facilitators and intermediaries within the health market.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Hariharan worked with the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program in Chad, where she managed an active surveillance zone, strengthened educational and behavioral interventions and collaborated with national, local and intergovernmental agencies in an effort to halt guinea worm transmission. At Emory University, she worked with the Center for AIDS Research and PRISM Health group on various HIV/AIDS minority health-related issues and research nationally and internationally, and with the Georgia Department of Health on the regionalization of perinatal hospital guidelines and clinical practices.
Ms. Hariharan holds an MPH in global health, with a focus on environmental health and infectious diseases from Emory University and a BA in global studies, with minors in chemistry and African studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She speaks English and French.