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Medical Director

Exeter, UK

Dr Vik Mohan is a GP in Exeter and director of Blue Ventures' community health programme

Dr Vik Mohan is a practicing GP with a passion for marine conservation, and medical director of the Safidy community health programme which forms an important part of Blue Ventures’ integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach.

Having developed expertise in expedition and dive medicine, Vik started as medical advisor to Blue Ventures in 2005. While working with coastal communities in south west Madagascar, his medical perspective and interest in sexual and reproductive health led him to uncover a huge unmet need for health care, and family planning in particular. Having established that these communities were happy for Blue Ventures to provide health services, he opened the region’s first family planning clinic in 2007. After the overwhelmingly positive response to this first clinic, he developed the service into what is now a comprehensive community health programme (encompassing sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health as well as water, sanitation and hygiene, and a diverse range of community health education activities to promote sustained behaviour change) covering 40 villages across the Velondriake locally managed marine area.

Through his understanding of the linkages between population growth, reproductive health, food security and marine conservation, Vik has enabled the inclusion of this work into Blue Ventures' programme portfolio to form a truly integrated PHE approach. He has helped to secure support and funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the UNFPA for the Safidy programme. Vik also works as Associate GP Dean for the Peninsula Deanery, and has drawn upon his skills as an educationalist to develop the educational component of Safidy. 

“I am totally convinced that Blue Ventures is developing the world's most effective and comprehensive model for integrating community health, sustainable coastal development and tropical marine conservation.”

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