Dr Vik Mohan is a practicing GP based in Exeter with a passion for marine conservation, medical director of the Safidy community health programme, and architect 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 southwest Madagascar, his medical perspective and interest in reproductive health led him to uncover a huge unmet need for healthcare, and family planning in particular. Having established that these communities were happy for Blue Ventures to provide health services, he opened the Velondriake area'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 area. This programme has also been replicated in the Belo sur Mer area since 2013.
“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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Vik's Blog Posts
by Vik Mohan, Medical Director, Exeter, UK Against the elegant backdrop of the University of St Andrews, I spent an inspiring, exhausting, The post A victory for PHE: Blue Ventures wins the 2014 St Andrews Prize for the Environment appeared first on Beyond Conservation.
By Vik Mohan, Medical Director Last month I visited Belo sur Mer to witness the excellent progress that Lison Garrel has already made The post PHE arrives in Belo sur Mer! appeared first on Beyond Conservation.