Ms. Savyasachi has vast experience of both research and operations in international development and humanitarian programs in Asia, Africa, and the United States. She worked with several International Organizations including United Nations for many years on projects such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (India and Nigeria), Expanded Program on Immunization (South Sudan), Internally Displaced People (IDP) Resettlement project in Hart Sheik (Eastern Ethiopia), Child Protection, WASH and Livelihood projects in conflict-affected states of Myanmar.
Ms. Savyasachi obtained her first master’s degree in Social Work in India with a major in Medical and Psychiatric social work. She pursued a second master’s degree in Communication and Development Studies from Ohio University in the United States where she was awarded PEO International Peace Scholarship (2016) and prestigious American Association of University Women Fellowship (AAUW) for two consecutive years (2015/2016) in recognition of her work in International Development.
During her work, she pursued research looking into the socio-ecological, structural, and environmental factors influencing human behavior. Her research findings led to the design and implementation of strategies and communication campaigns, capacity building/training to influence policy change, and promote knowledge, attitude and practice towards social and behavior change in development and humanitarian services for both internally displaced people and refugees.
Her research interests are broadly in areas of Social Anthropology, Communication, Culture, and Technology. She is particularly keen to explore communication, socio-ecological, and structural factors that result in poor health behavior and health disparities. She is passionate to explore the role/use of new and traditional communication methods/technologies to address health disparities in humanitarian settings.