Puneet Khanduja

Senior Manager

Puneet Khanduja is Senior Manager and Lead – Health and Nutrition in MicroSave’s Government and Social Impact (GSI) domain. He is a public health expert having an experience of over 10 years, most of which is gained through direct involvement in   projects implemented by multiple state governments, Government of India, pioneer academic institution, international funding agencies, and community based organisations across India.

His areas of expertise include strategy, project management, programme design and evaluation, M&E, research development and capacity building. He specialises in health management, public health nutrition, health economics, epidemiology and health promotion. Before joining Microsave, Puneet was engaged as National Professional Officer at the School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, where he was a national team lead for quality assurance and monitoring of Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey with responsibilities ranging from partner management to donor reporting. Puneet holds a Master’s Degree with specialisation in Public Health from the School of Public Health in PGIMER, Chandigarh. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Posts by Puneet Khanduja

Vaccine hesitancy—an impending barrier to India’s COVID-19 vaccination program

As India scrambles to vaccinate its population, it faces a major barrier—vaccine hesitancy. This blog charts a three-pronged approach that combines interventions from both the demand and supply sides to address this issue.

NFHS 5 calls for urgent action on child nutrition in India

The article highlights findings from the first round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 5, a large scale nationwide survey of households in India, released in Dec’20. The article primarily focuses on Five major indicators of child nutrition and compares the outcome of first round of NFHS 5, covering 54% of India’s population with previously conducted NFHS, 3 and 4 in the year 2005-06 and 2015-16 respectively.

Reimagining the Indian government’s telemedicine platform

This note highlights three key challenges—abuse, availability, and access that telemedicine platforms in India, such as the government’s eSanjeevani, need to address. It also benchmarks eSanjeevani with other global telemedicine platforms and suggests strategies to tackle the prevalent challenges.

Preparing for life after COVID-19: How India’s healthcare system can better respond to future shocks

India’s public healthcare system was tested by the onset of COVID-19. How India’s healthcare system can better respond to future shocks. Here are our findings and recommendations for better future preparedness.

Policy shifts to bolster India’s frontline healthcare workers

The pandemic has reiterated the importance of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in the healthcare delivery systems of India. This blog sheds light on the long-standing challenges ASHAs face and how the government can tackle them

Impact of COVID-19 on routine healthcare services and ASHAs

The report studies the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on key elements of India’s health system framework—community demand, provision of health services, and community health workers. It also provides recommendations to better prepare the healthcare system of India to tackle shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHG awareness and SRLM employee training comic on coronavirus

MSC’s comic booklets on COVID-19 are illustrated narratives that build awareness among State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) staff members and SHG members during the pandemic. These comics feature rich visual stories to generate awareness, influence precautionary behavior, and drive the safety of SRLM staff members and SHG members.

An insight into the case fatality rate and its association with preventive measures taken by government in response to Covid-19

On May 3rd, India completed 40 days in lockdown due to the COVID-19 health emergency. Epidemiologists and data scientists have created simulations and models to project the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if preventive measures such as screening, isolation, quarantine and a nation-wide lockdown had not been implemented.