Ms. Sangita Vakharia is a Lactation Counsellor in the Department of Paediatrics at Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre.
After completing her B.Com from University of Mumbai, in 1997, Ms Sangita Vakharia became a certified Mother Support Counsellor by BPNI Maharashtra in December 1998. She is also a certified IYCN (Infant & Young Child Nutrition) Level 1 Trainer since 2006 and has been a Lead Trainer since 2008. She is also a Certified BFHI (Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative) Assessor since 2009.
Ms. Vakharia has more than 5000 hrs of work experience in one to one counselling, growth monitoring, immunization, new born caring practice, ORS and administering primary care during common illnesses. She has worked as a Programme Manager at BPNI Maharashtra office and as a faculty member in multiple training workshops for doctors, nurses and health workers (both Government & Non-Government) all over Maharashtra in collaboration with UNICEF for the ‘Hirkani IYCN Initiative’. She was also the Programme Manager at BPNI Maharashtra office, co-ordinate ‘Hirkani IYCN Initiative’ for 8 Districts (Kolhapur and Konkan Region) with Govt. of Maharashtra. Ms. Vakharia has contributed as a special editorial assistance in preparing 2nd edition of Level 1 IYCN English Module for UNICEF Maharashtra.