Dr. Swati Saxena is research lead at Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana, a non-profit poverty alleviation initiative working with the women of Uttar Pradesh by organising them into self help groups. In this role, Swati is contributing towards building the research capacities of the institution through the creation of research papers and by exploring the interface between praxis and theory. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. Dr. Saxena is interested in expanding research on community mobilisation programmes, rural health, gender issues, and political participation at local levels. Her research interests include vaccines, immunisation policies, health policies in developing countries and medical anthropology.