Dr. Bulbul Sood is a public health professional with more than 40 years of experience and was the Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at Delhi’s Medical College for 23 years. Dr. Sood has been Jhpiego’s India Country Director since 2009. She is a respected figure in the public health field, known for her experience in international health and development, and has effectively demonstrated her ability to take programs forward in a holistic manner. Dr. Sood has strong technical expertise in reproductive health, extensive program management experience, and is well-known in the fields of family planning (FP), maternal health and reproductive health—both in India and internationally. She also has demonstrated skills in advocacy, negotiation and diplomacy.
As Jhpiego’s India Country Director, Dr. Sood has successfully led the revitalization of the Postpartum FP / Postpartum Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (PPFP/PPIUCD) program in India, leading to the Government of India (GoI) scaling up PPFP and PPIUCD services in more than 20 states and at all district-level facilities in the country’s six high-focus states. Similarly, strengthening of the Pre-Service Nursing and Midwifery Education program started in a couple of states and is now being scaled up by the GoI in more than 10 states in the country. Dr. Sood was the Co-Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in India from 2003 to 2010 and was successful in advancing the country’s safe motherhood agenda by working collaboratively with the GoI, bilateral and multilateral donors, UN organizations, and international and national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Before joining Jhpiego, she served as Country Director for the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and as Program Coordinator with AVSC International (now EngenderHealth).
Dr. Sood is a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Family Planning Medical Eligibility Decision-Making Committee; a member of the INFO Editorial Advisory Committee of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs; a peer reviewer for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health in Atlanta; a technical advisory group member of the Maternal Health Task Force of the Harvard School of Public Health; and a member of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Coalition and Maternal Health Task Force of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI.