Dr. Marcella D'Souza

Marcella is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Nagpur and a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. A physician by education, she opted for Community Health early in her career. Of the over 3 decades she spent in rural areas, six years were spent on the Andes in Peru in community health and many more in the villages of India. As Programme Coordinator for women’s promotion in the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme, Marcella developed the pedagogy to integrate community health, gender concerns and women’s empowerment in the mainly male dominated, technically oriented watershed development projects. Marcella has integrated a strong reflective and steering process into WOTR’s developmental initiatives by including action-research elements in project design and implementation. She also conceived and led the establishment of the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) and leads the multi-disciplinary research work undertaken here.