Dr. Anoop Jain is the founding director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI), an organization that fights to eliminate open defecation throughout India. Anoop started this organization with his colleagues, Chandan Kumar and Prabin Ghimire, in 2012 as a response to India’s sanitation crisis. To date, SHRI operates eight community sanitation facilities in Bihar and Jharkhand, serving over 6,000 daily toilet users. SHRI has received numerous awards and fellowships for their work including, Echoing Green, the Global Citizen Award, Y Combinator, Mulago, and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian award.
Anoop also has a MPH from Tulane University, and received his Doctor of Public Health from UC Berkeley in 2019. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School. All of Anoop’s research is focused on bolstering the work that SHRI does. More specifically, his research examines the combined effects of multiple deprivations faced by households on population-level health outcomes. His hope is that this research will inform what services need to be bundled with SHRI’s existing service offering in order to affect lasting health improvements in the communities they serve.