Ms. Vaishnavi Hariprasad
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Host Institution in India: Jain Vidyalaya Matriculation and Hr. Sec. School, Madurai, Tamil Nadu  
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Vaishnavi Hariprasad is a graduate of Washington University with a B.A. in Latin American studies and minors in women, gender, and sexuality studies and public health. She has an avid interest in the field of women’s health and nutrition. For two years she worked at Dr. Denise Wilfley’s Weight Management and Eating Disorder Lab at the Washington University Medical School campus. Throughout her college career she was intimately involved in GlobeMed, a student run non-profit organization with a grass-roots partner in Iganga, Uganda that focuses on children’s nutrition and sexual health education. She has been a student of Bharatanatyam since the age of six, and dance is an extremely important aspect of her life. In her free time Vaishnavi loves to try out a new recipe with friends, watch a good movie and is by all accounts a bookworm.

Ms. Hariprasad’s Fulbright research project, “Access and Utilization of Maternal and Reproductive Health Care Services in Literate and Illiterate Populations of Women,” will examine the availability of different maternal and reproductive health care services and the utilization of available services. The study will focus on the difference in utilization between literate and illiterate women. The goal of the research is to increase utilization amongst both populations should that be necessary, as well as determine whether certain unavailable services should be made available in order to decrease rates of maternal and child mortality in the region.