Class 17 (2018-2020)
Narayan Chetry, India
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Department of Maternal and Child Health
Dr Narayan Chetry joined the State Government Health Service in 2015 as a Medical and Health Officer and most recently worked as a Medical and Health Officer at the Central Jail Hospital, Guwahati, Assam. He was born and brought up in Rural Assam and has witnessed the plight of rural people who are deprived of basic requirements of health and hygiene. Narayan’s work on behalf of underprivileged people has included organizing health camps, training health care workers and establishing peace in areas of Assam that are affected by violence, with the goal of improving the health of women and children. He has also conducted health management of paramilitary force personnel and organized health camps and awareness programs. Narayan has found that health education and services can be used to promote peace and harmony in local villages, including along border areas of the country, i.e. Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan border areas. He volunteered to work in the Bodoland Territorial Area District of Assam when violence broke out amongst the indigenous ethnic Bodo community and Bengali speaking minority Muslim community in 2012. Narayan looks forward to expanding his knowledge in UNC’s Maternal and Child Health program, and develop a working relationship with university faculty. After completing his studies, he plans to work to improve the health of mothers and children in Assam.