GHI’s staff is comprised of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds, including earthquake science, engineering, medicine, law, communications, finance and international development.
Kottayam, Kerala, India
Rekha Abraham is a Post Graduate in English Literature and has done her Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. She brings a wealth of experience having served with the United Nations and other Development agencies in several capacities in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Health & Nutrition for more than thirteen years. She worked with the UNDP post Odisha Super Cyclone 99 in the frontline and was actively involved in relief rehabilitation and reconstruction activities. She was instrumental in piloting the Community Based Disaster Management Programs (CBDMP) of UNDP and helped develop the Community Contingency Plans for numerous villages. As part of the UNDP India and BCPR Southeast Asia, New Delhi she has supported the Govts at various levels to come up with preparedness plans. She has also served with UNICEF, India in the field of Community Health and Nutrition and was part of the team which piloted the Border District Cluster Strategy which later formed the basis of the research for the launch of NRHM II by the Govt of India. She was a guest faculty in Community Health for the nursing students of Edna Aden Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland. She was trained and selected as a faculty member for the Civil Service Training Institute of Hargeisa during its inception phase. She has volunteered for local organizations in Namibia, Yemen and Somalia during her stay in those countries. She was also the moderator of a Knowledge Sharing Platform of the UN DRR functionaries of the Asia Pacific region. While working with RMSI she has facilitated the drafting of the disaster management plans of 3 states in India and was involved in Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Assessment studies.