Rhodes University, South Africa
Sunitha Srinivas graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1992 and began her career as a lecturer in India. After completing her Masters degree in Pharmacy, she returned to academics. She then accepted the position of Deputy Director, Drug Information Center in Karnataka State Pharmacy Council which soon led her to opportunities in the area of public health. After being trained at an intensive World Health Organisation international courses, she was nominated as the Technical Coordinator by the Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs, to initiate and manage the provincial India- WHO Essential Medicines Program, Karnataka from 2000-2003. While managing the WHO program, she underwent further training in various international courses in relevant areas of rational use of medicines. As the first global recipient of the scholarship from the Pharmabridge program- an International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) sub-group initiative- she was trained by the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Pharmacy department, Madison and St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri, United States of America. She also worked briefly as a consultant on a World Bank project in Karnataka Health Systems Development Project in conducting the medicine indicator use study in the public sector hospitals in Karnataka .