As a young, brilliant pediatrician, Dr. Sailakshmi Balijepally started her career working in government hospitals where she observed great inequality in the healthcare system.
Day after day she had to inform parents that their children were critically ill or required expensive treatments and procedures, knowing that many could not even afford three meals a day.
I am the founding Director of Ekam USA, a classmate of Dr. Sai Lakshmi Balijepally. I was inspired by the need in India for mother and child health care, and the unique approach taken by Sai for lasting change in the patients and the community. Her altruistic work and the commitment of Ekam volunteers and staff continues to motivate me, as do our youth ambassadors.