Medical Anthropologist and MHPSS Practitioner
Ananda Galappatti is a medical anthropologist and a practitioner in the field of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in situations of conflict, disaster and other adverse social conditions.
Ananda's work over the past 24 years has been concerned with improving access to knowledge and skills, building collaborative networks and enhancing coherence within the field in Sri Lanka and also globally. His interests span the provision of MHPSS emergency responses, integration of MHPSS into post-emergency reconstruction and development, care and protection of vulnerable children, responses to gender-based violence, and services for people with serious mental illness.
Ananda is a co-founder and co-Director of the MHPSS.net online platform. He also co-founded the journal Intervention in 2003 and continues to serve on its editorial board. Ananda is a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. In 2010, Ananda co-founded The Good Practice Group, a social business for the development of MHPSS services, where he serves as its honorary Director for Strategy. He is currently also Technical Advisor on Psychosocial Support to GIZ Sri Lanka.
In 2008, Ananda received a Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work in the field of MHPSS intervention in emergencies. He was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
Ananda currently splits his time between Colombo and Batticaloa, on the West and East coasts of Sri Lanka.
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