Dr Vik Mohan is the Medical Director of Blue Ventures Conservation and a practicing doctor. He is passionate about marine conservation, environmental sustainability and global social justice.
Whilst working with communities in Madagascar on Blue Ventures’ community based marine conservation programme, his interest in community health led him to uncover a huge unmet need for health care, and sexual and reproductive health care in particular. Responding to this need, he led the development and implementation of the region’s first sexual and reproductive health service, and oversaw its integration into the portfolio of Blue Ventures’ projects, to form an award winning Population, Health and Environment (PHE) programme.
After nearly ten years of supporting the implementation and growth of this programme, he has witnessed first-hand the multiple benefits of working in this integrated and holistic way, from improved natural resource management and community resilience, through to improvements in maternal and child health. His work with Blue Ventures now focusses on supporting others to adopt this approach. As well as supporting scale up in Madagascar, Vik is working to enable replication in Mozambique, Indonesia and East Timor, and is exploring opportunities for replication in other parts of the western Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific regions.
Recognising how challenging the work of doctors and social entrepreneurs can be, Vik is increasingly interested in the resilience and wellbeing of his fellow practitioners. He is currently collaborating on a pilot programme to foster greater resilience among doctors in training, and hopes to share the learning from this pilot within the social entrepreneur community.