Jane R. Ralte

Jane

Jane R. Ralte

State Nodal Officer (National Tobacco Control Programe)

India

She has worked with the Government of Mizoram for the last 25 years, with experiences in different settings from Community Health Centre, Rural Hospital, District Hospital, Civil Hospital Aizawl to Health Directorate and Secretariat. She has been instrumental in setting up and implementing the Tobacco Control Programme in the state since 2009 with funding from international funding agency (Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use) and Government of India (National Tobacco Control Programme). The Bloomberg Initiative funding is very limited which is granted to project proposals evaluated on a globally competitive level. This funding was received based on the project proposal Dr. Jane prepared and was one out of 15 proposals funded by Bloomberg Initiative globally in 2009, where over 200 proposals had been received by the funding agency. Further, due to excellent implementation of the project, the funding was extended for 2 other project periods which is a very rare occurrence. She continues looking after the Tobacco Control Programme in the state. Dr. Jane, as Deputy Medical Superintendent, is also looking after the State Referral Hospital at Falkawn. She has been designated as the State Nodal Officer for the Medical College proposed to be set up in Mizoram. Dr. Jane has had the privilege to visit the following places and countries in official capacity attending workshops and trainings as well as presenting scientific papers- Baltimore (USA), Barcelona (Spain), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, Rome (Italy) and Paris (France).

Other experiences

She has always had a very keen interest in gender related issues and has participated in different capacities to reduce the gender gap. She has been the President of AMWF for 2 consecutive terms since 2014. This organization works towards empowering women in different fronts- health, social, political, legal etc. Due to the sustained and powerful advocacy undertaken by AMWF the Government of Mizoram has approved for 33% seat reservation in local body elections and the lone woman MLA in the state legislative assembly (after a gap of more than 2 decades) was given the opportunity to contest in the bye election from the Chief Minister’s constituency from which she won. The Mizo marriage, divorce and inheritance of property bill, 2014 was enacted after concerted actions by different women groups, including AMWF, which is a landmark legislation for women. She has been the Adviser of MHIP Leitan Branch for the past 7 years. She is also Adviser of “Women With Purpose” and member of “Women For Empowerment”. In all these organizations she has contributed in creating awareness on major burning issues which has resulted in visible changes.