Rising need for Gender Lens Investing to Solve India’s Complex Healthcare Challenges

SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Financing Facility organized a virtual roundtable discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Tuesday, 8th March 2022.  This event marked the announcement of a dedicated $5 million USD by USAID to prioritize women-led businesses in healthcare, furthering the recent call for proposals jointly announced by Atal Innovation Mission (NITI Aayog) and SAMRIDH. The session also highlighted SAMRIDH’s partnership with Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) and leading financial institutions including U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, Caspian Debt, and Crypto Relief, to catalyze women entrepreneurship in the healthcare sector.

The session showcased a video to highlight the motivation of all partners to collaborate with SAMRIDH towards the cause of supporting women-led businesses. The event also brought together a diverse panel consisting of women entrepreneurs, representatives of financial institutions, impact investors, and an incubator to discuss the rising need for gender lens investing to solve India’s complex healthcare challenges. The panelists offered their perspectives on the socio-economic barriers faced by women entrepreneurs to scale their business and the need for innovative financing models to overcome these challenges.

Over 60 attendees – including representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, healthcare innovators, impact investors and representatives from development finance institutions – joined the session.


Ms. Neeta Rao
Senior Health Lead, USAID/India


Ms. Sangita Patel
Director, Health Office, USAID/India

Mr. Ashwajit Singh
Founder and Managing Director, IPE Global Pvt. Ltd.



Ms. Ranjna Khanna
Director, Impact Investors Council

Dr. Anil Wali
Managing Director, Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT)

Ms. Roopa Satish
Country Head, Sustainable Banking, IndusInd Bank

Ms. Sohini Sen
Priority Sector Lending, Axis Bank

Ms. Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary
Director-Investments, Caspian Impact Investment

Dr. Sanjana Mohan
Co-founder and Director, BHS

Ms. Suhani Mohan
Co-founder, Saral Designs

Mr. Nagakarthik MP
Volunteer, Crypto Relief
08 Mar 2022
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Rising need for Gender Lens Investing to Solve India’s Complex Healthcare Challenges
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