Dr. Leila Caleb Varkey has passionately dedicated her career to improving the health of women and children in low-resource communities, especially in rural India, for the last 31 years. She as a health worker and nursing tutor before commencing doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore USA in 1990. Leila is a founder member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Society of Midwives in India, both of which began at the end of the 1990s when maternal mortality in India was found to be very high. Leila currently serves as Senior Advisor, Reproductive Maternal Child and Newborn Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), India.  She also leads WRA India’s advocacy work on Quality of Care, which has been instrumental in promoting engagement of elected representatives and women themselves in demanding increased investment in human resources, infrastructure and budget allocation for reproductive, maternal and child health – especially in states which are under-resourced and continue to have high maternal mortality.