She worked for 15 years for a grassroots NGO, the Institute of Health Management Pachod (IHMP) that has a head office in a village (Pachod) and a branch in Pune city. Her work involved mobilizing local communities to improve their health and well-being. She learnt a great deal about human behaviour and interaction from her community experience.
She is embedded in a social network that involves grassroots communities in Pachod and Pune that continue to interact with her. She was on the National Task Force formulated in 2005 to advice the government on urban health. She was also on the WHO Committee for the Promotion of Sanitation.