Banoo Jehangir Coyaji
|Banoo Jehangir Coyaji|
|Born||7 September 1917|
|Died||15 July 2004 (aged 86)|
|Institutions||King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune|
|Alma mater||Grant Medical College|
Banoo Jehangir Coyaji (22 August 1918 – 15 July 2004) was an Indian physician and activist in family planning and population control. She was director of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, and started programmes of community health workers in rural areas of Maharashtra, the third largest state in India. She became an advisor to the union government and an internationally recognised expert.
Banoo was an able administrator and this was highlighted by the fact that the King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune hospital grew from 40 beds in 1944 to 550 beds in 1999. She held many prominent posts. She was a member of the Scientific and Technical Group in Human Reproduction, WHO, Women's Health and Development; and Health, Manpower and Development at WHO. She was a Consultant to the Government of Maharashtra, the Government of India, the World Bank, Ford Foundation, UNFPA and many other bodies of national and international importance. She was also a member of the Management Council as well as Professor Emeritus, Pune University. Her major contribution has been in the areas of family planning, urban and rural health and children's health.
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- Indra Gupta, India’s 50 Most Illustrious Women, New Delhi: Icon Publications, 2003, ISBN 81-88086-03-7
- Obituary Social worker Banoo Coyaji passes away, Times of India, July 15, 2004
- Citation for 1993 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service