Nidhi Singh is AMP Health's Management Partner for EPI in Malawi. Nidhi recently sat down to share some information about herself with the AMP Health community.
Q: What is your hometown?
Nidhi: My hometown is in Delhi, but I feel most at home in the south-eastern part of Nigeria where I grew up.
Q: Before joining AMP Health, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had?
Nidhi: The most interesting one would be my entry role into the management space after I made the decision to step out of my profession as an Optometrist. It was a client relationship manager role with a managed care organization in Nigeria. My day-to-day tasks involved onboarding clients into managed care schemes, as well as assisting individual enrollees to gain access to care when needed. Through this role, I was able to gain perspectives from what patients and their caregivers experience, while navigating health systems-perspectives that today, continue to motivate my career trajectory.
Q: What made you interested in joining AMP Health?
Nidhi: My interest in joining AMP Health stemmed from the opportunity to contribute to strengthening and supporting management and leadership practices at macro levels of health systems. I feel like this tied very well to my previous experiences and career ambitions.
I welcomed the opportunity to join AMP Health as a Management Partner as the role bridged my interests and experiences in the fields of both global health and management. I was seeking an immersive position and was particularly drawn to the AMP Health Management Partner model of partnering with in-country Ministry of Health teams to support real-time skill transfer and context-specific management and leadership capacity building.
Q: What are 3 words you would use to describe Malawi?
Nidhi: Malawi is true to its nickname - "The Warm Heart of Africa". I’d describe it as beautiful, friendly and promising.
Q: What have been the most gratifying and challenging aspects of your work thus far?
Nidhi: The most gratifying aspects of my work come from my day-to-day interactions with the team. I find it very rewarding to be a part of the discussions, learnings, and growth that take place individually and collectively within the team. It’s also a wonderful experience witnessing first hand, the boost in confidence from the team after the adoption of a new approach, or the application of a new skill set.
Living and working in Malawi comes with its peculiar challenges associated with underdeveloped infrastructure and constrained resources. It’s a humbling experience to contextualize all that has been achieved with these constraints. And for me, the more challenging aspects of my work would be around managing my ambitions of what can be done vs. maintaining the scope of what is feasible and practicable within the time frame, given the challenges and constraints.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Nidhi: I doodle in watercolor, I enjoy talk shows, and I delight in good reads.
Q: People would be surprised if they knew…
Nidhi: …that I am not at all an adventurous person, considering I have moved around a lot.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Nidhi: Some of the good ones that have helped me manage many of life's curveballs are: “take things a step at a time”, and “plan to go only as far as you can see, because when you get there you’ll be able to see further”.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.