I am a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow working on the health of mothers and newborn babies in Mumbai slums. I trained as a paediatrician with an interest in child health in low-income settings, lived and worked in Nepal for seven years and am now based in India. My academic base is the UCL Centre for International Health and Development at the Institute of Child Health. My primary research interest is in evaluating complex public health interventions for newborn and child survival. Areas of work include community-based strategies to improve home care and care-seeking, interventions to improve the quality of health services, measuring health indicators in underserved populations, and health equity. In Mumbai, I work in collaboration with the public, private and NGO sectors on novel strategies to address vulnerability and inequity. These include the potential of slum alley women’s groups to improve the experience of maternity.