About UsWhat We Do
We provide evidence-based and respectful health knowledge and we make it accessible in every language.Our Mission
We develop partnerships and products that help make sexual and reproductive healthcare more accessible and equitable for refugees and new migrants.Our Vision
Shifra knows that a world where every person has access to sexual and reproductive health services is possible. We are working towards ensuring that healthcare is high quality, respectful and available in a language that anyone can understand.
Founder: Beccah Bartlett
Passionate about reducing health disparities in underserved communities and promoting respectful maternity care, Beccah is a Registered Nurse-Midwife, a PhD candidate at Monash University and the founder of Shifra.
Beccah is a vegetarian and her Instagram feed is full of special needs cates and pictures of flowers. She loves earl grey tea and believes sexual and reproductive health is a right not a privilege.
Chief Operating Officer: Taruni Roy Khurana
A neuroscientist by training and an aspiring public health professional, Taruni is passionate about data driven decision making and leveraging her scientific background to drive impact. She is a strong advocate of enabling health equity across gender, nationality and class lines. At Shifra, Taruni is responsible for strategy, operations and business development. She rolls up her sleeves and does whatever requires doing at Shifra!
When not glued to her Kindle, she is an avid zentangler, an enthusiastic board games geek and a spirited ultimate Frisbee player. Taruni is a nomad at heart and she combines her loves for travel with sampling local cuisine.
Research and Evaluation: Hannah Rackers
Hannah specialises in health equity, access to care and maternal mental health. She is a Research Instructor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Project Manager for maternal mental health grants. Its Shifras commitment to community involvement that Hannah believes in most. She believes more interventions should employ user-designed development to ensure their interventions are as useful and amenable to their intended populations as possible.
Hannah admits to playing an embarrassing amount of Fortnite recently and came to work with Shifra because access to care and health information is essential for fostering personal agency especially for people in a new place or learning a new language.
Feasibility and Scaling: Aileen Aylward
Aileens public health focus is on improving equitable access to health care, refugee rights and wellbeing and language education. Currently Aileen teaches English as a second language and is developing English-language educational materials in Germany where she has been based since mid 2017. Aileen runs marathons (for fun!) and has a dog named Jasper. She is also a great cook and is always on the hunt for the perfect brownie recipe.
Aileen joined Shifra because she recognises that quality reproductive health care is essential and navigating the reproductive health care landscape in a new place is daunting and loves the idea of a community-designed tool that makes this easier.