"Every child has the right to live a life of dignity with good health"
Dr. Manjula Battaluri
Public Relations & outreach
WHO SHE IS | PATH TO AAT | PASSION | PERSONAL
Who she is:
Dr. Manjula Battaluri is a dentist by profession, practising in Boston, US, for over 20 years.
Path to AAT:
Manjula graduated from VS Dental College in Bangalore and then obtained an advanced DMD from Boston University. At AAT, Manjula oversees fundraising initiatives, donor relationships, and marketing.
A dentist helping an academy for the visually impaired might seem an odd combination, but Dr Manjula has shown otherwise. She is on a mission to raise awareness, train and improve oral health for blind children in India. Manjula has partnered with other dentists in India to develop audio-tactile techniques to help children with ‘muscle memory’ when brushing. “It took my breath away the first time I saw Belaku Academy and the learning taking place there. I am grateful we are on this journey together to change lives,” she says.
Dr Manjula grew up in Bangalore, but has spent much of the last two decades in the US. She is married with a daughter Nikita who is the original inspiration behind her foray into philanthropy. Nikita piloted a project as part of her Girl Scouts program, winning the Patrick Henley medallion eventually. When not in her office, you can find Manjula enjoying photography and traveling the world.