Anita Chary

Anita Chary

Anthropology
Inducted in 2014

Anita Chary currently is pursuing both an MD and a PhD, in Anthropology, at Washington University in St. Louis. Her current academic research concerns the influence of healthcare privatization in Guatemala on women's experiences of cervical cancer prevention and treatment; the disease is among the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in Guatemala, and the country’s majority indigenous population endures striking disparities in access to cancer screening and therapy. In particular, Chary seeks to understand how privatization of health care to NGOs in Guatemala is shaping international and national politics of care, as well how such entities impact local attitudes towards caregiving and health care decision-making. For the last eight years, she has worked with the Maya Health Alliance (Wuqu' Kawoq), a nongovernmental organization that provides free primary care and development services in rural indigenous communities of Guatemala. She currently serves as the organization's Research Director and has conducted studies about child nutrition, maternal health, and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer in Maya communities. Anita is also a writer for the Global Health Hub, an online forum about current issues in global health development.