Vinod Paul to receive WHO's Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize
Dr Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog has been awarded the
prestigious IhsanDogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize by the World Health
He is the first Indian to receive this global honour, which
is conferred in recognition to his services in the field of family health.
The award, confirmed by the WHO Executive Board on 27th
The award will be presented to Dr Paul formally at the World
Health Assembly to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2018.
He was chosen unanimously from six other shortlisted
candidates from Algeria, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Russian Federation,
The WHO Board resolution acknowledges Dr Paul as an
internationally renowned researcher, clinician, educator and public health
advocate in the area of family health, with a special focus on newborn health.
He has made distinguished contributions towards improving the health and
well-being of families, especially in developing countries.
Dr Paul's efforts brought the long-neglected issue of
newborn health to the centre-stage of strategies for the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through significant
contributions to important documents used globally on family health.
Instrumental in establishing the Partnership for Maternal,
Newborn and Child Health in 2005-06, Dr Paul is recognized world over as a
leading expert in universal health coverage and human resources for health.
He has published numerous articles on various issues,
including on women’s, children’s and adolescents'health, in international
peer-reviewed journals as well as several books and monographs.
His book on paediatrics is the standard textbook for medical
students in India and several other countries.
A well-known name in public health circles in India, Dr Paul
has played a key role in formulating national child health guidelines and
programmes in the country.
Prior to joining as Member, NITI Aayog, Dr Paul was head of
the Department of Pediatrics at AIIMS, New Delhi.