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 Organisation (WHO). 
  • 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 January.
  • 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, Uzbekistan.
  • 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.