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February 17 – March 04, 2021

Kerala Health - Making the SDG a reality

Global meeting of minds to exchange achievements, best practices and ideas for innovations in health care.

Live Stream

Health and Family Welfare Department

"Our Health Our Responsibility"

Knowledge Partner

About the conference

Kerala, which has been making great strides in comprehensive primary health care, has an impressive array of social development indicators
and ensures universal access to health care for all citizens. At a time when the state is facing higher morbidity due to demographic transition and non-communicable diseases (NCD), especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Kerala’s Aardram Mission aims at achieving the Goal 3 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Department of Health and Family Welfare is organising a five-day webinar series on ‘Making the SDG a reality.’

   Policy makers, public health experts, academicians, frontline warriors and civil society from across the globe join hands to engage in dialogues, facilitate cross learnings and devise future strategies on transforming primary health care, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases.

   The webinars would revolve around myriad subjects that help people gain access to quality health services, identify the strength and weakness of the global public health system in the wake of a never-before-seen crisis and guarantee the wellbeing of citizens.

   Brainstorming sessions on universal health coverage (UHC), rapid health system responses, public health investment, delaying or preventing premature deaths from NCDs, achieving the new agenda of SDGs in the wellbeing of women and children and the progress made so far in elimination of tuberculosis.

Conference
Overview

The conference theme this year is ‘Making the SDG a reality.’ The conference is planned on five days during February and March 2020 – each day dedicated to a specific thematic area like transforming primary health care, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases.

Conference
Goal

The conference aims to bring policy makers, program managers, health experts, public health intervention specialists, academicians, front line fighters and civil society across the globe to share the experiences, facilitate cross learnings and plan for future to achieve the SDGs.

Conference
Segments

The conference has been been planned with the following segments :

  • Panel discussions by International Experts
  • Experience sharing by leaders across the globe
  • Dialogues among heads of governments and developmental partners

Planned
Outcome

The Conference is expected to result in a concise Monographs on respective themes. It is expected that the outcome document will be endorsed by the participants of the Conference.

Conference Overview

The conference theme this year is ‘Making the SDG a reality' and is planned on five days during February and March 2020 – each day dedicated to a specific thematic area like transforming primary health care, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases.

Conference
Goal

The conference aims to bring policy makers, program managers, health experts, public health intervention specialists, academicians, front line fighters and civil society across the globe to share the experiences, facilitate cross learnings and plan for future to achieve the SDGs.

Conference Segments

The conference has been been planned with the following segments :

  • Panel discussions by International Experts
  • Experience sharing by leaders across the globe
  • Dialogues among heads of governments and developmental partners

Planned
Outcome

The Conference is expected to result in a concise Monographs on respective themes. It is expected that the outcome document will be endorsed by the participants of the Conference.

Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala

Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice, Women and Child Development, Govt. of Kerala

Dr. Vishwas Mehta IAS

Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala

Sri. Rajesh Bhushan IAS

Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India

Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien

Senior Adviser, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
(Day-1)

Dr Peter Singer

Special Advisor to the Director-General, WHO
(Day-1)

Dr. Luigi D'Aquino

Chief of Health, UNICEF India
(Day-1)

Dr. Mala Rao

Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London
(Day-1)

K Sujatha Rao

Former Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Government of India
(Day-1)

Sri. Rajeev Sadanandan IAS (Rtd)

Former Additional Chief Secretary H&FW, Govt of Kerala
(Day-1)

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, WHO
(Day-2)

Dr G.N.V Ramana

Ex Lead Health Specialist World Bank
(Day-2)

Dr. Jacob John

Former Professor, CMC Vellore
(Day-2)

Dr. Ajit Abraham

Consultant HPB & Trauma Surgeon, Barts Health, London
(Day-2)

Dr. David Wilson

Program Director, World Bank
(Day-2)

Dr Navjot Khosa

District Collector, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
(Day-2)

Shri Suhas

District Collector, Ernakulam, Kerala
(Day-2)

Dr Adeela Abdulla

District Collector, Wayanad, Kerala
(Day-2)

Dr. Gagandeep Kang

Professor, Christian Medical College (CMC)
(Day-2)

Prof. Balaram Bhargava

Secretary, Department of Health Research (Government of India)
(Day-2)

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar

Head of Epidemiology (Rtd), ICRM Govt of India
(Day-2)

Dr Richard Alan Cash

Senior Lecturer in International Health, Harvard
(Day-3)

Dr. Vivek Virendra Singh

Health Specialist, UNICEF, India,
(Day-3)

Dr. Rakhi Dandona

Professor, Health Metric Sciences, University of Washington
(Day-3)

Dr Ahmed Reza Hossienpoor

Health Equity Monitoring Lead at World Health Organization
(Day-3)

Dr. Sachidananda Kamath

President, The Indian Academy of Paediatrics
(Day-3)

Dr. V P Paily

State Coordinator, Confidential Review of Maternal Deaths (CRMD), Kerala
(Day-3)

Dr. Paul Rutter

Regional Advisor, UNICEF, South Asia
(Day-3)

Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan

Senior Visiting Scientist, WHO-IARC in Lyon
(Day-4)

Dr. Rajendra Badwe

Director, TATA Memorial Centre
(Day-4)

Dr. Arnie Purushotham

Director, King's Health Partners Integrated Care
(Day-4)

Prof. Richard Sullivan

Adviser, King's College London
(Day-4)

Dr. Cherian Varghese

Co-ordinator, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases (MND), WHO
(Day-4)

Dr. Anil D’Cruz

President, Union for International Cancer Control
(Day-4)

Dr. Tom Frieden

President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives
(Day-4)

Dr. MV Pillai

Professor of Oncology Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia
(Day-4)

Dr Roderico H. Ofrin

WHO Country Representative to India
(Day-5)

Dr. Sevim Ahmedov

TB/HIV, Prevention and M&E Team lead, US Agency for International Development
(Day-5)

Dr. Mohammed Yassin

Senior Advisor, Tuberculosis Global Fund Geneva
(Day-5)

Dr. Lucica Ditiu

Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
(Day-5)

Dr. Tereza Kasaeva

Director, WHO - Global TB Program
(Day-5)

Prof. Guy Marks

The International Union against TB and Lung Diseases
(Day-5)

Dr. Kenneth Castro

Technical Advisor, USAID
(Day-5)

Mr. Patrick L Osewe

Chief of Health, Sector Group Asian Development Bank
(Day-5)

Dr. Suvanand Sahu

Deputy Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
(Day-5)

Mrs. Divya Sojan

Ambassador for TB elimination
(Day-5)

Dr. Raghuram Rao

Deputy Additional Director-General, Central TB Division, Government of India
(Day-5)

Dr. Sreenivas A Nair

Regional Advisor, Stop TB Partnership, Geneva
(Day-5)

Prof. VK Ramachandran

Vice Chair, Kerala State Planning Board
(Day-5)

Prof. K Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation of India
(Day-5)

Conference Agenda

  • Inauguration
    February 17, 2021
  • Day 1
    February 17, 2021
  • Day 2
    February 18, 2021
  • Day 3
    February 24, 2021
  • Day 4
    February 25, 2021
  • Day 5
    March 4, 2021

February 17, 2021 16.00 -16.55 Hrs

The webinar series will be inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Pinarayi Vijayan in the presence of Honourable Minister for Health, Social Justice and Women & Child Development Smt K. K. Shailaja, dignitaries from across the globe.

Time (IST)

Event

Dignitaries

16.00–17.00 Hrs.

Inauguration


Welcome

  • Dr. Rajan Khobragade IAS, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Kerala


Presidential Address

  • Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice, Women and Child Development, Govt. of Kerala


Inauguration

  • Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala


Keynote Address

  • Sri. Rajesh Bhushan IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India


Special Address

  • Dr. Vishwas Mehta IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala


Vote of Thanks

  • Dr. Rathan Kelkar IAS, State Mission Director, National Health Mission

February 17, 2021 17.00 -20.00 Hrs

Universal Health Coverage: Moving towards better health

Universal health coverage (UHC) is a vision where all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Countries and states are on different pathways towards UHC. COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the strengths and weaknesses of health systems across the world. This conference theme will have a panel discussion by global experts on opportunities and challenges in ensuring better health in next decade and experience sharing by heads of Governments of various countries and states in improving the health and wellbeing of citizens.

Time (IST)

Event

Dignitaries

17.00-18.00Hrs

Oration:

2021-2030: Challenges in health sector & preparedness

  • Dr Peter A Singer, Special Advisor to the Director General, World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Smt. Sujatha Rao IAS (Rtd), Former Secretary Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India
  • Sri. Rajeev Sadanandan IAS (Rtd),  Former Additional Chief Secretary H&FW, Govt of Kerala

18.00-18.40Hrs

Kerala Experience of UHC

  • Policy perspective - Dr Rajan Khobragade IAS,  Principal Secretary (H&FW), Govt. of Kerala
  • Dr Dahar Muhammed, Medical Officer, Family Health Centre Noolpuzha, Wayanad, Kerala

18.40-19.10Hrs

Progress in UHC at Thailand

  • Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Health, Thailand

19.10-20.00Hrs

Panel Discussion:


Universal Health Coverage- outlook for developing countries


Moderator:

  • Dr. Rathan Kelkar, State Mission Director, National Health Mission
  • Dr Mala Rao, Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London


  • Mr. Luigi D'Aquino Chief of Health, UNICEF, India


  • Dr G.N.V Ramana, Ex Lead Health Specialist, World Bank

February 18, 2021 17.00 -20.15 Hrs

COVID pandemic- Health System response- resilience- preparedness

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis of a scale never witnessed before. Within months, it has devastated many countries around the globe, requiring an unprecedented mobilisation of health systems. The pandemic is yet another reminder that we need to invest in public health, ramp up health system’s capacities to detect a disease early and respond rapidly to emerging infections and rely on evidence base for policymaking. It is time that we paid heed to these lessons and strengthened our health systems, as epidemics and pandemics of this nature will continue to challenge public health well into the future. This conference theme will witness responses of global health systems to COVID-19 pandemic and discuss the way forward.

Time (IST)

Event

Dignitaries

17.00- 17.50 Hrs

Inauguration

  • Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice, Women and Child Development, Govt. of Kerala

Chief Guest’s Address: COVID-19: Health System Global Response

  • Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead. World Health Organisation

17.50-18.10 Hrs

India’s Fight against COVID- Role of ICMR

  • Prof Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt. of India

18.10-18.40 Hrs

Kerala's Response to COVID

  • Dr Rajan Khobragade - Principal Secretary Health & FW, Govt. of Kerala
  • Dr Sakeena K DMO Malappuram
  • Dr. Raman Swathy Vaman, DPM Kasaragod
  • DR R Sandhya DSO Kollam
  • Dr Aravind R Head, Department of Infectious Diseases, GMC Tvpm

18.40-19.00 Hrs

Crisis leadership & Workforce resilience

  • Dr Ajit Abraham, Consultant HPB & Trauma Surgeon, The Royal London Hospital, National Health Service, United Kingdom

Interaction:

Dr. Tony Lawrence, Asst. Professor, Community Medicine, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

19.00-19.40Hrs

Panel Discussion:

Pandemic & Preparedness

Moderator:

  • Dr Indu PS, Professor & Head Community Medicine, Govt.Medical College Tvpm
  • Dr Gagandeep Kang, The Welcome Trust Research LaboratoryDivision of Gastrointestinal Sciences Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Dr Jacob John, Virologist and Professor Emeritus CMC Vellore
  • Mr David Wilson, Program Director, World Bank

19.40-20.15 Hrs

Preparedness at District level

Moderator:

  • Dr. Rathan Kelkar, State Mission Director, National Health Mission
  • Dr Navjot Khosa IAS, District Collector Thiruvananthapuram
  • Mr Suhas S IAS, District Collector Ernakulam
  • Dr Adeela Abdulla IAS District Collector Wayanad
  • Dr Raman Gangakhedkar Head of Epidemiology (Rtd),ICRM Govt of India

February 24, 2021 17.00 - 20.15 Hrs

Achieving SDGs related to MMR & IMR – Dream or Reality?

Healthy women and children are the linchpin for healthy and thriving societies. Significant and long-lasting benefits are ensured from investing in the health of women and children. Many countries and states have made remarkable progress in improving the access to quality health care among women and children, and improve outcomes for children. Still there are many gaps visible. Investing in the health of women and children is indispensable to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. This conference theme will discuss the progress made so far and witness efforts of many regions in improving the health and wellbeing of women and children.

Time (IST)

Event

Dignitaries

17.00- 17.20 Hrs

Inauguration

  • Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice, Women and Child Development, Govt. of Kerala

17.20-17.40 Hrs

Achieving the SDGs related to Maternal and Child Health

  • Mr. Paul Rutter, Regional Advisor (Health), UNICEF


17.40-18.00 Hrs

MMR reduction-Kerala Experience

  • Dr. V P Paily State Co-ordinator Confidential Review of Maternal Health & Senior Consultant Rajagiri Hospital Aluva

18.00-18.15 Hrs

MMR reduction- Field success story to bring in connect of policy with the interventions.

  • Dr Remla Beevi Director Medical Education, Govt. of Kerala 
  •  Dr Krishnaveni, RCH Officer, Kollam

18.15-18.45 Hrs

IMR reduction- Kerala Experience

  • Dr S S Kamath, Former President Indian Academy of Pediatrics

18.45-19.00 Hrs

IMR reduction - Field success story to bring in connect of policy with the interventions.

  • Dr Saritha R L , Director Health Services, Govt. of Kerala
  • Dr Srihari M State Nodal Officer Child Health, NHM Kerala

19.00-20.15 Hrs

Panel discussion:


Accelerating the reduction of Maternal & Infant Mortality in developing countries


Moderator:

  • Dr. A. Santhosh Kumar, Superintendent, SAT Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Dr. Vivek Virendra Singh, Health Specialist, UNICEF India
  • Prof. Richard Cash, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, USA
  • Dr. Rakhi Dandona, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India 
  • Dr Ahmed Reza Hosseinpur, Health Equity Monitoring Lead, WHO Geneva

February 25, 2021 17.00 - 20.00 Hrs

Meet the SDGs - Beat the NCDs

NCDs are one of the major challenges for development in 21st century. NCDs are responsible for 70% of all deaths worldwide. A large proportion of such deaths are premature: and nearly one third die between the ages of 30 and 70. 85% of premature deaths from NCDs occurred in developing countries, including 40% in lower-middle-income countries where the probability of dying from an NCD between the ages of 30 and 70 is up to four times higher than in developed countries. Most of these premature deaths from NCDs could have been prevented or delayed. But based on the current rate of decline in premature mortality from the four main NCDs, will the world be able to meet the SDG target 3.4 to, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment. What have we done so far and what more to be done?

Time (IST)

Event

Dignitaries

17.00- 17.20 Hrs

Inauguration

  • Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice, Women and Child Development, Govt. of Kerala
  • Key Note Address: Dr Cherian Varghese Coordinator NCD Management, WHO Geneva
  • Kerala Cancer Strategy : Dr. Satheesan B, Director Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery, Kannur

17.20-17.50 Hrs

Achieving the SDGs related to NCD

  • Dr. Thomas R Frieden, President & CEO, Resolve to Save Lives, Former Director CDC

17.50-18.30 Hrs

Experience Sharing-Other NCD

  • Dr. Rajan Khobragade, Principal Secretary Health & FW, Govt. of Kerala
  • Dr Mathews Numpeli - DPM Ernakulam Dr Naveen A DPM
  • Dr. Naveen, DPM Kozhikode
  • Dr Kiran P S State Nodal Officer, Mental Health Programme
  • Dr Bipin Gopal State Nodal Officer, NCD Program

18.30-19.00 Hrs

Cancer Care in Kerala


District Cancer

Control Project Ernakulam

  • Dr Rekha A Nair Director Regional Cancer Centre Thiruvananthapuram


  • Mr. K Mohammed Y Safirulla IAS, Project Director e-Health, Cancer Care-Kerala Experience, Ernakulam District Cancer, Control Project

19.00- 19.40 Hrs

Panel Discussion:


Prevention of Cancer through Primary Health Care


Moderator:

  • Mr. Moni Kuriakose, Director, Cochin Cancer Research Centre
  • Dr Sankara Narayanan Senior Visiting Scientist, WHO - IARC Lyon France
  • Dr MV Pillai Professor of Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Anil D Cruz President Union for International Cancer Control
  • Dr Richard Sullivan Professor, Cancer and Global Health ,King's Institute of Cancer Policy and Co-Director of Conflictand Health Research Group
  • Dr Arnie Purushotham Director Kings Health Partners,Integrated Cancer Centre London

19.40-20.00 Hrs

Achieving SDGs related to Cancer- Challenges

  • Dr Rajendra Badwe Director Tata Memorial Centre

March 4, 2021 17.00 - 20.00 Hrs

Moving towards TB elimination- A call for action

Universal health coverage (UHC) is a vision where all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Countries and states are on different pathways towards UHC. COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the strengths and weaknesses of health systems across the world. This conference theme will have a panel discussion by global experts on opportunities and challenges in ensuring better health in next decade and experience sharing by heads of Governments of various countries and states in improving the health and wellbeing of citizens.

Time (IST)

Event

Dignitaries

17.00-17.03 Hrs

Welcome

  • Dr Sunilkumar M, State TB Officer, Kerala

17.03-18.00  Hrs

People's movement against TB in Kerala

  • Dr Rajan Khobragade, Principal Secretary Health and FW, Govt. Of Kerala
  • Dr Sairu Philip, Professor and Head, GMC Alappuzha
  • Dr Shibu Balakrishnan, Regional Team Lead, WHO
  • Dr Manu MS, State Nodal Officer of Partnerships, TB 
  • Dr Rakesh P S, Consultant (TB Elimination) WHO
  • Dr Sanjeev Nair, Chair, State LTBI TWG & STF

18.00-18.10 Hrs

Special Address

  • Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership

18.10-18.30 Hrs

Case Finding in Vietnam

  • Prof. Guy Marks, Professor Respiratory Medicine Sydney & President, The International Union against TB and Lung Diseases


18.30- 19.20 Hrs

Panel Discussion

 

Moderator: Dr Sreenivas A Nair Regional Advisor, Stop TB Strategy Partnership


  • Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Program, WHO Geneva
  • Dr Kenneth Castro, Senior Scientific Advisor, TB, USAID
  • Dr Raghuram Rao, Dy.Director, Central TB Division, Govt. of India
  • Dr Suvananda Sahu, Deputy Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
  • Dr. Sevim Ahmedov, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID
  • Dr. Mohammed Yassin, Senior Technical Advisor, Global Fund
  • Mr Patrick Osewe, Chief of ADB’s Health Sector Group
  • Smt Divya Sojan, TB Survivor & Nurse, AIIMS


19.20-19.30 Hrs

TB Elimination in India- Way Forward

  • Shri. Vikas Sheel IAS, Joint Secretary, Government of India

Closing Session

19.30-19.35 Hrs

Welcome

  • Dr Rathan Khelkar IAS, State Mission Director, NHM

19.35-19.45 Hrs

Special Address

  • Prof V K Ramachandran, Vice Chairperson, Kerala State Planning Board

19.45-19.55 Hrs

Special Address

  • Dr Roderico H Ofrin, WHO Representative to India

19.55-20.05 Hrs

Special Address

  • Prof Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

20.05-20.15Hrs

Vote of Thanks

  • Dr Rajan N Khobragade IAS, Principal Secretary (Health), Government of Kerala

Our Partners

Department of Health & Family Welfare

Government of Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, India

Global meeting of minds to exchange achievements, best practices and ideas for innovations in health care.

Dr. Vishwas Mehta IAS

Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala

Dr Vishwas Mehta IAS is a Post Graduate in Geology (Hons), MBA in Marketing Management and PhD in Cultural Tourism Management and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1986 in Kerala Cadre. He had worked as Sub Collector, Deputy Secretary, District Collector, Managing Director of several government companies and as Director in the Ministry of Culture & Tourism in Govt of India. 

Currently, he is the chief secretary of the Kerala State Government and chairman of Coastal shipping and inland navigation corporation, was born in 1961 in Dungarpur town in Udaipur division of Southern Rajasthan. A top bureaucrat, Dr Mehta, an IAS officer of the 1986 batch, started his tenure as Kollam Assistant Collector in June 1987 and continued in the post till June 1988. Subsequently, he served as the Sub Collector at Wayanad district, Kerala. Dr Mehta took over as Deputy Secretary in the Revenue Department in 1991, and in 1992 he became Managing Director of the Kerala State Cooperative Rubber Marketing Federation. He has also served as District Collector of Wayanad and as the Managing Director of Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation. He has officiated as Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Principal Secretary Revenue, and Additional Chief Secretary Home and Water Resources. At the central deputation, Dr Mehta held positions, including the joint secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Senior directing staff of National Defence College and Director in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Sri. Rajesh Bhushan

Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Shri Rajesh Bhushan IAS is currently the Union Secretary to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He was the officer on special duty in MOHFW since April 2020. He is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service from the 1987 batch borne on the Bihar cadre. Prior to joining MoHFW, he was Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and in the Cabinet Secretariat. In more than 3 decades of public service, both in the State and Union Governments, Rajesh Bhushan has served as an Administrator and Policy-Maker, and has held a wide range of assignments in the fields of Information, Education, Transport, Rural Development and Health. He has also served for more than 2 years in the Cabinet Secretariat where he gained valuable exposure through assisting the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and the main Cabinet. 

Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien

Senior Adviser, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien is a senior expert in Health Economics at the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, and advisor to its International Health Policy Program, where he also heads the research hub for the Asia Pacific Observatory. He supports the implementation of universal health coverage in a number of countries. Trained in medicine, he served for nine years in rural district hospitals in a poor province of Thailand and received the ‘Best Rural Doctor’ award in 1986 from the Thai Medical Association. In 1990 he received a PhD in health planning and financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He won the Woodruff Medal in 1991 for his PhD thesis on community health financing and the Edwin Chadwick Medal in 2011 for his contributions to improve health systems in the interests of the poor. He has published 155 scientific articles. Dr Tangcharoensathien chaired the negotiations of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, adopted by the Sixty-third World Health Assembly.

Dr Peter Singer

Special Advisor to the Director-General, WHO

Dr Peter Singer is Special Advisor to the Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization. Before joining WHO as Special Advisor to the Director General, Dr. Peter Singer from Canada co-founded two innovative, results driven, social impact organizations.  From 2008-2018 Singer was Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada.  From 1996-2006 he was Sun Life Financial Chair and Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.  He was also Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at University Health Network. In 2007, Dr. Singer received the Michael Smith Prize as Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year in Population Health and Health Services. In 2011, Singer was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (where he was also Foreign Secretary), the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).  As a researcher, Dr. Singer published over 300 articles, received over $50 million in research grants, and mentored hundreds of students. He studied internal medicine at University of Toronto, medical ethics at University of Chicago, public health at Yale University, and management at Harvard Business School. He served his community as Board Chair of Branksome Hall, an internationally minded school for girls.

Dr. Luigi D'Aquino

Chief of Health, UNICEF India

Dr Luigi D’Aquino is the Chief of Health, UNICEF India.  Over nearly 20 years of work in the international development sector, Dr Luigi has gained vast experience in contributing to the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of maternal, new born and child health policies and programs through either long-term assignment (Angola, Cambodia, Sudan, Mozambique), or through short term pieces of technical assistance to numerous countries in Africa and Asia. Dr Luigi has developed sound, hands-on technical knowledge in the area of health systems strengthening maternal, new-born and child health, including: community health; immunization; new born and child health; emergency relief. He has a clear understanding of the processes and dynamics influencing the design and the implementation of policies, and substantial experience in facilitating the coordination between key stakeholders such as governments, donors, UN agencies, and civil society organizations. Also, he has a good domain of the key principles of quantitative and qualitative research, including economic analysis; principles of epidemiology; monitoring and evaluation of health programs.

Dr. Mala Rao

Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London
Professor Mala Rao is a Senior Clinical Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, Medical Adviser to NHS England on Workforce Race Equality, and Vice-Chair, WaterAid UK. She was born and raised in India and studied medicine in Delhi at the smallpox eradication era and was inspired to specialize in public health. In 1997, she established England’s first evidence-based cancer network, having persuaded 120 clinicians in her Health Authority to work with her towards this common goal. In 2003, she became the Head of Public Health Workforce for England, at the Department of Health, London. Her ‘Teaching Public Health Networks’ program has evolved into the UK Healthy Universities Network. Dr Rao has worked closely with the Indian and UK governments, the World Health Organization, frontline health staff at primary health centres and hospitals, and other organizations to reform health care policies and practice with benefits to millions of disadvantaged people. Dr Rao is globally recognized for championing climate change action and raising awareness of its impacts on women’s health, and access to safe water and sanitation. She instigated and co-edited the ‘Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change’. Dr Rao is widely published and is the recipient of many awards, including being made an Officer of the British Empire by the Queen in 2013 for public health services in the UK and overseas.

K Sujatha Rao

Former Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Government of India

Ms K Sujatha Rao is the former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, the Government of India. She was a civil servant from the Andhra Pradesh cadre of Indian Administrative Service and served the nation for 36 long years. Ms Rao was the secretary to the Department of AIDS Control and during the period from 2006 to 2009, was the Director-General of the National AIDS Control Organization.

 

She was a Mason fellow at Harvard University where she did her post-graduate degree in Public Administration and was a Takemi Fellow for International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Presently, Ms Rao holds the first Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

During her 20-year tenure at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, her contributions to the health sector are commendable, bringing qualitative changes in the National AIDS control programme, the first-ever national programme for non-communicable disease, development of a national policy for antibiotic use and vaccination programmes in public health is a few to mention.

Sri. Rajeev Sadanandan IAS (Rtd)

Former Additional Chief Secretary H&FW, Govt of Kerala
Mr Rajeev Sadanandan is the former Addl Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala, and is the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Trust-funded Health Systems Transformation Platform (HSTP). As a civil servant, Mr Rajeev Sadanadan started his career as the Sub-Collector of Kollam. He had served as the District Collector to Malappuram and Thrissur, Kerala, during the period from 1994 to 1996. He was the National AIDS Control Society consultant and the National Programme officer and National Technical Consultant at UNAIDS India Country Office. Mr Rajeev Sadanadan was the chairman of the Kerala State Electricity Board. He had supervised the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Indira Awaas Yojana and National Social Assistance Programme while he was in the respective departments at Government of India. Mr Rajeev Sadanandan’s contributions led to the development of the Kudumbasree programme to empower and educate women for improved health and social welfare outcomes, which was later paved the way for National Rural Livelihood Mission at the national level. He revamped the health insurance and social pension schemes for easy access to the poor and marginalised populations. During the Nipah virus outbreak in 2018 and followed torrential rains and flooding, his initiatives had gained wide acclamations to Kerala state worldwide. Mr Rajeev Sadanandan has contributed substantially to the health system reforms of the Kerala State.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, WHO

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove is an infectious disease epidemiologist. Van Kerkhove specializes in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with a background in high-threat pathogens and is based in the Health Emergencies Program at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is the technical lead of COVID-19 response and the head of emerging diseases and zoonosis unit at WHO.  In 2009, she earned a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Van Kerkhove was a senior research fellow in the Medical Research Council Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial College London from 2009 to 2015. She specialized in Ebola, influenza, meningitis, MERS-CoV, and yellow fever. From 2015 to 2017, Van Kerkhove was the head of the Outbreak Investigation Task Force at the Institut Pasteur’s Center for Global Health, conducting field research into surrounding zoonoses, respiratory viruses and emerging/re-emerging viruses such as Zika, MERS-CoV, Ebola and Marburg. She specialized in field research to gather data on the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 (HPAI/H5N1), with a focus on transmission risk from poultry to humans

Sri. GNV Ramana

Ex Lead Health Specialist World Bank

Dr Gandham N V Ramana is a Lead Health Specialist and was a program leader for the World Bank country office of Kenya, Rwanda, and Eretria. He was the Lead Public Health Specialist, Africa Region Nairobi and also at The World Bank, New Delhi (May 1998-July 2009).   A public health physician with expertise in leading complex high-level policy dialogue in Human Development in Developing countries. He has strong operational experience in designing and supporting the implementation of innovative health systems reform programs in India, Ethiopia, Kenya and anglophone Africa, covering wide-ranging areas including reproductive, maternal, new born and child health, and results-based financing; supply chain management; universal health coverage.  Dr Ramana has excellent hands-on, integrative skills as Program Leader for a large cluster of World Bank Group Global Practices with a substantive program of over US$ Two Billion lending and analytical work covering Health Nutrition Population, Education, Social Protection, Agriculture and Environment sectors in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.  He has authored over 15 analytical papers/reports and prepared several policy briefs covering wide-ranging health systems, disease burden, and cost-effectiveness of interventions. He undertook policy research and led several training programs in health systems management for senior policymakers and program managers as a faculty at the Administrative Staff College of India. He has supported capacity building in health sector governance and accountability for senior policymakers in Africa organized by the World Bank in partnership with JICA and AMRE.

Dr. Jacob John

Former Professor, CMC Vellore

Dr T Jacob John is a renowned paediatrician-cum-virologist and is the former Professor and Head, Department of Clinical Virology and Microbiology, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, Tamil Nadu. He was also the chief of the Virology service of CMC from 1967 till 1995. Dr Jacob John is the former Director; Head of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Centre of Advanced Research in Virology. He has also served as the President of Indian Academy of Paediatrics and Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists and is a fellow Indian National Science Academy. Dr John chaired the India Expert Advisory Group on Polio eradication and co-chaired the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation from 2000 to 2009. He is also chairman/member/advisor of several national committees and international organisations like WHO. He has conducted pioneering research in the fields of infectious diseases, clinical virology, and epidemiology. His discovery of the problem of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) failure in India led to the pioneering of the " Pulse Polio programme and immunisation campaign in India that has led to the elimination of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in the country. In 1986, he led the CMC Virology team, which was the first to identify individuals with HIV infection in India. With more than 400 publications to his name, Dr Jacob John is a distinguished force in India for infectious diseases. Since the novel coronavirus pandemic came to India, Dr John has been a vocal advocate of more public health surveillance, smarter use of diagnostic tests, and government decision-making transparency. He is the recipient of the BC Roy Award for Eminent Medical Man of the year, 1990 and BR Ambedkar Centenary Award, 2002.

Dr. Ajit Abraham

Consultant HPB & Trauma Surgeon, Barts Health, London

Dr Ajit Abraham MBBS, MS, MA (Medical Ethics & Law), FRCS, FRCS (General Surgery) was trained as a general surgeon in Pune, India. He went to the UK in 1993 and trained in hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery and liver transplantation in London, mainly at the Royal Free and the Royal London Hospitals. He has been Consultant General, Trauma; HPB Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS since 2005. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London. He is also the Barts Health Trust Undergraduate Dean and the Barts Health Group Co-Chair, The Inclusion Board. He also has over two decades of experience of elective and emergency general surgery including open and minimally invasive approaches to a variety of general surgical conditions such as the groin and incisional hernias, and the acute surgical abdomen. He has expertise in the management of chest, abdomen and pelvic trauma as a trauma surgeon at the Royal London, the first dedicated major trauma centre in the UK. His other areas of interest are clinical leadership, quality improvement and patient safety and he was also the Health Foundation QI Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard from 2011-12, and he has an MA in Medical Ethics & Law from Keele University, UK, 2004. At Barts Health, he was the Clinical Director for Surgery 2010-11, Associate Medical Director for Improvement, Innovation, 2013-14, Executive Group Director for the Surgery & Cancer Clinical Academic Group, 2014-2016. Chair of the Boards of Surgery & Cancer 2017-18, and Barts Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer 2016 -18. On surgical sabbatical 2018-19, he re-established and led the HPB surgical service at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore delivering open and minimally invasive hepato-biliary and pancreatic surgical care to the local population. He is the Principal of The Staff College for Leadership in Healthcare. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of HPB & general surgery and contributed to chapters in major medical and surgical textbooks, and has been involved in teaching and training at all levels including for the MBBS, the intercollegiate FRCS, and RCS courses. He has a longstanding ‘Hatha Vinyasa’ Yoga and ‘Vipassana’ meditation practice.

Dr. David Wilson

Program Director, World Bank

Mr. David Wilson is a Program Director in the Health Nutrition and Population practice at the World Bank. He is Team Leader for the COVID-19 Fast Track Facility and the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund. David has worked in approximately 65 countries on all continents. He has published over 100 scientific papers. He was also the World Bank’s Global HIV/AIDS Program Director. He was previously a Professor at the University of Zimbabwe for almost 20 years and an adviser to many governments and most bilateral and multilateral agencies. David holds a PhD specifically on AIDS and has published widely on AIDS. Many of the programs he developed have been cited as global best practices.

Dr Navjot Khosa

District Collector, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Dr Navjyot Khosa IAS is currently the District Collector of Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. She is an IAS officer in Kerala Cadre (2012). She started her career in public administration as the assistant collector in Thrissur and has served in various positions like Managing Director, Kerala Medical Services Corporation and Food Safety Commissioner.

Suhas Shivanna

District Collector, Ernakulam, Kerala

Mr. Suhas Shivanna IAS is currently the District Collector of Ernakulam, Kerala. Mr. Suhas, IAS started off his career as the Assistant Collector of Ernakulam. He was the collector for Alappuzha district. He has received the best project officer award for the Smart City project.



Dr Adeela Abdulla

District Collector, Wayanad, Kerala

Dr Adeela Abdulla IAS is currently the District Collector of Wayanad District, Kerala. After working as a Sub-Collector Trainee in Kannur District, she served as Sub-Collector of Tirur in Malappuram District and later as CEO, Life Mission, Kerala.

Dr. Gagandeep Kang

Professor, Christian Medical College (CMC)

Dr Gagandeep Kang is a medical researcher and virologist. Professor Kang is Professor of Microbiology, at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore. From 2016 to 2020, Dr Gagandeep Kang had been the Executive Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, an autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. She is on many review committees and advisory committees for national and international research funding agencies and organisations mostly related to vaccines. She chairs the WHO South-East Asian Region’s Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group. She has received honorary appointments as the associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland and Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Gagandeep Kang became the first Indian woman to receive the Royal Society of London’s prestigious fellowship in 2019. She was awarded the prestigious Infosys Prize in Life Sciences in 2016 for her life-long research on rotavirus and other infectious diseases. She is also the recipient of Lourdu Yeddanapalli Award for Excellence in Research (2005) and woman Bioscientist award of the Year 2006. She has over 300 high impact scientific publications to credit and has been a member of editorial committees of several prestigious journals like PLoS neglected Tropical Diseases. She has been instrumental in combining various field epidemiology aspects with intensive laboratory investigations and a pivotal contributor to rotavirus epidemiology and vaccinology in India. Her research largely influenced India’s policy on infectious diseases and their mitigation. Dr Kang’s research on rotavirus resulted in the development of Rotavac, a Bharat Biotech International vaccine that targets diarrhoea.

Prof. Balaram Bhargava

Secretary, Department of Health Research (Government of India)
Padmashri Professor Balram Bhargava is the Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Secretary to Department of Health Research (Government of India). Dr Bhargava is the Professor of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and serves as the Executive Director for the Stanford India Biodesign Centre, School of International Biodesign (SiB). Established by Prof. Bhargava, the School of International Biodesign at AIIMS and developing low-cost medical devices leading to several start-ups. He has pioneered the development of indigenous low-cost coronary stents that have benefited several thousand patients. Prof. Bhargava set up the c-GMP Centre for Excellence for Stem Cell Studies, at AIIMS, which has initiated patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and benefited many no-option heart failure patients waiting on the cardiac transplant list. Prof. Bhargava is part of the team that works on the Chest Compression Device for Sudden Cardiac Death patients funded by Wellcome (London) and provides leadership for creative disease prevention, early detection, and transport system for sick cardiac patients. The programme mission DELHI (Delhi Emergency Life Heart-attack Initiative) is being used for early diagnosis and treatment of heart attack patients by first respondent paramedics. Prof. Bhargava also founded the Society for Less Investigative Medicine (SLIM) and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal Innovations (BMJi). He is the recipient of the SN Bose Centenary Award, the National Academy of Sciences Platinum Jubilee Award, the Tata Innovation Fellowship and Vasvik Award for Biomedical Technology Innovation, the Ranbaxy Award, and the OP Bhasin Award in the field of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2014, Professor Bhargava was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government for his contributions to medicine.

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar

Head of Epidemiology (Rtd), ICRM Govt of India

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar M.B.B.S., D.C.H., M.P.H is an epidemiologist and was the Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research. He served as Head Scientist of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research before retiring on 30 June 2020. He worked in the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and the National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai. In the early 1980s, he began researching HIV/AIDS, at a time when the knowledge of the disease was developing. He worked with the National Institute of Virology and National AIDS Research Institute, Pune. He continued to work in the public sector in HIV/AIDS and was active in developing national policies and patient empowerment. Along with research, he worked with patients at the government-run Kotnis Clinic in Gadikhana, Pune, serving disadvantaged HIV/AIDS patients. After nearly two decades, he became Director-in-charge of the National AIDS Research Institute. In 2018 he was appointed Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Wing of the Indian Council of Medical Research. In his two-year stint with the I.C.M.R., he was active in handling the Nipah virus outbreak and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. He is the Padma Shri recipient for his service and research in HIV/AIDS. Dr Gangakhedkar has also received Fogarty Fellowship – National Institutes of Health the Johns Hopkins University Baltimore U.S.A. and F.X.B. Fellowship – Francoise Xavier Bagnoud Foundation in Switzerland.

Dr. Richard Cash

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Harvard
Dr Richard Alan Cash, is a global health researcher, public health physician, and internist. He is a Senior Lecturer in International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Dr Cash and his colleagues conducted the first clinical trials of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) in adult and paediatric cholera patients and patients with other infectious causes of diarrhoea at the Cholera Research Laboratory in Bangladesh. He was the Principal Investigator of the Applied Diarrheal Disease Research (ADDR) Project, which helped developing country scientists hone their research skills by conducting their research projects. Over 150 studies, involving more than 350 investigators were funded in twelve countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, leading to over 275 publications. He is the senior editor of “Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research”, a WHO publication. He has also documented the scaling up of the BRAC ORT program in “A Simple Solution”, and as a member of the BRAC Health Group, he and colleagues have documented the BRAC TB DOTS program in “Making Tuberculosis History: Community-Based Solutions for Millions”. Recently he was the Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi and has visiting faculty appointments at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences Studies, in Trivandrum Kerala India, and the Graduate School of International Health Development at the University of Nagasaki. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award and in 2011 received the Fries Prize for Improving Health.

Dr. Vivek Virendra Singh

Health Specialist, UNICEF, India
Dr Vivek Virendra Singh is a Health Specialist at UNICEF India and was a public health specialist in the Indian Institute of Public Health at the Public Health Foundation of India. Dr Vivek started his public health career as a medical officer-in-charge of a rural hospital in a remote, tribal region of western India. He has worked as a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) in India. He has also worked as a consultant with the WHO in Africa through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta’s ‘STOP’ program, providing technical support to Kenya’s Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) and polio eradication program. Dr Singh was also an assistant professor at PHFI’s Indian Institute of Public Health from July 2010 to October 2014 and continued as an associate professor from November 2014 to February 2017. At PHFI he was engaged in the development of course content for competency-based training programs in public health; coordination of training programs; teaching and training on applied epidemiology, public health surveillance and public health program management; and policy advice to state governments on disease control and maternal and child health program planning; implementation and evaluation. He is a member of the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) board of directors and co-chairs the Global Outreach Committee and public health surveillance track as part of the Scientific Program Committee of the ISDS. He has worked in public health emergencies and strengthening early warning and response systems globally. From November 2019, he has been working as Health Specialist at UNICEF Coordinating Health Systems, Policy, and Program interventions for Child Health at UNICEF India Country Office.

Dr. Rakhi Dandona

Professor, Health Metric Sciences, University of Washington
Professor Rakhi Dandona is a Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India and Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Prof. Dandona has over two decades of experience in generating empirical evidence on disease burden and risk factor distribution at the population level through epidemiological studies and health system studies in India. Prof. Dandona is Chair of the Global Burden of Disease Study India, Injury Expert Group for the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, a collaboration between Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health Foundation of India, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and about 100 institutions. The Initiative’s research on gender-differentials in suicide mortality received comprehensive, including reports on The Economist and the Scientific American’s published findings. Her work as part of evaluations of large-scale neonatal health interventions in the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh has generated robust evidence for stillbirth estimation and brought attention to the health system-related risk factors for stillbirths in India. She is a member of the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group of the International Stillbirth Alliance. She has held several grants for public health research, including the Wellcome Trust, UK and the National Institutes of Health, USA. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Prof. Dandona is an Associate Editor for the journal Injury Prevention and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Lancet Psychiatry, and as an Academic Editor for the journal PLOS One. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Indian Road Safety Campaign. She is a Steering Committee member of the Road Safety Partnership for India, the Global Road Safety initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. She has served on the national selection committee for the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships.

Dr Ahmed Reza Hossienpoor

Health Equity Monitoring Lead at World Health Organization

Dr Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor is the Health Equity Monitoring Lead at World Health Organization, Geneva.  He has conceptualized and coordinated the development of resources and tools in this area including Health Equity Monitor, the WHO global platform for disaggregated health data; WHO Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), a software application to explore and compare health inequalities; and the WHO Handbook on Health Inequality Monitoring, a comprehensive resource to strengthen and guide the development of health inequality monitoring. Dr Ahmad is also the lead author of a number of peer-reviewed articles quantifying inequalities in health, both at the country-level and the global-level as well as methodological articles such as health inequality decomposition. Dr Ahmad is enthusiastic to use interactive data visualization in order to effectively communicate health data to diverse target audiences. This is showcased in the recent WHO global reports “State of inequality: reproductive, maternal, new born and child health” and “State of inequality: childhood immunization”.