Dr Kumar was instrumental in establishment of six new AIIMS (Medical & Research Institutes of Eminence) in India. He successfully led the polio eradication (2014), maternal & neonatal tetanus elimination (2015), and was the chief architect of world’s largest immunization program-Mission Indradhanush (Rainbow),and also expanded the basket of vaccines by introducing six new vaccines in India in a record period. He also pioneered the concept of Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) and then scaled it up across India. Both Mission Indradhanush and eVIN have been adjudged as best practices in the field of global health. His pioneering work and policy decisions around maternal, newborn and child health have helped achieving a record decline in maternal and child mortality in India.
He is recipient of several prestigious fellowships and national and international awards such as fellowship by National Neonatology Forum (NNF); Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP); the SKOCH Challenger Award, the highest civilian award by an independent organization for his contribution to public health in India; and the South-East Asian Public Health Education Institutions Network (SEAPHEIN) Leadership Award for his contribution to public health in the WHO’s South-East Asia Region. He also honed his skills further and got prestigious fellowships from Harvard School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine had chosen him as a Gates Fellow for the prestigious Fellowship in Global Health Leadership Program in 2019.
He has also served as a global expert member of Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on MNTE at WHO Geneva, and Regional Technical Advisor of WHO-SEARO on validation of PPTCT of HIV in Thailand. He has authored 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has penned down 20 Op-Eds on public/global health in prestigious newspapers in India. As a thought leader and motivational speaker, he has been invited as a keynote speaker on global health, SDGs/development and governances at various forums including universities and institutions across the world. While serving as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Chief Advisor UNDP, he has effectively represented India on numerous occasions.
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