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Dr. Vinod Paul is a Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He leads the WHO Collaborating Centre on Newborn Health for South East Asia Region; and the Centre for Advanced Research in Newborn Health (Indian Council of Medical Research). He is also a visiting professor at the Public Health Foundation of India.

Dr Paul is the chair of the Technical Advisory Group on Child Health, and co-chair of the Newborn Health Action group of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and has been a member of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Healthcare Coverage of the Planning Commission the country.

India’s national programs on child health bear imprint of Dr. Paul’s expertise and research. He developed the Maternal and Child Health strategy for RCH II program under National Rural Health Mission, the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI). He is a member of the core group on health, the National Human Rights Commission of India; a member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, and co-chair of the Commission on Health of the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Prof Paul is recognized among the key academics worldwide who brought newborn health to the centre-stage for the attainment of MDG 4 through writings, research and advocacy efforts at highest international fora. He is the principal author of the historic Delhi Declaration on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2005). He contributed to the formulation of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP).

Dr Paul has been associated with the World Health Organization for long. He served as a short term professional staff at the headquarters (2001), and has been a temporary advisor on several occasions and associated closely with almost all the recent WHO guidelines in newborn health. He is presently the chair of the Technical Advisory Group on Women’s and Children’s Health for WHO South East Asia Region.

Prof Paul has been a co-chair of the Board of the global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and a member of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the global Every Newborn Action Plan. He was a senior policy advisor of the Saving Newborn Lives initiative of the of the Save the Children (US) in 2002-04.

Dr Paul is the recipient of the highest award of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), namely, the Dr B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. He was recently conferred the Public Health Champion Award by WHO India.