Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Public Health
- Public Health Policy and Planning
- Human Resources for Health and RMNCAH+N
- Strengthening Health Systems
Manohar Agnani is a public health professional and retired IAS officer (Additional Secretary, MoHFW, GoI, 1993 batch), with over 20 years of experience in the field of health systems strengthening, public health policy and planning, human resources for health and RMNCAH+N (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health Plus Nutrition).
He has a Master of International Health degree from Copenhagen University (UCPH) and has worked and written extensively on public health, nutrition, and gender issues.
He has also served as the Chairperson of the Interim Commission, under National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions (NCAHP) and was the Nodal Officer for India’s national COVID-19 vaccination programme for which he received the 2022 SKOCH Award — Platinum Category in Health.
He was awarded for commendable achievements of Madhya Pradesh National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) by the Government of India in the capacity of Mission Director, NRHM, MP.
He has received Distinguished Alumni Award 2023 for exceptional achievements and significant contributions, from Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College, Jaipur, India.
His interest is to work towards public health and also to develop an understanding that the gateway to Universal Health Care is through comprehensive Primary Health Care.
He has written four books and contributed to several publications. His other areas of interest include everything around cricket (including commentary), and old Hindi songs.
It is a skill based course that would take students through the processes of how to design, monitor and evaluate public health programs.
Understanding the programmatic responses by the government to diseases profiling, in the form of the goals, structure, actors and impacts.
This course examines the health policy landscape and applies health systems frameworks to understand real-world public health concerns.
- Agnani, M. (2019). Ekant ki Ahat. Yash Publishers.
- Agnani, M. (2017). Andar ka School. Shivna Prakashan.
- Agnani, M. (2007). Kahan Kho Gayi Betiyaan? Vani Prakashan.
- Agnani, M. (2006). Missing Girls. Books for Change.
- Ng, M., Misra, A., Diwan, V., Agnani, M., Levin-Rector, A., & De Costa, A. (2014). An assessment of the impact of the JSY cash transfer program on maternal mortality reduction in Madhya Pradesh, India. Global Health Action, 7(1), 24939. https://doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.24939
- Tiwari, R., Sharma, A., Negandhi, H., Zodpey, S., Vyas, N., & Agnani, M. (2014). Building public health capacity in Madhya Pradesh through academic partnership. Global Health Action, 7(1), 24839. https://doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.24839
- Aguayo, V. M., Agarwal, V., Agnani, M., Das Agrawal, D., Bhambhal, S., Rawat, A. K., Gaur, A., Garg, A., Badgaiyan, N., & Singh, K. (2013). Integrated program achieves good survival but moderate recovery rates among children with severe acute malnutrition in India. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 98(5), 1335 – 1342. https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.112.054080
- Dalwai, S., Choudhury, P., Bavdekar, S. B., Dalal, R., Kapil, U., Dubey, A. P., Ugra, D., Agnani M., & Sachdev, H. P. S. (2013). Consensus statement of the Indian academy of pediatrics on integrated management of severe acute malnutrition. Indian Pediatrics, 50(4), 399 – 404. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13312-013‑0111‑3
- Kumar, B., Shrivastava, J., Satyanarayana, S., Reid, A. J., Ali, E., Zodpey, S., & Agnani, M. (2013). How effective is the integration of facility and community-based management of severe acute malnutrition in India? Public Health Action, 3(4), 265 – 270. https://doi.org/10.5588/pha.13.0058
Newspaper Articles (Recent)
- Agnani, M. (2023, March 24). What it will take India to beat TB. Deccan Herald. https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/panorama/what-it-will-take-india-to-beat-tb-1202947.html
- Agnani, M. (2023, January 16). India needs a new healthcare model to effectively manage hypertension. Business Standard. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/indian-needs-a-new-healthcare-model-to-effectively-manage-hypertension-123020301007_1.html
- Agnani, M. (2023, February 3). CoWIN to U‑win: A journey well begun for India. The Pioneer. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2023/columnists/cowin-to-u-win – a‑journey-well-begun-for-india.html
- Agnani, M. (2022, February 4). World Cancer Day: Closing the care gap. The Pioneer. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/columnists/world-cancer-day – closing-the-care-gap.html
- Agnani, M. (2022, February 4). जीवनशैली बदलने से कम होगा कैंसर का खतरा: हरिभूमि. https://www.haribhoomi.com/opinion/changing-lifestyle-will-reduce-the-risk-of-cancer-412336
- Agnani, M. (2022, January 16). A moment to savour for India’s public health system. The Hindu. https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a‑moment-to-savour-for-indias-public-health-system/article38277640.ece
- Agnani, M. (2022, January 14). इतिहास रचने वाला टीकाकरण अभियान. दैनिक जागरण. https://www.jagran.com/editorial/apnibaat-historcial-succesful-covid-vaxination-22382108.html