Manohar Agnani

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, NRHMMP.

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.




  • 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.

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