Dr. Sanjay. K. Rai
M.B.B.S., M.D., FIPHA
Professor, Centre for Community Medicine
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Address for correspondence:
AIIMS, New Delhi Office
Room Number: 29
Center For Community Medicine
AIIMS, New Delhi - 110029, INDIA
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Dr. Sanjay K Rai is currently Professor at Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He is also Editor of prestigious WHO-South East Asia Journal of Public Health.
He completed his MBBS from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur and MD (Community Medicine) from the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Before joining AIIMS, he has worked at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, and Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh.
Prof. Rai has to his credit over 175 publications and is a regular reviewer of many major national and international journals. He has been involved in more than 40 research projects. Prof. Rai has many awards and honours to his name including “Dr J. E. Park Memorial Oration” of Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), and has also been conferred “Fellowship” of IPHA. He is member of many technical/expert groups constituted by Government of India, Indian Counsil of Medical Research (ICMR), and International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) and has contributed in many national health programmes e.g., National AIDS Control Programme, National Health Mission, Revised National Tuberculosis Control Progrmme etc. Prof. Rai is working in the area of HIV / AIDS and has been providing technical support to National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. He is member of many technical resource groups of NACO. Prof. Rai is also focal person for NACO designated National Institute for HIV Surveillance at AIIMS, New Delhi, to monitor and support, HIV Sentinel Surveillance in India.
His other areas of interest are immunization, health system, and communicable diseases including Tuberculosis, Influenza. He was also faculty member for “CME programme for PAN-African e-network project of AIIMS”, a project started by the Hon'ble President of India in 2009 which broadcasts to 35 African countries.
Dr. Rai is National trainer on HIV / AIDS Counselling and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) for NACO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, since 1997 and 2008 respectively. He is also National Trainer for “Integrated Management of Neonatal and Child Illnesses (IMNCI)” since 2007.
Dr. Rai has received many travels grant to deliver invited lectures in more than 10 countries.
He was involved in research on human influenza disease burden in India, and also one of the largest influenza vaccine effectiveness trial studies in collaboration with Centre for Disease Control, Atlanta, and University of Alabama, USA.
He is the current (2019-23) National President of Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), and Vice President of the National Medical Organization (NMO) of Delhi State.
Dr. Rai has played a vital role in promoting public health leadership during COVID-19 pandemic.
As President of the Indian Public Health Association, he founded a joint COVID-19 taskforce with eminent public health experts belonging to various public health associations of India e.g., Indian Association of Preventive of Social Medicine (IAPSM), Indian Association of Epidemiologist (IAE) and IPHA. The main objective of the joint taskforce was to advise the Government of India regarding the containment of COVID-19 in India. In this regard, four consecutive statements were produced and sent to the government including the honorable Prime Minister of India. The statements were vital in creating awareness regarding the epidemiology, control measures, use of vaccines, etc. to contain covid-19 in India.He also provided inputs during an interaction with the Prime Minister of India. Awareness generation and educating, both lay people as well as health professionals through print and electronic media was his special forte. In fact, he is one of the most recognizable faces in the digital media. He also played a very important role in development of vaccine against COVID-19 in India. His contribution as Principal Investigator of vaccine safety (phase 1 & 2), and effectiveness (Phase 3) trial at AIIMS, New Delhi, helped timely release of COVAXINTM vaccine nationally as well as globally. Currently he is also involved as a PI for COVID nasal vaccine.