Mr. V R Raman
Member - WGC Global Advisory Board

Mr V R Raman is a systems and policy expert, especially in public health and allied sectors. He is currently serving the WaterAid India as its Head of Policy. He is a honorary Advisor to Public Health Foundation of India and one of the founders and former Principal Fellow of the Health Governance Hub, PHFI’s interdisciplinary programme of research on critical aspects of health governance in low-income contexts, linked to capacity building and advocacy. Completed his post graduate studies from University of Calicut, Kerala, He did his public health studies from the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

Mr Raman has over two decades of experience in research, policy, planning, implementation, advocacy, community mobilisation and capacity building in the areas of public health, water/ sanitation/ hygiene, education, literacy and grassroots development, in several states of India and at national level.

For water, sanitation and hygiene sector he is supporting formulation and implementation of various policy initiatives at national and state levels. In the area of health systems and policy he has closely worked on district, state and national level health systems issues in different parts of the country, including planning of the National Rural and Urban Health Mission initiatives at national level and in the states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. His contributions had been instrumental in setting up and implementing some of the large scale and landmark community health worker programmes in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttara Khand (Swasthya Sathi Programme), Chhattisgarh (Mitanin Programme) and Jharkhand (Sahiyya Movement).

He is one of the founders of noted state-civil society joint initiatives such as State Health Resource Centre Chhattisgarh (wherein he had also served as Director in-charge and Chief Coordinator) and Gyan Vigyan Samiti Uttar Pradesh/ Uttara Khand (wherein he had served as the Chief Functionary for a pilot project entitled “a multi-sectoral approach to health”). He spearheaded setting up some of the important public health capacity building institutions as well, including the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare for Chhattisgarh state and the Public Health Resource Network that serves several needy states of India.

He has played important roles in nationwide social mobilization and environment building initiatives for Total Literacy Campaign, as an Adviser to the National Literacy Mission and as a National Coordinator of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samithi. He is associated with several civil society initiatives working for people’s rights and equity, in various capacities. He has also been part of select international initiatives on health systems and policy.

He is member of several expert committees and boards, including: Core Advisory Group on Health of the National Human Rights Commission; Governing Boards of State Health Resource Centres in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand; National Coordination Committee and Editorial Advisory Board of Public Health Resource Network; Executive Committee and Editorial Board of the Medico Friends Circle; and Executive Committee of the Delhi Science Forum. He served the High Level Expert Group Constituted by Planning Commission of India on Universal Health Coverage as a Technical Advisor, and the MoHFW Technical Resource Group for National Urban Health Mission as member of its two expert panels.

He has contributed to a number of peer reviewed papers, training manuals, book chapters and other publications on a range of issues including community health, district health planning/management, adult literacy, women empowerment and primary education.