Dileep V. Mavalankar

Dileep V. Mavalankar

Honorary Distinguished Professor of Public Health

IIPH Gandhinagar

Professor Dileep Mavlankar was director of Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar from 2012 to May 2023. Prof. Mavalankar received an MBBS and MD in Preventive and Social Medicine from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, and MPH (1983) and Dr. P.H (1990) from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA. His work experience includes faculty and research positions in NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA, Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA. He has worked as consultant/advisor to many agencies including WHO, World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, Agakhan Foundation, AMDD program of Columbia university USA. He has been on various high-level committees/boards of government of India and Government of Gujarat, Niti Ayog, NHSRC, NTAGI, etc. Prof. Mavalankar has authored more than 200 publications. He has been advisor to key academic and government organizations and NGOs. Prof. Mavalankar was appointed by the Prime Minister to the high-level Missions Steering Group of the National Rural Health Mission constituted by the Government of India in 2005. He is the member secretary of the Gujarat government’s Covid taskforce appointed by CM of Gujarat. 

He has long experience of working in India and internationally on family planning, maternal and child health, Reproductive health and Rights, public health policy and management. He is a very well recognized public health expert in India. He helped develop the Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan in 2013 which has now been scaled up in many cities of India. He is currently a Short-Term Consultant to the World Bank.

Professor Dileep Mavalankar was involved in guiding analysis of heat related mortality in Ahmedabad during heat wave of 2010. He also guided development of Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan which was a pioneering plan in South Asia. He was involved in various studies related to heat and health in Ahmedabad, Nagpur and other places. He made several presentations to NDMA, and various state and national bodies regarding heat and health and heat action plan development. He is currently working as a Short-Term Consultant to the World bank on climate change and heat health. He is one of the key experts in the area of heat action plans in India.

  • Heat & Health and health system
  1.  Hess, J. J., Sathish, L. M., Knowlton, K., Saha, S., Dutta, P., Ganguly, P., Tiwari A., Jaiswal A., Sheffield P., Sarkar J., Bhan S. C., Begda A., Shah T., Solanki B., Mavalankar, D. (2018). Building resilience to climate change: Pilot evaluation of the impact of India’s first heat action plan on all-cause mortality. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018 doi:10.1155/2018/7973519

  2. Limaye, V. S., Knowlton, K., Sarkar, S., Ganguly, P. S., Pingle, S., Dutta, P., Mavalankar, D. (2018). Development of ahmedabad’s air information and response (air) plan to protect public health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(7) doi:10.3390/ijerph15071460

  3. Raval, A., Dutta, P., Tiwari, A., Ganguly, P. S., Sathish, L. M., Mavalankar, D., & Hess, J. (2018). Effects of occupational heat exposure on traffic police workers in ahmedabad, gujarat. Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 22(3), 144-151. doi:10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM-125-18

  4. Azhar, G., Saha, S., Ganguly, P., Mavalankar, D., & Madrigano, J. (2017). Heat wave vulnerability mapping for india. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(4) doi:10.3390/ijerph14040357
  5. Nori-Sarma, A., Gurung, A., Azhar, G. S., Rajiv, A., Mavalankar, D., Sheffield, P., & Bell, M. L. (2017). Opportunities and challenges in public health data collection in southern Asia: Examples from western India and Kathmandu valley, nepal. Sustainability (Switzerland), 9(7) doi:10.3390/su9071106

  6. Azhar, G. S., Mavalankar, D., Nori-Sarma, A., Rajiv, A., Dutta, P., Jaiswal, A., Sheffield P, Knowton K. Hess, J. J. (2014). Heat-related mortality in india: Excess all-cause mortality associated with the 2010 Ahmedabad heat wave. PLoS ONE, 9(3) doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091831

  7. Azhar, G. S., Rajiv, A., Dutta, P., & Mavalankar, D. (2014). Research and policy disconnect for heat wave deaths in india. Current Science, 107(7), 1091-1092.