||Paediatrician, author, teacher, researcher and crusader, Dr. R. K. Anand, MD (Paediatrics), FRCP (Edinburgh), DCH (London) is the
senior-most paediatrician and Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Neonatology at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. An
internationally recognised paediatrician, Dr. Anand was honoured with the Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and that of the Royal
College Of Physicians, Edinburgh, for his contributions in the field of paediatric education, research and child care. As former Professor of
Paediatrics at the T. N. Medical College and B. Y. L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Dr. Anand has guided several research projects and trained many young
paediatricians who have distinguished themselves in India and abroad.
Dr. Anand has worked with doyens of paediatrics like
Prof. L. S. N. Prasad and Prof. G. Sharan from India, Prof. R. S.
Illingworth and Prof. O. P. Gray from the UK and Dr. C. Robert E. Wells
and Dr. Waldo E. Nelson from the USA. He has been advisor
and resource person for child care programmes of international
organisations like UNICEF, Consumers International, International Baby Food
Action Network, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, and
Health Action International.
Ending the exploitation of the child consumer has been
Dr. Anandís crusade. He was a member of the Working Group set up by
the Government Of India for formulation of a Code for the
Marketing of Baby Foods, Chairman of the Committee for Protection of the
Child Consumer of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, and founder-president
of the Association for Consumers Action on Safety and Health.
Winner of the Best Speaker Award of the Speakerís
Academy, Mumbai, Dr. Anand has conducted several radio and TV programmes
on child care and holistic living in English, Hindi and Punjabi. He
has been contributing regularly to national and international scientific
journals, and to books on child health. He is well known as an authority on
breastfeeding and in the field of Social Paediatrics.
A symbol of national integration, Dr. Anand was born in
the North of India (Punjab), studied in Bihar, married in the South (Kerala)
and has settled in the West (Maharashtra). He and his wife Asha
have three sons and three grandsons.
Dr. R. K. Anand
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