Dr Monika Arora
Public health scientist
Dr Monika Arora is a public health scientist working in the area of preventing and managing NCDs through health promotion and health advocacy. She is the Director of the Health Promotion Division and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India. She is also Executive Director of HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination amongst Youth) an NGO working on NCD prevention and control and hosts the secretariat for Healthy India Alliance (India NCD Alliance).
Dr Arora has published extensively in the area of preventing NCD risk factors in different health promoting settings and particularly in the area of multi-sectoral action for NCD prevention and control. Dr. Arora has been a member on various national and international expert committees on NCD related issues, including expert committee formed by WHO DG on Ending Childhood Obesity.
She has been honoured with the Best Practices Award in Global Health in 2011 by the prestigious Global Health Council, for demonstrating best practice example in the area of health promotion among youth and community, especially focusing on preventing NCDs. She has also been awarded with WHO Director General’s World No Tobacco Day Award in 2012 and Dr. Prem Menon outstanding service award in January 2018 by World-India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF) in recognition of her contributions to the education and prevention of diabetes among children in India.