Dr Sarkar was presented the Award for Outstanding Public Health Achievements at a function in Geneva on October 20 by the director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus .
Having experience of over 40 years in public health and communicable diseases, Dr Sarkar worked with WHO at its headquarters in Geneva and with UNAIDS. Dr Sarkar completed his basic medical education in Kolkata.
Under his leadership, the WHO team played a crucial part in many public health achievements, including elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Thailand; elimination of malaria in Maldives and Sri Lanka; elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand; elimination of yaws in India.
The WHO team under Dr Sarakar’s guidance also made significant progress on Tuberculosis control in numerous areas of the South-East Asia region.
Early this year, the WHO also awarded another Indian doctor Vinod Paul, who is also a member Niti Aayog, an award for his contribution in the area of family health.