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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 342  

In Memorium: Prof. (Dr.) Ishwar Chandra Tiwari

Chief, UNICEF Office for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Chennai, India

Date of Web Publication30-Jan-2012

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Satish Kumar
Chief, UNICEF Office for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Chennai
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It was a cold winter night of February 1975 in Raghopur block of Vaishali district in North Bihar. Prof. I. C. Tiwari was deeply involved in reviewing the progress of our work related to containment of multiple active outbreaks of small pox in that block. He was there as an epidemiologist and coordinator of Tirhut division of Bihar on behalf of WHO-Government of India, to serve Small Pox Eradication Program of the country. I met Prof. Tiwari for the first time there and I vividly remember the most enriching review discussion that lasted well beyond midnight on that day. His deep knowledge of disease epidemiology coupled with passion for quality field work and respect for the views of frontline field workers left a lasting impression that continues to inspire me even today.

Prof. Tiwari served the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, as a professor and head of community medicine for many decades. Many of us have been fortunate enough to receive his direct supervision and guidance to carry out our undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral and post doctoral research studies and teaching programs. Each and every piece of professional work supervised by Dr. Tiwari bears the stamp of his deep knowledge and remarkable analytical skills. He made path-breaking original contributions to the research projects related to Ganges water pollution, epidemiology and transmission of Vibrio cholera, approaches and channels of health communication, evaluation of primary health care services, community-based contraceptives and primary health care and community control of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart diseases. His pioneering work and contributions in the above-mentioned projects and studies are certainly the most valued treasure for students and teachers of community medicine.

Dr. I. C. Tiwari also worked for Planning Commission, Government of India, as Advisor-Health, and played a decisive role in policy analysis and development of health programs to ensure equitable and quality health care in the country. He was an active and valuable member of many high-level academic and research committees and institutions like Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, and Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, Jaipur. He also served as an advisor and consultant to many international and national NGOs, bilateral agencies, and UN agencies (UNICEF). He continued his association with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh, in formal and informal capacities to improve planning and implementation of Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) and state National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) till his last days.

Prof. I. C. Tiwari served with profound love and dedication as President of Indian Public Health Association and Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, and was a recipient of their most prestigious annual oration awards like Dr. B. C. Das Gupta Oration (IPHA) and Dhanwantri Oration (IAPSM). With the death of Dr. I. C. Tiwari on October 8, 2011, IPHA has lost a source of inspiration and pillar of strength. May his soul rest in eternal peace!


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