Senior Advisor to Health Systems Support Unit
Dr. Salunke has an MBBS, a Diploma in Public Health, a Diploma in Industrial Health and an M.D. from the University of Pune. He is the Senior Advisor, Health Systems Support Unit (HSSU), PHFI since 15th May, 2010.
Dr. Salunke has been an effective and popular faculty in the subject of Preventive and Social Medicine (Community Medicine) for eight years and a postgraduate guide. Also, he was an adjunct Associate professor of Biological Sciences, human ecology at the University of Texas, USA – School of Public Health – from 1994 to 2000. His 30 years’ experience in the Public Health Department spans from Deputy Director to Director General in the Health Services of Maharashtra. Most of his illustrative examples of achievements in contemporary Public Health emanate from his own personal experience. Being an achiever, he has experienced a meteoric rise in the field of Public Health. His stint with the WHO SEARO spanned from being Regional Advisor in 2005 to Assistant Regional Director in 2009, including three years as the WHO representative to Indonesia.
He has navigated various portfolios in Public Health not only by fulfilling goals and targets but also by demonstrating innovative and rational ways. He has assisted State Governments to initiate a number of schemes, mainly focusing on health services to the poorer section of society. He was actively involved in formulating projects like “Health System Development” for Maharashtra that was supported by the World Bank. He has shown leadership in designing the HIV/AIDS Control special programme (AVERT) with the assistance of USAID for Maharashtra State. He was one of the members of designing National AIDS Control Programme Phase II during 1999-2000 that was a major step in control of HIV/AIDS through the National Programme for Control of HIV/AIDS.