Thacker Naveen

Executive Director-International Pediatric Association

Director of Deep Children Hospital & Research Centre

Gandhidham-Kutch, Gujarat, India

Dr. Naveen Thacker is the Director of Deep Children Hospital & Research Centre at Gandhidham-Kutch, Gujarat, India and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad Anand, Gujarat, India.

He is the President-Elect of the International Pediatric Association (IPA) for the year 2021-2023 and Secretary of Child Health Foundation. He is a former President of Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA) for the year 2016-18 and the National President of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) for the year 2007.

He is currently a member of the Advance Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) Scientific Committee, France and the Steering Committee of the International Collaboration on Advanced Vaccinology training (ICAVT). Also, he is a member of the Covid-19 Vaccine Immunization Task Force of Gujarat Government and India Expert Advisory Group on Measles and Rubella (IEAG- MR) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

He completed ADVAC Training in Annecy, France in Pasteur Meriaux Institute in 2007.

He served as a course director for CHF INCLEN ADVAC 2011, 2016, EVAC 2017. He was faculty at CHF-INCLEN ADVAC, CMC Vellore INDVAC, IVI Korea.

His current interest is in the area of Vaccine Hesitancy and is leading the IPA Vaccine Trust Project. He has over 50 publications on vaccines and immunization in peer indexed journals.

His social media reach includes 78k+ followers on Twitter.

He is listed amongst the top influencer for the fight against Polio released by UNICEF on World Polio Day 2017 and has been awarded some prestigious awards i.e., Outstanding Asian Pediatrician Award 2012, Rotary International Regional Award for Polio-free World 2010.

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