Siddhartha Sankar Datta
Main position/role: Regional Adviser, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme, WHO Regional Office for Europe
|Siddhartha Datta, a medical graduate from India with a Master’s in Public Health from Manchester Metropolitan University UK, has been involved in the field of immunization since 2004 when he joined the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP), WHO India as a Surveillance Medical Officer followed by his tenure as State Routine Immunization Officer in Uttar Pradesh under WHO-NPSP India. He joined WHO Papua New Guinea in 2010 and thereafter served in WHO Lao PDR as Immunization Team Lead until 2016. Upon his relocation to Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme in WHO Europe in 2016, he has served in the Accelerated Disease Control team followed by managing the newly formed Immunization and Surveillance Data team as an acting Team Lead. Since Jan 2019, he is managing the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization programme as the Regional Adviser. Over the past 17 years working in subnational, national and regional levels, Siddhartha has served in three WHO Regions and brings the experience of understanding the varied needs of the Member States. He has more than 20 publications to his credit until date in peer-reviewed journals on various aspects of the vaccine-preventable diseases.