Nand Hassaram Wadhwani 1947-2021
On behalf of HIFA, I am sad to share the news that HIFA Steering Group member Nand Wadhwani passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
His loved ones have posted a tribute which is drawing dozens of moving comments from his colleagues and friends:
I have known Nand since 2010 and he was one of those people whom you never forget meeting for the first time, at Paddington Station in London. My head was buzzing all the way back to Oxford! Nand was passionate about global health in general and maternal and child health in particular.
He initially worked with UNICEF where he recognised the vital importance of reliable basic healthcare information for the public. His subsequent work focused on meeting the information needs of individuals and families, especially those who are vulnerable. He created the Mother nnd Child Health and Education Trust, 'establishing communications technologies that facilitate the flow of knowledge to rural low- middle-income families, delivering information to educate, motivate, empower and inspire communities around better health and nutrition practices'.
In the past 10 years he pioneered the use of mobile phones to deliver basic healthcare information through his project HealthPhone, with a passion and huge influence.
From 2012 he had been a valued member of the HIFA steering group. He regularly contributed to HIFA and CHIFA (global child health) discussions, and was instrumental in the development of two HIFA projects which continue to this day: Information for citizens, families and children, and Mobile healthcare information for all. He co-authored an article with fellow mHIFA members in 2015 (Royston G et al. Mobile health-care information for all: a global challenge. The Lancet Global Health July 2015, Volume 3, No. 7, e356e357).
We send condolences to his family and friends and all who knew him, and express our gratitude and appreciation for his life and work.
Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator