Current MPAC members

Doctor Neena Valecha

Director of the National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi, India

Dr Neena Valecha is the Director of the National Institute of Malaria Research, Indian Council of Medical Research in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The mandate of the institute and its ten field units is to find short as well as long-term solutions to the problem of malaria through basic, applied and operational field research. A medical doctor with post-graduate training in clinical pharmacology, Dr Valecha has been active in the field of malaria control and research for more than 20 years.

Dr Valecha pioneered clinical research and GCP clinical trials in India and served as the lead investigator in seven multi-country studies. Her expertise includes malaria case management including treatment, diagnosis, antimalarial resistance, and drug policy formulation. She led the introduction of artemisinin combination therapy as the first-line treatment for India, the development of several new drugs with industry including alpha-beta arteether, bulaquine, and synthetic artemisinins, the banning of artemisinin monotherapy, and the registration of important treatment alternatives. Dr Valecha also initiated the national pharmacovigilance of antimalarials, evaluation and quality assurance of rapid diagnostic tests, and developed a systematic monitoring of drug resistance across the sub-continent.

Dr Valecha is a member of several national and international policy committees including the Technical Advisory Group of the MoHFW, the International Task Force for the Containment of Artemisinin Resistant Malaria Parasites, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network, the Scientific Advisory Committee Malaria Medicine Venture, and the Technical Expert Group for the WHO malaria treatment guidelines. She has published 70 peer-reviewed papers and a number of guidelines, reports, book chapters, and other articles.

Last updated: 15 December 2011