Dr. Gagan Gupta

Senior Adviser and Team Lead, Maternal and Newborn Health


Dr. Gagan Gupta is currently working as Senior Adviser and lead for the Maternal and Newborn Health team at UNICEF headquarters in New York. He is a pediatrician and brings 20 years of experience of working in the field of maternal and newborn health involving working in government, academia, professional spaces and UN bodies, having worked from subnational to national and now at the global level. Dr. Gupta has strong experience in program design and development, policy influencings and program implementation.

He represents UNICEF as the co-chair of Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) country implementation group and has played a vital role in shaping the global newborn health agenda and aligning it closely with maternal health. He has been part of various global technical advisory groups and task forces for key areas related to maternal and newborn health. He is well recognized for his work in India on scaling up small and sick newborn care at district level, setting up 24/7 transport systems for pregnant women and newborns, and pioneering an online data system for newborn care units, which is now the biggest online data base globally for inpatient newborn care. The learnings from this work have helped shaping up small and sick newborn care implementation in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also led UNICEF analysis on disruption of MNCH services during COVID from 50 countries. This helped the global partners, donors, and governments to understand the secondary impact of COIVD on MNCH services and to plan recovery strategy.