Varun Manhas is the Associate Director of Public Health Programs based in Bangalore, India.
At the One Health Trust, Dr. Manhas is leading the implementation of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)-funded National Medical Oxygen Grid Project in Uttar Pradesh along with contributing to other public health programs such as Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health (RMNCH) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Dr. Manhas has previously worked at PATH and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in India. AT PATH, he was part of the Primary Health Care (PHC), the Respiratory Care and the Integrated Public Health Laboratory (IPHL) portfolio. Under the PHC portfolio, he worked on PHC planning and management, and identifying and promoting uptake of innovations. Under the Respiratory Care portfolio, he worked towards strengthening the overall Oxygen ecosystem through demand and supply assessments, capacity building, asset management and procurement and strengthening of data systems and development of analytical tools for over 20 states in India. Under the IPHL portfolio, he worked on gap assessments- diagnostic equipment, diagnostic tests, HR, and infrastructure along with supporting the procurement of diagnostic equipment. At CHAI, he led the Medical Oxygen program and provided technical expertise on issues related to quality, composition, supply, and administration of medical oxygen to the officials in Department of Health, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
He has a BE in Biomedical Engineering from BVP Pune India; an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Oxford University, UK; an MPhil in Biotechnology from Cambridge University, UK and a PhD in Bio-Mechanical Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium.
His other interests include Digital Health and Health Technology Assessment (HTA).