Regional Consultations on ‘Implementation of Tobacco Control Policies in India’

Regional Consultations on ‘Implementation of Tobacco Control Policies in India’

The burden of tobacco-related illnesses is high in India, with about 1.35 million people dying each year. Despite comprehensive tobacco control laws and policies, implementation is varied among Indian states. The Anushthana project organized two regional consultations—held online and in-person in Raipur, Chhattisgarh—in association with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).  The consultations brought together government officials from health, food safety, police and relevant departments, independent researchers, and  members from civil society organizations from 18 states and union territories who are working in the field of tobacco control and public health.

The purpose of the regional consultations were to

  • Discuss state-specific tobacco control implementation strategies
  • Cross-pollinate ideas and facilitate research and practice collaborations in tobacco control
  • Promote leadership and highlight a set of best practices in tobacco control.
Women’s day celebration at IPH field station

Women’s day celebration at IPH field station

ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 8 2021, ಬಿಳಿರಂಗನ ಬೆಟ್ಟ : ಸೋಲಿಗ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಬಿಳಿರಂಗನ ಬೆಟ್ಟ, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟು ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘ (ರಿ), ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮತ್ತು ವಿವೇಕಾನಂದ ಗಿರಿಜನ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಇದರ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸೋಲಿಗ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ರಂಗಮ್ಮ ನಾಗರಾಜ್ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು. ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್. ತಾನ್ಯ, ಅಂತರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆಯ ಮಹತ್ವವನ್ನು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು, ಡಾ. ಸಿ ಮಾದೇಗೌಡರು ಮಹಿಳೆಯ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆಯ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಅನಾದಿಕಾಲದಿಂದಲೂ ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪುರುಷರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಸಮಾನರು, ಆದರೆ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಕಾಲಘಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಸಮುದಾಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವುದು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಾಗಿ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಇದರ ಸಹಾಯಕ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರಾದ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ , ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರಿಗೆ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನದ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಶುಭ ಹಾರೈಸಿದರು, ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಶುಭಹಾರೈಸಿದರು, ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟು ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಸಿ ಮಾದೇವ್, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಮಾಜಿ ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಕೆತಮ್ಮ, ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಯೋಗೀಶ್, ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಮಾನಸ, ಮಹಂತೇಶ್ ಇತರರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು, ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಮಹಾದೇವಮ್ಮ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ನಿರೂಪಿಸಿ ವಂದಿಸಿದರು.

ಪೋಡುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮಧ್ಯಪಾನ ಮತ್ತು ಧೂಮಪಾನ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುತ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇದರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಜಾಗ್ರತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಚರ್ಚೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು.

31st National Road Safety Week – January 2020

31st National Road Safety Week – January 2020

1.5 lakh lives are lost every year and many more are debilitated on Indian roads due to road crashes. This causes the families of victims with immense economic hardship and emotional trauma. According to the WHO reports, road crashes are one of the leading cause of deaths among the youth between the ages of 5-29 in India and worldwide.

To make our roads safe for all road users and to reduce the crash rates, every year “National Road Safety Week” is observed throughout the country. The focus of the activities of this week is to create more awareness among road users about the road safety and to emphasize good road using practices.

To observe this year’s 31st National Road Safety Week, Institute of Public Health in association with HKBK Group of institutions and Indian Degree College under banner of Safer roads Bengaluru initiative organised a bunch of activities from 14th to 17th of Jan 2020 at our selected stretch of road in Bengaluru. Signature campaign #IResolve4RoadSafety, Quiz on road safety for public and college students, Human chains at major junctions are the main activities among all other activities.

We were at all major junctions of the selected stretch of road from Hebbal to K R Puram throughout the Road Safety Week. A signature wall with student volunteers was present at all the junctions seeking public commitment for road safety. Around 3000 people committed for safer road usage through signing on our campaign wall.
Quiz on road safety witnessed more than 5000 participation. Winners of the quiz were awarded with a ISI marked 2-wheeler helmets by #SaferroadsBLR initiative. We also engaged people through our social media platform Facebook and twitter for the broader reach.

THE ROAD to SAFETY – Awareness program on Road safety

THE ROAD to SAFETY – Awareness program on Road safety

In order to create awareness among youth, especially college students, about the road safety measures and recent amendments to MV Act, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru and HKBK Group of Institutions with the support of State Road Safety Authority had organized an awareness program titled “The Road to Safety” under the banner of the “Safer Roads Bengaluru” initiative at HKBK group of institutions on 18th October 2019.

The main intention of organizing this event at HKBK campus is that the selected campus one of the prominent institution at our selected stretch of road and has more than 3000 students studying on that campus.

Poster presentation, skits, role-play by students on road safety, quiz competition, and road safety awareness session by traffic police were organized as part of the event. Former Home Minister and present Member of Legislative Assembly Shri. K. J. George inaugurated the event. The event was presided by Shri. C. M. Faiz Mohammed, Director of HKBK Group of Institutions. Dr. Thriveni B S, public health expert and member of the BBMP NCD task force, Shri. Manzoor A. Khan, Secretary, HKBK Group of Institutions were the other guests for the event.

Winners of the competitions were rewarded ISI standard 2-wheeler helmets from the Safer Roads Bengaluru initiative. Around 600 students participated in the event.

District Gap Assessment-Telangana (DGAT)

District Gap Assessment-Telangana (DGAT)

Photo of mother and child health wing in the district of Nalgonda taken during the team visit.


Duration of Project February-July 2022

About the project

The state of Telangana, despite the challenges of a newly formed state, has also achieved the SDG 3 of MMR of less than 70/100000 live births. However, maternal deaths that are preventable are still occurring in India and in Telangana. Studies also indicate that there are inequities in access and quality of maternal and newborn health care that continue to plague our health system. Therefore, there is still much that can be done to further decrease the gaps inequitable care and end preventable maternal mortality. There is a global movement to ending preventable mortality (EPMM) grounded in a human rights approach with a focus on eliminating significant inequities that lead to disparities in access, quality, and outcomes of care within and between countries. The last mile towards ending preventable maternal mortality will require locally relevant and contextual interventions.

In this technical assessment, in collaboration with the Armman, in two districts in Telangana, we seek to identify local evidence-based actions that have the potential to decrease and prevent maternal mortality. We plan to first understand the gaps in maternal and newborn care service delivery that contribute to maternal mortality. This will be achieved through the analysis of secondary data and facility preparedness surveys. Based on the gaps identified, a qualitative inquiry to gain insights about ‘why gaps exist’ and ‘how they can be plugged’ will be conducted. Evidence-based actions that have the potential to reduce the MMR will be recommended.

Team Members

Dr. N Devadasan

Dr. N Devadasan

Dr. Dorothy Lall

Dr. Dorothy Lall

Dr. Vaibhav Agavane

Dr. Vaibhav Agavane

Ms. Angel Sudha

Ms. Angel Sudha

Anushthana team conducts field observations in three Indian states

Anushthana team conducts field observations in three Indian states

Tobacco kills over one million adults in a high-burden country like India each year. Despite a comprehensive tobacco control law – the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, implementation remains varied across Indian states due to several contextual factors. The Anushthana team members (Dr. Pragati Hebbar, Vivek Dsouza, Praveen Rao S, and Kumaran P) of the Chronic Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH visited three Indian states i.e. West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, and Kerala during the months of November and December 2021. The objective of the field visit was to understand local contexts and on-ground implementation successes and challenges in the field of tobacco control. The team undertook field observations in three districts of each state focussing on the implementation of COTPA sections 4, 5, 6, and 7. Simultaneously, the team met relevant stakeholders to understand  their views on tobacco control policy implementation.

To aid the data collection, the team worked with Julee Jerang (IPH field consultant in Arunachal Pradesh) and MANT (a non-profit public health organisation in West Bengal). The field visit is part of a five-year research fellowship awarded to Dr. Pragati Hebbar and is funded by the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance.

Workshop on Research Management in Public Health Research Organisations

Workshop on Research Management in Public Health Research Organisations

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru!

We are organising a workshop of “ Workshop on research management in public health research organisations” on 12th January 2022 from 2.00 to 5.00 PM.

What is Research Management?
All the support activities are undertaken in assisting the PI/researcher that helps take off the certain administrative burdens on the researchers.
It includes all the processes from proposal submission to project closure.

Rationale behind Research Management
Research Management is an important aspect in public health research organisations. Most of the processes from proposal writing till the project closure are carried out by the researchers with the help of a few support staff. This burdens the researchers and a lot of the productive time is lost in these administrative activities. 

The role of the Research Manager is defined here wherein all such activities are taken up by the Research Managers and thus researchers could actively focus on the research activities.

Role of India Research Management Initiative (IRMI)
The India Research Management Initiative (IRMI) of India Alliance aims to strengthen research ecosystems in India by building capacity for research management and creating a community of practice that supports knowledge creation and innovation for addressing global challenges.

They support the Research Managers through Research Management Grants, travel grants, and fellowship grants. The current workshop is also supported under such as IRMI initiative at the IPH, Bengaluru

Objectives of the Workshop
The objective of this workshop is that the Research Managers across the public health research organisations come together and share their practices and processes and put forward their thoughts that could facilitate peer learning.

We hope this workshop will strengthen our collaborative efforts and help us to work together and improve research management practices at the participating institutes.

Workshop Details
The workshop shall be a blended model and participants are welcome to join online and offline at the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru. All the COVID Appropriate Behavior shall be followed.

The workshop includes presentations by Research Managers among the public health research Institutes on the topic “Research Management practices at the Institute, Challenges faced and measures are taken to overcome the challenges” and talk by experts Dr. Varadarajan who is pursuing research on mental health amongst tribal youth and Dr. Malini Pillai, Grants Adviser at National Centre for Biological Sciences-TIFR, Bangalore.

Link for participation

Join Zoom Meeting Click HERE

Meeting ID: 875 6176 3155

Passcode: 798901

Please feel free to circulate it to the Research Managers of your known contacts.

Annual Public Health Ph.D. Workshop

Annual Public Health Ph.D. Workshop


     20th & 21st -January-2022


Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru


Please fill this google form by 5th January 2022

About the workshop:
Ph.D. students in their journey are not only expected to equip themselves with the necessary skills and competency but also navigate through a demanding doctoral process. The lonely nature of the Ph.D. also prevents them from meeting their peers and interacting with them. Conferences, symposiums are such platforms where Ph.D. scholars get an opportunity to meet each other and build a network. However, considering the dominance of technical sessions within such platforms, it becomes difficult to engage and network with like-minded people closely. Thus, the aim of this workshop is to provide a platform that facilitates interaction among Ph.D. and aspiring Ph.D. students and stimulates learning from peers and experienced researchers.

This workshop is an amalgamation of technical sessions and informal conversations and would be conducted in a hybrid format with virtual and in-person sessions (if covid permits). The workshop will use interactive methods and activities to open up conservations among students not only related to the research process but also on their experience of traversing through the Ph.D. terrain. This is the first workshop of its kind at the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru. We hope to organize this workshop on an annual basis.

What will the workshop offer to the participants?

1. Improve their scientific writing, and presentation skills and learn how to communicate their findings to a larger audience including fellow researchers, policymakers, and layperson
2. Build their reviewing skills and learn how to review a paper
3. Opportunity to network with their peers and boost their networking skills for conferences
4. Learn how to handle various challenges while traversing through the Ph.D. terrain
5. Gain an understanding of the scope and direction after Ph.D.

Who can apply?
The applicant must fulfill any of the below criteria to be eligible for applying for the workshop- Ph.D. student at the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru
– Associated with IPH in any capacity and have an aspiration to pursue a Ph.D.
– Associated with any of the partner organizations of IPH and having an aspiration to pursue a Ph.D. or currently pursuing a Ph.D.

The total number of participants: We would like to restrict the number of participants to 20 only for a fruitful engagement. If there are more than 20 applications, we would select participants on a first come first serve basis. The preference will be given to currently pursuing Ph.D. students.

Fees details
The fee for the workshop is Rs.10,000/- (including GST) INR. The fee will cover accommodation (if needed), training costs, food, and workshop materials. A partial or full waiver will be awarded to deserving candidates. Kindly indicate if you need a scholarship in the application form and we will send you the scholarship form. Please note that we have a limited number of scholarships. Hence, we request you to apply if and only if it is necessary.

Session Covered

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Pitch your Ph.D. in 2 minutes
  • Learning from an experience: An interaction with a Ph.D. holder
  • Skill-building session-1: Presentation, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Skill-building session-2: A debate on inclusive science
  • Skill-building session-3: Engaging meaningfully in a conference
  • Skill-building session-4: Art of writing a thesis
  • Skill-building session-5: Reviewing a paper
  • Mental health in Ph.D.
  • Post Ph.D. journey

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru Annual Day 2021

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru Annual Day 2021

16th Annual Day of IPH, Bengaluru

The Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru celebrated IPH Annual Day- 2021, marking the completion of 16 years on September 3, 2021. The annual day was attended by many collaborators, adjunct faculty, honorary associates, ex-employees, well-wishers, staff, and others who made it a successful virtual-Annual Day-2021 for us.

The annual day began with an introduction to IPH and its work during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we adapted to the new normal. Over the last year, researchers at IPH participated in 10 conferences, attended 11 courses, were part of 11 teaching engagements, 12 oral presentations, published 14 peer-reviewed scientific publications and several blogs, and conducted 3 webinars and 7 training sessions.

In the education domain of our institute, we trained 20 students in e-Public Health Management course, 57 students in Scientific Writing and Reference management course, 37 students completed their certificate programme in research methods, 12 students in essential concepts in Financing for health systems and 7 students were trained in Good health research practice course.

IPH was instrumental in setting up the India Health Policy and Systems Research Fellowships Programme, a premier capacity building program in the country and facilitated along with other institutional collaborators in successfully completing the online training phase, and developing the mentorship strategy for the program.

We at IPH played our part by raising awareness about COVID-19, supporting primary health care facilities in Bengaluru and Chamarajanagar, working in dealing effectively with COVID-19, and providing technical assistance to state and national agencies.

Here is a short video of what IPH contributed to society and a testimonial of beneficiaries and other stakeholders:

Followed by the testimonial video, we conducted a panel discussion with a title: “One pandemic, many experiences, reflection from diverse experiences during Covid-19” moderated by Dr. Prashanth NS, Assistant Director (Research), IPH Bengaluru. The panelist for the discussion was: Dr. Vishal Rao is presently the Chief of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery at HCG Cancer Centre, Bangalore. He is the inventor of ‘Aum Voice Prosthesis’ a $1 speaking device for throat cancer patients; Dr. Roopa Devadasan is a Public health doctor who turned into a yoga teacher after twelve years of practicing medicine. She has been teaching science and yoga to children; Dr. Harini Nagendra is the Director of Research Center at the University and leads the University’s Center for Climate Change and Sustainability and Ms.Uma Mahadevan is currently serving as Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj, Women & child development, Govt of Karnataka. She has served in multiple capacities at the central and the state, prominent among them are as principal secretary in the department of agriculture, education, health & family welfare, women & child development.


Followed by this, we had an interesting Oration session by Dr. C Madegowda, a tribal rights activist. The session was introduced by Dr. Pragati Hebbar, Assistant Director (Administration), IPH Bengaluru

Dr. Madegowda is an eminent social scientist and an Adivasi rights activist coming from the Bangalee podo of the Billigiri Ramaswamy betta Tiger reserve in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. He holds the distinction of being the first PhD scholar from the Solega community. He works as a senior research associate at the Ashoka Trust for research in ecology and the environment. Dr. Madegowda has been working very closely with the implementation of the Forest right act and various issues surrounding it among Solega as well as other forest-dwelling Adivasi communities in Karnataka. He has held various leadership positions at different levels, at the taluka, district at state within Solega, and broader Adivasi community structures or sanghas.


As part of the cultural event, we organized a small dance piece performed by Surya School of Performing Arts, Bengaluru which was followed by the Vote of thanks.


We would like to take this opportunity to convey our gratitude to everyone who has been part of this journey.

IPH, Bengaluru staff participate in the 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health

IPH, Bengaluru staff participate in the 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health

Thirteen members of the Chronic Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH actively participated in the three day conference of the 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH). This three-day scientific programme focused on diverse public health issues and challenges in tobacco control at the national and sub-national level along with context-specific solutions for their replication towards achieving tobacco free environments. There were plenary sessions, panel discussions, symposia, oral presentation, poster discussion, and workshops on many aspects of tobacco control which will pave the way towards building effective policy and program.

Dr Upendra Bhojani, Riddhi Dsouza, Anand Kumar, Kanika Chaudhary, Ketki Shah, Dr Pragati Hebbar, Vivek Dsouza, Dr Chandrashekar Kottagi, Kranthi Vysyaraju, Aishwarya Ashok, Praveen Rao, Achyutha Nagara Gadde and Kumaran P from the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru actively participated in this 3-day national conference held between September 25 and 27, 2021.
Dr Upendra Bhojani, Director, IPH Bengaluru on Day 1 (September 25, 2021) was in a panel discussion and presented on “How should we approach commercial determinant of health?”, he was part of the plenary session on September 26, 2021 on “Emerging Issues in Tobacco Control: Contextualising Global Interventions” and he presented on “Tobacco Industry Interference”.

Dr Pragati Hebbar made two oral presentations- “Implementation’ of tobacco control policies in LMICs – a realist synthesis to explain the process and its facilitators and barriers” and the second, “LifeFirst: Impact of a school-based tobacco- and supari-cessation intervention among adolescents in Mumbai, India.”

This national conference was a boost to tobacco control efforts by the amalgamation of tobacco control professionals, health programme managers, public health experts, civil society advocates, academicians and researchers of various clinical and non-clinical disciplines from different states across the country under one roof who shared their contextual experiences and best practices in tobacco control which was aimed to ultimately lead to advancing tobacco control in the country.

To get a glimpse of the 5th NCTOH click:

Preventing TII in Karnataka

Preventing TII in Karnataka

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

Symposium on Applied Research in Tobacco Control and Regional Stakeholder Meeting’ (Virtual) was held on 16th September 2021 in association with the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme and State Tobacco Control Cell, Government of Karnataka. Dr. Upendra Bhojani (Director, IPH-Bengaluru) was invited to talk about Tobacco Industry Interference (TII) prevention measures for Karnataka. The event was organised by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).

Paper on food laws to ban smokeless tobacco products in India

Paper on food laws to ban smokeless tobacco products in India

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

(BMJ) Tobacco Control recently published a paper by Dr. Upendra Bhojani and Riddhi Dsouza from the DEEP project at the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru. The paper analysed how several states in India used food laws to ban certain smokeless tobacco products overcoming the intense legal resistance mounted by the tobacco industry. This was done by analysing all the tobacco-related litigations under food law in the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. The full text of the paper titled “Strategic and contested use of food laws to ban smokeless tobacco products in India: a qualitative analysis of litigation” can be found here.