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IPH Annual day Oration 2019

This is the second IPH annual day oration which will be delivered by Dr. Ravi Narayan “Can floor moppers become tap turners off? reflections on a new public health paradigm!”
Dr. Ravi Narayan is a public health expert and health activist who currently is currently a member of World Health Organisation advocacy circle of people’s health movement.
The oration shall be followed by tea.
The IPH annual day oration is a public event, so please feel free to circulate this invite to those you feel may find it useful. Hoping to see you at the event.

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Planned transition of leadership at IPH

After completing a little over 13 years our founding Director Dr. N Devadasan has moved on from IPH. The conversation of transition had begun at IPH much in advance of this event as Deva also had a strong resolve that he did not want IPH to be known only by him and...

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Inauguration of SARC-CCT in Sri Lanka

Panelists Dr. Mary Assunta & Dr. Upendra Bhojani. Image credit: SARC-CCT The University of Colombo works systematically on tobacco control and was established as a tobacco observatory Sri Lanka in 2016. Recently, this observatory was expanded to the South Asia...

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Policy Roundtable: Urban Health Governance in India

Image credit: Observer Research Foundation Dr. Upendra Bhojani, India Alliance Fellow and Director at IPH, was invited to participate in a Roundtable discussion hosted by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and World Health Organization, India in Delhi on the 26th July...

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Video on “Tobacco-Free Generation”

"Tobacco-free generation" is a proposal wherein children born after a certain year grow up in tobacco free environments, with legislation in place restricting exposure, sale and use of tobacco for that generation. This is potentially a very powerful intervention, that...

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Integrating tobacco cessation into routine dental practice

The MPOWER package is a package introduced by WHO, comprising of six measures to assist in country-level implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. One of the six components of the MPOWER package is “Offer help to quit tobacco use.” Often,...

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India Alliance Fellows Meet 2019

IPH Faculty and Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance research fellows Upendra Bhojani and Pragati Hebbar attended the 9th Annual Fellows' Meet in Bengaluru from June 13 - 15th 2019. The annual fellows meet serves as a platform to bring together India Alliance Fellows and...

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Poster presentation at GCIS, Dhaka

Dr. Pragati Hebbar presenting her research poster at GCIS, Dhaka Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-up (CoE-SISU), BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University and UNICEF Bangladesh hosted a Global Conference on...

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World No Tobacco Day 2019

Dr. Upendra Bhojani was invited to participate in a National Consultation on Tobacco and Lung Health organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) country office in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in New...

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Gender Inequities in publicly funded health insurance schemes by Rajalakshmi RamPrakash

Rajalakshmi RamPrakash is a researcher and a social activist on gender and health-based out of Chennai. She has a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has been involved in several research studies on themes intersecting gender with sexual and reproductive health, law, ethics, health insurance and health systems. She is a member of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Gender & Evaluation Community and is currently with Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai.

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Applying a new ethical toolkit for community engagement in health research priority-setting

Engaging communities in health research priority-setting is a key means of setting research topics and questions of relevance and benefit to them. But communities, especially those considered disadvantaged and marginalised, rarely have a say in the agendas and priorities of the very health research projects that aim to help them.

How can researchers and communities share power and ownership when setting priorities for health research projects? An “ethical toolkit” is being developed to help researchers and their partners design inclusive priority-setting processes for health research projects. The toolkit places community engagement and power-sharing at the heart of health research priority-setting. It is a reflective project planning aid for use before priority-setting is undertaken for a health research project. It consists of 3 worksheets and a companion document.

In today’s workshop, the ethical toolkit will be introduced to workshop participants and they will be able to give comments and feedback. Then workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply the toolkit to their current/upcoming health research projects in small groups. (The toolkit is currently not publicly available but will be provided to participants at
the workshop.)

About the speaker

Dr Bridget Pratt is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Equity at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on the ethics of global health research and health systems research, with a focus on social and global justice. She develops ethical guidance
for global health research in relation to multiple areas: priority-setting, governance, capacity development, community engagement, provision of ancillary care, research translation, benefit-sharing, and data sharing.

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National Conference on Tobacco or Health

The fourth edition of the 'National Conference on Tobacco or Health' concluded recently in Mumbai (8-10 February 2019). It saw a range of stakeholders across Indian states coming together in what the conference's organizing secretary described as the "Kumbh Mela" of...

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Unpacking Interventions

Dr. Pragati Hebbar will be presenting a seminar on the topic ‘Unpacking implementation’.

As part of her early career Wellcome trust/ DBT India Alliance fellowship she is undertaking an ‘Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India.’ One of the first steps in this endeavour is to unpack ‘implementation’ and related concepts / models / theories / frameworks and define it for this project purpose. Through this seminar she would like to share her readings and thoughts on the topic of implementation and garner feedback into how she has situated the same in her work.

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Enhancing the role of community health workers in service utilisation of tribal populations

While great gains have been made in both understanding and eradicating disease burdens for indigenous populations, health systems studies, and studies assessing service utilization and delivery are limited. Further, Community Health Workers, or ASHAs, have helped in improving maternal and child health outcomes as well as reducing the toll of infectious diseases – the very service areas where tribal populations face great barriers. Given the recent focus on universal health coverage reform, and the recommendations of expert groups, there is a need to more deeply enhance and improve the contribution of CHW programmes in service of tribal health needs. In this study, we draw attention to tribal minority populations in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve region, spanning the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala. Notwithstanding that both states have relatively strong health systems, by virtue of being a small and relatively isolated, tribal populations have limited access to programmes and services– they are being left behind. The methods used in this study include key informant and in depth interviews, focus group discussions in close coordination with local implementer groups and government agencies.

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IPH observes National road safety week – 2019

Awareness activities on road safety by the Institute of Public Health and Padmashree school of public health under the initiative of 'SAFER ROADS BENGALURU' at Hebbal Junction Institute of Public Health under the banner of 'SAFER ROADS BENGALURU' initiative in...

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Eleventh webinar in the Equilogues series

The Health Equity Cluster at IPH Bengaluru is now the secretariat for the newly launched Health Equity Network India (HENI) and is pleased to announce the eleventh webinar in the Equilogues series in January 2019. Do block your calendar for this date and come join us in an engaging conversation on health inequities in India.

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Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

Since its announcement in Budget 2018, Ayushman Bharat has received considerable attention. It aims to achieve universal access to primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare through its two component: Health and Wellness Centres and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogaya Yojana (PMJAY). This presentation by Ketki will give a brief overview of the design and implementation of PMJAY, a financial protection scheme which aims to cover 10 crores vulnerable families.

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Sharing power with communities in health research priority-setting

As a matter of health and social justice, health research should improve the health and well-being of those considered disadvantaged and marginalised and foster their engagement in all phases of its conduct. Such communities’ engagement in priority-setting is a key means for setting research topics and questions of relevance and benefit to them. However, without attention to dynamics of power and diversity, their engagement can lead to presence without voice and voice without influence. What is needed to give marginalised communities a voice in agenda-setting for health research projects? In this talk, Bridget will present the findings of conceptual and empirical research that address this question. Key ethical considerations for sharing power with community members that should be taken into account before, during and after priority-setting will be identified and discussed.

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Strengthening Primary Health Care through Informal Healthcare Providers

It has been estimated that over 80% of the world’s population depends on traditional healing systems as their primary source of care. Traditional Medicine consists of codified and non-codified streams of knowledge. The Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bengaluru is currently operating a National Scheme along with the Quality Council of India (QCI) for the Assessment, Training and Certification of Traditional Community Health Practitioners based on a standards competency model aligned with ISO 29990 and ISO 17024 which looks at applying stringent rigors for the process of training and certifying TCHPs.

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IPH Annual Day Oration Series

"As part of the IPH Annual Day celebrations on September 1 (2018), we launched an IPH Annual Day Oration Series. The purpose of this series is to hear from distinguished professionals and leaders talk about their journey, experiences and perspectives that...

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Health Technology Assessments

A brief description of what HTA is, how it is done, how to interpret such studies and a discussion on whether this might be relevant for India.Dr. Neethi RaoIPH Honorary Associate15-November-20184:00 pm - 5.00 pmInstitute of Public Health, Bengaluru 3009, II-A Main,...

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Antimicrobial Stewardship cluster of the Institute of Public Health promoted the “World Antibiotic Awareness Week” from 12th – 18th of November through a series of academic sessions conducted at select Pharmacy colleges, Hospitals and Schools, on themes corresponding to each day of the week as listed out by WHO. The sessions dealt with strengthening awareness regarding indiscriminate Antibiotic usage, infection prevention and control aided through WASH, One Health approaches incorporating interventions for environment and animal health etc. The events were aimed to sensitize the target audiences on current gaps in practice and roles and opportunities for intervention. The week-long events culminated with a colloquium on strengthening antibiotic stewardship through coordinated research and development, organized at IPH, with the participation of resources from NCBS, Al Ameen College of Pharmacy, KLE College of Pharmacy, Karuna Trust, Sri Devraj Urs Medical College Kolar, Molecular Solutions Care Health, Acharya Institute and PCMH restore health.

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