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.

Workshop on Preventing TII (Chhattisgarh & Manipur)

Workshop on Preventing TII (Chhattisgarh & Manipur)

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

In two separate workshops held in December last year, Dr. Upendra Bhojani (Director, IPH-Bengaluru) was invited to serve as a resource person (virtual) on Tobacco Industry Interference (TII). The workshops were held in Chhattisgarh (16th December, 2020) and Manipur (21st December, 2020).

Dr. Bhojani spoke about TII and the broad array of tactics and strategies used directly or indirectly by the tobacco industry to interfere with, or influence, the setting and implementation of effective tobacco control measures as per Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC guidelines.

The State level Consultation Workshops were organised by the State Tobacco Control Cell of the respective states.

Paper on Parliamentary Questions Related to Tobacco in India

Paper on Parliamentary Questions Related to Tobacco in India

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

Dr. Upendra Bhojani, co-authored a paper in the BMJ Global Health, along with Amiti Varma & Latha Chilgod of the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru. This is the first peer-reviewed paper from the DEEP project titled “Diverse and competing interests around tobacco: qualitative analysis of two decades of parliamentary questions in India”. The paper analysed 1315 tobacco-related questions asked by 729 MPs over the two decades (1999-2019).

MPs had concerns about health (consumption patterns; harms; cessation; regulations); trade (production & export; Tobacco Board of India; market growth); agriculture (support for farmers); labour (working conditions; alternative livelihoods; impacts of regulations). The nature of concerns changed over time with health becoming a dominant concern. Other issues like trade took somewhat of a back seat, possibly due to a growing awareness on health harms and incremental tobacco control regulations.

Livelihood and economy-related concerns persisted throughout. The number of MPs asking tobacco-related questions varied widely across states. States, from where maximum MPs asked questions (Andhra Pradesh; Maharashtra; Uttar Pradesh; Karnataka; Tamil Nadu in that order) are the states with a greater presence of tobacco industry.

Key takeaways: (1) parliamentary questions, that remain underutilized in health policy research, could be a useful resource; (2) tobacco evokes diverse & competing interests implying a need for careful mediation and consultative approach to policy making for public health gains; (3) In India, state-level (economic, political, historical, cultural) contexts are crucial in understanding the political economy of tobacco and formulating tobacco control regulations; (4) identifying key concerns help public health folks engage with diverse political voices when tobacco control reforms are planned/executed enhancing political support across sectors and constituencies for tobacco control.

We would like to thank DBT/ WT India Alliance for their support. The paper can be accessed here.

 

India Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020

India Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

Led by Dr. Upendra Bhojani and Adhip Amin from IPH, the India Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020 report has been produced through a collaborative work of several institutions and individuals active in tobacco control research and practice in India. The report was released in September 2020 at the 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH)-Virtual. Dr. Upendra Bhojani participated in the conference and was a panelist in a session that focused on Stopping Tobacco Industry Interference. The NCTOH panel talk and release is available here at NCTOH youtube page.

This report is a systematic and collaborative effort at assessing the implementation of the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 in India. The Tobacco Industry Interference Index helps to assess the implementation of the FCTC Article 5.3 through standardized tools using a systematic inquiry and materials in the public domain. Index report and summary are available for download at the India country page on the Global Tobacco Index webportal.

Tobacco industry interference in public policies remains a major concern in India. The overall score for the India 2020 Tobacco Industry Interference Index is 61 out of 100. This suggests a small but definite improvement in implementation of the FCTC Article 5.3 in 2019 compared to the year 2018 (score 69/100) and 2017 (score 72/100). Higher score indicates greater interference.

 

 

Ketki Shah – Doctoral Fellowship (DBT/WT India Alliance)

Ketki Shah – Doctoral Fellowship (DBT/WT India Alliance)

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

Ketki Shah received a doctoral fellowship under the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance project led by Dr. Upendra Bhojani. She has registered her PhD in December 2020 at The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU). At TDU, her PhD is co-supervised by Dr. Prakash BN. Her PhD focuses on understanding from a worker’s perspectives the issues, and experiences with shifting to alternative and safer non-tobacco livelihoods.

Ketki’s PhD is divided into three phases. In the first phase, she plans to do an integrative review to explore and review the initiatives that have been tried out in South and South East Asia. The findings will be used to understand factors that influence transitioning to non-tobacco livelihoods. In the second stage, she aims to map the supply chain of bidi in Gujarat to identify the processes, geographies and workers involved. And finally in the third phase, she plans to conduct a primary qualitative inquiry with former and current bidi workers. This is to understand from their perspectives the dynamics and drivers for transitioning to alternative non-tobacco livelihoods.

She hopes that the evidence generated would inform processes that protect workers (from occupational-hazards and livelihood losses) as the demand and supply for tobacco hopefully reduces with tobacco control measures.

6th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

6th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

Amiti Varma from the DEEP project presented a paper on “Situating tobacco in health policy: Using parliament as an instrument of accountability” at the 6th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (8 – 12 November, 2020). She presented findings from an analysis of two decades of tobacco-related questions in Indian parliament. This is part of a broader project (DEEP) that is also looking at parliamentary questions as one of the ways of understanding public policy towards tobacco.

Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

Time

11.00 AM – 12.30 PM

Date

09-February-2021

Title:

“Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID19 Crisis”

Speakers:

  1. Smt. Shailaja Chandra Former Secretary, ISM & H (Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
  2. Prof. K Srinath Reddy President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

Opening Remarks:

  1. Padma Shri. Prof. Darshan Shankar Vice-Chancellor The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) – Bengaluru.

Discussants:

  1. Prof. Leena Abraham Professor, Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

Moderator:

  1. Dr. Prashanth N S Faculty & DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Fellow, Institute of Public Health (IPH) – Bengaluru.
In the previous two webinars of this series, we unpacked the concept of resilience and role of pluralistic healthcare approaches and the role of frugal innovations in strengthening the resilience of India’s plural health system. In the third webinar, we will explore the response to and implications of mainstreaming and integration of AYUSH in the Indian health system. We will attempt to have an understanding of the adaptiveness of the health system and the sustenance of the same as the mainstreaming agenda continues to progress ahead.
Inauguration India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Inauguration India HPSR Fellowships Programme

The India Health Policy & Systems Research (HPSR) Fellowships Programme is delighted to invite you to the inauguration session of its first cohort

Agenda

2:00 – 2:05 pm (IST)

Welcome address 

Rajeev Sadanandan, CEO, Health Systems Transformation Platform (HSTP)

2:05 – 2:15 pm

Introduction to the India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Prashanth N Srinivas, Assistant Director of Research

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH)

2:15 – 2:20 pm

Journey of the India HPSR Fellowships Programme 

N Devadasan, Technical Advisor, HSTP

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Inaugural remarks – Shri Rajesh Bhushan

Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Government of India

2:30 – 2:40 pm

Inaugural remarks – Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

2:40 – 2:55 pm

Introduction to the core faculty of the programme

2:55 – 3:00 pm

Vote of thanks 

Dr. Dorothy Lall Faculty, IPH

Planetary Health Interpretation Centre In Pakke Tiger Reserve

Planetary Health Interpretation Centre In Pakke Tiger Reserve

As part of the THETA project (Towards Health Equity & Transformative Action on tribal health), India Alliance fellow Dr Prashanth N Srinivas and his team at IPH Bengaluru plan to set up a Planetary Health Interpretation Centre in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India, in collaboration with faculty from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, key government officials from the Pakke Tiger Reserve Forest Department and community actors living around the tiger reserve.

The initiative will build on the results of the THETA study that examined health inequalities in communities living around Pakke Tiger Reserve in western Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. A participatory and community-based planetary health interpretation engagement shall begin with the establishment of a centre housed within the tiger reserve administration where people can learn about public health and the natural world and understand the close interactions between these.

‘Planetary Health’ revolves around the relationship between humanity and the natural environment as a sustainable life support system, that is built upon a community of practice of planetary education, research and policy. The engagement shall be a two-objective process of co-creating a planetary health centre and institutionalizing it through building a local network of people who shall make use of the platform for community-based engagement on various aspects of improving health and wellness of local communities.

Call for Application India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Call for Application India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Call for Application India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Deadline for submission of application December 1, 2020

India Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) Fellowships Programme

The Fellowships programme will equip public health researchers with the ability to frame health policy and systems research questions, design and conduct a study to address the question and engage stakeholders (community, policymakers and researchers) with the research findings.

The programme takes a blended learning approach for a duration of 18 months with an online foundation component, a week-long workshop, followed by the opportunity to implement a research proposal through a seed grant of Rs. 6 lakhs. 

National and international HPSR practitioners have been involved in the development of the programme and will be actively involved as faculty and mentors. More details

The India HPSR Fellowships Programme is supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust & Access Health International.

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