Tenth webinar in the Equilogues series

Tenth webinar in the Equilogues series

Institute of Public Health Bengaluru is pleased to announce the tenth webinar in the Equilogues series which was started by the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology as part of their projet Closing the Gap: Health Equity Research Initiative in India. Please find attached the webinar announcement for the same.

Theme: Inclusion of minorities in public services in India

Upendra Bhojani at the Institute of Public Health (Bengaluru) led the India part of a multi-country collaborative project that aimed at building local network of researchers/practitioners/policymakers that can address social inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities in public services. Drawing on the findings from a scoping review of literature and a series of stakeholders consultations in Karnataka, he will briefly highlight the role of inclusive policies (esp in areas of education, health, governance, employment) in enhancing inclusion of minorities as well as gaps in our knowledge.

About the Speaker:

Upendra Bhojani is a Faculty and Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellow at the Institute of Public health, Bengaluru (IPH). He graduated as a dentist and did his postgraduate and doctoral degree in public health. He has been with IPH for over 10 years now and currently leads a Cluster on Chronic Health Conditions and Public Policy. His research and advocacy interests include non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, intersectoral actions for health, health equity and governance.

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Affiliation

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Date

25-Oct-2018

Time

11.00 Am – 12.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public health
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085
Antimicrobial Stewardship at Karuna Trust’s PHCs – Situational analysis of antibiotic usage and Medicines and Therapeutic Committees

Antimicrobial Stewardship at Karuna Trust’s PHCs – Situational analysis of antibiotic usage and Medicines and Therapeutic Committees

Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) is the new cluster at IPH that is being initiated by Sunitha. As part of this process, the first project is to incorporate AMS at 26 Karuna Trust Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in Karnataka by strengthening the Medicines and Therapeutics Committee (MTCs). An IEC application is being written up to seek ethical approval for the situational analysis phase of this project which aims to conduct a baseline study by documenting the current policies and practices that govern the pharmaceutical supply management of antibiotics at these 26 PHCs. Following the current prescribing indicators, including the prescribing pattern of antibiotics, the subsequent phase is designed to gather data on the Medicines and Therapeutics Indicators (MTI) for their PHC based contextual relevance before they could be incorporated as part of the Health Management Information System during the subsequent intervention phase of the project. This presentation is to seek feedback from peers at IPH so the IEC application is tweaked accordingly before submission on 15th Oct.

Speaker

Sunitha Srinivas

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

11-October-2018

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

RSBY awareness study findings

RSBY awareness study findings

India’s health care is predominantly financed by households through out-of-pocket payments at the point of care. Recognising this, successive governments have introduced various measures including health insurance schemes to protect the poor from high hospitalisation costs. One such scheme introduced in 2008, was the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). Meant for the poorest of the poor, the government subsidised the premiums so that patients from this population are able to get free hospitalisation care at select hospitals in their neighbourhood. Despite a 100% subsidy of premiums and the promise of free health care even in private hospitals, in 2011-2012 the enrolment rate in RSBY was 51.4%. The aim of our study was to identify the reasons for the poor enrolment.

Speaker

Yogish CB

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

20-September-2018

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Debate: Purchasing primary care from the private sector is neither feasible, nor should be attempted for a country like India

Debate: Purchasing primary care from the private sector is neither feasible, nor should be attempted for a country like India

IPH has organised a debate on the topic ‘Purchasing primary care from the private sector is neither feasible, nor should be attempted for a country like India’. Dr. Prashanth will speak in favour of the topic (Affirmative) whereas Dr. Devadasan will speak against it (Negative). The speakers get 8 minutes each for their constructive speeches, followed by a second round (4 mins each) for rebuttal. A moderator will keep time. Pre- and post-debate audience polls will be held.

Speaker

Prashanth NS and Narayanan Devadasan

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

06-September-2018

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Developing effective payment platforms for accessing public finance in Zambia: Presentation and Q&A with Dr Kajal

Developing effective payment platforms for accessing public finance in Zambia: Presentation and Q&A with Dr Kajal

Dr. Kajal shares with us findings and lessons learnt from her research in Zambia that looked at developing effective payment platforms for accessing public finance. This was qualitative research with different stakeholders from the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) and public sector ministry of health at state and provincial levels. The findings may be relevant to Low and Middle income countries such as India.

Speaker

Dr. Kajal

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Affiliation

IAS Officer

Date

06-September-2018

Time

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Ninth Webinar in the Epilogue Series

Ninth Webinar in the Epilogue Series

Closing the Gap: Health Equity Research Initiative in India of the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology is partnering with the Cluster on Health Equity at the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru to announce the ninth webinar in the Equilogues series.

Theme: Denial of reproductive health rights of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in Chhattisgarh

Speaker: Sulakshana Nandi, State Convener of Public Health Resource Network, Chhattisgarh.

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Affiliation

Public Health Resource Network

Date

30-Aug-2018

Time

11.00 Am – 12.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public health #250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross, Girinagar Ist  Phase, Bengaluru – 560085
Review Methods

Review Methods

This seminar is structured differently. 3 speakers (Prashanth, Tanya and Nityasri) will make presentations of 15 minutes each on related topics. All research begins with a review of literature. In this seminar, the three speakers will each present a different review method – realist synthesis, critical interpretative synthesis and systematic review, respectively.

Speaker

Prashanth, Tanya and Nityasri

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

23-August-2018

Time

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

The Blind Men and the Elephant: India’s Tuberculosis epidemic

The Blind Men and the Elephant: India’s Tuberculosis epidemic

The seminar will discuss my observations about India’s tuberculosis epidemic, seen through the perspective of my training in infectious diseases and microbiology. I have spent the last year working with the National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis on a research project that aimed at using protoemic methods to identify drug-resistance in TB. I spent a month in Mumbai, at the P.D. Hinduja hospital with Dr Camilla Rodrigues and Dr Zarir Udwadia, both world authorities on the microbiology and clinical management, respectively, of MDR-TB. Lastly, I visted hospitals and laboratories in rural India to try to understand their challenges with the diagnosis and management of TB.

Speaker

Husain Poonawala

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Affiliation

IPH Adjunct Faculty

Date

22-August-2018

Time

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India

Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India

Tobacco kills approximately six million people globally and over one million adults in India each year. In India, a comprehensive tobacco control law the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 exists. However, the implementation remains sub-optimal. COTPA has worked in some places/contexts/settings and not in others. From a policy and implementation perspective, it is crucial to systematically understand how and why the implementation of this law has occurred. By doing this, we will improve our knowledge of implementing effective tobacco control policies (TCPs) as well as identify system-wide implementation bottlenecks that could affect other sectors like pharmaceutical/food. I aim to improve the implementation of TCP in India by describing and explaining the why and how of its implementation across Indian states. Some of the hypotheses include: a) Champions at either political or bureaucratic level facilitate policy making and implementation process b) Implementation is weakened when restrictive mandates are provided to departments who are not involved in punitive action. The study will be conducted in five phases using quantitative and qualitative methods to map implementation landscape and using theory-driven inquiry to draw lessons. The purpose of this seminar is to seek suggestions to improve the proposal and shape the work that I will be doing over the next 5 years as part of my early career India Alliance fellowship.

Speaker

Pragati Hebbar

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

16-August-2018

Time

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085