LifeFirst – Consultancy Project with Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation

A team from the Chronic Health Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH had undertaken a consultancy project with Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation and Salaam Bombay Foundation. This project involved the evaluation of the LifeFirst program, a standardized tobacco- and supari- cessation program conceived and implemented by the Salaam Bombay Foundation and Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation since 2012. The Program targets students studying in 7th to 9th grades in corporation (local government) funded/managed schools in Mumbai city.


The study design, a prospective quasi-experimental design, was conceptualised by researchers Upendra and Pragati at IPH and the program was implemented by the team in Mumbai. The analysis of the study data was led by Amiti with the support of Upendra and Pragati and we found that the program was indeed effective, where the program not only reduced the rates of tobacco and supari use significantly, but also served as a protective factor, protecting against new uptake of tobacco and supari use. This is an important finding: schools are an excellent site for health promotion activities but are rarely used as much as they should and furthermore, such school programs are rarely evaluated for their effectiveness. This collaborative study delivers on both, the health promotion program and the evaluation of this program. The present consultancy was closed with the completion of the project and submission of the final report. We look forward to further collaboration with the team at Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation & Salaam Bombay Foundation.

National Summit on Tobacco or Health – 2020

National Summit on Tobacco or Health – 2020

On May 29th, 2020 the National Summit was held virtually, the main theme was on “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use” , and organised “by Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC), PGIMER Chandigarh in collaboration with Strategic Institute of Public Health Education and Research (SIPHER), Chandigarh and The Union South-East Asia (The Union).” The summit (schedule accessible here) was intended to train public health professionals and tobacco control practitioners on the ways in which the tobacco industry seeks to influence the youth; and the strategies and tactics that can be applied to keep the tobacco industry in check. 

Dr. Upendra Bhojani was invited to be a participant in the plenary session on the above theme at the Summit and the recording can be accessed here.


Dr. Prashanth N S invited to join the governing council of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Dr. Prashanth N S invited to join the governing council of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Dr. Prashanth N S, Faculty and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Fellow has been invited as a member of the Governing Council of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) as a co-opted member for a term. Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp aims at the advancement and spread of the sciences that contribute to tropical medicine and to public health in developing countries, inclusive of their global dimensions.

“My family member is in prison”:  Insights from research and interventions with families of the incarcerated

“My family member is in prison”: Insights from research and interventions with families of the incarcerated

Shivangi Gupta, a psychotherapist and researcher enrolled in a doctoral programme at Virginia Tech University, will be presenting a talk titled ““My family member is in prison”: Insights from research and interventions with families of the incarcerated”

Her talk aims to shed light on the psychosocial health and experiences of children and families who have a parent/family member in prison. It endeavours to facilitate participants’ knowledge of the educational, social as well as emotional functioning of children of the incarcerated, by drawing on the findings of a two-year long ICMR funded qualitative research study (2017-2019), undertaken at the Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia. Through this talk, Shivangi will focus on the experiences of these families, as well as their incarcerated family members, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the institutional and non-institutional support mechanisms available to these families as well as the challenges inherent in accessing these systems. Shivangi will weave insights from secondary research as well as her own experience of undertaking social interventions with the families of the incarcerated to provide a firsthand, comprehensive understanding.

You are invited to attend the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom using the link provided at the top of the page and write to events@iphindia.org to stay in touch.

Speaker

Shivangi Gupta

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Affiliation

Project Aesha & Virgina Tech University

Date

     9-July-2020

Time

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

 

Report of the Expert consultation to review the design of India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowship Program held on 24 June 2020

Report of the Expert consultation to review the design of India Health Policy & Systems Research Fellowship Program held on 24 June 2020

Strengthening health systems requires a system thinking lens, an acknowledgement of complexity in bringing about transformational change as well as putting people at the center of change. Approaches that integrate these are often lacking due to limited capacity in public health research institutions and in the community to practice a health systems approach applying state-of-the-art public health and social science research methods. HSTP and IPH conceived the fellowship program to improve the capacity for health policy and systems research (HPSR) in India. Over the last few months, a team from both these organizations consulted Global and Indian HPSR experts to put together a draft fellowship program structure and curriculum. In June 2020, an expert consultation was held to review this early draft. Thirty HPSR practitioners from India and across the globe participated to review the program and provided their expert advice.
At the workshop, the HSTP-IPH team presented an overview and a draft curriculum of the proposed training program. All participants of the workshop were very encouraging of this initiative and reinforced the need for the training program to be contextually relevant to India. Experts advised regarding the design and structure of the course, content, teaching methods and the pedagogy of the training program.
Some of the key recommendations that emerged from the workshop include:
·        Focus on the core competencies of HPSR – Complexity, Systems Thinking and Multi-disciplinarity
·        Need for the participants to ‘unlearn’ the linear processes in their research disciplines and accept the non-linear approaches of HPSR
·        Larger and focused emphasis on policy engagement including the skills to analyze policies, conduct a stakeholder analysis and the ability to engage with policy makers.
·        Expand the content to include evaluations, secondary data analysis and evidence synthesis
·        Detail out the mentorship phase and clarify the roles of the mentors.
·        Use innovative teaching tools like Indian case studies, role play, group learning, simulations, and debates.
·        Develop collaborations with other institutions
·        Refine the process of participant selection. Researchers from different disciplines should be selected and even non researchers, including government officers, may be considered. Moving forward, the team will work with key HPSR experts and other actors in preparing a revised curriculum based on the discussions at the workshop. An action plan for the process of the redesign has been developed and includes the use of a conceptual framework consisting of key program elements, content, and pedagogy to identify the various comments and suggestions made at the workshop. The inputs from the workshop will be thematically analysed to identify categories of comments that need resolution. The team will redesign the curriculum based on this analysis across multiple levels of the proposed curriculum (content, mentorship, online teaching, and pedagogy.  Key values and core competencies will be used as guidance to resolve recommendations that may be in opposition. This redesigned plan shall then be presented to a panel of HPSR experts to further refine the final curriculum.

“My family member is in prison”:  Insights from research and interventions with families of the incarcerated

IPH Seminar: Public Health Architecture and Realist Methodology

On May 15th, 2020, Dr. Justin Jagosh, Director, Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES), UK, will be presenting a webinar titled “Public Health Architecture and Realist Methodology.”

Realist Methodology, with its emphasis on uncovering explanatory mechanisms and context-mechanism interactions, can help in envisioning the ‘architectural diversity’ within classes of interventions. In the domain of public health for example, interventions can comprise educational, incentivizing or punitive efforts. Interventions can be highly scripted or, conversely, be designed for customization. Interventions can change contexts or can be changed by them. Nation-wide strategies may create new opportunities in some jurisdictions and new deficits in other areas, leading to the ad hoc formation of more interventions. Thus, understanding the architecture of interventions can serve as a pre-cursor to comprehensive assessments, to anticipate blind spots and provide new ideas for innovation and complex problem solving. This webinar will review these ideas in relation to public health planning in line with principles of realist inquiry. You are invited to join us using Google Meet, linked to the top of this page.

Speaker

     Dr. Justin Jagosh

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Affiliation

Director, Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES), UK

Date

          15-May-2020

Time

    11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

 

GreenHub Dialogues on COVID-19, OneHealth and health inequities with Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas

GreenHub Dialogues on COVID-19, OneHealth and health inequities with Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas

Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas Faculty and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance fellow at the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, participated in the GreenHub Dialogues series of webinar focusing on COVID-19.

The conversation is moderated by Shibani Chaudhury of GreenHub. Prashanth reflects on the wider systemic issues that is shaping the COVID-19 response particularly drawing from the OneHealth, social determinants of health and health inequities in India. The dialogues are expected to make us question our choices; rethink our responses; recalibrate ideas of equity, sustainability and health. And crucially, remind ourselves that humans are a subset of nature, not vice versa. He also talks about the preparedness of the community during the COVID-19 disaster (See IPH’s COVID-19 response and our efforts to improve PHC preparedness here- https://iphindia.org/iph-contributing-to-fight-covid-19/

IPH contributing to fight COVID-19

IPH contributing to fight COVID-19

COVID-19

A novel coronavirus was detected in December 2019 in the Wuhan city of China which spread rapidly not only in China but also to more than 100 countries within a span of 3 months. The coronavirus, officially named as SARS CoV 2, causes COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019). While the SARS CoV 2 infection leads to mild infection in the majority of the people, it has a reported fatality ranging from 1-6 %. As on date 27th March, 4,65,915 cases have been reported across the globe while more than 21,000 deaths have occured.

A complete lockdown was announced in India on 24th March which will last for 21 days. By 27th March, India has already reported more than 700 COVID-19 cases.

IPH, Bengaluru is contributing to fight this pandemic in the following ways:

  • Providing on-demand technical assistance to health and other departments at district (Chamarajnagar), state (Karnataka) and national levels 
  • Building internal capacity to ensure appropriate and accurate information dissemination on COVID-19 through our official social media channels and website

Preparedness Resources for primary health centers

In response to an open call by Dr. Prashanth N S (Faculty at IPH, Bangalore) for developing tools for Primary Health Care workers, many public health experts got together to form the COVID-19 PHC Action Group. They remotely collaborated for creating resources including a checklist for PHC doctors/supervisors and frontline health workers in urban and rural/community health settings. Over a period of 48 hours in late March 2020, the resource was developed and shared with multiple state government agencies for adaptation and dissemination. The resource collates in one place authentic information from Government agencies and other sources of scientific evidence.  The resources are available below for download and dissemination

Collation of resources for authentic information on COVID-19.

The latest research on COVID-19 and SARS CoV 2.

Guidance material for health professional 

Current global situation and latest updates

Resources for citizens, hospitals, state departments and awareness materials from Government of India 

Information for general public from WHO 

Other authentic and useful resources

IPH seminar: Exploring self-reliance for primary healthcare among families and communities using traditional medicine in Karnataka and Kerala

IPH seminar: Exploring self-reliance for primary healthcare among families and communities using traditional medicine in Karnataka and Kerala

Shivanand S, PhD Scholar at TDU and IPH, will be presenting a seminar titled “Exploring self-reliance for primary healthcare among families and communities using traditional medicine in Karnataka and Kerala.” This is the study topic of Shivanand’s PhD. This study will be carried out in H D Kote (Karnataka) and Aluva (Kerala). He will be exploring factors which influence self-reliance while using traditional medicine at household and community level for primary healthcare. The study will use case study method and it is intended to develop self-reliance framework. The framework will be rooted in community health projects for its applicability.

You are invited to attend the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom using the link below

https://zoom.us/j/701662546.

Speaker

       Shivanand S

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Affiliation

PhD Scholar, TDU and IPH

Date

      12 March-2020

Time

3:30 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದ 25ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವ

ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದ 25ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವ

ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬ ದಿನಾಂಕ 28/02/2020 ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಹನೂರು ತಾಲೂಕು ಪೊನ್ನಾಚಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘದ 25ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವವನ್ನು ಶಾಸಕರಾದ ಆರ್ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು. ಉದ್ಘಾಟನಾ ಭಾಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಹತ್ವ ನೀಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ವರಿಷ್ಠಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಆನಂದ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ ಮದ್ಯಪಾನ ಮತ್ತು ಗಾಂಜಾ ಸೇವನೆಯಿಂದ ಬಲಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳು 60 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಬದುಕುವುದು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಇಂಥ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪೋಡುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮದ್ಯ ಮಾರಾಟ ಮತ್ತು ಗಾಂಜಾ ಸೇವನೆ ತಡೆಗಟ್ಟುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟುನಿಟ್ಟಿನ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವಂತೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಶಿಬಿರಗಳನ್ನು ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಈ ಶಿಬಿರದಲ್ಲಿ 250ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸಮುದಾಯ ಬಾಂಧವರು ತಮ್ಮ ದೇಹದ ತೂಕದ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ, ಎತ್ತರ ಹಾಗೂ ಹಿಮಗ್ಲೋಬಿನ್, ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಕಾಯಿಲೆ ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಉಚಿತ ತಪಾಸಣೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಯಿತು. ಈ ಶಿಬಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಸಹನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಯೋಗೇಶ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ವರ್ಗದವರು ಸಹಕರಿಸಿದರು. ಹಾಗೆ ಸಂಜೆ ನಡೆದ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ವರ್ಗದವರಿಂದ ಕುಡಿತದಿಂದ ಆಗುವ ದುಷ್ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳು ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಿರು ನಾಟಕ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ ಮಾಡಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದವರಿಗೆ ಅರಿವು ಮೂಡಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.

ಎರಡನೇ ದಿನದ ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಹದೇವಯ್ಯ ಸಮುದಾಯ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಪ್ರಬಂಧ ಮಂಡನೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಈ ಪ್ರಬಂಧ ಮಂಡನೆಗೆ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಇದರ ಸಹ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರಾದ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಸಹಕರಿಸಿದರು.

This event was part of public engagement activities planned under Towards Health Equity & Transformative Action on Tribal Health (THETA) project under the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Fellowship to Dr. Prashanth N S