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Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat: Since its announcement in Budget 2018, Ayushman Bharat has received considerable attention. It aims to achieve universal access to primary

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Sharing power with communities

Sharing power with communities

Sharing power with communities in-health research priority setting- As a matter of health and social justice, health research should improve the health

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Servant leadership

Servant leadership

Servant Leadership: Based on the health advocacy programs carried out at Rhodes University as a collaboration between Faculty of Pharmacy

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Strengthening Primary Health Care

Strengthening Primary Health Care

Strengthening Primary Health Care- It has been estimated that over 80% of the world’s population depends on traditional healing systems as their primary

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Literature review on adivasi

Literature review on adivasi

Anuradha will share her internship experience at IPH, as part of the THETA Project, focusing on available health research on the Adivasi community in India.

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IPH Annual Day Oration Series

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

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

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

World Antibiotic Awareness- The Antimicrobial Stewardship cluster of the Institute of Public Health promoted the “World Antibiotic Awareness Week”

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parliamentarians  about tobacco

parliamentarians about tobacco

parliamentarians about tobacco: This project aimed to map and analyse the elected representatives of Indian parliament,who participated in Lok Sabha

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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.

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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.

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Health Inc. project

Health Inc. project

Mahesh will present an introduction to the Health Inc. project, the methods and the SPEC framework used in the project.

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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.

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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

This week, 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Deciphering an epidemic of epic proportion: the role of state and tobacco industry in tobacco control in post-liberalized India (1990-2017)

Deciphering an epidemic of epic proportion: the role of state and tobacco industry in tobacco control in post-liberalized India (1990-2017)

In this seminar, Upendra Bhojani will present an overview of the research he aims to conduct as part of the India Alliance fellowship for the next 5 years. The purpose is to seek comments/suggestions/critique for refining the proposal. About 3500 Indians die every day due to tobacco-attributable illnesses. Despite several regulatory measures, there has been a marginal decline in tobacco use in the last two decades. In fact, since 1990s, tobacco production and sales have increased. Therefore, this research aims to understand the role played by the state policies (related to tobacco) and the tobacco industry actions during 1990-2017. I will conduct the study in three phases. In Phase-1, I will map public policies related to tobacco in this period. In will use quantitative data to explore associations between the tobacco policies and the trends in tobacco production and consumption. In phase-2 I will use qualitative data to understand how the tobacco industry actors influence tobacco policies in India. How do governments in India respond to the industry influence as well as their own varying (often conflicting) interests in tobacco? Based on these insights, in the phase-3, I will select ten Indian states: five positive (significant decline in tobacco prevalence over time) and five negative (status quo or increase in tobacco prevalence) cases. I will use qualitative comparative analysis to understand the combinations of measures (policies, implementation, tobacco industry) that best explain a significant reduction in tobacco use prevalence.

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GIS Mapping

GIS Mapping

GIS Mapping of Private Sector Medical Facilities- There is very little information currently available about the private sector in India.

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Tobacco Control Project

Tobacco Control Project

tobacco control: Understanding public policy around tobacco use is required to understand the conflicts of interests of state

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Integrating mental health

Integrating mental health

Integrating mental health – The global burden of disease for mental health problems is substantial, but because of scarce resources that are unequally

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UHC in Karnataka

UHC in Karnataka

Mr. Josh Ridley will present a comparative study of the utilisation of the Vajpayee Aarogyashree and the Rajiv Aarogyashri health insurance schemes in Karnataka to ensure UHC

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