On the occasion of WorldHeadandNeckCancerDay,HCG Oncology, organised a press meet in collaboration with Pink Hope Patient Support Group, to discuss the preventive aspects of cancer with a focus on head and neck cancers. The event was joined by Institute of Public Health India and cancer survivors to support the cause, who shared their stories of survival from cancer caused due to tobacco consumption.
Preventive public health measures such as larger pictorialwarnings on tobacco products was discussed and a petition to thank the government for implementing effective warnings was shared which has already reached around 9,000 supporters.
The petition can be found here – http://chn.ge/1ts9mHx
Faculty at Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India, Dr. Vijayashree H.Y, was interviewed by Healthcare Executive Magazine recently on spiralling health care cost in India.
The BMJ – Global Health journal has published a special supplement containing abstracts of all the poster and oral presentations made at the 3rd National Conference on Bringing Evidence into Public Health Policy EPHP 2016. In keeping with the spirit of EPHP of making evidence more available and more accessible the entire supplement is open access and all the abstracts can be viewed and downloaded at the following link http://gh.bmj.com/content/1/Suppl_1
Can Bengaluru Survive? Our priorities are all wrong :- IPH Staff quoted in The Times of India
Dr. Aneesha Ahluwalia, Training officer at IPH was quoted in Times of India and Bangalore Mirror. The article titled ‘Can Bengaluru survive?- our priorities all gone wrong’ was the third part in the series on Bengaluru’s indicators based on IISC report. The article focused on the social indicators and it’s relation with the sustainability of the city. Dr. Aneesha contributed towards the public health aspects especially the migration issue.
GOVT VS PRIVATE
Basic facilities in the city, Kurup said, are stretched out too thin because of unplanned growth. “Over the last two decades, Bengaluru’s economy has undergone a significant transformation, with service industry playing a major role in economic development.Our planning always comes after the problem and this is a dangerous approach,“ she says.
Health services have become expensive.Government services are not able to match the demand, nor are they efficient. So people are forced to look at private services. What planners need to look at is creating urban neighbourhoods beyond the city, so that people are not forced to migrate to Bengaluru for basic facilities, which the city anyway lacks, said Kurup.
Aneesha Ahluwalia, health expert from the city-based Institute of Public Health, pointed at a common concern for most cities: migration.“Bengaluru also faced such a sudden inflow of migrants due to the economic boom. The city grew tremendously in terms of population, but the infrastructure did not grow in the same proportion. The IISc report says that more than half of the population (58.7 per cent) lives in rented houses, indicating that a majority of them are not locals. The private sector on the other hand is highly unregulated, specially the private practitioners. There is no regulation on pricing or quality, among others,“ she said.
Dr Vijayashree Y, faculty and PhD scholar at Institute of Public Health, article titled ”Coping with tuberculosis and directly observed treatment: a qualitative study among patients from South India“, published in “BioMed Central” (BMC). This study carried out to explore the experience and consequences of having Tuberculosis on patients enrolled inDOTS and their caretakers in India.
In India, the Revised National TB control programme (RNTCP) offers free diagnosis and treatment for tuberculosis (TB), based on the Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) strategy. We conducted a qualitative study to explore the experience and consequences of having TB on patients enrolled in DOTS and their caretakers in Tumkur district, located in a southern state of India, Karnataka.
We conducted 33 in-depth interviews on a purposive sample of TB patients from three groups: (1) patients who reached RNTCP directly on their own and took DOTS at RNTCP; (2) patients who were referred by private practitioners (PPs) to RNTCP and took DOTS at RNTCP; and (3) patients diagnosed by RNTCP and took DOTS from PPs. Data was analyzed using a thematic approach with the support of NVivo9.
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Dr Vijayashree Y, faculty and PhD scholar at Institute of Public Health, article titled ” Determinants of sputum conversion at two months of treatment under National Tuberculosis Programme, South India “published in “International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health”, This study carried out in 2012 to investigate the reasons for low sputum conversion rate in Sira (among patients registered with RNTCP).
Background: In India, Revised National Tuberculosis (TB) control programme (RNTCP) offers free diagnosis and treatment for TB, based on the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) course strategy. Under RNTCP, sputum conversion rate (SCR), at the end of 2 months of treatment is an important operational indicator, which is ideally expected to be 90%.
Aim and Objectives: The objective of the present work was to investigate the factors associated with low SCR at the end of 2 months of treatment in Sira TB unit, Tumkur District, India.
Material and Methods: It is a retrospective cohort study of all new sputum smear-positive patients registered in RNTCP in 2011. Data were retrieved from the TB register maintained at the District TB center. Chi-square and Student’s t-test were used for analysis of the study variables between patients who were sputum positive and sputum negative at the end of 2 months of treatment. Multivariate logistic regression was applied to determine the risk contributed by the variables towards non-conversion of sputum.
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Keynote Speakers of EPHP 2016
Keynote speakers for this year’s edition of EPHP have been confirmed. We have dynamic and experienced public health researchers attending to share and discuss about equity in healthcare, intersectoral action in health. Dr Abdul Ghaffar, executive director of WHO Alliance, will also be present and share his 30 years ofexperience in public health research. Presenters from different healthcare research backgrounds will be presenting on this year’s theme for EPHP 2016. To know more click here
The e-learning course in health financing was conceptualised by Dr. N. Devadasan. He has a rich experience in the field and has been teaching this subject in many universities. Keeping in mind the current public health scenario, where the competency in health financing is an important asset for the professionals and policy makers, the course was designed to bridge the knowledge gap in the field and strengthen the capacity of professionals in health financing.
The first batch of e-learning course in health financing was launched in April this year. From hundreds of applications, we shortlisted 28 applicants for enrollment in the course. We have a mix of academicians, researchers, government and non-government professionals in our current batch. The batch has representation from National Health Mission (NHM), ESI,etc. There are participants from UNICEF and NGOs like ACCESS Health International, HSRII,SAMA, MYRADA, PHFI and other organisations like International union against tuberculosis and lung diseases. We also have participants from academic institutions like Puducherry Institute of Medical Sciences and IIHMR. Through our e-learning course we have reached participants across the country from Rajasthan in west to Odisha in east, Delhi in north to Kerala to south.
The course consists of four modules, each module has three units and each unit has three to four classrooms that are powerpoint presentations with audio and video recordings. Classrooms also have corresponding exercises to test the knowledge of participants. We have some interesting learning activities in the course for making the learning more practical and keeping the participants motivated. Each module has an activity called ‘From the field’. In this section, we interview the key people from the field and bring their stories to participants. Another engaging feature is ‘Crossword Puzzle’, where after each module participants can unlock a level and get clues to solve the puzzle. Another interactive feature is ‘FAQs’, where in the Subject Matter Expert (SME) answers the queries of participants in the form of video than just typing on the discussion forum.
We are systematically tracking the progress of our participants and give feedback whenever needed. We hope that the course will be a success and we will be running several batches of the course in the near future.
The Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru in collaboration with Centre for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada hosted the second regional course on Good Health Research Practice in Bengaluru. Five teams with public health research backgrounds from across the country participated in the 4-day training where they were introduced to concepts and principles of good health research practices. Overall, the 4-day training involved a lot of interaction between participants and the facilitators.
To know more about the course, visit: https://iphindia.org/events/2016-events/good-health-research-practice/