Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Tumkur district. As elsewhere in the country, private health sector in Tumkur city dominates in the provision of TB care. As per the government order issues in May 2012, all private health providers should notify TB cases diagnosed and/or treated by them to the district TB officer .
As part of Dr.Vijayashree’s PhD study (on how to optimise the involvement of Private health providers in the National TB programme), GPS mapping of the Private allopathic providers was carried out in Tumkur city. District TB officer and his team, with technical assistance from the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, carried out the mapping.
IPH inches towards completing a decade this year. It was an appropriate time to pause and reflect on our journey so far. The entire team of IPH was in Mysore recently for a two day workshop to relook at our vision and strategize for the future. Over the next few months we look forward to working as a team to synergise the dynamism and excitement of current activities with the values that have united us and make us a unique public health institute in India.
1. IPH is honoured to facilitate participation of the Hon’ble Health Minister of Karnataka, Mr U T Khadar, in a panel discussion on “Advancing the application of systems thinking in health” on 2nd October 2014.
In the symposium the Health Minister will release a special issue on “Advancing the application of systems thinking in health” carrying an article about capacity-building of health managers in Tumkur, Karnataka, India
2. Movie: India chapter of a documentary movie “Switching the Poles” has been selected for Health systems research symposium. The documentary was filmed at the end of 2013 to showcase the institutional collaborations between India and Belgium under the ITM-DGD Framework Agreement. Movie is scheduled to be screened on 3rd of October 2014, at 9.30 am -11.00 am.
3. Emerging Voices brings together young researchers as individuals and as a group in an effort of collective learning, sharing experiences and presenting research. IPH is a Co-organiser of the emerging voices
a. Anil Hittlamani who is selected as one of the Emerging Voices has an oral presentation on “How people-centred is India’s National Health Insurance Scheme (RSBY): Lessons from a study on Social exclusion in Karnataka, India.”
Authors: Anil MH , Seshadri T, Gayatri Ganesh, Thriveni BS , Mahesh SK, Pati MK, Devadasan N
4.Prashanth NS representing IPH as a member on panel discussion on “Realist evaluation and other theory-driven inquiry approaches in health policy and systems research: a hands-on troubleshooting workshop” on 1st October 2014.
Prashanth NS is also presenting a poster titled: “Unpacking individual, institutional and organizational behaviour in health managers: Results of a realist evaluation of capacity-building in south India” on 1st October 2014.
5. Gayatri Ganesh is presenting on “Social exclusion of women in a health financing scheme in Karnataka, India”.
Authors: Gayatri Ganesh1, Tanya Seshadri1, Manoj Patil1, Anil MH1, Mahesh K1, Divya Parmar2, Bart Criel3, Philipa Mladovsky2, Narayanan Devadasan1
1. Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, India
2. London School of Economics, London, UK
3. Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
6. Praveen Aivalli is presenting poster titled- “Government tablets have less power: People’s perspectives on utilization of public healthcare in rural India”.
7. Pragati Hebbar has an oral presentation from the study titled- “Local partnerships for global challenges: Lessons from local intersectoral work for tobacco control and health promotion”.
8. Mahesh.S.Kadammanavar is presenting a poster titled:” My family is covered but not me……Lesson learnt from the national health insurance scheme (RSBY) in Karnataka”
Authors: Mahesh Kadammanavar, Tanya Seshadri1, Gayatri Ganesh1, , Anil MH2, Lara Webar3, Manoj Patil1,Narayanan Devadasan1,
1 Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, India
2 RMNCH+A consultant (unicef supported)
9. Photo Competition: A photo story by Bhargav Shandilya and Mrunalini Gowda on the theme of “Gender and Health systems” honorary mention and it will displayed at the upcoming Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town, South Africa.
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On May 13th & 14th 2014, Institute of Public Health, Bangalore and Tumkur District health and family welfare office organized two-day training programme for government doctors & pharmacists on management of Diabetes and Hypertension in Primary Health Centres at Naveen Regency in Tumkur. This training programme was organized as a part of the Access to Medicines research project supported by the World Health Organisation’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva, Switzerland. Several resource persons from public health institute from bangalore participated in the programme. The programme was also supported by the Karnataka Medical Council.
Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke and other non-communicable diseases are on the rise in India. Different factors contribute to the incidence of these illnesses such as changing lifestyle, food habits, and addiction to alcohol and tobacco products.These diseases require continuous and lifelong medicines as well as several lifestyle modifications such as physical activity, healthy food habits and stress-free lifestyle.
To spread awareness about these diseases and the importance of life style modification, Institute of Public Health, Bangalore and Tumkur District health and family welfare office organised a series of street plays in select talulas of Tumkur district. This was organized as a part of the Access to Medicines research project supported by the World Health Organisation’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO- Alliance). The inauguration of this street play was on 6th June, 2014.
Author: Dr Mrunalini
I am pretty well known in the country and constantly have a presence in news making headlines against the multibillion Pharmaceutical industries. I still struggle on a daily basis convincing people that I’m as good as the BIG BRANDS, and to start including me in their daily lives so to help them keep their diseases under control. This is a series of stories about me and a group of generics when we started our journey in K.G.Halli (Bangalore) through a primary care clinic in January 2014.
Every Monday, I sit there for few hours seeing people scan me with a close eye and have a skeptical look towards me and the idea of taking me home and start including me, to fight their war against the disease.
Along with me there are two doctors, two community health assistants bombarded with questions for being a generic drug, is there even a possibility of me being a generic drug?
The questions they encounter “Why is the color of the packet not green”? , Why do I have to take two medicines instead of one? , Why is it so cheap? Is it cheap because the strength is less? Do I actually help in controlling the disease? How can I be so affordable? Medicines for my disease always cost me a lot, how can the expenses suddenly be so less for a month, why are you people doing this work for the community? What do you get out of this? There are a lot of whys? There is lot of how can this be a real.
A lady sits across me , picks me up and says , this is not the same medicine for my disease, the shape is different, the cover is different, when I get two medicines in one tablet why should I take two separate tablets, will this cheap medicine help me control my disease?
The doctor sitting close by me answers with a comfortable ease and politely, that the packet color is different I agree, so is the shape. But the medicine which is required to cure your disease is inside this packet. Only the cover is different. The patient continues “but why can’t I get the combination?
Out in the community I’m an unspoken truth, or something which is never acknowledged, I’m a shadow amongst the big brands, the family physician when they see me pretend like I’m nobody. While the struggle continues, I choose to embark on a journey of my own in the community along with my dedicated team of doctors and community health assistants. I will introduce myself and promote myself that I too exist amongst the multibillion pharmaceutical industries, barring the fancy covering, huge promotion and marketing strategies.
Every journey begins with one small step, while I have embarked on this long journey, hoping it will be a successful in KG Halli.
There have been some recent newspaper reports that networks of private hospital owners have threatened to stop providing services to patients if the government of Karnataka expands the Vajpayee Arogyashree Scheme (VAS) from the poor to the rest of the population. We look at the reasons for this reaction. To read more – click here
Training on health insurance and Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) for department Officials: 7th-9th January’ 2014, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Institute of Public Health, Bangalore in coordination with State Health Systems Resource Center (SHSRC) Kerala and Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority of Kerala (CHIAK) conducted three days training session on Health Insurance and Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) for department officials in Kerala.The objective of the training was to give an orientation to the concepts and management of health insurance with focus on the operational and implementation issues related to Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) in public hospitals.
The training was heldon 7th – 9th January 2014 at SHSRC Campus, Kerala. Thirty six participants from six districts attended the training. The participants were superintendents of taluk hospitals, district medical officers, district program managers and pubic relation officers of taluk hospitals. Dr N Devadasan from Institute of Public Health and Mr Pappu, capacity building manager CHIAK facilitated the training sessions.
Day one began with inaugural session wherein Director Health Services, Kerala, Executive Director SHSRC and CHIAK, Kerala spoke on the need for understanding of health insurance and successful implementation of Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) at public hospitals. Dr Devadasan facilitated the sessions on Health financing, concepts and components of health insurance with group work.
On day two RSBY and other public health insurance schemes in India, overview of CHIS and CHIS Plus scheme with policy and process guidelines, presentation from insurance company on claim process and monitoring and evaluation of health insurance schemes were covered.
On day three, operational and Implementation issues of CHIS in public Hospitals were discussed in the presence of the insurance company. Dr Devadasan facilitated the discussion on operational issues between participants and insurance company in a structured way with possible solutions on issues as suggested by insurance company and participants. Mr Sukumar, Executive Director CHIAK gave his inputs throughout the three days of training.
Evaluation of the training was done through pre and post-test assessment with feedback of the participants.