Public lecture at IIHS

Public lecture at IIHS

The director at IPH, Dr. Upendra Bhojani, gave a public lecture at IIHS in the ‘Publics’ lecture series.  The talk was on Dr. Bhojani’s long standing work on the role of local health systems in poor urban neighbourhoods in Bangalore. The talk emphasised that there is an urgent need to strengthen local health systems to provide affordable and quality care to a large number of people, particularly to the urban poor, living with chronic conditions. It unpacked the complex dynamics of local health system. Dr. Bhojani also highlighted the need to go beyond just improving the health systems – to further address other social determinants of chronic conditions such as poverty, age- and gender-based social norms, family structure, and inadequate social care provision.

A video recording of the talk can be watched here.

ITM visit

The director at IPH, Dr. Upendra Bhojani, attended the Be-cause health international conference on Urban health, organized by the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. It was held on 15-16 October 2019 in Brussels. The conference sought to “address the following questions: How to achieve universal access to health in cities? What is the best way to organize health services and the health system in urban settings? How does addressing the impact of urban life impact on the health of urban populations?” 

With respect to institutional building, Dr. Bhojani had a meeting with the new director of ITM, Marc-Alain Widdowson. The new director was briefed about the overview of IPH, the role of IPH-ITM partnership in the past, and how do we see the partnership with ITM in future. Dr. Bhojani also along with Diljith Kannan had a joint partners meeting wherein they discussed on  working together through innovations in partnerships and joint-education activities.


PGIMER 2019

PGIMER 2019

The Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, organized the  2nd Public Health Policy and Management Program from 30th September to the 4th of October, 2019. The program was sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India under ITEC scheme. The motivation of the program was “to enhance the understanding of senior level policy makers about best practices in Public Health Policy and Management of India for addressing contextual public health challenges for overall attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” 

The director at IPH, Dr. Upendra Bhojani, delivered two lectures. The first one was on agenda setting and policy implementation of public health policies. The second lecture dealt with the politics of health policy. There were participants from more than a dozen countries. This was a flagship program of its kind on public health policies. Further collaboration between PGIMER and IPH was also discussed.


Photo Caption: PGIMER

 

Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Adhip Amin, Research Officer in the Chronic Health Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH, will be presenting a seminar titled, “Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis.” This seminar will be on methods in the social science, specifically a basic introduction to Comparative Social Science Research, specifically Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). It will also discuss causal complexity in the social sciences and how QCA, rather than seeking to reduce the complexity — instead, works with it. QCA is a method that Dr. Upendra Bhojani and the project team aim to employ in the DEEP project. This seminar will be conceptual in nature.  

You are invited to attend this seminar in person or over Zoom using the link below:
https://zoom.us/j/701662546

Speaker

          Adhip Amin

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Affiliation

Institute of Public Health

Date

28-November-2019

Time

2:00 pm – 3.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

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

World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims

World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims

Every year, about 1.5 lakh Indians die from road injuries while about 5 lakhs sustain serious injuries. Karnataka, with a population of over 6.1 crores, accounts for the third-largest number of road injuries and the fourth-highest number of road traffic deaths in India.

To remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected, people around the world observe the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) in the month of November every year.

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru in association with Maharani Cluster University, Bengaluru, along with Padmasree school of public health — under the banner of Safer Roads Bengaluru initiative organized an awareness program where the students formed a human chain on Saturday, 16th November 2019 to commemorate this Year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR).

Shri. P C Mohan, Member of Parliament inaugurated the program. Addressing the students, he said, “Karnataka alone witnesses around ten thousand deaths and more than 50000 injuries every year due to road crashes. Adhering to traffic rules is the only way to reduce this. Youth should stop showing negligence towards traffic rules. By following traffic rules, one can, not only save his own life but also contribute to safeguarding other’s life as well.”

 Dr. Asha Abikar, Deputy Director of State Road Safety Authority said “Bangalore city alone witnesses around 650 road traffic deaths every year. To safeguard the lives of road users, the Government has recently amended the Motor Vehicle Act and increased the fine amount.  People especially Youth should follow traffic rules and become an asset for the nation.”

Dr. Upendra Bhojani, Director of the Institute of Public Health explained the safer roads Bengaluru initiative and stressed the need for the people’s commitment towards road safety.

The event was presided by Prof. Dr. M.S. Reddy, Special Officer, Maharani Cluster University.

Mr. Kumaraswamy who lost his 20-year-old daughter in a recent road crash, narrated the painful loss of his daughter. He encouraged students to be mindful of traffic rules and road safety.

Eating coconut directly  including shell

Eating coconut directly including shell

Dr. Rajeev Basapathy, volunteer at ACCORD and SOCHARA, will be presenting a seminar titled “Eating a coconut directly including the shell with few teeth.”

A brief description of the seminar is given below:

Oral health is as important as any other health issue. People start their day with an activity related to the hygiene of the teeth and some also end with it. These two events contribute to the day’s activities. Speaking, smiling, chewing, in some cases physical assault too is directly contributed by healthy oral health tissues. While important for vital functions, oral health is often forgotten in wider public health discussions. Perhaps, its very anatomic location hidden behind the curtain of lips might be the reason. It also has the recognition of being one of the most commodified health issues, thus having social and economic implications.

In this talk, Rajeev presents the case of how oral health remains a neglected public health issue in India and reflecting on his experiences working and interacting with various stakeholders. He will also present his ethnographic account of how oral health inequalities are situated in the lives of the Gudalur Adivasis looking through the lens of local health traditions. He will take the audience through a mix of photos, tables with little data and mostly stories of how he has evolved understanding oral health in the bigger picture of health and development.

You are invited to attend the seminar in person or via Zoom using the link below: https://zoom.us/j/701662546

Speaker

Dr. Rajeev Basapathy

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Affiliation

ACCORD and SOCHARA

Date

14-November-2019

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

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

THE ROAD to SAFETY – Awareness program on Road safety

THE ROAD to SAFETY – Awareness program on Road safety

In order to create awareness among youth, especially college students, about the road safety measures and recent amendments to MV Act, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru and HKBK Group of Institutions with the support of State Road Safety Authority had organized an awareness program titled “The Road to Safety” under the banner of the “Safer Roads Bengaluru” initiative at HKBK group of institutions on 18th October 2019.

The main intention of organizing this event at HKBK campus is that the selected campus one of the prominent institution at our selected stretch of road and has more than 3000 students studying on that campus.

Poster presentation, skits, role-play by students on road safety, quiz competition, and road safety awareness session by traffic police were organized as part of the event. Former Home Minister and present Member of Legislative Assembly Shri. K. J. George inaugurated the event. The event was presided by Shri. C. M. Faiz Mohammed, Director of HKBK Group of Institutions. Dr. Thriveni B S, public health expert and member of the BBMP NCD task force, Shri. Manzoor A. Khan, Secretary, HKBK Group of Institutions were the other guests for the event.

Winners of the competitions were rewarded ISI standard 2-wheeler helmets from the Safer Roads Bengaluru initiative. Around 600 students participated in the event.

Eating coconut directly  including shell

Policy dialogues for evidence

Olivia Biermann, PhD candidate at Karolinska Institutet, Stokholm will be hosting a seminar titled “Policy dialogues for evidence-informed policy-making.” 

A brief description of the seminar is given below:

Substantial investment is made in health research. Nevertheless, there remains a significant gap between what is scientifically known and what is being used in policy. To facilitate evidence-informed policy-making the interaction with and among stakeholders is key. Examples of such interaction include policy dialogues which convene key stakeholders to deliberate on priority health topics. Policy dialogues support the integration of research evidence with tacit knowledge of local health policy-makers, and thus contribute to bridging the research-to-policy gap.

Intended learning outputs/outcomes of the seminar:

  • Understanding of evidence-informed health policy-making;
  • Insights into the WHO’s Evidence-informed Policy Network and its activities; 
  • Understanding of policy dialogues and their preparatory steps; and
  • Familiarization with message-tailoring for a specific target group (hands-on exercise). 

You are invited to join the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom, using the link provided at the top of the page.

Speaker

Olivia Biermann

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Affiliation

Karolinska Institutet, Stokholm

Date

6-November-2019

Time

3:00 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

Eating coconut directly  including shell

involvement of private practitioners

Dr Vijayashree Yellappa, doctoral candidate at Maastrich University and honorary associate at IPH, will be presenting her doctoral work in a seminar titled “Optimising the involvement of private practitioners in Tuberculosis care and control in India.”

A brief description of her work is provided below:

Majority of Tuberculosis (TB) patients in India seek care from Private Practitioners (PPs) whose practices are sub-optimal leading to medical complications. Government of India is involving PPs in the National TB Programme (NTP) through PPM (Public Private Mix) schemes to provide correct and timely TB treatment to patients. But, the uptake of PPM schemes by PPs is poor. Hence to understand ‘how’ partnerships with PPs work (or do not), we designed a model to improve PPP’s involvement in the referral of TB cases to NTP.
PPs were allocated to the intervention or control group. Intervention PPs referred 548 cases during the intervention period of 12 months, as compared to 169 from the control group. We demonstrated the effectiveness of a system-oriented intervention to involve PPs in NTP in field settings. Our study conducted in routine programmatic settings provides important information about the systemic impediments that affect engaging PPs in public health programmes.

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.

Speaker

Dr Vijayashree Yellappa

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Affiliation

 Maastrich University & IPH

Date

5-November-2019

Time

3:30 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

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