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IPH Faculty among those selected in a global WHO-TDR grant

IPH has been working with Tumkur district in trying to strengthen various components of the district health system. One of the key interventions here has been to work with private practitioners in the district to better understand their integration into the National...

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Laboratory Technicians Training

As part of  Dr.Vijayashree's PhD( Public Private Partnership in TB  Care, Tumkur District),  all the lab technicians working in the Designated Microscopic Centres of Tumkur district were trained (11.12.14) at District TB Centre, Tumkur city. They were trained on the...

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My Monday musings of being a “Generic”!

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...

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Eventually, it was loss to the community

This is a story about a Primary Health Center (PHC) and a lady doctor. An ordinary centre in the way so many of our health centers in remote parts of the country are. This unremarkable PHC is located 52 km away from the district head quarters (HQ) and 36 km away from...

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Can we count on our counting systems?

A shorter version of this article appeared on BMJ Blogs on October 31, 2013 under the same title.  Co-written with Himabindu G L of IPH, Bangalore. Much of the material remains unprocessed, or, if processed, unanalysed, or, if analysed, not read, or, if read, not used...

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Is embracing death @ 24 so easy?

This time it was neither KG Halli nor urban health project….but Health Inc…trying to find reasons for social exclusion in Bangalore Rural district. When we entered 8x8 single room house, Jagadish was lying on the bed. We asked how he was feeling, he pushed bed sheet...

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Good presentation is very important

“Good presentation is very important and I apply this concept”. This is said by one laboratory technician working in a Primary Health Center (PHC). He believes that if he provides his laboratory services in a presentable way, he can earn the trust of the people....

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Is health camp an effective stratergy

Health 'camps' are one of the strategies adopted by both government and non-government organizations. This literally means that a team of health professionals 'camp' in an area to carry out a limited health intervention. For instance, government organizes...

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What the numbers do not account for…..night beat in KG Halli

 Life has its unique ways of showing you what you might be looking for. As a purely logistic decision, it made more sense for me to stay overnight in the community centre and this gave opportunity to observe a different side to KGHalli....after dusk. Suddenly “urban”...

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Where Do I Begin (part-2)

Where Do I Begin.............. to tell the stories of urban polity ... the enduring tales of life as it is least meant to be ..... in a just fair world......? (To be sung to theme tune of Love Story) Did you read the  where do I begin part-1 ?(click here) In the...

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Where Do I Begin…..

Where Do I Begin... to tell the stories of urban poverty... the grimmest tales that tell of what the 'We' do to the 'we'... Where do I start...? (To be sung to theme tune of Love Story) Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or to cry......... This in an era of...

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Does AADHAAR and PAN card mean RSBY card??

It was another day in the field collecting data for Health Inc project. The team reached village near Nelamangala. After meeting staff in Gram Panchayat (GP) we were asked to talk to Anganawadi teacher and take her help to identify the houses for collecting data. But...

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ನನ್ನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೆ ಏನೂ ಉತ್ತರ……….?

ಆರೋಗ್ಯ-ಉಪಕೇಂದ್ರದ ಕಿರಿಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ಅರೋಗ್ಯ ಸಹಾಯಕಿಯರು ತಮ್ಮ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಎದಿರುಸುತ್ತಿರುವಾ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಮೇಲೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಭೇಟಿಯ ಅನುಬವಗಳು ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಬಾಹ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಜನರ ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಧಿಸಿದ ಮೊದಲ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಕೇಂದ್ರವೆಂದರೆ ಅದು ಆರೋಗ್ಯ-ಉಪಕೇಂದ್ರ. ಪ್ರತಿ...

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At last labor ward in action

The Urban health project ofInstitute of public health has begun working in KG Halli since 2009. When we came to the area, our first action was mapping all the health facilities in ward no 30. As we did the mapping we found two government facilities in the area. One...

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CP or CP? Community participation or Corridors of power

A recent visit to the offices of the local government health offices and the tertiary level hospitals confirmed what I had suspected for ages, after working in the field of public health for over two decades. There are two key reasons why our public health system is...

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How quality health care services is possible for all?

Just want to share some of my feelings/observations during my two weeks visits to these hospitals for my parent’s treatment: Sl.No Karnataka Institute of Diabetology St.John's Medical College Hospital 1   Well management of   crowded patient Very crowded but well...

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How difficult was it to see working anganawadi!

IPH has been working in KG Halli in order to improve quality of healthcare for people living in this ward since last 3 years.In order to achieve this, IPH aims to work with healthcare providers (government and private), authorities (councilor, health department,...

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May be it was dead before seeing the world.

It is more than, two months since, I had an opportunity to stay overnight in a tertiary government hospital in Bangalore.  This is the storey of what I observed that night at a labor ward. It was a night of the August 23, 2011. If the nurses and doctors had listened...

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Why are government doctors afraid of pregnant women?

Context – Monthly taluk meeting of all government medical officers (MOs) in the taluk. The MOs were asked for their suggestions to strengthen the health services in their taluk. Among various issues raised, one issue was about the lack of obstetric services at the...

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