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In search of Indian medical education

In search of Indian medical education

The most exciting day of my undergraduate life at medical college was the day when I put the stethoscope on a patient’s chest and asked ‘can you take a deep breath’. Through the years at college, life completely revolved around patients and their diseases. In fact,...

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Who decides when WIFE becomes MOTHER???

Another day in the field, accompanied by community health assistants (CHA) we started walking under burning sun for house visit. We visited few houses and left with many questions. But one of the issues made me think who decides when wife becomes mother?? CHA’s took...

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Drug situation in Tumkur district 2010 -11

Government hospitals in Tumkur district are facing shortages of drugs today. This was an issue that emerged during a recent field visit to the district in mid-April by the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru. While most primary health centres and taluka...

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Latest Publication

A critique of Draft National Health Research Policy 2011     Health systems research and the Gadchiroli debate: a plea for universal and equitable ethics     Good governance in health care: the Karnataka experience     Health Financing:...

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A New Beginning …..

On a busy OPD day, a surprise visit by the supervisor was least expected. Pushing away all the regular responsibilities of the day, the Primary Health Centre Medical Officer [PHC MO], for the next few hours had to devote all his time and attention answering queries of...

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Reflections from the field

Another day of immense learning and many unanswered questions in mind!!! My brief today in KG Halli as part of the urban health team was to help one of my colleagues, unravel the tangle she found herself in……this time thanks to our training and interventions in the...

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My illness is not cured, I don’t know what to do, where to go?

My illness is not cured, I don’t know what to do, where to go?

This is the story of Munithayamma, a 35-year-old woman from Devanahalli village near Bangalore. She has no to formal education and her family is below poverty line. She is also a part of the dairy cooperative. Membership of the cooperative society automatically enrols her in the Yeshashvini Health Insurance Scheme while being a Below Poverty Line

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Misconceptions: In one’s head, and around………..

Yesterday I set off to train Health workers at KG Halli – a clean and bright training centre in the midst of a large slum. The health workers were enthusiastic and raring to go. I started off – slowly, testing their knowledge and understanding. They seemed keen to...

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Piliagamma

Every year the residents of Adugodi celebrate the festival of Piliagamma in the month of February. The menu of the day in all the homes is strictly non vegetarian.Since 3 years of being married into this part of the city, I have been an active part of the event...

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The intellectual rationale for inhuman medical practices

The intellectual rationale for inhuman medical practices

Doctors have long since moved from the realms of godliness and humaneness to a cut-throat competitiveness for power, money and position. To be ill in current times when one is poor amounts to nothing more than gross stupidity. Only a very, very stupid poor person...

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A powerful experience!!!

IPH’s urban health team has begun the training of community health workers. This is a three month training. Classroom sessions will be three days a week alternated with field exercises. The objective of the training is to prepare community members to become community...

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Our first footsteps – Multilingual Training in KG Halli!!

Our first footsteps – Multilingual Training in KG Halli!!

12th July felt like an important morning, as we wended our way to the IPH community centre in Tannery road, inaugurating the training for the seven new health worker-trainees from the locality. Last week the meetings had finalized the participants,  so when only four...

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Self-motivation a demotivator?

Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow, And everywhere that Mary went, The lamb was sure to go……. What if one day the lamb decided not to follow Mary? Would it be a crime? A major part of most individual’s lives is spent on FOLLOWING orders, ADHERING to...

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An Unforgettable Journey

An Unforgettable Journey

The most common reaction of laymen is that of raised eyebrows when you announce that you have a degree from the west. Having been through various such acquaintances, I was shocked when a colleague of mine, at a new course I was pursing, remarked ‘what’s there in a...

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Follow the leader…

Follow the leader…

The auditorium at Tumkur was abuzz with expectation. The district and sub-district health officials from the government health services had congregated for a training session organised by Swasthya Karnataka on administrative procedures. The resource person for the day...

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Notes from distant Bilaspur

Notes from distant Bilaspur

On a recent visit to Chattisgarh, I had the opportunity of visiting the Jan Swasthya Sangha (JSS). This is a NGO launched by doctors in 1999. Currently there are 5 doctor couples and between them, they cover the following specialities - Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery,...

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life in a district hospital through the eyes of the CHD

life in a district hospital through the eyes of the CHD

The Institute of Public Health has taken on the responsibility of running a Citizens Help Desk (CHD) in the district hospitals of Bijapur and Bagalkot in North Karnataka. These CHDs are part of the innovations under the National Rural Health Mission.

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Why are my patients not happy with my hospital?

Why are my patients not happy with my hospital?

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Jiddu Krishnamurti Gubbi is a small town in Tumkur district in Southern Karnataka. Gubbi Veeranna, one of the well-known theatre personalities from Karnataka who started the first Kannada...

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Micro health insurance in India

Full Citation: Devadasan N, Nagpal S. Perspectives and prospects in micro health insurance: the Indian scenario. IRDA Journal 2007; 5(12):12-17Year: 2007 Type: Journal Abstract: Not available Availability: Available full text at IRDA Journal

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Improving quality of life of adivasi people

Full Citation: Devadasan R, Devadasan N. A better quality of life? The Hindu - Sunday Magazine July 16, 2000 Year: 2000 Type: Magazine Abstract: Not available Availability: To download full text* click here *For personal use only, not for commercial dissemination.

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