IPH at a Global Tobacco Meet

IPH at a Global Tobacco Meet

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the World’s first ever global treaty on health. Several countries have ratified the treaty that aims to reduce tobacco use and the related health burden globally. India was among the earlier countries to sign and ratify the treaty. The treaty negotiation happens through a conference of parties that meet periodically. The last (8th) session of the conference of parties happened in Geneva. Upendra Bhojani of the Institute of Public Health (IPH) participated in the session as a civil society observer. He represented the Framework Convention Alliance, a global alliance of civil society organizations interested in ensuring better implementation of the WHO FCTC. Upendra worked as part of a team from the Department of Anthropology, Durham University doing event ethnography of the session of the Conference of the Parties.

Unpacking Interventions

Unpacking Interventions

Dr. Pragati Hebbar will be presenting a seminar on the topic ‘Unpacking implementation’.

As part of her early career Wellcome trust/ DBT India Alliance fellowship she is undertaking an ‘Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India’. One of the first steps in this endeavor is to unpack ‘implementation’ and related concepts/models/theories/frameworks and define it for this project purpose. Through this seminar she would like to share her readings and thoughts on the topic of implementation and garner feedback into how she has situated the same in her work.

Speaker

Dr. Pragati Hebbar
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Affiliation

IPH Faculty

Date

31-January-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

Mapping parliamentarians who are concerned about tobacco

Mapping parliamentarians who are concerned about tobacco

This project aimed to map and analyse the elected representatives of Indian parliament,who participated in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha debates and also raised queries about tobacco.

Speaker

Abirami Kaliyaperumal

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Affiliation

IPH Intern

Date

26-October-2018

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Tenth webinar in the Equilogues series

Tenth webinar in the Equilogues series

Institute of Public Health Bengaluru is pleased to announce the tenth webinar in the Equilogues series which was started by the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology as part of their projet Closing the Gap: Health Equity Research Initiative in India. Please find attached the webinar announcement for the same.

Theme: Inclusion of minorities in public services in India

Upendra Bhojani at the Institute of Public Health (Bengaluru) led the India part of a multi-country collaborative project that aimed at building local network of researchers/practitioners/policymakers that can address social inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities in public services. Drawing on the findings from a scoping review of literature and a series of stakeholders consultations in Karnataka, he will briefly highlight the role of inclusive policies (esp in areas of education, health, governance, employment) in enhancing inclusion of minorities as well as gaps in our knowledge.

About the Speaker:

Upendra Bhojani is a Faculty and Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellow at the Institute of Public health, Bengaluru (IPH). He graduated as a dentist and did his postgraduate and doctoral degree in public health. He has been with IPH for over 10 years now and currently leads a Cluster on Chronic Health Conditions and Public Policy. His research and advocacy interests include non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, intersectoral actions for health, health equity and governance.

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Affiliation

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Date

25-Oct-2018

Time

11.00 Am – 12.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public health
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India

Implementation research for taking tobacco control policy interventions to scale in India

Tobacco kills approximately six million people globally and over one million adults in India each year. In India, a comprehensive tobacco control law the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 exists. However, the implementation remains sub-optimal. COTPA has worked in some places/contexts/settings and not in others. From a policy and implementation perspective, it is crucial to systematically understand how and why the implementation of this law has occurred. By doing this, we will improve our knowledge of implementing effective tobacco control policies (TCPs) as well as identify system-wide implementation bottlenecks that could affect other sectors like pharmaceutical/food. I aim to improve the implementation of TCP in India by describing and explaining the why and how of its implementation across Indian states. Some of the hypotheses include: a) Champions at either political or bureaucratic level facilitate policy making and implementation process b) Implementation is weakened when restrictive mandates are provided to departments who are not involved in punitive action. The study will be conducted in five phases using quantitative and qualitative methods to map implementation landscape and using theory-driven inquiry to draw lessons. The purpose of this seminar is to seek suggestions to improve the proposal and shape the work that I will be doing over the next 5 years as part of my early career India Alliance fellowship.

Speaker

Pragati Hebbar

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

16-August-2018

Time

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085

Deciphering an epidemic of epic proportion: the role of state and tobacco industry in tobacco control in post-liberalized India (1990-2017)

Deciphering an epidemic of epic proportion: the role of state and tobacco industry in tobacco control in post-liberalized India (1990-2017)

In this seminar, Upendra Bhojani will present an overview of the research he aims to conduct as part of the India Alliance fellowship for the next 5 years. The purpose is to seek comments/suggestions/critique for refining the proposal. About 3500 Indians die every day due to tobacco-attributable illnesses. Despite several regulatory measures, there has been a marginal decline in tobacco use in the last two decades. In fact, since 1990s, tobacco production and sales have increased. Therefore, this research aims to understand the role played by the state policies (related to tobacco) and the tobacco industry actions during 1990-2017. I will conduct the study in three phases. In Phase-1, I will map public policies related to tobacco in this period. In will use quantitative data to explore associations between the tobacco policies and the trends in tobacco production and consumption. In phase-2 I will use qualitative data to understand how the tobacco industry actors influence tobacco policies in India. How do governments in India respond to the industry influence as well as their own varying (often conflicting) interests in tobacco? Based on these insights, in the phase-3, I will select ten Indian states: five positive (significant decline in tobacco prevalence over time) and five negative (status quo or increase in tobacco prevalence) cases. I will use qualitative comparative analysis to understand the combinations of measures (policies, implementation, tobacco industry) that best explain a significant reduction in tobacco use prevalence.

Speaker

Upendra Bhojani

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

09-August-2018

Time

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
#250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross,
Girinagar Ist  Phase,
Bengaluru – 560085