Keynote speakers for this year’s edition of EPHP have been confirmed. We have dynamic and experienced public health researchers attending to share and discuss about equity in healthcare, intersectoral action in health. Dr Abdul Ghaffar, executive director of WHO Alliance, will also be present and share his 30 years ofexperience in public health research. Presenters from different healthcare research backgrounds will be presenting on this year’s theme for EPHP 2016. To know more click here
As the early bird registrations are nearing a close, we are pleased to announce that out of 110 abstracts that we have received from various parts of India, a total of 57 have been shortlisted. In this, 51 are oral while 6 are poster presentations which closely provide insight into the themes of this year’s EPHP conference, “Equity in health and healthcare, From better knowledge to improved policies and practice and Intersectoral action for health”.
Shortly, the keynote speakers list will be shared along with the tentative schedule. So, do register soon and be a part of this larger public health network!
With a broad theme of ‘Equitable India: All for Health and Wellbeing’, the 3rd edition of EPHP will focus on three major thematic areas: ‘equity in health and healthcare’; ‘intersectoral action for health’; and ‘from better knowledge to improved policies and practice’. For details about EPHP 2016 and the thematic areas please see here. We are pleased to invite proposals from institutions/individuals for organized sessions as part of the EPHP 2016. We have limited space for upto six sessions that closely fit the thematic areas. These sessions will run concurrently with other planned sessions of the conference.
The proposal, written in MS Word format with no more than 1000 words, shall have following details:
Session title (upto 15 words)
Session objectives and overview (upto 250 words)
Brief profiles and contact details of session organizer and contributors/speakers (provide weblinks to detailed profiles wherever available) (upto 250 words)
Description: Summary of contributions, target audience, significance/relation to selected thematic area(s), suggested format, role of contributors, moderation/management approach.
Each abstract will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee based on:
Relevance to conference theme and thematic areas
Technical merit and clarity of proposal
Engagement of policy-makers and civil society groups
Potential for active involvement by audience
The proposals shall be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘proposal for organized session at EPHP 2016’ in the subject line latest by January 20, 2015. For queries, write to email@example.com or call 80-26421929.
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Health and environment are very closely linked. However, health and environmental problems are often separately framed and studied by researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Debates in both these topics often marginally mention about the intricacies of the other and public discourses often do not borrow enough from the decades of research and practice in these disciplines.
In order to explore broadly the various kinds of linkages between the two, IPH hosted a public health seminar called “Joining the dots: Health and Environment”. The event began with a video-talk by environment and wildlife filmmaker Mr. Kalyan Varma who shared the story of the grasslands, wolves and the nomadic Dhangar community of Maharashtra. His talk set the scene for the comments and discussions that followed from panelists. Dr. TR Shankar Raman from Nature Conservation Foundation discussed several instances of intersections between health and environment including human-wildlife conflicts and use of harmful agrochemicals. Ms. Aruna Chandrasekhar focussed on affected communities along mining projects and the fallout of corporate activities for human and environmental health. Dr. Aditya Pradyumna of SOCHARA shared his own journey as a researcher intersecting human and environmental health and discussed the ethics and value-systems that can form barriers. Dr. Neethi V Rao of IPH summed up the narratives of the other panellists and emphasized the immediacy and relevance of these intersections even among the primarily urban, educated audience of the seminar. These preliminary comments were followed by open discussion on the various common conversations between health and environment. Dr. Prashanth NS of IPH moderated the proceedings.
An estimated 60% of all deaths in 2014 in India were due to non- communicable diseases (NCD). NCDs are estimated to cost INR 126 trillion to Indian economy from now through 2030- almost 35 times the country’s annual health expenditure.The Government of India has responded to the threat of NCDs with the National Program for prevention and control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) and a national monitoring framework for prevention and control of NCDs. The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Government of India) is facilitating development of a National Multisectoral Action Plan for prevention and control of NCDs in India. The National Multisectoral Action Plan (2014-2020) is meant to provide clear direction and a holistic approach by catalyzing partnerships with non-health stakeholders to integrate NCD prevention strategies.
In this context, the Institute of Public Health (IPH) recently assisted WHO, India in carrying out a rapid health impact assessment of policies of select government sectors for their potential impacts on prevention and control of NCDs. The health impact assessment is one of the tools to actualize health-in-all-policies approach and understand/address social determinants of health – that are often out of traditionally conceived ‘health sector’.
The next public health seminar is aimed at sharing findings of the rapid health impact assessment of policies of the four central government ministries (ministry of rural development; ministry of commerce and industry; ministry of food processing industry; ministry of environment, forests and climate change) with regard to NCDs. The intention is to share the findings but also take the discourse forward on broader whole-of-government multisectoral approach to heath in general and for prevention and control of NCDs in particular.