CTRITH – Online webinar on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

CTRITH – Online webinar on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

On 9th August 2022, Institute of Public Health Bengaluru under the initiative Centre for Training, Research, and Innovation in Tribal Health(CTRITH) and Jilla Budakattu Girijana Abhvriddhi Sangha, Chamarajanagar District had jointly organized an online webinar on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples focusing on the theme of the year “The role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge: Local context”.

Three women representatives/community leaders from 3 different local Adivasi communities participated as speakers and Dr. Prashanth N S moderated the session. Smt. Gouramma from Iruliga Community, Ramanagar District, Smt. Puttamma from Solega Community Chamarajanagar District and Ms.Susheela from Koraga community, Udupi District participated and shared the rich culture and practices among their society and shed light on the role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge. The event was well attended by individuals and people working on tribal health, researchers, PhD students from various institutions.

ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಹಾಗೂ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟು ಗಿರಿಜನ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘ, ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ ಜಂಟಿಯಾಗಿ ವಿಶ್ವ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ದಿನದ ಅಂಗವಾಗಿ ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 9ರಂದು ಸೆಂಟರ್ ಫಾರ್ ಟ್ರೈನಿಂಗ್ ರಿಸರ್ಚ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಇನ್ನೋವೇಶನ್ ಇನ್ ಟ್ರೈಬಲ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್(CTRITH) ಯೋಜನೆಯಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆನ್ಲೈನ್ ವೆಬಿನಾರ್ ಒಂದನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತು. “ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಜನರ ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ಜ್ಞಾನದ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಸರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಪಾತ್ರ” ಎಂಬ ವಿಶೇಷ ವಿಷಯದ ಕುರಿತು ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಮೂವರು ಮಹಿಳಾ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು/ಸಮುದಾಯ ಮುಖಂಡರು ಭಾಷಣಕಾರರಾಗಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು ಮತ್ತು ಡಾ. ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಎನ್.ಎಸ್., ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟರು. ರಾಮನಗರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಇರುಳಿಗ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ. ಗೌರಮ್ಮ, ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಸೋಲಿಗ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ. ಪುಟ್ಟಮ್ಮ ಹಾಗೂ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಕೊರಗ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಕು. ಸುಶೀಲಾ ರವರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಮುದಾಯದಲ್ಲಿನ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಮತ್ತು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಆಚರಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡರಲ್ಲದೇ, ಸಾಂಪ್ರದಾಯಿಕ ಜ್ಞಾನದ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರಸರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳೇನು ಎಂಬುದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೆಳಕು ಚೆಲ್ಲಿದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳು, ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಮುಖಂಡರು, ತಜ್ಞರು, ಸಂಶೋಧಕರು, ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ಪಿಎಚ್‌ಡಿ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು, ಮತ್ತಿತರರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು.

ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದ ರೆಕಾರ್ಡಿಂಗ್ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ:
Here is the recording of the webinar available to watch:

In a first for Karnataka, a community-based research center on tribal health launched in Chamarajanagar on 08 June 2022

In a first for Karnataka, a community-based research center on tribal health launched in Chamarajanagar on 08 June 2022

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The Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru along with J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, and Indian Institute of Public Health, Bangalore launched a 5-year research initiative on tribal health supported by the DBT / Wellcome Trust India Alliance and in collaboration with the Chamarajanagar District Health & Family Welfare Department, Scheduled Tribes Welfare Department and the Zilla Budakattu Girijana Abhivriddhi Sangha, a collective of the Solega Adivasi community. The center includes research, innovation, and training on genetic diseases and hemoglobinopathies.

Charulata Somal, District Collector, who launched the Center for Training, Research and Innovation on Tribal Health (CTRITH), a first-of-its-kind in the state, noted that the Central and State Governments have organized many programs for the eradication of malnutrition, yet there is concern on malnutrition in tribal communities. She expressed hope that the initiative could bring about changes in tribal health. The new project will benefit the Adivasi communities of Chamarajanagar and the state and she assured the support of the district administration.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Prashanth N S, Assistant Director at the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, noted that CTRITH would help understand the underlying causes of malnutrition and addiction disorders among Adivasi communities, and come up with appropriate guidelines for implementation and action. The program was attended by representatives from over 100 hamlets across 5 taluks and the taluka solega abhivruddhi sangha representatives.

The program was chaired by Dr. C Madegowda, Secretary of the Zilla Budakattu Girijana Abhivruddhi Sangha. He notes that research findings should not be limited to the advancement of the researcher but should reach the lowest level of the community and its benefits should be beneficial to the development of the community.

The Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, Dr. Suresh Shapeti recalled his tenure as the District Health Officer of Chamarajangar and noted the need for cooperation across various government departments and partnerships with NGOs and civil society.  

Dr. Deepa Bhat spoke on behalf of J.S.S. Medical College, and explained the importance of community involvement, explaining for action on sickle-cell anemia and other hemoglobinopathies. 

Dr. Vishweshwariah, the District Health and Family Welfare Officer, Dr. G M Sanjeev, Director and Dean of the Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS), Dr. Mahesh from CIMS, Manjula, District Tribal Welfare Officer, Dr. M Jadegowda, President of Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra addressed the gathering and wished the program success.  

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Women’s day celebration at IPH field station

Women’s day celebration at IPH field station

ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 8 2021, ಬಿಳಿರಂಗನ ಬೆಟ್ಟ : ಸೋಲಿಗ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಬಿಳಿರಂಗನ ಬೆಟ್ಟ, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟು ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘ (ರಿ), ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮತ್ತು ವಿವೇಕಾನಂದ ಗಿರಿಜನ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಇದರ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸೋಲಿಗ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ರಂಗಮ್ಮ ನಾಗರಾಜ್ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು. ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್. ತಾನ್ಯ, ಅಂತರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆಯ ಮಹತ್ವವನ್ನು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು, ಡಾ. ಸಿ ಮಾದೇಗೌಡರು ಮಹಿಳೆಯ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆಯ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಅನಾದಿಕಾಲದಿಂದಲೂ ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪುರುಷರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಸಮಾನರು, ಆದರೆ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಕಾಲಘಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಸಮುದಾಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವುದು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಾಗಿ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಇದರ ಸಹಾಯಕ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರಾದ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ , ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರಿಗೆ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಹಿಳಾ ದಿನದ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಶುಭ ಹಾರೈಸಿದರು, ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಶುಭಹಾರೈಸಿದರು, ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟು ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಸಿ ಮಾದೇವ್, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಮಾಜಿ ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಕೆತಮ್ಮ, ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಯೋಗೀಶ್, ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಮಾನಸ, ಮಹಂತೇಶ್ ಇತರರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು, ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಮಹಾದೇವಮ್ಮ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ನಿರೂಪಿಸಿ ವಂದಿಸಿದರು.

ಪೋಡುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮಧ್ಯಪಾನ ಮತ್ತು ಧೂಮಪಾನ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುತ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇದರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಜಾಗ್ರತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಚರ್ಚೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು.

Planetary Health Interpretation Centre In Pakke Tiger Reserve

Planetary Health Interpretation Centre In Pakke Tiger Reserve

As part of the THETA project (Towards Health Equity & Transformative Action on tribal health), India Alliance fellow Dr Prashanth N Srinivas and his team at IPH Bengaluru plan to set up a Planetary Health Interpretation Centre in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India, in collaboration with faculty from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, key government officials from the Pakke Tiger Reserve Forest Department and community actors living around the tiger reserve.

The initiative will build on the results of the THETA study that examined health inequalities in communities living around Pakke Tiger Reserve in western Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. A participatory and community-based planetary health interpretation engagement shall begin with the establishment of a centre housed within the tiger reserve administration where people can learn about public health and the natural world and understand the close interactions between these.

‘Planetary Health’ revolves around the relationship between humanity and the natural environment as a sustainable life support system, that is built upon a community of practice of planetary education, research and policy. The engagement shall be a two-objective process of co-creating a planetary health centre and institutionalizing it through building a local network of people who shall make use of the platform for community-based engagement on various aspects of improving health and wellness of local communities.

For more details on the center, Click HERE to see.

Dr. Prashanth N S invited to join the governing council of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Dr. Prashanth N S invited to join the governing council of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Dr. Prashanth N S, Faculty and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Fellow has been invited as a member of the Governing Council of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) as a co-opted member for a term. Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp aims at the advancement and spread of the sciences that contribute to tropical medicine and to public health in developing countries, inclusive of their global dimensions.

GreenHub Dialogues on COVID-19, OneHealth and health inequities with Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas

GreenHub Dialogues on COVID-19, OneHealth and health inequities with Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas

Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas Faculty and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance fellow at the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, participated in the GreenHub Dialogues series of webinar focusing on COVID-19.

The conversation is moderated by Shibani Chaudhury of GreenHub. Prashanth reflects on the wider systemic issues that is shaping the COVID-19 response particularly drawing from the OneHealth, social determinants of health and health inequities in India. The dialogues are expected to make us question our choices; rethink our responses; recalibrate ideas of equity, sustainability and health. And crucially, remind ourselves that humans are a subset of nature, not vice versa. He also talks about the preparedness of the community during the COVID-19 disaster (See IPH’s COVID-19 response and our efforts to improve PHC preparedness here- https://iphindia.org/iph-contributing-to-fight-covid-19/