IPH Annual Day 2019

IPH Annual Day 2019

On August 30th 2019 IPH celebrated its annual day marking the completion of 14 years in the field of public health. The day began with presentations from the four research clusters sharing of learning and reflections by teams. It was an opportunity for new staff, interns and Fulbright fellows to be acquainted with the range of research, education and public and policy engagement activities at IPH, and an opportunity for all present to take stock of the progress made by IPH this year. The education team took IPH down memory lane with lively anecdotes and stories from how the eLearning team started with 1 – 2 people and has now grown to cater to national and international audiences. Dr. Sarin and Dr. Prashanth NS designed and facilitated a public health quiz, encouraging participants to rack their brain cells and use their crystallised and fluid intelligence to answer riddles and questions about pioneers in the field of public health and key events and decisions that have shaped the field of public health.

Public health enthusiasts, former colleagues and well-wishers joined us for the public event – “IPH Annual Day oration series” organized in the evening. The event started off with a short message from Dr. Devadasan, Founder of IPH, to welcome everyone and reflect on the growth and progress of IPH. His address was followed by a testimonial video of partners, collaborators and well-wishers of IPH instilling inspiration in the staff and appreciating the partnership with IPH.

The speaker for the IPH Annual Day oration series was Dr. Ravi Narayan, with a lecture titled “Can floor moppers become tap turners off? – reflections on a new Public Health Paradigm!’ Dr. Ravi Narayan has been a long-term mentor for individuals at IPH and an inspiration for all those in the field of public health. Over a one-hour lecture, Dr. Narayan elegantly took the audience through his personal journey into the field of health and described how the field has changed over the years. He brought attention to a few grassroots public health movements and initiatives in India that were radical and path breaking. Dr. Narayan encouraged the audience to move beyond thinking solely about primary health care and think carefully about resource limitations, work with local knowledge and think creatively at problem solving. He reminded the audience that the determinants of health are vast: physical, social, mental, economic, political; and thus it is important for doctors and public health professionals to change their focus and consider ways to turn the tap off.

The day ended with a music performance by an extremely talented young artist, Samarth R. Samarth is a young Carnatic singer and his strong voice echoed through the auditorium, briefly making the audience forget the time. The director of IPH, Dr. Upendra Bhojani closed the annual day with a vote of thanks, thanking everyone for their enthusiastic participation and making the time to be part of our celebration. The day ended with refreshments, chatter and renewed energy to carry forward until the next annual day.

IPH Annual day Oration 2019

IPH Annual day Oration 2019


30th August 2019


4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

IPH has completed 14 incredible years of growth in the field of public health. Our work in the domains of public health research, education and policy engagement continue and we would like to celebrate this with our collaborators, adjunct faculty, honorary associates, ex-employees, well-wishers, staff and others who have been part of this journey.

This milestone would not have been possible without your cooperation and support. Hence the governing board, management and staff of IPH would like to invite you for this year’s edition of our public health oration series – 2019.

The IPH annual day oration is a public event, so please feel free to circulate this invite to those you feel may find it useful. Hoping to see you at the event.

“Can floor moppers become tap turners off? reflection on a new public health paradigm!”

About speaker:

Dr Ravi Narayan explores a journey of nearly five decades which all stated with the stimulus of a refugee camp experience of a medical intern in 1971, followed by a professional journey of academia, research and field practice- in public health and community medicine at St johns- a community oriented medical college in south India till 1983.

In 1984, he along with many colleagues walked out of the confines of a medical college to initiate the CHC and later SOCHARA which very recently has been called a ‘campus without walls’.SOCHARA in today’s terminologies could  be described as an early start up in Community Health which participated in the incubation and evolution of  several innovations including PHM/ JSA/GHW/IPHU/ CHESS/ CFTFK/ AIDAN/DAF-K and so many others.
During this community journey, various milestones have been related to work with the medico friends circle, the community health movement in India; the peoples health movement at global and national level; the National Rural Health Mission; the Public Health Foundation of India;  the Ministry of health and the Planning commission ; the state health policy processes in Karnataka, MP, Jharkhand, Rajasthan ; the Global Forum for Heath Research ; the  Emerging Voices in Health process and so on.

In all these years Dr Ravi has consistently promoted a community health paradigm shift from a bio medically oriented techno – managerial process to a  social/ community oriented  model that  includes- concepts such as  communitization; SEPCE analysis; globalisation of health solidarity from below; social vaccine and so on.


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IPH Annual Day Oration Series

IPH Annual Day Oration Series

“As part of the IPH Annual Day celebrations on September 1 (2018), we launched an IPH Annual Day Oration Series. The purpose of this series is to hear from distinguished professionals and leaders talk about their journey, experiences and perspectives that motivate and inform public health professionals.
We are glad that Sri KV Dhananjay delivered the inaugural IPH Annual Day Oration. He is a distinguished lawyer practising at Supreme Court of India and various High Courts in the country. His areas of practice involve constitutional law, administrative law, tax legislation as well as arbitration and commercial disputes involving a substantial question of law. He takes a keen interest in public health. He provided legal and constitutional perspectives on public health in India, including sharing his experiences of engaging in several public health matters in courts.