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Opinion piece by Upendra Bhojani and Werner Soors about nursing and midwifery in India

Opinion piece by Upendra Bhojani and Werner Soors about nursing and midwifery in India

The Times of India carried an opinion piece by Dr. Upendra Bhojani of Institute of Public Health and Dr. Werner Soors of Institute of Tropical Medicine on situation of nursing and midwifery in India. They were quoted in stories that appeared in Times of India as part of their coverage following the International Nurse Day.
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Press conference urging the government for stronger road safety laws

Press conference urging the government for stronger road safety laws

Road safety-Pragati
Institute of Public Health jointly addressed a press conference along with the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and Red Cross Society.
All the speakers urged the empowered group of ministers (EGOM) and centre to pass a strong road safety law at the earliest. While doing so they shared their experiences from different perspectives Noted Spine Surgeon Dr. Subodh Shetty shared the physical emotional as well as financial burden that road crash survivors face drawing from his experience in private and government practice. Dr. Kripa Alva, Photo 2head of KSCPCR spoke about the importance of paying particular attention to child safety issues and also shared the letter she had sent to Mr. Yoonus Khan Chairman of the EGOM. Whereas Mr. S Ashok Kumar Shetty, the General Secretary of the Karnataka chapter of the Red Cross spoke on post crash issues and importance of spreading awareness among children and youth. Dr. Pragati Hebbar, Advocacy Officer, IPH  moderated the discussion and spoke from a public health perspective giving the data on Karnataka and Bengaluru specific statistics.  


Links to some of the coverage of the press conference.
01. The Times of India, 

Make stronger laws for road safety, child rights and health experts urge govt

02. Deccan Herald
Health experts want law to reduce road accidents


03. DNA
Bengaluru: Child rights and health experts want strong road safety law

04. The Times of India
Child safety should be focus of National transport policy: KSCPCR
05. The New Indian Express
Child Rights panel for strict road safety regulations
06. B First(Online)
07. Pocket News Alert(Online)
“Not everyone can afford to fight chronic diseases” – article published in “The Hindu”

“Not everyone can afford to fight chronic diseases” – article published in “The Hindu”

KGhalli-article in hindu

IPH, Urban Health Team is working since last six years to improve quality of care for the residents of KG Halli, ward number 30. We have conducted baseline census in 2009 and follow up survey in 2013. The findings from this study and the challenges faced by the poor people in the community to manage chronic disease (Diabetes, HYpertension, etc.,) is featured in the news paper article.

This is one of the findings of a six-year survey in Kadugondanahalli

Yasmin (45), who lives in a crowded colony in Kadugondanahalli (K.G. Halli), had to have her leg amputated due to uncontrolled diabetes. The reason: she was not regular with medicines for years due to ignorance about the possible complications that could arise.

Her neighbour Husseinbi (60) has been suffering from hypertension for 12 years. She spends anywhere between Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 every month on medicines. Her husband is an auto driver.

For people from low-income families suffering diseases like hypertension and diabetes, a major component of their income goes to buying medicines. A study by the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru, shows that many choose to forgo treatment, going to the doctor only when complications arise. The study has been published in BMC Public Health, an open access peer-reviewed journal. It covered patients in K.G. Halli from 2009 to 2015.

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KG halli- Health Screening

KG halli- Health Screening

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IPH Preventive Health Project- conducted screening in collaboration with SHCI and San Engineering Locomotive Ltd.

On 20th APril, 2016, IPH in collaboration with Sarvagna Health Care Institute and San Engineering Locomotive Ltd, conducted screening for diabetes and hypertension at  Parijatha School, BM Layout, KG Halli.


The art of data collection in health system research

The art of data collection in health system research

meena's blog on health system researchThe art of data collection in health system research: Lessons learned from the field.

Data collection is the most important aspect any research endeavour. Poor quality of the data will have impact on the results of the research study.Therefore it is vital for the researchers to adopt appropriate data collection methods to ensure quality data.Here is a blog by Meena Putturaj which highlights the practicalities of data collection in health systems research based on the field experiences.

Data collection is a crucial aspect of any research project. Depending on the nature and scope of the research question, collecting quality data requires considerable investment of time and resources. Indeed, any research endeavour is handicapped without the relevant data.

During a recent health systems research project, I had to collect a lot of information from government agencies, which turned out to be no cake walk. There were occasions when I had to wait for hours at a time to collect documents, to meet officials, and to conduct interviews. Those waiting periods gave me sufficient time to observe and reflect on the functioning of some of the government agencies in India.

Health systems research often requires data from, and cooperation by, the state sector authorities. So, as a rule of thumb, the health systems researchers work closely with government officials and will require data from them, the interpretation of which might reflect negatively upon those state sector authorities. This can, I think, make some officials and other employees feel that they are being cross examined or interrogated when researchers go to collect data from them. The various situations that I’ve been in while collecting data from government officials have enabled me to develop skills to deal with this tension and the struggle of getting relevant data. The following strategies have worked well for me while trying to obtain data:

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