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-

IPH contributing to fight COVID-19

IPH contributing to fight COVID-19


A novel coronavirus was detected in December 2019 in the Wuhan city of China which spread rapidly not only in China but also to more than 100 countries within a span of 3 months. The coronavirus, officially named as SARS CoV 2, causes COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019). While the SARS CoV 2 infection leads to mild infection in the majority of the people, it has a reported fatality ranging from 1-6 %. As on date 27th March, 4,65,915 cases have been reported across the globe while more than 21,000 deaths have occured.

A complete lockdown was announced in India on 24th March which will last for 21 days. By 27th March, India has already reported more than 700 COVID-19 cases.

IPH, Bengaluru is contributing to fight this pandemic in the following ways:

  • Providing on-demand technical assistance to health and other departments at district (Chamarajnagar), state (Karnataka) and national levels 
  • Building internal capacity to ensure appropriate and accurate information dissemination on COVID-19 through our official social media channels and website

Preparedness Resources for primary health centers

In response to an open call by Dr. Prashanth N S (Faculty at IPH, Bangalore) for developing tools for Primary Health Care workers, many public health experts got together to form the COVID-19 PHC Action Group. They remotely collaborated for creating resources including a checklist for PHC doctors/supervisors and frontline health workers in urban and rural/community health settings. Over a period of 48 hours in late March 2020, the resource was developed and shared with multiple state government agencies for adaptation and dissemination. The resource collates in one place authentic information from Government agencies and other sources of scientific evidence.  The resources are available below for download and dissemination

Collation of resources for authentic information on COVID-19.

The latest research on COVID-19 and SARS CoV 2.

Guidance material for health professional 

Current global situation and latest updates

Resources for citizens, hospitals, state departments and awareness materials from Government of India 

Information for general public from WHO 

Other authentic and useful resources

IPH seminar: Exploring self-reliance for primary healthcare among families and communities using traditional medicine in Karnataka and Kerala

IPH seminar: Exploring self-reliance for primary healthcare among families and communities using traditional medicine in Karnataka and Kerala

Shivanand S, PhD Scholar at TDU and IPH, will be presenting a seminar titled “Exploring self-reliance for primary healthcare among families and communities using traditional medicine in Karnataka and Kerala.” This is the study topic of Shivanand’s PhD. This study will be carried out in H D Kote (Karnataka) and Aluva (Kerala). He will be exploring factors which influence self-reliance while using traditional medicine at household and community level for primary healthcare. The study will use case study method and it is intended to develop self-reliance framework. The framework will be rooted in community health projects for its applicability.

You are invited to attend the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom using the link below


       Shivanand S



PhD Scholar, TDU and IPH


      12 March-2020


3:30 pm – 4.30 pm


Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದ 25ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವ

ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದ 25ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವ

ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬ ದಿನಾಂಕ 28/02/2020 ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಹನೂರು ತಾಲೂಕು ಪೊನ್ನಾಚಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋಲಿಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಘದ 25ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವವನ್ನು ಶಾಸಕರಾದ ಆರ್ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು. ಉದ್ಘಾಟನಾ ಭಾಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಹತ್ವ ನೀಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ವರಿಷ್ಠಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಆನಂದ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ ಮದ್ಯಪಾನ ಮತ್ತು ಗಾಂಜಾ ಸೇವನೆಯಿಂದ ಬಲಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳು 60 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಬದುಕುವುದು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಇಂಥ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪೋಡುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮದ್ಯ ಮಾರಾಟ ಮತ್ತು ಗಾಂಜಾ ಸೇವನೆ ತಡೆಗಟ್ಟುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟುನಿಟ್ಟಿನ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವಂತೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಶಿಬಿರಗಳನ್ನು ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಈ ಶಿಬಿರದಲ್ಲಿ 250ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸಮುದಾಯ ಬಾಂಧವರು ತಮ್ಮ ದೇಹದ ತೂಕದ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ, ಎತ್ತರ ಹಾಗೂ ಹಿಮಗ್ಲೋಬಿನ್, ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಕಾಯಿಲೆ ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಉಚಿತ ತಪಾಸಣೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಯಿತು. ಈ ಶಿಬಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಸಹನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಯೋಗೇಶ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ವರ್ಗದವರು ಸಹಕರಿಸಿದರು. ಹಾಗೆ ಸಂಜೆ ನಡೆದ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ವರ್ಗದವರಿಂದ ಕುಡಿತದಿಂದ ಆಗುವ ದುಷ್ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳು ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಿರು ನಾಟಕ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ ಮಾಡಿ ಸಮುದಾಯದವರಿಗೆ ಅರಿವು ಮೂಡಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.

ಎರಡನೇ ದಿನದ ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಹದೇವಯ್ಯ ಸಮುದಾಯ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಪ್ರಬಂಧ ಮಂಡನೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಈ ಪ್ರಬಂಧ ಮಂಡನೆಗೆ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಇದರ ಸಹ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರಾದ ಡಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಸಹಕರಿಸಿದರು.

This event was part of public engagement activities planned under Towards Health Equity & Transformative Action on Tribal Health (THETA) project under the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Fellowship to Dr. Prashanth N S

IPH Annual day oration 2019

IPH Annual day oration 2019

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.

31st National Road Safety Week – January 2020

31st National Road Safety Week – January 2020

1.5 lakh lives are lost every year and many more are debilitated on Indian roads due to road crashes. This causes the families of victims with immense economic hardship and emotional trauma. According to the WHO reports, road crashes are one of the leading cause of deaths among the youth between the ages of 5-29 in India and worldwide.

To make our roads safe for all road users and to reduce the crash rates, every year “National Road Safety Week” is observed throughout the country. The focus of the activities of this week is to create more awareness among road users about the road safety and to emphasize good road using practices.

To observe this year’s 31st National Road Safety Week, Institute of Public Health in association with HKBK Group of institutions and Indian Degree College under banner of Safer roads Bengaluru initiative organised a bunch of activities from 14th to 17th of Jan 2020 at our selected stretch of road in Bengaluru. Signature campaign #IResolve4RoadSafety, Quiz on road safety for public and college students, Human chains at major junctions are the main activities among all other activities.

We were at all major junctions of the selected stretch of road from Hebbal to K R Puram throughout the Road Safety Week. A signature wall with student volunteers was present at all the junctions seeking public commitment for road safety. Around 3000 people committed for safer road usage through signing on our campaign wall.
Quiz on road safety witnessed more than 5000 participation. Winners of the quiz were awarded with a ISI marked 2-wheeler helmets by #SaferroadsBLR initiative. We also engaged people through our social media platform Facebook and twitter for the broader reach.