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Maastricht University students – Exposure visit to India

Maastricht University students – Exposure visit to India

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The Institute of public health hosted a group of 10 Maastricht University students on an Exposure visit to India program.

The students were participants of the Honours International program at Maastricht university.

The 3 week program from July 11 – July 28 2011 focused on exposing the students to the health system of the country.
The program was directed to equip students with better skills, knowledge and practices about inter country public health sceneries with special focus on the differences between multiple health care systems and also the regional and cultural perspectives.The prime component of the program were exposure to field visits. The students were also provided with theoretical framework/background to link the observations made in the field, much better.
The main topics covered under the program were health care system in India, social determinants of health, communicable and non communicable diseases, child and maternal health care in India, health service organisation, community health and health care financing in India.

Poor malaria care in North-east India

Poor malaria care in North-east India

A Rapid Diagnostics Test for Malaria

Researchers from IPH along with wildlife scientists from National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore and James Cook University in Australia studied the effects of poor malaria care in in and around Pakke Tiger Reserve area in Arunachal Pradesh specifically on wildlife conservation efforts in the area. In a paper published in Biological Conservation, they try to understand how malaria affects services such as park protection in such areas. A policy brief has been prepared based on the findings.

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Human disease hinders anti-poaching efforts in Indian nature reserves

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Where hunting pressure is high, anti-poaching efforts are often crucial for protecting native wildlife populations in nature reserves. However, many reserves suffer from inadequate support and provisioning of staff, especially in developing nations. In Pakke Tiger Reserve in northeastern India, we found that malarial infection is a serious hindrance for front-line patrolling staff that limits the time they can spend in the field. We assessed the consequences of malaria both for local people and park staff in the general region and its indirect effects on wildlife protection. To accomplish this we compiled data from annual epidemiological records of malaria, the number of malaria cases and associated mortality, financial costs, and loss of time spent patrolling. Over a 4-year period (2006–2009), the majority (71%) of forest department staff in Pakke Tiger Reserve suffered from malaria. Malaria treatments cost park managers nearly 3% of their total budget and caused a net loss of 44,160 man hours of anti-poaching effort. The government forest and health departments involved in the employment and health of park staff have separate missions and responsibilities, yet our findings show that a multi-disciplinary approach to conservation is essential to avoid overall systemic failure.


► We examined the effects of malaria on anti-poaching staff and its consequences for park protection. ► We focussed particularly on protected areas in northeastern India that suffer from significant wildlife poaching. ► Malaria had a measurable impact on the health of forest department staff, park budgets, and anti-poaching efforts. ► Simple, short-term measures, such as the distribution of insecticide-treated nets, reduced infection rates among park staff. ► An ultimate solution is to improve health services and ensure better coordination between forest and health services.

Article type Research article

Authors : Velho N, Srinivasan U, Prashanth NS & Laurance WF

Journal: Biological Conservation

Submission date : 18 March 2011

Acceptance date : 4 June 2011

Publication date : 15 July 2011

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Tumkur health status report

Report conceived by Swasthya Karnataka (SK). Prepared by N. Devadasan and Prashanth NS from Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru under the guidance of Swasthya Karnataka team consisting of Centre for Global Health Research, Bengaluru (CGHR), and Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Services, Bengaluru (C-LAMPS), Karuna Trust, Bengaluru (KT), Institute of Health Management Research, Bengaluru (IHMR) and Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH). Report also draws from a draft report of Study of transparency, accountability, and corruption in health care and health system in Tumkur district prepared by CGHR in collaboration with KT in 2009

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Poor malaria care in North-east India

Health Inc. kick-off meeting at London

Health Inc consortiumDr.Devdasan and Dr.Tanya participated in the Health Inc. kick-off meeting at London between 27th and 29th June 2011.
All six partners of the consortium attended this meeting which was held at the London School of Economics.The key issues discussed included the conceptual overview of social exclusion and the overall description of work of Health Inc. focusing on the first year activities.There were also presentations and discussions on the health financing mechanisms and the social exclusion context in Ghana, Senegal, Maharashtra (India) and Karnataka (India) with emphasis on implementation of research in the respective sites. This meeting also provided an opportunity to all partners to interact with each other, and come to a common understanding about not only the concepts involved but also the project itself.