Social Health Assistance is one of the components of a comprehensive Social Health Protection Policy. More specifically, Prof Bart Criel would be drawing on his experiences with it in Belgium and from thereon identify possible lessons of it for LMIC countries.
Prof. Bart Criel is associated with the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. His main areas of work are the study of health care delivery systems and of systems of social protection in health in low-and middle income countries.
Several tobacco control advocates joined by some of the IPH staff, honorary associates and adjunct faculties were at Vidhana Soudha (legislative assembly) on 11th January, where Deputy Speaker released the State Factsheet of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17). GATS is considered a robust instrument and provides comparative results with that of the GATS 2009-10. It reminded us of IPH hosting release of GATS (2009-10) inside the Vidhana Soudha.
It was a happy moment to cherish. The GATS (2015-16) factsheet, shows that in the last 7 years, the prevalence of tobacco use in Karnataka has reduced by 5.4 percentage points. This s a relative reduction of 19.1%. More importantly, there has been a reduction (to a tune of 3.1 percentage points) in the prevalence of both smoking and smokeless tobacco. The average age of initiation into tobacco use has gone up from 17.7 years to 19.8 years. Advertising/promotion of tobacco by tobacco industry has gone down substantially, while there is a significant increase in exposure of people to anti-tobacco messages. This is particularly heartening as not many states revealed encouraging results and Karnataka inspite of being a tobacco industry hub has managed to witness such a massive reduction.
While this is an outcome of several individuals and organizations including the strong political will of the state leaders, IPH’s intensive efforts (since 2009) at facilitating policy implementation and policy change is certainly an important part of this story.
West Fort Hotel No. 19/6, Minarava Mills Compound,, Magadi Road,
Next to Mysore Sugandh Dhoop Factory,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560023
Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, conducted a dissemination meet on January 23rd, 2018 with the agenda of sharing the findings of more than five years of health systems research in improving care provision for NCDs in Karnataka. The institute has worked very closely with various stakeholders especially the Government of Karnataka, in strengthening various aspects of the public health system to improve the preparedness of the system to tackle the issues brought about by the increasing burden of communicable diseases.
The agenda of the meeting was as follows:
Inauguration /Introduction to the meet
NCDs and rural health systems
Enhancing access to NCD medications (Research study in Tumkur)
Strengthening NCD care delivery (Doctoral research in Kolar)
Role of local health systems in NCD care (Research study in Kadugondanahalli)
NCD and urban health systems
Strengthening NCD care delivery (Operational research in Tumkur)
Panel Discussion – open house
(Implications on existing NCD Initiatives)
Closing/Vote of thanks
1:30 – 2:30
The program began with an introduction by our Assistant Director, Dr. Upendra Bhojani, who briefed the audience about the program. The chief guests of the meeting were the Deputy Director, NPCDCS Dr Rekha and Senior Bureaucrat (Karnataka Adminstrative officer) and CFO, Kidwai Memorial CancerInstitute, Mr. Nischith V Daniel.
This was followed by brief self-introductions of the members in the audience who consisted of District Programme Coordinators (DPCs) who attended the program from various parts of the state. These coordinators are in-charge of implementation of the NPCDCS programme at the level of district and below. They were totally 19 of them from the 21 districts who had appointed DPC posts. We also had in the audience several experts working in the field of NCDs from various state and private institutions and civil society organisations such as Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Maya Health, Karnataka State Health Science Resource center, SOCHARA, Karuna Trust, Selco foundation and so on. We also had several staff from our institute at the meet. A total of 47 participantns took part in the event.
Every two years, Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH), a thematic working group of Health Systems Global welcomes a new cohort of young, promising health policy and systems researchers from around the world into its innovative blended training program. Now EV4GH and the USAID HRH2030program have teamed up to ensure that the next generation of health workforce researchers have a voice in achieving the current — and setting the future — global health agenda. With the passage of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 and the recent Dublin Declaration on Human Resources for Health, the stage is set for those willing to advocate and build evidence for improved efficiency and investment in the health workforce!
“EV4GH has enhanced my skills in health systems research, scientific presentation, interpersonal relationships, and public speaking. It has led to several opportunities to participate in international workshops, conferences, and research.”
Dr. Isabel Kazanga, EV
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Join us February 1 at 8:00 a.m. EST to learn more about EV4GH, including the many benefits of its unique training approach and details about the application process for the 2018 program. We’ll include information about deadlines and other important dates leading up to the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research — where young researchers have an opportunity to apply their new skills. We’ll also leave ample time for questions!
Why EV4GH? An Overview of the program and key deadlines for 2018
Dr. Prashanth Nuggehalli Srinivas, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru | EV4GH HRH2030 and Opportunities for Young Health Workforce Researchers
Andrea Poling, HRH2030 Participation in EV4GH: A personal perspective
Dr. Isabel Kazanga, Malawi College of Medicine | HRH2030 | EV4GH
Prashanth NS, Assistant Director at IPH was recently invited to speak at a TEDx event organised by a school in Hyderabad. Given his research interests on health equity, he chose to build his talk around a foundational element of public health itself: what makes one healthy, is it a matter of chance (for eg. through genes), or by choice (through specific “healthy” behavioural choices, one “chooses”).
From 24 October to 6 December, IPH hosted a course on social determinants of health for under-grad students of Duke University. This was the second edition of the Duke Semester in India an initiative of the Duke University Under-graduate programme. IPH teaches a course titled “Beyond pills for poverty: Understanding health systems and social determinants of health”. The core teaching faculty in the course are Tanya Seshadri and Prashanth N S with support from Santosh Sogal, Pragati Hebbar and Himabindu. The course involves classes held in Bangalore and in IPH field station in Chamarajanagar district. As part of the course, students held debates, participated in writing evidence-based policy briefs on important public health issues and worked on a joint conservation and health assignment.