IPH has been working with Tumkur district in trying to strengthen various components of the district health system. One of the key interventions here has been to work with private practitioners in the district to better understand their integration into the National Tuberculosis control programme.This project being led by our Faculty and PhD Fellow, Vijayashree Yellappa. Earlier this month, her proposal was one of 26 proposals selected (from 460 submissions!) for the WHO-TDR IMPACT grants, a global grant-making mechanism to support innovative research on neglected priority needs for disease control. WHO-TDR is a special Programme of the WHO for research and training in Tropical Diseases and sponsored by UNICEF, the UNDP, the World Bank and WHO.
As part of Dr.Vijayashree’s PhD( Public Private Partnership in TB Care, Tumkur District), all the lab technicians working in the Designated Microscopic Centres of Tumkur district were trained (11.12.14) at District TB Centre, Tumkur city.
They were trained on the following:
1) DTO and MO-TB control explained about the project, research activities and the tools to increase the involvement of Private health sector providers in the National TB control Programme.
2) The critical role of lab technicians in involving the Private health sector providers in the National TB control Programme was explained. They were trained on how to document the source of referrals of patients who reach labs to get their sputum examination and how to use the study tools.
3) They were also trained on how to report the contribution of Private health sector providers in the National TB control Programme using Annexes
Training on health insurance and Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) for department Officials: 7th-9th January’ 2014, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Institute of Public Health, Bangalore in coordination with State Health Systems Resource Center (SHSRC) Kerala and Comprehensive Health Insurance Authority of Kerala (CHIAK) conducted three days training session on Health Insurance and Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) for department officials in Kerala.The objective of the training was to give an orientation to the concepts and management of health insurance with focus on the operational and implementation issues related to Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) in public hospitals.
The training was heldon 7th – 9th January 2014 at SHSRC Campus, Kerala. Thirty six participants from six districts attended the training. The participants were superintendents of taluk hospitals, district medical officers, district program managers and pubic relation officers of taluk hospitals. Dr N Devadasan from Institute of Public Health and Mr Pappu, capacity building manager CHIAK facilitated the training sessions.
Day one began with inaugural session wherein Director Health Services, Kerala, Executive Director SHSRC and CHIAK, Kerala spoke on the need for understanding of health insurance and successful implementation of Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) at public hospitals. Dr Devadasan facilitated the sessions on Health financing, concepts and components of health insurance with group work.
On day two RSBY and other public health insurance schemes in India, overview of CHIS and CHIS Plus scheme with policy and process guidelines, presentation from insurance company on claim process and monitoring and evaluation of health insurance schemes were covered.
On day three, operational and Implementation issues of CHIS in public Hospitals were discussed in the presence of the insurance company. Dr Devadasan facilitated the discussion on operational issues between participants and insurance company in a structured way with possible solutions on issues as suggested by insurance company and participants. Mr Sukumar, Executive Director CHIAK gave his inputs throughout the three days of training.
Evaluation of the training was done through pre and post-test assessment with feedback of the participants.
Police personnel belonging Davanagere, Chitradurga, Bellary, Shimoga Districts of Eastern range of state police wing underwent training for implementation of smoking ban in public places and other guidelines regarding tobacco control on 7th November at a workshop organized in Bapuji MBA college auditorium, Davanagere. Cops were told to get serious about implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in their respective ranges.
Eastern Range IGP, SPs of all the four district and senior police officials participated in the workshop. As part of Voice of tobacco Victims (VOTV) Mr Durgaiah from Kanakapura shared his life experience and survival story from cancer with all the police officers and requested all for the effective implementation of COTPA in their Districts.
In order to empower journalists with what is needed for the effective health related reporting, the Institute of Public Health in association with Yenepoya University has organized a workshop for journalists in Mangalore on 07th December 2013 at Yenepoya University Lecture Hall, Deralakatte, Mangalore. Honorable Minister, Health and Family welfare department Sri U T Khader inaugurated the workshop, Padma Bhushan Dr.B.M. Hegde, Vice Chancellor(Rtd.) of Manipal University and Smt. Nupur Basu, Senior Journalist and Documentary filmmaker were the Chief Guests for the event. Dr Vishal Rao participated as a main speaker. Mr. Durgaiah a cancer survivor as part of the Voice of Tobacco Victims also participated in the event.
In order to empower journalists with what is needed for the effective health related reporting, the Institute of Public Health in association with Mysore District Journalists Association has organized a workshop for journalists in Mysore on 16th November 2013 at Mysore District Journalists Association Hall, Mysore. Honorable MLA of Mysore (Chamaraja Constituency) Sri Vasu inaugurated the workshop, Mysore City Police Commissioner Dr. M A Saleem, Mysore District Journalists Association President Sri C K Mahendra, Mysore District Journalists Association General Secretary Sri K Deepak were the Chief Guests for the event.
At the end of the workshop Police Commissioner ordered Police inspectors immediately to remove the ads and told to accompany VOTV Mr Durgaiah in ads removing drive. Immediately all the boards were removed by the police officers.