Amrutha, a faculty at IPH facilitated a session on ‘National AIDS Control Program’ on 26th of March 2012 for the Block Program Mangers
The session started with an activity in which participants were given questions related to HIV & AIDS to ponder over. The discussion that followed bought the understanding that participants had about HIV/AIDS, associated misconceptions and attitude towards the issue. Further to this discussion the facilitator elaborated on HIV and AIDS, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, transmission of infection, difference between HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, methods of prevention and available treatment and care. The session then focused on the National AIDS Control Program, elaborating on its evolution, objectives, strategies and activities under it. The session ended with a discussion on the role of BPM under the program
Awareness to Action through Multi-Channel Advocacy for Effective Tobacco Control” in Karnataka. This project is funded through Bloomberg Initiative for tobacco control project of HRIDAY (Health Related Information and Dissemination Among Youth) and is simultaneously done in other four Indian states by different agencies.
In Karnataka, IPH is working in collaboration with Gramin Shikshan Charity Foundation to implement the project in five intervention and two control districts. Project aims to advocate for and build capacity of district level law enforcement officers and NGOs for effective tobacco control.
Various activities including state and district level need assessment (of govt officers and NGOs) and pre-compliance monitoring exercises have been undertaken. There will be district level training workshops and various advocacy activities before we do post-compliance monitoring exercises.
As of 31st of December 2010, we had trained 82 people. However, only 23 completed 10 and more modules and were given certificates at a function organised by the government. The rest of the participants have been given the opportunity to attend catch up classes and complete the course. Three of the participants have been recommended for the MPH course at ITM – Antwerp. They have got admission and are awaiting news about scholarships.
A total of 89 primary health centre medical officers from the district were trained in public health management.
The training for PHC medical officers of Tumkur district was undertaken to strengthen their managerial capacities. The objectives of the training were to provide them the principles of public health and PHC management, to enhance their understanding of the varied administrative and financial procedures, to present them with soft skills like leadership, motivation and team work, and to assist them in understanding the importance of monitoring their work.
Starting from November 2010, four training sessions were conducted till March 201. Each training session lasted for three days. An innovation was that some of these sessions were facilitated by the participants of the district level trainees.
While it is still too early to assess the impact of this training programme, we share some anecdotal evidence of its effect.
The District Tuberculosis Officer applied the concepts of problem tree analysis to help her improve case detection of TB patients.
The Administrative Medical Officer of Gubbi taluk conducted a study in his hospital to understand the reasons behind patient dissatisfaction over the offered services.
The Taluk Health Officer from Gubbi taluk used the concepts in the module on motivation to understand the attitudes of his health centre staff.
Situational analysis and data validation skills were employed by enthusiastic participants in the NRHM PIP formulation.
The District Tuberculosis officer and Reproductive and Child Health Officer have been using supportive supervisory skills in their everyday practice. This has opened up channels of communication with their peer and subordinates, and has also improved the quality of the outputs.
A few SK participants attended the International Conference on Strengthening District Health systems held at Chennai in May 2010. They actively participated in the discussions and also made field trips to PHCs, Taluk hospitals and sub-centres. All field visits involved detailed interaction with the health functionaries of these institutions through interviews and tours of the facilities. The end result was a report which tried to explain why the health services in Tamil Nadu were more effective as compared to those in Karnataka.