ITM visit

The director at IPH, Dr. Upendra Bhojani, attended the Be-cause health international conference on Urban health, organized by the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. It was held on 15-16 October 2019 in Brussels. The conference sought to “address the following questions: How to achieve universal access to health in cities? What is the best way to organize health services and the health system in urban settings? How does addressing the impact of urban life impact on the health of urban populations?” 

With respect to institutional building, Dr. Bhojani had a meeting with the new director of ITM, Marc-Alain Widdowson. The new director was briefed about the overview of IPH, the role of IPH-ITM partnership in the past, and how do we see the partnership with ITM in future. Dr. Bhojani also along with Diljith Kannan had a joint partners meeting wherein they discussed on  working together through innovations in partnerships and joint-education activities. 


Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Adhip Amin, Research Officer in the Chronic Health Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH, will be presenting a seminar titled, “Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis.” This seminar will be on methods in the social science, specifically a basic introduction to Comparative Social Science Research, specifically Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). It will also discuss causal complexity in the social sciences and how QCA, rather than seeking to reduce the complexity — instead, works with it. QCA is a method that Dr. Upendra Bhojani and the project team aim to employ in the DEEP project. This seminar will be conceptual in nature.  

You are invited to attend this seminar in person or over Zoom using the link below:
https://zoom.us/j/701662546

Speaker

          Adhip Amin

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Affiliation

Institute of Public Health

Date

28-November-2019

Time

2:00 pm – 3.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

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

Policy dialogues for evidence

Policy dialogues for evidence

Olivia Biermann, PhD candidate at Karolinska Institutet, Stokholm will be hosting a seminar titled “Policy dialogues for evidence-informed policy-making.” 

A brief description of the seminar is given below:

Substantial investment is made in health research. Nevertheless, there remains a significant gap between what is scientifically known and what is being used in policy. To facilitate evidence-informed policy-making the interaction with and among stakeholders is key. Examples of such interaction include policy dialogues which convene key stakeholders to deliberate on priority health topics. Policy dialogues support the integration of research evidence with tacit knowledge of local health policy-makers, and thus contribute to bridging the research-to-policy gap.

Intended learning outputs/outcomes of the seminar:

  • Understanding of evidence-informed health policy-making;
  • Insights into the WHO’s Evidence-informed Policy Network and its activities; 
  • Understanding of policy dialogues and their preparatory steps; and
  • Familiarization with message-tailoring for a specific target group (hands-on exercise). 

You are invited to join the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom, using the link provided at the top of the page.

Speaker

Olivia Biermann

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Affiliation

Karolinska Institutet, Stokholm

Date

6-November-2019

Time

3:00 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

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

Policy dialogues for evidence

involvement of private practitioners

Dr Vijayashree Yellappa, doctoral candidate at Maastrich University and honorary associate at IPH, will be presenting her doctoral work in a seminar titled “Optimising the involvement of private practitioners in Tuberculosis care and control in India.”

A brief description of her work is provided below:

Majority of Tuberculosis (TB) patients in India seek care from Private Practitioners (PPs) whose practices are sub-optimal leading to medical complications. Government of India is involving PPs in the National TB Programme (NTP) through PPM (Public Private Mix) schemes to provide correct and timely TB treatment to patients. But, the uptake of PPM schemes by PPs is poor. Hence to understand ‘how’ partnerships with PPs work (or do not), we designed a model to improve PPP’s involvement in the referral of TB cases to NTP.
PPs were allocated to the intervention or control group. Intervention PPs referred 548 cases during the intervention period of 12 months, as compared to 169 from the control group. We demonstrated the effectiveness of a system-oriented intervention to involve PPs in NTP in field settings. Our study conducted in routine programmatic settings provides important information about the systemic impediments that affect engaging PPs in public health programmes.

You are invited to attend the seminar in person or join the live seminar via Zoom using the link provided at the top of the page.

Speaker

Dr Vijayashree Yellappa

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Affiliation

 Maastrich University & IPH

Date

5-November-2019

Time

3:30 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

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

India Alliance Fellows Meet 2019

India Alliance Fellows Meet 2019

IPH Faculty and Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance research fellows Upendra Bhojani and Pragati Hebbar attended the 9th Annual Fellows’ Meet in Bengaluru from June 13 – 15th 2019. The annual fellows meet serves as a platform to bring together India Alliance Fellows and other grant recipients from prestigious research institutes together to foster collaboration, support and exchange of ideas across a wide range of research areas.

Both Pragati and Upendra presented their work during the first year of their fellowships through scientific poster sessions. Upendra Bhojani was invited to present his work and research supported by India Alliance during this meet. Upendra gave a talk titled “Commercial Determinants of health: the political economy of tobacco in India”, available for viewinghere.

Given the present focus on and the growing concern of the role of corporations in promoting products and choices that are mass produced and are in general detrimental to health, Upendra’s talk was relevant and well-received.

At the Fellows meet, new committee members were introduced. Wellcome Trust and DBT India Alliance also launched new grant opportunities such as the Team Science Grants and grants to establish virtual Clinical/Public Health Research Centres, in order to provide a platform for collaborating and strengthening important research initiatives in India.

Poster presentation at GCIS, Dhaka

Poster presentation at GCIS, Dhaka

Dr. Pragati Hebbar presenting her research poster at GCIS, Dhaka


Centre of Excellence for Science of Implementation and Scale-up (CoE-SISU), BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University and UNICEF Bangladesh hosted a Global Conference on Implementation Science and Scale-Up at Dhaka from 29th June 2019 to 01st July 2019.

The conference aimed to showcase the role of Implementation Science in promoting a culture of evidence-based health and other social development programmes, policies, and practices. It was an excellent attempt to bridge the gap between research and policy making. 

Dr. Pragati Hebbar, PhD scholar and Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Fellow from the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru participated and presented a poster on ‘Anusthana’ – implementation research for scaling up tobacco control policy interventions.

The GCIS was a very good platform to network with like-minded researchers and engaging policymakers to listen to the success stories through the use of Implementation Sciences to influence programme, policy, and practice.