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Indian Journal of Community Medicine


Author(s): Editors

Vol. 30, No. 3 (2005-07 - 2005-09)

Prime Minister Launches Rural Health Mission

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) that aims to provide effective health care to the entire rural population was launched on April 12, 2005.The Mission focuses on 18 States having weak public health indicators. About 2.5 lakh village- based 'Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA)' will act as a link between the health centres and the villagers. The Mission adopts a synergistic approach by relating health to its determinants viz. nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water.

International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) Training

ICD-10 training for ten WHO fellows from Maldives was conducted at School of Public Health, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh from 4th to 21st April 2005. The training course covered the health information system, importance of morbidity and mortality data, coding as per ICD-10, verbal autopsy besides analysis of data, role of good medical records and medical audit for better health care delivery. Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director of Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), Govt. of India delivered a lecture on .Improvement and strengthening the use of ICD-10 in medical and health institutes of India..

IAPSM Participation in Decision Making on Major Health Issues

Dr. B. S. Garg, Convener, IAPSM RCH Committee participated in WHO meeting on health communities in New Delhi. You can participate in this forum by sending a email at [email protected].The information is available on website

Dr. G. K. Ingle, Convener, IAPSM Professional Education Committee and Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Joint Secretary IAPSM participated in one day consultation meeting of MOHFW on July 6,2005 in New Delhi to discuss 'Clinical Establishment Bill', 'Re-registration of doctors'., ' CME' and Public Private Partnership.

Dr. Arun Kumar Aggarwal, Treasurer IAPSM attended one day national convention for achieving excellence in health care in India, organized by Indian Confederation of Health Accreditation (ICHA), on 2nd July 2005, at New Delhi. Dr. R. C. Goyal President IAPSM couldn't participate due to unavoidable circumstances.

Health Information System Course

Short course on Health Information Sytem was organised from 6th -16th June 2005. Four WHO fellows from Sri Lanka and 2 IAPSM members attended the course.

Epidemilology and Bio-Statistics Course

Epidemiology Committee of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) orginised the First Basic Course on Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics at PGIMER School of Public Health from 22 June to 6 July 2005. In response to advertisement in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 50 applications were received and 25 were invited to the course on the basis of first come first serve principle.

Most of the participants were junior and senior residents of Community Medicine from the medical colleges of Punjab, Himachal and Maharashtra. Few participants were from research institutions of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. There was nearly equal representation of men and women, and most of them were young. All participants had registered by paying Rs. 1,500/-, which covered the cost of course-materials. The travel, boarding and lodging expenditures were born by the participants themselves.Thus it was completely a self-financed course.

Over a period of 13 working days 78 hours of learning time was divided into 25 hours of lectures and 53 hours of problem solving practical work. Four teachers and 3 facilitators were involved in the course. Each facilitator worked with a group of 8 participants to assist them in problem solving practical work. Computing was integral part of the course and each participant was provided a separate computer for practice. Participants became confident in using the Epi info and SPSS software. The lecture notes (each not more than 1,500 words) wre given to the participants one day before the lecture and power point slides of each lecture (not more than 20 slides for each lecture) were shared with them after the lectures.

Every day participants feedback was taken to fine tune the teaching methods. Overall participants expressed satisfaction about the learning process. Participants knowledge and skills improved significantly. The post-test-score showed significant improvement over the pre-test score (p<0.001). Mean score increased from 45 to 62. Compared to 44% in the pre-test, 80% participants scored more then 50% marks in the post- test. Those who scored 50% or more were considered to have successfully completed the course. One of the participants commented, 'Teaching in this course of 15 days was more than the total teaching she had taken in the entire three years of her postgraduate course'. Most of the participants expressed that they will strongly recommend this course to their colleagues.

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