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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

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Author(s): Editors

Vol. 31, No. 3 (2006-07 - 2006-09)

IAPSM State Chapter Conferences

The first meeting of the IAPSM Pondicherry Chapter for the year 2006 was held on 25th February 2006. Dr. P. Panda, Professor & HOD, Community Medicine, PIMS and Dr. Anil J. Purty, Associate Professor, Community Medicine, PIMS were elected President and General Secretary respectively. 22nd Annual State Conference of IAPSM West Bengal Chapter was held on 14th January 2006. Prof. Ramendra Narayan Choudhury and Dr. Nirmal Kumar Mandal were elected President and Secretary respectively.

Forthcoming Events

1st Meeting of the IAPSM Punjab State Chapter for the year 2006 will be held on 10th Sept. 2006 at Government Medical College, Amritsar. For more details contact Dr. Tejbir Singh, Professor, Community Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Amritsar.

IAPSM UP Chapter Conference for the year 2006 will be held on 14-15 October 2006 at Lucknow.


National workshop of Non-communicable diseases was held at ICMR head quarter New Delhi from 25th to 26th May 2006.

18th Annual Conference of Karnataka Association of Community Health was held on 10th and 11th June 2006 at J.N. Medical College, Belgaum (Karnataka). Dr. H Sudarshan delivered Dr. B M Patil oration.

Inter-institutional Working Group on Public Health Education, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India

First meeting of Inter-institutional Working Group on Public Health Education to look into supply and demand side issues concerning public health education was convened on 2nd May 2006 under the chairmanship of Sh. Deepak Gupta, Additional Secretary Health. The state of public health system in various institutions including medical colleges was discussed at length. It was felt that while there was no dearth of Community Medicine professionals from medical side. There was a shortage of adequately trained health professionals from non-medical stream. There was also a consensus that existing public health professionals were not utilized properly for want of proper public health cadre in most of the states. The working group accordingly felt that there is a need for creation of demand for public health professionals at different level in government system. It was also agreed to look at curriculum designed including that of Community Medicine so that these are tailored to the needs of health system in the country.

Joint Action Committee of Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) and Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM)

  1. We have learnt from the media that Public Health Foundation of India (PFHI) has been launched as a Public Private Partnership. In its inaugural session, Prime Minister of India specifically highlighted the need to enhance the capacity of public health education in the country. He also emphasized the importance of strengthening the existing Public Health Institutions especially the Department of Preventive and Social / Community Medicine in the medical colleges/ institutions. We urge Government of India to seriously consider this suggestion made by the Prime Minister, which had been voiced by IAPSM and IPHA repeatedly over a long period of time.
  2. Since Government of India appears to be a partner in the PHFI initiative, we would like to state that currently a three-year degree course, i.e., MD Preventive and Social / Community Medicine / Health Administration and two year diploma courses, i.e., DPH/DCM/DHA/DIH/DHE are approved by the Medical Council of India. Any new course as per the current norms. Curriculum of any new course or change in the existing course/curriculum in the speciality of Public Health and Community Medicine should be done in consultation with all the stakeholders including the professional associations of Public Health and Community Medicine such as IAPSM and IPHA.
  3. We would like to emphasise once again that career pathways for public health specialists at different levels, i.e., MD (Preventive and Social /Community Medicine /Health Administration), DPH/DCM/DHA/ DIH/DHE, and Certificate Course in Public Health etc. should be developed at national/state/district, subdivision, community development block and PHC level respectively in the Central and State Health Services so that students are attracted to this important discipline.

Disese Control Priorty Project (DCPP) Meeting held DCPP- India Initiative Technical Congulation meeting held in Banglore on July 5-6-2006. Dr. Arun K. Aggarwal from Community Medicine PGIMER Chandigarh presented background paper on Maternal and Child Health.

Workshop held on 9th and 10th May 2006 at NIHFW, New Delhi for development for MBBS and MD students in Community Medicine. Tentative Curriculum (with alooted time) for teaching and practicals has been framed. Details have been sent to 150 medical college for comments.

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