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Indian Journal of Community Medicine


Author(s): Editorial Staff

Vol. 31, No. 1 (2006-01 - 2006-03)

The Health Management Consortium meeting was held at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi on 17th and 18th October, 2005. Fifteen premier institutions representing Government as well as NGO sector with an expertise in management and public health responded to the invitation to attend the meeting. It was attended by 24 professionals from these premier institutions. Besides that, it had a representation of 17 officials from MOHFW and NIHFW. Prof. N.K. Sethi, Director, NIHFW outlined the genesis of the Health Management Consortium and the key issues for the meeting. Shri Prasanna Hota, Union Secretary (H&FW), in his opening remarks stressed upon the pertinent issues related to the existing health system in the country.

Department of P.S.M. LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion, Mumbai has taken up the responsibility of bringing out the 1st issue of MCIAPSM Bulletin, which was released in a Joint State Conference of MCIAPSM and IPHA at Solapur in Oct. 2005. For further details contact Dr. Daksha Pandit, Chief Editor and Professor and Head, Department of PSM LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion, Mumbai – 22. Phone: 407 63 81, EXT. (HOD) 254, (OFF) 276, FAX: (022) 407 61 00.

A workshop on “Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control” was organised by School of Public Health, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER in collaboration with WHO and ICMR from 24th – 26th October, 2005. The objective of this workshop was to review the current status of NCDs in the states, decide strategies for their control and design NCDs control action plan. Around 35 higher level officials like Health Secretaries, Director Health Services, Professor and Heads of Department of Community Medicine of Medical College from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttranchal, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi had participated in the workshop. The three day workshop was inaugurated by Mr. R.C. Dogra, Hon’ble Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab. On the first day of the workshop, there were two sessions on “Epidemiology of NCDs” and group work on “Current status on NCDs at the state level”. On the second day, there were three sessions. First session was on “Tobacco control”, followed by “Management Guidelines on CVDs”, and a group work on “Strategies for Control of Non- Communicable Diseases”. The 3rd day started with a presentation on “Cancer Control Strategies”. There was a panel discussion on “NCD Control and Integration Strategy”. Finally a group worked on “State Draft Action Plans”. Group prepared the state action plan for control and prevention of NCDs for their respective states.

Forthcoming Events

I.A.P.S.M. West Bengal Chapter is going to organize the 22nd Annual State Conference on 13th and 14th January, 2006 at the Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata. For further details contact Dr. K.D. Bhattacharya
E-mail: [email protected],
Phone: 2244 3213 – 16 Ext. 381/382, Mobile: 9433390288


World Health Day 2006: Working together for health Health workers – the people who provide health care to those who need it – are the heart of the systems. But around the world, the health workforce is in crisis – a crisis to which no country is immune. The results are evident: clinics with no health workers, hospitals that cannot recruit key staff. There is a chronic global shortage of health workers, as a result of decades of under investment in their education, training, salaries, working environment and management. This has led to a severe lack of key skills, rising levels of career switching and early retirement, as well as national and international migration. There is no single solution to such a complex problem, but ways forward do exist and must be implemented. Education and training procedures have been tailored to countries’ special community health workers are helping their communities to prevent and treat key diseases. In 2006, World Health Day (celebrated annually on 7 April), will be devoted to the health workers crisis. On this day around the globe, hundreds of organizations will host events to draw attention of global health workforce crisis and celebrate the dignity and value of working for health. We have to join with WHO and other organizations to celebrate World Health Day 2006. Together, we can make a difference.

23rd Annual National Conference of Indian Society of Medical Statistics 2005 to be held at Belgaum from 20th to 22nd January, 2006. A pre-conference CME on “Statistical Methods in Biomedical Research” is being arranged on 19th January, 2006. The conference gives an opportunity for understanding newer developments in the field of Medical Statistics. For further details contact Dr. Shivaprasad S Goudar, Jawahar Lal Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka. Tel. (Work) +91 831 2409 2055 /+91 831 247 4200. E-mail: [email protected]

Joint National Conference of IPHA and IAPSM will be held at S.V. Medical College, Department of Community Medicine, Tirupati (A.P.) from 21st – 24th January, 2006.For further details contact Dr. TSR Sai, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, S.V. Medial College, Triupati (A.P) Mobile : 098483-68160, E-mail : [email protected]


Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, from UCMS was awarded fellowship of National Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh has been awarded with Shri Ram Memorial Award from National Academy of Medical Sciences for year 2004. He received the award at a convocation held in Ahmedabad for his research on rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Prof. Deoki Nandan, Head of the Community Medicine Department, Principal, S.N. Medical College, Agra has been awarded with Shri Ram Memorial Award from National Academy of Medical Sciences for year 2005.

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