Health bodies today welcomed the Centre's move to bring in the National Health Policy but cautioned against the sector being left at the mercy of market mechanism.
The Cabinet has approved the National Health Policy 2017. It is a huge milestone in the history of health sector in the country. The Health Ministry has formulated the National Health Policy 2017, under the guidance of the Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji. The last National Health Policy was framed in 2002. So, this policy has come after a gap of 15 years to address the current and emerging challenges necessitated by the changing socio-economic, technological and epidemiological landscape.
The Government of India adopted a highly participative and consultative approach in policy formulation process. The Draft National Health Policy was placed it public domain on 30th December, 2014. Over 5000 suggestions were received. This was followed by consultations with the State Governments and other stakeholders for further fine tuning of the policy. The policy was placed before the Central Council for Health & Family Welfare, the apex policy making body and was unanimously endorsed by it.
According to the Union Budget 2017 presented by Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, the budget allocation for health ministry for 2017-18 is Rs 47,352.51 crore in comparison to allocation in 2016-17 of Rs 37,061.55 crore, an increase of 27.76 per cent from previous year.
World Health Organization-South East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi and VHAI has documented the successful process of engagement of the communities, NGOs, CBOs as well as the stakeholders in Public Health Programmes, which results in evidence based successful outcome.
The purpose of this Roundtable was to endorse the role of communities,CBOs, NGOs and other stakeholders as essential in the elimination of communicable diseasess
The Public Health Experts from India, Bangladesh and Nepal actively participated in the Roundtable.
The action plan emerging from the Roundtable is as follows:
1. The Roundtable unanimously agreed that given the enormous challenge of meeting the objectives of SDG 3.3 “By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”, proven, tried and tested approach of involvement of communities, CBOs, NGOs and the stakeholders will lead to significant gain in disease elimination front. This can be achieved without additional cost and more importantly will ensure sustenance of the gains. Happily, most countries of the Region have endorsed this approach in their developmental paradigm.
10 January 2017, GENEVA: Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, like cancers and heart disease.
But left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity, according to findings published in The economics of tobacco and tobacco control. Currently, around 6 million people die annually as a result of tobacco use, with most living in developing countries. read more...
A report on “Reflection on Health Scenario of Punjab” was released in Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27 by Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) along with Voluntary Health Association of Punjab (VHAP), Chandigarh on 9th December 201. A total of 50 people including health activists, public health professionals, academicians, media representatives and policy planners were presented in the event. This document systematically captures the causes of decline of the health status of Punjab and how to arrest them.
The 45th Annual General Body Meeting of Kerala Voluntary Health Services held at St.Alphonsa Hall, Kerala VHS’ Compound, Mullankuzhi, Kottayam, on 26th November 2016 with following major sessions.
The proceedings of the event started at 9 a.m. on 26th November 2016 with registration of delegates. Thereafter President Dr.Benjamin Abraham hoisted Kerala VHS flag. While hoisting the flag President extended gratitude to Board Members, Staff and Member Organization for their support and Guidance in last one year to successfully perform his role as president.
India hosted the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) from 7th – 12th November, 2016 at India Expo Mart Ltd., Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The meetings, jointly organised by the Government of India and the Convention Secretariat.
The Supreme Court issued the following directions:
To achieve Sustainable Development Goal of making world free of infectious epidemics, both SEA region and the world as a whole need to move from a mindset focused on disease control to something far more ambitious and consequential ending communicable diseases as a public threat. This transition demands our efforts must be smarter, more rigorous and better resourced, sustainable with prime focus of reaching the unreached & marginalized population with active involvement of community, NGOs, CBOs and other important stakeholders.
Voluntary Health Association of India organized its 42nd Annual General Body Meeting on 14th October 2016 at Jaipur. VHAI, State VHAs along with board members meet annually to discuss critical issues concerning health and development of our country, particularly from the perspective of their work in different sectors. Professionals from various walks of life – doctors, social activists, health worker, public health professionals who have given decades of service to the social developmental work constitute this group.
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VHAI organised a "National Level Workshop on Health Promotion" at Hotel Red Fox, Jaipur on 13th October 2016. The delegated from all State VHAs has participated in the workshop
For realizing the vision of Healthy India, Health promotion should be taken as an invariable, important reportable component of the complete primary care package. To achieve this there is need to strengthen the policy, priority expertise, personnel and systems. Therefore, a workshop was organised at national level with specific objectives which are as follows:
· To discuss and exchange information on the growing burden of NCDs and associated risk factors
· To understand the importance of health promotion as a cost effective strategy to reduce the burden of NCDs
· To strengthen skills and competencies of public health professionals in the area of Health promotion & NCD prevention, with an emphasis on leadership and advocacy
· To share the experiences of health promotion work being carried out by VHAI and State VHAs at the ground level
· To evolve a clear future action agenda for year 2016-2025 based on this workshop
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Voluntary Health Association of Assam (VHAA) has welcomed the move of the State Government to strictly implement the Assam Health Act, 2013 in the state which bans sale, distribution, consumption, trade and storage of smokeless products containing tobacco or nicotine. The State Health Department on August 8, 2016 issued a official message to the Food Safety Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of all districts to implement the aforesaid Act in letter and spirit and enforce total ban on sale, distribution, trade, storage and consumption of smokeless products such as zarda, gutkha, pan masala, etc., containing tobacco and/or nicotine with immediate effect.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Government of Andhra Pradesh and Voluntary Health Association of India on “Andhra Pradesh Clinical Specialist Insourcing Policy” at the Chief Minister Office, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on 10 August 2016 in the presence of Shri Chandrababu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Kamineni Srinivasas, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Medical Education, & Dr. Poonam Malakondaiah, Principal Secretary Health.
Mr. Alok Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, VHAI and Dr. Subha Rao, Director of Medical Education signed the MoU on behalf of VHAI and Government of Andhra Pradesh respectively.
The purpose of Andhra Pradesh Clinical Specialist In-sourcing is to strengthen the health systems and services in Andhra Pradesh through innovative use of existing human resources.
Jalandhar has become the first district in the state where the Intensified Tuberculosis Case Finding Pilot Project was launched among OST (opioid substitution therapy) patients today.
Launched at the Civil Hospital, the pilot project is aimed at diagnosing dormant TB among patients on opioid substitution therapy.
The Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), New Delhi, has arranged for free digital X-ray facility of each registered OST patient at the OST Centre, Jalandhar.
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This function was organised by VHAI and J&K VHA in collaboration with Government College for Women, M.A. Road Srinagar. Most of the Colleges and Higher Secondary schools have actively participated in the seminar. Prof. Dr. Nirmal Gupta Hon’ble Chairperson J&K State Social Welfare Board presided over the function. We gave mementos to five best speakers. The girls and boys of Srinagar Colleges took part in the seminar highlighting the hazards and risks of cigarette and using other tobacco products. The event was purposeful and was given very good coverage on TV and Radio in Urdu and Kashmiri news bulletin.
The meeting was held at Agartala Government Medical College, Tripura on 27th May 2016 to discuss about the Final Draft Report of the a research project conducted by Voluntary Health Association of India supported by Global Fund- Strengthening The Health Information System of India with special Focus on Tuberculosis, Malaria, HIV and AIDS Related Mortality Data Analysis.”
At 11 am all the dignitaries and the participants of the meeting assembled in the council hall of the Agartala Government Medical College. The meeting was opened to be run after a brief introductory speech by the In Charge Principal of Agartala Govt Medical College. Dr. L.M. Nath, Former Director, AIIMS and the Independent Consultant of the project gave an introductory speech in which he mentioned the background of the evolution of this project. Dr. Subrata Baidya, Medical Superintendent of AGMC and GBP Hospital presented the mortality data of mortality among the patients admitted in AGMC and GBP hospital with Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV & AIDS trending 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013. No record regarding HIV & AIDS deaths in Hospital was found. Decreasing trend in mortality was found form 2007 to 2013 for both Malaria and Tuberculosis.
Then Dr. Shankar Chowdhury, the Principal Investigator of the project described the methodology and outcome of the pilot project. He shared the key results of the study
Tuberculosis: Incomplete hospital data and inconsistent trend was detected in the study. T.B. mortality was increased by 62% in Ludhiana from 2005 to 2013.
Malaria: Decrease in hospital admission rate in Indore and Tripura, which was reverse in Mumbai in 2013 in comparison to 2004-05.
HIV and AIDS: Decrease in mortality in Ludhiana, Erode, Bilaspur, Kalahandi and Tripura.
The session was opened for discussion by Principal In Charge of AGMC at 12:30 pm
After discussion Prof L.M. Nath concluded that inequitable outcome and output of reporting system giving better output in high input areas whereas the disadvantaged and inaccessible areas with higher mortality are not well covered by reporting systems. Lay reporting can be an alternative tool for data collection in such areas. Hypothetical spectrum of disease diagnosis has to be considered and specific definitions of disease are to be framed for quality reporting. Concentration on proportion and goals often lead to false positive result of public health intervention. Issues like industrialization and Medical migration are concern and also an indicator of poor public health coverage in the baseline habitat.
A delegation of Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, at her residence on 13 May 2016
The Chief Minister also sought support of VHAI in generating mass awareness about hazards of tobacco smoking, which has shown an alarming upward trend in J&K. She asked the organization to liaise with the State Information Department so that both print and electronic media are roped in to protect people from the menace of smoking.
Seema Gupta requested the Chief Minister for creation of an Anti-Smoking Fund so that targeted interventions are made to protect women and children from falling prey to passive smoking. VHAI, she said will offer any technical support required by the government in making its anti-tobacco drives successful.
Director VHAI also indicated tobacco-tax increase as an effective way of reducing smoking and other tobacco use. She also appreciated the State government for imposing a tax of 40% on tobacco products, describing it as a win-win situation for states as they work to balance the budgets while preserving essential services.
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J&K Voluntary Health Association in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society Kashmir and the Education Department organized a sensitization programme of students about hazards of cigarette smoking at Govt. High School Bemina (Budgam) on 18-05-2016. In his inaugural address Shri. A.M.MIR IAS (Retd) Executive Director J&K VHA highlighted the importance of role of student community in order to bring down the consumption of cigarette smoking to prevent people at large from its hazards. Prof. Dr. Nusrat Andrabi also emphasized on students and staff of various schools assembled here that they should refrain from smoking because it is very injurious to health. Mr. Shabir Lone of Drug and Food Control Organization gave an account of the provisions of Tobacco Control Act (COTPA-2003) and responsibilities of Educational Institutions to implement it. An overview of the interventions of J&K VHA in supplementing the efforts of the State Govt. was highlighted by Mr. A.K. Wani. During the course of the event student speakers of various schools of the area shared their views. 1st three ranked speakers were awarded mementos by our Association. Cash prizes were also given to groups for Skit performance and reciting of qawali by students. Before conclusion 700 students took a pledge not to smoke during their life time. The function was concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal of the school. The Zonal Education Officer Budgam Nisar Ahmad appreciated the role of J&K Voluntary Health Association for creating awareness amongst students community about the dangers of cigarette smoking and other tobacco products.
The activity was covered by Doordarshan Kendra and Radio Kashmir in their Urdu and Kashmiri news bulletins.
The Supreme Court directs all tobacco companies to implement the rule mandating 85% pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products. The Supreme Court on 4th May directed all tobacco companies to implement the rule mandating 85% pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products.
A bench headed by justice P.C. Ghosh also directed all petitions challenging the rule at various courts to be transferred and heard afresh by the Karnataka high court. The apex court set a deadline of eight weeks to dispose of the matter. The court also said any stay order obtained from a court where the matter was being heard would be ineffective.
“No order passed by any court until now will hold and the matter would be heard afresh,” said justice Ghosh.
The court also directed the chief justice of Karnataka high court to decide if the batch of matters would be heard before a single bench or a division bench. The court said in the public interest, tobacco companies should act responsibly, adding any awareness created on the issue would help curb the ill effects of tobacco. Twenty seven cases filed by tobacco companies against the pictorial rule are pending in various high courts including in Karnataka, Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai. Among various associations, Karnataka Beedi Industry Association had approached the Supreme Court, challenging the regulation, saying that it would bring the industry to a “grinding halt” and “cause grave and irreparable harm and loss”.
A notification by the health ministry on 24 September 2015 for implementation of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Amendment Rules, 2014 came into force on 1 April. It prescribed larger pictorial petitions, covering 85% of the size of the packets of tobacco products, including cigarettes and beedis.
The Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), along with Caritas India and in collaboration with the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program, observed World Malaria Day at the TC Girls’ Higher Secondary School at Guwahati on April 25, 2016
On the eve of the Day, the State public health consultant for vector-borne diseases, Dr Keshav Barman, led sessions on malaria in a bid to enhance students’ knowledge about the disease and the ways to prevent it. The session was followed by a quiz competition among students on malaria and dengue.
The session ended with the students pledging to work for prevention of this dreaded disease. They took the pledge by signing on the poster brought out on the occasion. The theme of this year’s World Malaria Day is ‘End malaria for good’.
J&K VHA organized a health camp at Mini Maternity Hospital, Pandrethan on 15th March. 2016. 271 patients were examined and provided free medical treatment. A team of doctors (Dr. Shabnam and Dr. Sabha) provided the services during the camp under the close supervision of Dr. Mumtaza Andrabi, Zonal Medical Officer. It received adequate coverage on Radio and TV besides print media.
A sensitization programme about the hazards of cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products was held on 9thMarch, 2016 at Govt. Secondary School Pandrethan, in collaboration with Health and Education Department in Kashmir. Various experts including Dr. Abdul Majid, HOD Community Medicine, Dr. RubinaJabeen SKIMS, Dr. Shameem Ahmad Health Department spoke about the harmful effects of tobacco on health .
The programme was successful as the students and staff members took a pledge to eliminate tobacco products from their lives. The J&K VHA team distributed health related books of VHAI and J&K VHA especially on hazards of cigarette smoking in English and Urdu to the staff and students for their guidance.
An induction training for Urban Intervention Component under Project Axshya was conducted on 23rd and 24th February,2016 at Tagore Hall, Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi.The training was organized at VHAI office, New Delhi. It was led by programme officer Dr.P.C.Bhatnagar and technical officerDr.B.M.Prasad from the UNION. The training was organised for the newly recruited staff under project axshya for urban intervention. The new team comprises of a medical consultant Dr.Neha Taneja and two urban coordinators Dr. Ashish Jain and Mr.Saleem Malik.
The purpose of the training was to brief the staff on urban component under project axshya.It included a description of the project axshya, the need for introducing urban component under project axshya, the various activities to be conducted under urban intervention, role of qualified private practitioners, private hospitals and private laboratories under urban intervention, targets to be achieved, reporting formats and the roles and responsibilities of the staff members. Videos on tuberculosis care and control were shown along with power point presentations. The training was concluded with an active discussion on various strategies to meet the targets laid down under urban intervention.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified the new Pictorial Health Warnings vide GSR 727(E) of Gazette Notification dated 15th October, 2014 for mandatory display of new specified health warnings on all tobacco products.
As per the Rules, the notified health warnings, covering 85% of the principal display area, shall be displayed on all tobacco products packages from 1st April, 2016. Any person engaged directly or indirectly int he production, supply, import or distribution of cigarette or any other tobacco products shall sure that all tobacco products packages shall have specified pictorial health warnings as prescribed in the aforesaid notification.
Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, USA received Fr. James S. Tong Centenary Award 2016 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Public Health.
The award was presented byMr. J.V.R PrasadaRao, Former Health Secretary, Government of India and currently the Special Envoy of UN Secretary General on AIDs for Asia Pacific at Mother Teresa Hall, Voluntary Health Association of India on 3rd February 2016.
International Gandhi Award 2015 were presented to Dr. Arturo C. Cunanan, Program Director, Culion Leprosy Control, Philippines & Dr. R.K.Mutatkar, a medical anthropologist for their excellence work on Leprosy elimination by Chief Guest Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President of India at Up-Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on 30 January 2016.
Dr. B. S. Garg, President of VHAI & Director, GMLF was convener of the event organized by Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation. VHAI’s employees also participated in the event.
Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 of Ministry of Women and Child Development came into force 15th January, 2016. This is an Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to children in need of care and protection by catering to their basic needs through proper care, protection, development, treatment, social re-integration, by adopting a child-friendly approaches. This Act recognises the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco industry’s sinister design to specifically target vulnerable children as their new consumers.
In a path breaking amendment to curb the growing menace of tobacco, the act has modified section 77 as follows -
It is an offences against a child, if a person gives or causes to be given, to any child any intoxicating liquor or any narcotic drug or tobacco products or psychotropic substance, except on the order of a duly qualified medical practitioner, shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extend up to one lakh rupees
VHAI-Aparajita organized a seminar on "Non-communicable Diseases-Cause and Prevention" at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2 on 26 December 2015. Dr. Avijit Roy (Dy. Director, Health, Andaman) addressed the students on the causes and prevention of Non-communicable Diseases like Hypertension, Type II diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, Digestive disorders, Blindness, Deafness etc. Special emphasis was laid on the adoption of the healthy lifestyle to combat the growing menace of life related diseases.
"I compliment the J & K Voluntary Health and Development Association and all its collaborators for their valuable efforts to spread awareness about the dangerous consequences of tobacco consumption and wish them high success in all their future endeavours."
I trust that with sustained endeavours of this Association, supported by all concerned stakeholders, shall achieve the objective of making J&K a "Smoke-Free State"
organized seminar to address the growing concern on Kerala’s ow mortality and high morbidity, declining outcome from "Kerala Health Model"