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  • Dr Om Prakash Kansal
    As shared by Dr. Deepak Saxena, IIPH, Gandhinagar, Gujarat FIRST ANNOUNCEMET “International Conference on “INEQUITY IN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH:
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 10, 2013
      As shared by Dr. Deepak Saxena, IIPH, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

      “International Conference on
      Organized by Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar and PHFI
      Date: 30th November and 1st December, 2013
      Venue: Hotel Pride AHMEDABAD, India
      Inequities in health status reflect the violation of human rights. It is a barrier to human development. The Commission for Social Determinants in 2009 declared that differences in health status is affront to social justice and that must be addressed with utmost urgency.
      WHO reports that almost 99% maternal deaths occur in developing countries and two third of this were contributed by two regions of the world (nearly 53% in the African region and 25% in South-east Asia). The uneven distribution of maternal deaths reflects the unequal access to health services in poor countries.  Post MDG, international commitment is moving to universalism and addressing inequities. The objective of development agenda has shifted from “reduction” to “end”. This can possibly be achieved only through ‘inclusive policies’ which would bring more social inclusion and reduced disparities. There is urgent need for generation of evidence informed decision making in policy formulations and implementations. Collection and availability of disaggregated data is necessary as that will reveal differences in health status across social groups and also differences in health data across regions and countries. Post MDG goals hence should embed ‘equity’ at its center of any frame work. Concerted, systematic research activities for policies and programs need to be addressed towards vulnerable populations. Focused and targeted policies addressing vulnerable populations require evidences for establishing existing inequalities in health status particularly maternal and child health status.

      IIPHG is involved in a project: EVIDENCE FOR POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION. EPI-4 project involves four countries across globe which include India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia (EPI-4). EPI-4 is working in generating evidences and assisting in policy formulation in acknowledging the importance of reducing inequity in maternal and child health. In order to share the national and global evidences of existing inequities in maternal and child health and discuss possible solutions, we are pleased to announce first International conference   on “INEQUITY IN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH: SITUATIONS AND SOLUTIONS”. The conference is organized by Indian Institute of Public Health and PHFI.
      The conference will bring together academicians, administrators and policy makers from different countries from the field of maternal and child health. Few prominent key note speakers for the event include: Dr Abhay Bang (India) , Prof Vinod Diwan (KI Sweden), Prof Indrani Gupta ( IEG India) ,                        Prof Ayesha De Costa (KI Sweden), Prof Helen Roberts (Cochrane Public Health Group- UK) , Prof Ambuj Kumar (USF- US) and Dr.Chandra Kant Ruparelia (JHPIEGO-US), and Prof Sanjay Zodpey (IIPHD-India).
      Conference will also provide platform for the researchers across globe to present their work in form of papers and poster to narrate their research observations, views, suggestions and solutions to reduce inequities on Maternal and Child Health.
      The partners supporting the conference include Government of Gujarat, EPI – 4 project (Karolinska Institute- Sweden), Public Health Evidence South Asia- (PHESA) under Manipal University and Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society- GMERS.
      Participants of conference would include policy makers, program managers, NGOs working in the area of maternal and child health, Members of academia mainly faculty and research student whose area of interest include maternal and child health, representatives from funding agencies both at national and international level, health care providers, and representatives from Government sectors.
      The outcome of the conference is envisaged as a monograph of selected papers.
      For registration and other details please log on: www.inequityinmch.in
      Dr Deepak B Saxena
      MD(P&SM)& PhD (Epidemiology),
      Post Doc Fellow (Infectious Disease-KI-Sweden)
      Associate Professor
      Indian Institute of Public Health-Gandhinagar
      Mobile: 9327396717

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