The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) has elected Dr. Vivekanand Jha, Executive Director of the George Institute for Global Health, India and former professor of Nephrology at the Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh as President of the Society from 2019 to 2021.
Science and medicine were not subjects of dinnertime conversations in the Norton household in Christchurch, New Zealand, but Professor Robyn Norton grew up observing her parents’ commitment to equity and social justice in improving people’s lives. It left an indelible impression on her young mind.
We welcome the new mental health care bill that makes a paradigm shift in how people with mental disorders are treated in the country. It recognises the role of a community-based patient-centric approach and decriminalizes suicide. This, we hope, will go a long way in removing the stigma surrounding mental disorders and in ensuring that such people receive the support from the community and from society. However, just passing a new law is not enough.
The George Institute for Global Health, India, extends their National Salt Reduction Programme to children, in support of Salt Awareness Week 20-26th March 2017. This work aims to raise awareness of the dangers of eating too much salt for children through a school education programme, teaching them how to eat a healthy diet, low in salt – information they can share with their families.
World Kidney day this year is dedicated to the theme of obesity and chronic kidney disease. Data from a large pan-India study that we conducted, only confirms the worst -- obesity is highly prevalent amongst Indians with chronic kidney disease, with over-representation of individuals with disproportionately enlarged waist lines, which is likely to take huge toll on their kidney function. Worse still, women are impacted in more numbers than men.
Realizing that salt reduction in India requires a multi-stakeholder effort, the George Institute for Global Health in association with Arogya World organized the Salt Summit in Delhi on February 9th 2017.