Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of premature death and disability in India. Since access to health services is poor in rural India and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) are available throughout India for maternal and child health, a potential solution for improving hypertension control is by utilising this available workforce.
At a time when the government at the Centre has started the process of upgrading primary health centres into comprehensive wellness centres, the George Institute for Global Health India today hosted a roundtable discussion on opportunities and challenges for scaling up primary healthcare in India.
A paper on qualitative inquiry published in BMJ open, found that burns survivors and healthcare providers identified stigma and social exclusion associated with burns disfigurement, as the biggest challenge for recovery, both within the healthcare system, as well as in the community.
George Institute for Global Health India as part of its 10th Anniversary in collaboration with University of New South Wales, Sydney ran an India Health Innovation Contest. We received several pathbreaking innovative and transformative ideas for healthcare delivery in India. Two winners were selected and awarded a cash prize of INR 25,000 each along with an opportunity to jointly work on their proposed ideas with The George Institute India and UNSW Sydney.
Countdown to 2030 (CD2030) recently published its first report on ‘Tracking progress towards universal coverage for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health'. Dr Devaki Nambiar, Program Head for Health Systems & Equity, The George Institute for Global Health India, is part of the Equity Thematic Working Group for CD2030 and co-authored a section of the report, ‘Health Equity is paramount to achieving Universal Health Coverage’ (pages 43-51).
A systematic review on ‘Withdrawal of antihypertensive medication’ by Prof. Van der Wardt published in the Journal of Hypertension in September 2017 defines ‘successful withdrawal’ of antihypertensive medication as ‘not having a follow-up measure above a hypertension threshold’. Dr. Abdul Salam, Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute India and Dr. Anthony Rodgers, Professor of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney disagree with the implication that the rises in BP that would inevitably occur with treatment withdrawal are safe if they do not go above hypertension threshold.
The George Institute for Global Health organised a panel discussion on road traffic injuries as part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations on December 15, 2017. The panel discussed current priorities for achieving road safety targets in India and took stock of the prioritised actions for the UN Decade for Road Safety, following the Phuket commitment which was signed by the ministers in the SEAR region.
Australian High Commissioner to India, Ms Harinder Kaur Sidhu gave away the prizes to winners of an essay writing competition on adolescent health organized by The George Institute for Global Health India during the 10th year anniversary event on December 15, 2017, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi