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The GESI Network membership will allow us to share expertise, experiences and collaborate with other members to conduct evidence synthesizes in various disciplines and help expand our role in generating evidence to support decision making in policy and practice, both locally in India and globally in other Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Our salt project has received a positive response from Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights to partner with government and private schools for our campaign. We aim to launch the activity in the month of August.

Recommendations from the round table will be placed in a bilateral senior official working group that will meet in June.

 World Health Organization (WHO), released Managing speed, a new report, to coincide with the United Nations Road Safety Week. The report suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to one in every three road traffic fatalities worldwide. Let us support the call to “slow down, save lives”, by spreading awareness and taking measures to address road injuries resulting from speeding.

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.

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.

As a result of significant reductions in maternal and infant mortality over the past few decades, we have much to celebrate in terms of improving health outcomes for people around the world.

“Ethical issues in dialysis therapy", paper published in Lancet 

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