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    ...Most governments around the world maintain a universal set of systems that can meet and address the challenges posed by natural and man-made disasters and also intentional hazards. Approach to humanitarian emergencies requires coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies, fire departments, civil defence personnel, trained community health physicians, military and disaster volunteers and above all, the district administration. ...

    TOI on Dec. 8, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

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    ...The Asia Pacific region is among the vulnerable zones exposed to hazards of different kind and magnitude. Addressing the same, calls for regional co-operation that transcends boundaries and mandates that countries come together to extend co-operation in terms of information sharing, establishing best practices and addressing cross border challenges. The recent years have marked the beginning of a classic South South Co-operation that is strengthening Asian Nations like never before. Very recently, UNESCAP and its partners like UNDP, IFRC, ADPC and others came together to demystify the global frameworks into practice. This was by far a monumental convergence for disaster resilience by Asian Countries and their partner organisations which signalled the beginning of a long standing vision that is now being created. ...

    TOI on Sept. 8, 2017, 12:09 p.m.

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    ...As a nation state, we are among the early birds to have committed to putting in place the Sendai Framework for action. The New Delhi declaration 2016 also showcased the commitment that must be shown towards disaster management and its processes. But as fragmented efforts continue to happen in the sector, are we lost in translating global policy frameworks into local action. There is no doubt that the Disaster Management Act 2005 has proved an extra-ordinary instrument for helping India mainstream disaster management into a 21st century success story given her historical context of being surrounded by a baffling social division, ethnic diversity, conflicting priorities and poverty amidst plenty. But the current manner of execution is the source of India’s major weakness. ...

    TOI on Aug. 19, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

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    ...This is a classical case of Public Health victory of some sort. Call it in whatever name.” -Dr. Edmond Fernandes, Founder and CEO, CHD Group The Brahmaputra River is one of the major rivers in Asia which flows through India, China and Bangladesh. This long and tiring journey has riverine islands inhabited by humans since a long long time. As the mighty river flows through different channels it creates, it brings with it, seasons of aggression and peace putting human life and livelihood at great risks. Nevertheless, man although he remains a stranger in the world he has mechanically created, man has also found solutions in some places. Likewise, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research ( C-NES) in partnership with the National Health Mission, Government of Assam has been running the Boat Clinics providing primary health care to the remote island populace in the Brahmaputra and across it since 2005. There are over 2.5 million people living in over 2500 islands in Assam where the mighty Brahmaputra flows. ...

    TOI on Aug. 9, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

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    ...However, this necessarily means coming out of the comfort zone, seeing public health as a calling and not as a profession and even less as an industry. Building public health activism at the grassroots cannot really be understood by health professionals who do not go to the field and remain confined to the corridors of a medical school or hospital. Public health activism has more to do in creating interfaces of public-private partnerships, industry-institution interactions, private-private partnerships, inter-sectoral forms of service delivery and also negotiation at top tables of governments. While I do see greater efforts translating into superior level of dedication, I also fear the dangerous disconnect with fragile commitment being exercised between grass-root level public health champions and those sitting at decision making platforms never willing to listen to the front-line voices. ...

    TOI on July 24, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

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    ...Public health can only be a calling for those who seek to listen. The world is waiting. – Dr. Edmond Fernandes. MBBS, MD, PGD-PHSM Community Medicine is understood by different names today (Social Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Public Health, Community Health) and perhaps suffers an existential crisis thanks to regulatory agencies that have never really understood the branch and have not gone beyond dry textbooks and sundry lectures. The Medical Council of India seems to take forever to understand that Community Medicine is a clinical branch and barely able to comprehend the field. For medical students, the interest in community medicine dies a natural death (because of no exposure to real-time field work) and there are two types of people who join the MD – Community Medicine (Specialty branch of medicine) field. ...

    TOI on July 3, 2017, 10:17 a.m.

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    ...It is both important and necessary to provide affordable and quality healthcare for which health systems in India struggle to live upto. Barring the state of Kerala as an exception, the indicators for healthcare is not very encouraging. Indians have survived and thrived due to private healthcare which has been there when popular governments of the day have failed miserably because of incompetency and indifference. In a desperate attempt to push forth reforms, the Karnataka government has tabled the The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill – 2017 to regulate the private sector and fix price rates. This seems exceptionally ethical in countries like Cuba, Costa Rica where the Governments have put in place public health systems which safeguards and secures the interest of civilians at every single moment. Health in India becomes a state subject and bringing reforms is the need of democratic processes. ...

    TOI on June 15, 2017, 1:51 p.m.

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    ...Today medical education in India is messy, be it for undergraduate, post graduate or so-called super speciality branches. To make matters worse, we have NBE which is a place where paradoxes reign supreme. ...

    TOI on June 10, 2017, 11:11 a.m.