Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Activities of `IIMAR` Members on `World Health Day on Antimicrobial Resistance`
KTHM science college, Nashik, Maharashtra
Mr. Sandip Nerkar, a Ph.D. scholar, along with Dr. Pethkar, Professor of Microbiology, arranged an awareness programme regarding `antimicrobial resistance` in KTHM science college, Nashik for students. In this programme along with explaining the problem of antimicrobial Resistance to the students, they were also motivated for a campaign to visit hospitals/clinics in the city and explain and handover the IIMAR brochures/leaflets on awareness about Antimicrobial resistance to physicians. The students visited at least 100 clinics/hospitals in the Nashik city in Maharashtra and the physicians were motivated to make rational use of antibiotics.

Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences,Loni, Maharashtra

The Centre for Social Medicine in collaboration with Departments of Community Medicine, Pharmacology and Microbiology of  the Rural Medical College, celebrated the World Health Day 2011 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm on 7th April by organizing a Seminar on the Main theme: Combat Drug Resistance. Dr. Ashok Patil, Chief Executive Officer of PMT-PIMS inaugurated the Seminar and addressed the participants.
Dr. Deepak Phalke & Dr. (Mrs) S.S Avachat from Community Medicine, Ms. Namrata Tendulkar, an MBBS student, Dr. Sunil Devrukar from Microbiology and Dr. (Ms)Geeta Patil from Pharmacology Departments delivered lectures on the `WHO Theme of Antimicrobial Resistance` at the Seminar. Concluding remarks were delivered by Dr. Ravindra Kute of Indian Medical Association. The Seminar was attended by Female Health Workers, Women SHG members, General Practitioners, Pharmacists, general public and staff members.

`Centre for Public Health (CPH)` and SOCHARA, Bangalore, Karnataka
Dr. Ravi Narayan, `Community Health Advisor` to `Centre for Public Health (CPH)` and also `Equity  Society for Community Health, Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA)` informs that as  contribution to the World health day theme this year on Drug resistance, CPH and SOCHARA have released a document that arose as part of the  proceedings of a National seminar entitled 'Role of Public Health professionals and the Community in the Control of Antibiotic Resistance'- Report of a panel discussion.`

 KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa

An orientation programme on the ‘Rational Use of Antibiotics’ was held at School of Biotechnology, KIIT University on 7th April 2011 on the occasion of World Health Day. Mr Krushna Chandra Sahoo, a Ph.D. scholar, Dr Priyadarshi Soumyaranjan Sahu, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University and Dr Soumyakanta Sahoo, Super Religare Laboratories Limited, Kalinga hospital, Bhubaneswar, organized the programme. Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, Director, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University presided over the programme. Prof B. C Das, Dean cum Principal, KIIMS was the chief guest of the programme. A rally was conducted involving the students of school of Biotechnology who visited different campuses under KIIT University.

R.D. Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 

On the Occasion of World Health Day - R.D. Gardi Medical College, Ujjain organized Education cum Awareness programmes on rational use of antibiotics for general public and community members. The programmes were held in the Social Centres at Shajapur and at Rajgarh in Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Sherly T.D. and Dr. Mercy of R.D. Gardi Medical College Ujjain discussed and presented the importance of antibiotics for mankind and emphasized the rational use of antibiotic. The presentations were followed by question and answer sessions in which community members asked queries related to the use of antibiotics. Specially designed Pamphlets on Rational use of antibiotics in local language were also distributed to the participants. (Report by Dr. Vishal Diwan)

Sample of the Antimicrobial Resistance campaign brochure prepared by IIMAR. (cliking on the photograph enlarges the image, you can download and print it then. Some more brochures are also available and they can be supplied by us. Brochures in Tamil, Hindi, Marathi are also available.)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The World Health Day - April 7th 2011 - will focus on Antimicrobial Resistance.

The World Health Day- April 7th 2011 will focus on Antimicrobial Resistance. I will suggest/request that please try to arrange various programmes on or around this day.

IIMAR has ready brochures for distribution to GENERAL PUBLIC, PHYSICIANS AND PHARMACISTS. We can release it to anybody who wants to use it for creating antimicrobial resistance awareness. 

Some other Resources are mentioned below-
Brochure- http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2011/world-health-day2011-brochure.pdf
Toolkit- http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2011/WHD2011-toolkit-EN3.pdf
Fact-sheet -- http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2011/WHD201_FS_EN.pdf

A special section on World Health Organization´s website has now been created -- http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2011/en/index.html for more information.
Many programmes are being arranged at various places in India. Some of them are mentioned below in brief.
  • The R.D. Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh is arranging awareness programmes in Shajapur and Rajgarh districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The BJP doctor cell in Gujarat is arranging a medical camp and awareness programme at vadodara, Gujarat.
  • Centre for Social Medicine at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS - A Deemed University) at Loni in Maharashtra is organizing a Seminar on the WHO Theme on 7th April 2011 inviting General Practitioners, Pharmasists and village level health workers of Ahmednagar district at PIMS- Loni. The Faculty from Departments of Community Medicine, Microbilogy and Pharmacology of Rural Medical College, Loni will be the resource persons for the Seminar.
  • Doctors' College of Nursing,  Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu informs that Due to the election in Tamilnadu, they cannot organise any public program on April 7th. They plan to organize a week-long camp on the theme of Antimicrobial resistance on following lines tentatively from 20th April.
    1. Inaugural program - Intercollegiate meet for Students' awareness
    2. Physician awareness campaign
    3. Pharmacist awareness campaign
    4. General Public awareness campaign
    5. Community health awareness
    6. Interschool competitions
    7. Theater and drama among general public - Valedictory program
  • The SRIMUTHUKUMARAN MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL & RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CHENNAI is organising a seminar on `Antimicrobial Resistance` with a special address by Dr. Jawahar - a scientist from Indian Council of Medical Research.