IIHMR hosts national conference on urban health

To deliberate upon various issues pertaining to urban health and how to streamline the whole process of quality healthcare delivery, a conference was organised recently by Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR).

More than 200 delegates including experts, scholars, academicians and researchers from the medical and healthcare fraternity were present at two day conference held on February 24-25 at IIHMR campus in Dwarka, Delhi.

Talking about the theme and motive to organise the conference, Dr Sanjiv Kumar, Director, IIHMR Delhi, said, “Platforms such as these provide an opportunity for intellectuals from diverse fields to exchange ideas and suggest solutions that can help in providing better healthcare for citizens.”

Total eight sessions were organised touching upon various areas of urban health including ‘quality of care in urban health’ and ‘technology and innovation in urban health’.

There were discussions on pivotal issues related to healthcare financing: expanding credit for affordable healthcare markets; impact bonds, an innovative way of improving quality of healthcare; viable mechanisms for insuring healthcare and synergies with recently announced National Health Protection Scheme.

Dr Sanjay K. Rai, professor, centre for community medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and vice president, India public health association, delivered a special address on ‘learning from urban field practices area” and stressed upon the need for medical colleges to set up model urban health facilities in the country.

The first session focused on ‘quality of care in urban health’, chaired by Dr Girdhar Gyani, Founder Director, association of health providers India.

Another important session was on ‘community engagement and behaviors change communication,’ where prominent speakers including Dr Denny John, Campbell Collaboration and VR Raman, head of policy, WaterAid, India, spoke at length on the said topic.

There was an exclusive session on ‘human resource and capacity building’ where Dr Amit Bahot spoke about the challenges and way forward to address them.