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Dr Sushila Nayar School of Public Health

The Dr Sushila Nayar school of Public Health (DSNPH) was started on 23 January 2007, in response to the National Health Policy 2002, to promote teaching and training of public health in the country. The centre works in partnership with like-minded individuals and institutions so that advocacy and policy research on priority public health issues may be initiated. The school also works in collaboration with the health system to improve accessibility and availability of health care to the marginalized and downtrodden.

The DSNSPH has started the Diploma in Public Health Management in collaboration with GOI and Public Health Foundation of India. 

WHO Collaborative Centre:

Dr. Sushila Nayar School of Public Health has been designated as WHO Collaborative Centre for research and training in community based maternal, newborn and child health from 15 Jul 2009 in recognition of its contribution to the cause of improving maternal, newborn and child health.

Visit by WHO staff to the centre:

Dr Narimah Awin, Regional Advisor (RHR) WHO, SEARO Office, New Delhi On 5th July 2011.  Dr Subodh S Gupta, NPO (Child Health) WHO India country Office also visited twice to finalise programme on ECD in India.

Meetings and Consultancy

Dr BS Garg 

  • Attended WHO collaborative centres meet at New Delhi, 6-7 Jul 2010.
  • Attended Expert group meeting to review and finalize the regional guidelines to improve teaching of public health at UG level in medical school held at Kathmandu, Nepal, 10-12 Aug 2010 and acted as resource person.
  • Provided short term consultancy at Pyongyang for WHO-DPR Korea from 4-19  Sep 2010 and from 27 Mar-3 Apr 2011.

WHO Financial support to the centre:

The following support was received from WHO

  • Establishment of National quality assurance cell for Emergency Obstetric Training, WR India Office 
  • Establishment of State Quality assurance Cell for Emergency Obstetric Training for NIPI States UP, Rajasthan, Bihar, MP & Orissa, WR India Office 
  • Establishment of State Quality assurance Cell for Emergency Obstetric Training for Non NIPI States Assam, Jharkhand, Maharashtra & Chattisgarh, WR India Office 
  • Development of health management training module under APW with WHO-DPR Korea- Completed on 30-11-2010
  • A study of perinatal mortality in Wardha, Maharashtra, India, under APW, WHO SEARO New Delhi

Collaboration with other WHO Collaborative Centres:

Under the network of four collaborative centres working under Reproductive Health Research/Making Pregnancy Safer in India, two projects on perinatal mortality and developing guidelines for infertility management at Primary Health Care delivery level were submitted and approved. The network had organised meetings on 27 Feb 2011 at AIIMS New Delhi and on 5 Jul at MGIMS Sevagram to review the progress.

Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS) State Monitoring Unit:

The School of Public Health is a State level centre for monitoring and supervision of ICDS in the state of Maharashtra with a MOU with National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development New Delhi. During the year 2010-11 under Monitoring and Supervision of ICDS Scheme, 12 districts were covered. In these 12 districts, 12 ICDS projects, 60 anganwadi centres (AWC) and 5 anganwadi training centres (AWTC) were visited for the monitoring and supervision purpose.

Technical contribution made by Collaborative Centre to WHO activities during last two years:

  • The Collaborative Centre also further extended the activities of national and state Quality Monitoring Centres for EmOC training to four more states and contributed significantly to improve EmOC training.
  • The Collaborative Centre also contributed significantly in promoting gender mainstreaming in medical schools in collaboration of UNFPA
  • The Centre also finalised regional guidelines for undergraduate medical students for the teaching of community medicine at WHO, SEARO meet at Kathmandu

Future Plans:

  • The Centre is working with WHO India Country & WHO SEARO office to initiate a programme to adopt Early Childhood Development (ECD) package in India. A demonstration programme for the same is being organised from 8-13 Sep 2011 followed by implementation programme from 22 Oct 2010. 
  • The Centre is also working with WHO India Country office to validate mid upper arm circumference to diagnose severe acute malnutrition in comparison to weight/height indicator.
  • The Centre will contribute through health system strengthening (research and capacity building) on priority issues in Reproductive Health Research for academics, NGOs, health care providers (public & private). 
  • The Collaborative Centre will also contribute to promote community based research on Reproductive Health Research through undergraduate and post graduate medical students
  • The Centre will also initiate policy advocacy on the basis of evidence generated from the research on Reproductive Health Research issues.

Training Programs:

The school has undertaken the following training programs for health workforce in public health, details of which have been already mentioned in the section titled “Academic activities organized at MGIMS”.
  • Three workshops on Data Analysis using EPI_Info (window Version)
  • Workshop on Qualitative Methods in Health Research 
  • Three workshops for Bihar cadre medical officers on “Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme
  • Series of 4 training programmes for ASHA workers form Wardha Block on ASHA’s Module No 2 
  • Workshop on Data Analysis using EPI_Info 2000
  • Collaborative Orientation program on PCPNDT act in collaboration with SHSRC, Pune.
  • Training of trainers (TOT) program for Medical officers from District health System on new born care
  • Basic Epidemiology- Study design options
  • Two training workshops for Bihar cadre Medical Officer/Surveillance officer on IDSP
  • Four training workshops for ASHA workers from Anji, Talegaon and Kharangna Gode PHC on New born care 
  • Meeting on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Maharashtra in collaboration with UNFPA, Mumbai. 
  • Four training workshops for ASHA workers from Wardha District on Module No. 3

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