Urban Health

Topic: Urban Disease Dynamics – Epidemiological Transitions and the Changing Disease Spectrum
Chair: Sanjay Zodpey
Speakers: K.R. Thankappan, Vikasben Desai, Vinod Paul, and Vivek Benegal

Topic: Urban Health Governance: Challenges and Innovations
Chair: Dileep Mavalankar
Speakers: Subhash Salunke, Ajit Mohan,and S. Selva Kumar

Session: Deep Dives

Topic: Debates in Nutrition and Food Security
Speakers:Sadhana Bhagwat, Vani Sethi, Mohan Rao and Deepjyoti

Topic: Urban Poverty and Migration
Speakers:Bontha Babu, Jaideep Srinivas, Milind Babar, and Indu Prakash Singh

Topic: ‘Pareshaani Kya Hai, Sujhaav Kya Hai?’ User-provider interface in Urban Health
Chair:Subhash Salunke and Kavita Narayan
Speakers:Armida Fernandez, Arvind Lal, Rajesh Sagar,
V Renganathan, Rajen Ghadiok, Rajshekhar Ramnath Iyer, Sandipan Rama Zombade, Renu Khanna, Indu Prakash Singh, Rangashri Kishore

Context Anchor Representative: Priya Balu-Kakkar

Pecha Kucha and Poster Abstracts

Sanjay Zodpey

Dr. Zodpey is currently Director, Public Health Education at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. He holds a leadership role as Director at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi and Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar. He also served as Director of Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar and worked as Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine and Vice Dean at Government Medical College, Nagpur. He has vast experience of research collaboration and partnership with national and international agencies, development partners, governments and contract research organisations.

Vivek Benegal

Dr. Vivek Benegal is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences [NIMHANS], Bangalore.  M.D. Psychiatry; Diploma in Psychological Medicine; (M.B,B.S.) His major research areas include:  Epidemiology of substance abuse in India, Neurobiology and genetics of the susceptibility to alcohol dependence, Translational research and Genetics of psychoses. He is an advisor/ consultant in several major public health policy initiatives both nationally and internationally.

Vinod Paul

Vinod K. Paul (MD, PhD) is Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, as well as Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, and a member of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage constituted by the Prime Minister of India. Professor Paul also leads the WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Newborn Care and the ICMR Centre for Advanced Research in Newborn Health at AIIMS.

K R Thankappan

K R Thankappan is Professor and head of the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies that hosted India’s first Master of Public Health (MPH) program. He is trained as a public health physician and took his MD in social and preventive medicine from Trivandrum medical college in 1986 and an MPH in international health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA in 1997. He teaches MPH students and guides PhD students in chronic disease epidemiology. His research interests are chronic non-communicable diseases and their risk factors particularly tobacco.

Vikasben Desai

Dr. VikasKishor Desai was Former Director (RCH) and Additional Director (FW) and Professor and HOD (PSM) of the Gujarat Government. She dealt with infectious disease outbreaks and several initiatives in dealing with disease epidemics and public health challenges in urban areas. Dr. Desai is one of founding members of the Urban Health Society of India, a non-profit focused on the building of evidence based robust urban health systems, promoting areas of operational research in urbanization and health in India and to advocate innovations in urban governance and health.

Dileep Mavalankar

Dr. Dileep Mavalankar is Dean (academics), Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, Public Health Foundation of India. Dr. Mavalankar has been an adviser to organizations including Columbia University, MotherCare Project (USA), the WHO, UNICEF, DANIDA, and UNDP/World Bank (India). His areas of expertise include: management of maternal health programs and health systems improvement, quality of care, reproductive healthcare, and management of services. His current work includes: management of maternal health programs, monitoring the quality of health services, and research revolving around the management capacity for health.

Aruna Sundarajaran

Aruna Sundarajaran, IAS is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Mission Director, RAY. She has held key administrative posts with Union and Federal Governments in India, as well as served in as CEO, IL&FS, where she headed the national rural Common Service Centre project under the National E-Government Programme. Much of her work over recent years has focused on harnessing ICT for improving governance and public expenditure.

Ajit Mohan

Ajit Mohan is an independent consultant focused on serving fast growing institutions in emerging markets, and an Executive Council Member at the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He was a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute where he led the work and co-authored “India’s Urban Awakening: building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth”, a roadmap for urban reforms in India, presented to the Prime Minister in 2010. Ajit writes on urban issues, most recently for the Wall Street Journal and the World Policy Journal. 

S. Selva Kumar

Shri S. Selva Kumar is Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Karnataka. With his expertise and interest in the fields of both governance, health and urbanization, Shri Kumar will give a broad overview on the critical need for identifying urban health priorities in national and state health policy and cooperation of urban local bodies in non-health sectors to improve health outcomes and influencing urban health governance.

Subhadra Menon

Dr Menon is a health communication and advocacy expert who has worked in the health field in India in diverse capacities covering professional and community activist experiences.An active contributor to India’s HIV/AIDS response, she has led a technical, advocacy capacity building effort supported by Avahan – the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this she was Editor-in-Chief and Project Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in India and a senior member of the core team that initiated the first AIDS vaccine trial in the country.

Sadhana Bhagwat

Dr. Sadhana Bhagwat has been with GAIN for the last four years as a Program Associate, in charge of GAIN's nutrition programmes. She is a medical specialist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Otolaryngology and an MD in Preventive and Social Medicine. She has been in the field of public health for the past 12 years. She worked as a consultant with the Sector Investment Programme of Maharashtra State Family Welfare Bureau and as a WHO consultant in the National Cancer Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Vani Sethi

Vani Sethi has 10 years of public nutrition research and programming experience. She has worked in varied capacities with national and International development agencies. During her tenure as a nutrition specialist with UNICEF Gujarat she supported launch of the Gujarat State Nutrition Mission, Annaprashan Diwas and use of SMS and satellite communication for information dissemination. Her areas of interest include infant and young child nutrition, nutrition surveillance, positive deviance, trials for improved practices, urban nutrition, community mobilization and behavior change communication.

Mohan Rao

Mohan S Rao, Environmental Design professional, is the principal designer at Integrated Design (INDÉ), a multi-disciplinary consultancy practice based in Bangalore, involved in research and design programs. He is involved in master planning of existing & new settlements; integrated policy and design initiatives for productive landscapes and urbanism; natural disasters, management & reconstruction and conservation & site interpretation of world heritage sites. Mr. Rao also leads several research based initiatives in  biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change impacts and passive design and energy renewal and conservation methodologies.

Deepjyoti Konwar

Deepjyoti been with SEWA from last 3 years and involved in research and publication across SEWA's various activities, including 'Empowering Women in an Insecure World.' Presently, she is coordinating an ongoing pilot study conducted by SEWA supported by the Delhi Government and UNDP India, which offers self-employed women (targeted BPL families) a choice between unconditional cash transfers and participation in the PDS ration system. She will share the experience and initial findings of the study in context of food security.

Anjali Borhade

Anjali Borhade is Assistant Professor with Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi, India.  Her areas of interests are; labour migration, urban health, strengthening health systems and policies towards better access to health care for internal labour migrants.   Anjali is Founder Director of NGO ‘Disha Foundation’ dedicated to work with internal migrants and their rights in Maharashtra State.  She has worked extensively with migrant workers through interventions and policy dialogue with government.

Bontha V. Babu

Bontha V. Babu is currently Deputy Director General in Health Systems Research Division of Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. He is a health social scientist, who specializes in the use of qualitative and quantitative information in community-based studies. His areas of interests include community-based interventions for health promotion and disease prevention. Earlier, he worked in Orissa, on projects related to global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. Presently, he is coordinating a collaborative nation-wide intervention study on migrants’ access to health care in 13 Indian cities.

Milind Babar

Milind has worked in corporate sector for more than 20 years and then moved to development sector since last 15 years.  He has significant contribution in the area of human rights specially pertaining to child rights and unorganised sector workers.  His area of expertise lies in community empowerment and advocacy with state and national level for ensuring human  rights of most marginal communities.  At present Milind is associated with Disha Foundation, Nasik working for human rights of internal migrant workers in Maharashtra and India.

Indu Prakash Singh

Indu Prakash Singh, is with the Indo – Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) as Technical Advisor, City Makers Programme (Homelessness and Urban Poverty). He has workedas the National Theme Leader (Senior Manager), for Shelters / Housing & urban poor/ informal labour, with ActionAid International – India (AAI-I). Since the inception of AashrayAdhikarAbhiyan (AAA), a programme of AAI-I in 2000 – he has been working to ensure  the shelter rights of the homeless in Delhi – and has been its Director.

Jaideep Srinivas

I S.S.Jaideep, did M.Phil in Anthropology in 1990 and since then had worked with the Corporate for an year and subsequently been engaged in the development sector and working for the poor. Since 1994 onwards he has worked with ActionAid India and in 2008 onwards working as Regional Manager, with Aide et Action International. Has worked onthe planning and implementation of interventions for the poor through - Participatory planning, Institution Building, Livelihoods, Migration Governance and Policy & Advocacy.

Subhash Salunke

Dr. Salunke has been faculty in the subject of Preventive and Social Medicine (Community Medicine) for eight years. His 30 years’ experience in the Public Health Department spans from Deputy Director to Director General in the Health Services of Maharashtra. He has assisted State Governments to initiate a number of schemes such as: “Jeevan Dai ArogyaYojana”, free blood supply to Thalassemia patients, monitoring medical care in Trust-hospitals for poor, etc. mainly focusing on health services to the poorer section of society.

Kavita Narayan

Kavita Narayan is currentlyAssociate Head, Health Systems Support Unit and Hospital Services Expertat Public Health Foundation of India. In her present role, Kavita co-leads the strategy and operations of the most recent unit within PHFI; the Health Systems Support Unit (HSSU).  Among others, key success indicators include building strategic partnerships and relationships with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other associated entities at several states and the center as well as bilateral/multilateral development partners and the industry.

V Renganathan

Dr. Renganathan is a Co-Founder & VP Alliance at Vaatsalya Healthcare Solutions.  Renganathan, a scientist by training, is interested in healthcare delivery particularly with reference to chronic diseases.  He has developed a PPP concept for providing cost-effective quality delivery related services in villages.  He is also spearheading a complete Diabetes Disease management program at Vaatsalya.  He was an Associate Prof of Biochemistry at Oregon Health Sciences University and has published extensively in metabolic biochemistry.

Rajen Ghadiok

Dr.Rajen Ghadiok is working in Nova Medical Centers Pvt Ltd as Executive Director- Medical Strategy & Operations since September 01,2011.  He previosuly worked with Fortis Healthcare Limited as Vice President - Medical Strategy & Operations since January 2005 till 30th August 2011.Dr Rajen Ghadiok has been Head, Cardio – Thoracic Anesthesiology Department at Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, For the past 5 years he has been devoted to the Development of Healthcare in the Corporate Sector.

Armida Fernandez

Dr. Armida Fernandez was Prof of Neonatology at the LTMM College for over two decades and retired as the Dean of the institution. Her major work has been on appropriate technology for survival of neonates in developing countries. Dr. Fernandez is the Founder Trustee of SNEHA(Society for Nutrition , Education and Health Action) that works in the slums of Mumbai  which reorients and reorganizes the limited resources of India’s public health system, crafting efficient programs to secure quality maternal and neonatal health care for low income families.

Arvind Lal

The Chairman and Managing Director of Dr Lal PathLabs, (Hony) Brig. Dr. Arvind Lal is a pioneer in bringing Laboratory services in India at par with the Western world. Dr. Lal has revolutionized laboratory medicine in the country by introducing new tests, instruments and ICT systems. He is also a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Solidarity Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Eminent Medical Person award, Delhi Ratan Award besides many others. Under his leadership his lab was conferred the prestigious ICICI – CNBC ‘Emerging India Award’ by the British Defence Minister at London in 2008.

Rajesh Sagar

Dr. Rajesh Sagar is an Additional Professor of Psychiatry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is the Secretary of The Central Mental Health Authority of India. He is an international resource person for various projects and also a consultant to many governmental organizations for mental health. He is the principal investigator for elaborate projects of the WHO, including the WHO multi-centric study of urbanization and mental disorders in migrant populations.

Rajshekhar Ramnath Iyer

Dr. Iyer (M.B.B.S, DPH), is presently working as Medical officer of Health Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. He is in charge of Administration of 8 Hospital and 22 dispensary under Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Health department with staff @ 4,000. In charge of various health sanitation and solid waste management projects under JNNURM some of which are fully functional and others at various stages of implementation.

Sandipan Rama Zombade

Mr. Zombade is a slum dweller who has through his constant efforts helped to develop and improve the quality of life of his community. As a user of health services in urban slums, he offers a variety of perspectives in bridging the gap between users and providers through solution-focused initiatives towards contemporary urban challenges.

Renu Khanna

Renu Khanna is a founding member of Sahaj (Society for Health Alternatives) and is based in Baroda, Gujarat in India and is actively involved in women’s health movement. She has over 25 years of experience in Health Care Management and Organisation Development in health organisations. Her work  has focused on women’s health and rights, and she is also involved in policy critique and policy and programme advocacy in India.

Priya Balu-Kakkar

Priya Balu-Kakkar is a public health specialist and researcher with the Public Health Foundation of India. She is the founding partner of Future Health Inc, Toronto Canada.

Priya’s work across multiple health domains has included linking private sector funds to public health systems research and planning, evidence based public policy development, social sector program evaluation and organizational development in India, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Her professional interests include the role of social entrepreneurship and public/private partnerships in bridging gaps in health inequity in emerging economies and its subsequent policy implications in public health research for the government and other pertinent stakeholders as they try to define and set a road map for public health programs in developing countries.

Rangashri Kishore

Mrs. Rangashri Kishore is Chief Librarian at PHFI by profession and a social worker by avocation. She is the Founder Secretary of Richmond Fellowship Society. She has been instrumental in setting up of 3 homes for the mentally challenged in India. Her significant contribution to this cause has been that she is an excellent resource person for families who have a person suffering from Schizophrenia. Her main focus has been to integrate persons suffering from this illness into the community and she has managed to train mentally ill persons in managing a library and who have further been employed as librarians in schools and elsewhere. Rangashri was the First Asian to be awarded the ASCLA EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD for the year 1999 from the American Library Association.