IIT Madras to Launch Online Public Health Training Course


Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has partnered with Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) to conduct an international online training program on “The Role of Innovative Primary Health Care (PHC) )”. About 150 people from 18 Asian and African member countries are participating in this program, which runs from March 22 to 25, 2022.

The main objectives of the training program are to discuss the situation of PHC in AARDO member countries with a focus on India. Other objectives include discussing capacity building in primary health care in various settings in India, elucidating the role of public and private sectors in PHC in India and learning how Indian best practices could be replicated in AARDO member countries.

Sponsored by AARDO, the training program is organized by the Global Engagement Office of IIT Madras. Addressing the inaugural session virtually on Tuesday, Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Secretary General of AARDO said, “Due to the COVID pandemic, economies have come to a standstill and the impact is greater in rural areas of Africa and Asia. Science and technology can play a major role in solving several problems such as poverty, climate change and hunger. It is important to leverage science and technology to establish an equitable health system to provide inclusive health care to all, especially those in rural areas.

Sharing the experience of Tamil Nadu PHCs, Dr J Radhakrishnan, IAS, Principal Government Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu said, “The pandemic has taught the Government of Tamil Nadu to never compromise on public health care. One of the main challenges in public health care that needs to be addressed is that health care programs need to be flexible. Although there is a need for skilled labor to run public health programs, about 35 percent of staff are on a contract basis. This is another challenge that must be met. »

Further, Dr. Radhakrishnan said, “Tamil Nadu was the first state to realize the importance of public health care. In 1897 the first Sanitary Commissioner was appointed and in 1923 the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine was established in the state.

Also speaking on the occasion, Dr TS Selvavinayagam, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Government of Tamil Nadu, said: “The government of Tamil Nadu has focused on digitizing several aspects of health care. public health. The main challenge is that these ideas have to be implemented according to the requirements at the field level.

AARDO which is an intergovernmental organization that promotes cooperation between African and Asian countries and works towards goals such as the eradication of hunger, illiteracy and poverty. Also, the organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

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