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The health patterns of India's citizens has been a changing phenomenon with changing times. Government of India and various stakeholders have been trying to address existing and emerging problems through a number of initiatives. The National Health Mission (Urban-NUHM, Rural-NRHM) has been working through number of innovative approaches.

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In recognition of the growing importance of mental, neurological, and substance-use disorders and injuries, the public health activities targeting these are also receiving thrust, both in India and globally. Within India, the National Mental Health Program (NMHP), introduced in 1980's, is being revitalized. The District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) is expanded from the existing nearly 123 districts to cover the whole of country in next five years.

The National program for Prevention and control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS), and National program for Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) have been recently initiated. The constitution of a National Road Safety Agency and revision of Indian Motor Vehicles Act are awaiting approval of Indian parliament. Trauma care is being strengthened with the National Trauma Care Program.

Spheres on Influence: Click to see High ResolutionIn order to be successful and efficient, these public health responses need to be evidence driven and backed by comprehensive health care systems and skilled public health personnel who can plan, implement, monitor and evaluate public health strategies and approaches. Unfortunately, as previously discussed in numerous fora, India is woefully short of strong public health programmes, skilled public health personnel and sustainable public health initiatives.

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  • Contact Us Prof. P. Satishchandra Professor of Neurology, and Director/Vice-Chancellor, NIMHANS National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore - 560 029, India Ph: 0091-080-26995001 / 5002 Fax: 0091-080-26564830 Email: psatish@nimhans.kar.nic.in
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  • Establishment of a Population based Rural Stroke Registry in India – Indian Council of Medical research, Government of India - 2012 The Impact of Road traffic Injuries in India - Grant proposal under development as part of India – Australia collaboration between ICMR and George Institute - 2012 Development of Mortuary based pilot Injury Surveillance guidelines - WHO, Geneva - 2011-12
  • The "World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion" was established in the Department of Epidemiology with the aim of understanding injury burden and patterns in populations and facilitating development of intervention programmes.
  • Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
  • Neurological problems are major unrecognized public health problems. With paucity of trained manpower, the emphasis till date has been on delivery of services,more so in urban areas. Understanding the distribution and determinants of neurological disorders is very vital for planning delivery of services and to develop preventive care and rehabilitation programmes. Neurological disorders being chronic progressive disorders place significant burden on families and the society.
  • In the past, research focus in this area has been on service utilization patterns, pathways to care, mental health behaviour surveillance, maternal mental health, child mental health and others. Specific contributions to the Report of Macroeconomics Commission and Health has been made apart from focusing on specific issues in mental health in India. Specific and in continuation projects have been undertaken on alcohol and tobacco.
  • Imparting basic, advanced and updated knowledge and skills in the discipline of epidemiology and public health is one of the key mandates of the department. For public health programmes to be effective, there is need for a strong public health workforce which includes academicians, policy analysts, researchers, public health activists, health administrators, health practitioners, health care providers, NGOs and civil society.
  • Since Independence, India has witnessed a four fold decrease in death rates, doubling of the expectancy of life at birth, halving of the birth rate, and control of some communicable diseases.

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Prof. P. Satishchandra
Professor of Neurology, and Director/Vice-Chancellor, NIMHANS
National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore - 560 029, India
Ph: 0091-080-26995001 / 5002
Fax: 0091-080-26564830
Email: psatish@nimhans.kar.nic.in
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Research Activities

  • Establishment of a Population based Rural Stroke Registry in India – Indian Council of Medical research, Government of India - 2012
  • The Impact of Road traffic Injuries in India - Grant proposal under development as part of India – Australia collaboration between ICMR and George Institute - 2012
  • Development of Mortuary based pilot Injury Surveillance guidelines - WHO, Geneva - 2011-12
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the RS10 Road Safety Intervention Plan in Hyderabad, India - supported by JHU and undertaken by IIPH, Hyderabad - 2010
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Injury Epidemiology

The "World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion" was established in the Department of Epidemiology with the aim of understanding injury burden and patterns in populations and facilitating development of intervention programmes.

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NCD Epidemiology

Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology

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Neuroepidemiology

Neurological problems are major unrecognized public health problems. With paucity of trained manpower, the emphasis till date has been on delivery of services,more so in urban areas. Understanding the distribution and determinants of neurological disorders is very vital for planning delivery of services and to develop preventive care and rehabilitation programmes. Neurological disorders being chronic progressive disorders place significant burden on families and the society.

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Psychiatric Epidemiology

In the past, research focus in this area has been on service utilization patterns, pathways to care, mental health behaviour surveillance, maternal mental health, child mental health and others. Specific contributions to the Report of Macroeconomics Commission and Health has been made apart from focusing on specific issues in mental health in India. Specific and in continuation projects have been undertaken on alcohol and tobacco. Harm from alcohol to individuals, families and society has been systematically documented in the last decade through various projects.

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Human Resource Development

Imparting basic, advanced and updated knowledge and skills in the discipline of epidemiology and public health is one of the key mandates of the department. For public health programmes to be effective, there is need for a strong public health workforce which includes academicians, policy analysts, researchers, public health activists, health administrators, health practitioners, health care providers, NGOs and civil society.

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