The media have a fundamental role to play when it comes to communicating research and evidence to a broader audience. With this in mind, engagement of mainstream Indian media at the national and regional levels were very important when it came to sharing the Sundarbans Health Watch report. But this did not address the challenge of how to reach the policy implementers at the grassroots.Read More
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Communitization of Health: Reflections from IIHMR – FHS on climate health research to policy at the SOCHARA meet, Bangalore
In April 2016, FHS IIHMR presented their research on ‘Climate, Society and Health - Research to policy’ at a workshop in Bangalore, India examining complexities, at both the macro and micro level, of ensuring that climate health research informs polity. The workshop - which was attended by academics, post graduate students and civil society members with thematic expertise in agriculture, climate, food security and child rights - was being conducted to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of SOCHARA - an NGO committed to a community health approach to addressing public health problems.Read More
How can the use of photos help to influence decision-makers? Shibaji Bose, FHS PIRU Officer at IIHMR blogs about how women in the Indian Sundarbans used Photovoice - a visual action research technique - to demonstrate to decision makers the challenges that they face in gaining access to health services.Read More
On 27 April 2015, the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University (FHS partner) and Welthungerhilfe, with technical inputs from UNICEF, co-hosted a consultation meeting in Kolkata to address the challenges and barriers to the adoption of a sustainable multi-sectoral approach to combat child undernutrition in the Indian state of West Bengal. This blog outlines the key messages, outcomes and actions from the meeting.Read More
By Shibaji Bose, FHS India Policy Influence and Research Uptake Officer
The media is famously called the fourth estate, after the executive, judiciary, and legislature.
My comprehension from the [ResUp meet] was that many who attended considered the media just one of the many channels that would take forward / upward / downward to the proletariat their ‘silver bullet’ research findings. However, from an Indian / South Asian context, there would have been no structural movements or user voices reclaiming their lost territory if they had not piggybacked on the media storm.Read More
Future Health Systems and Africa Hub partners will be participating at the ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange in Nairobi from 9 to 12 February 2015, which will bring together members of the ResUp MeetUp community to share learning and best practice, and build capacity for research uptakeRead More
Is the health system response out of sync with the demands of the islanders in the Indian Sundarbans?
Five years ago, a mid-summer nightmare named Aila crashed on the Sundarbans with murderous fury and wreaked destruction beyond repair. On May 25, 2009 the tropical cyclone hit the Sundarbans in India and Bangladesh with a wind speed of 110 km/hr. Over 8,000 people went missing and more than a million were rendered homeless in the two countries. In India about 300 people were killed in Sagar Island alone in the Indian Sundarbans. Figures can scarcely do justice to record the number of homes destroyed, lives lost and livelihoods decimated.
There was a localised health system collapse in the immediate aftermath of Aila – a fact attested by the islanders loudly and by the state health policy makers privately.Read More