India to contribute $200,000 towards South-East Asia Health Emergency Response Fund towards implementation of preparedness

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha 72nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East AsiaCyclone FaniDelhi Declaration on Emergency PreparednessSouth-East Asia Health Emergency Response FundWHO News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on September 4, 2019 The Health Ministers of South-East Asia Region of WHO also signed Delhi Declaration on Emergency Preparedness“I am very happy to announce that India will contribute $200,000 towards implementation of the preparedness stream under the South-East Asia Health Emergency Response Fund (SEARHEF) and we will release this support at the earliest.” This was stated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during the Ministerial Round table on Emergency Preparedness on day two of the 72nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia. The Health Ministers of the South-East Asia Region of WHO also signed the Delhi Declaration on Emergency Preparedness.Dr Vardhan, accompanied by Dr Bernard Schwartlander, Chef de Cabinet, WHO and Dechen Wangmo, Minister of Health, Royal Govt of Bhutan, cycled to the meeting venue to focus on strengthening promotive and preventive health so that people adopt positive and healthy lifestyles. Later, Dr Vardhan also led the yoga session at the venue where the Health Ministers from eight of the 11 SEARO countries and delegates practices yoga. The Health Ministers and delegates also went for cycling after the yoga session. He said that Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, gave a call at the United Nations General Assembly to recognise Yoga as a provider of holistic approach to health and well-being. We are happy that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe June 21, as International day of Yoga, he stated. This, along with Eat Right India campaign, will help us to fight lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity and diabetes effectively, he added. He further stated that our visionary Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has recently launched the Fit India Movement and has urged all country people to make fitness part of their daily routine.Highlighting Cyclone Fani as a case study in early preparedness and disaster management, Dr Vardhan stated that accurate weather prediction, effective early warnings, sturdy preparedness for timely evacuation of nearly 1.15 million people to 6575 cyclone shelters, combined with other risk mitigation measures helped to save many human lives. “Special surveillance was mounted for early detection and control/containment of vector-borne and waterborne diseases. There had been no outbreak of epidemic prone disease following cyclone Fani,” said Dr Vardhan.Dr Vardhan further said that the whole exercise of accurate prediction of cyclone Fani and saving thousands of human lives was appreciated and acknowledged by the United Nations and many other international agencies. Enumerating the emerging challenges, the Union Health Minister said climate change is leading to extreme weather events and sudden onset of natural disasters. The earlier concept of disaster risk mapping is rapidly getting blurred with large sections of hitherto unexposed population getting vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. This calls for requisite systems strengthening. For a country of this large magnitude, addressing multiplicity of hazards is a critical challenge. Dr Vardhan also informed that in the recent past, Government of India has provided timely medical supplies to 13 countries requiring humanitarian assistance spread over South-East Asia, Asia Pacific and Africa worth $10 million. We continue to extend medical assistance to six countries this year with medical supplies worth $5 million, he added.Speaking about managing rumours during public health emergencies which are amplified through various social media platforms, Dr Vardhan cited the example of Nipah and underlined the importance of transparency and timely information from government and other authorised sources to allay fears, apprehensions, rumour mongering and anxiety among people. “It is important to share authentic information with the people, as we are the custodians of their faith and as public service providers, need to keep them informed about our support”.Eight Ministers of Health from eight of the 11 countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR), Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region and senior officers of the Health Ministry were also present at the Ministerial Round table. This is the second time that India is hosting the Regional Committee meeting; the previous one was also hosted by India in New Delhi. Add Comment Read Article India to contribute $200,000 towards South-East Asia Health Emergency Response Fund towards implementation of preparedness Comments (0) Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Postslast_img read more

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first_imgThe New York Times:Research has long shown that stress is bad for you, but many people are not even aware when they are feeling stressed.Now, a number of new devices are sold as stress trackers, measuring signs of stress the way fitness tracking devices monitor steps and movement. The gadgets track the biological symptoms of stress — changes in skin perspiration, breathing patterns and heart rate — in hopes of helping people become aware of their stress levels.…Most apps and devices that claim to track or reduce stress lack scientific rigor, said Dr. Rosalind Picard, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, who straps stress monitors onto the wrists of visitors to her Cambridge office.It is hard to objectively determine someone’s stress in the real world — accounting for individual variation, diets, lifestyles, medication and other environmental factors, Dr. Picard said, adding, “If you want to learn about human variability, measure stress.”…“Maybe what you need to do is teach people a little bit and get out of their way,” said Dr. Mary Czerwinski, who is leading that study and is a research manager at Microsoft. “And maybe after a couple of months, if their stress levels are going up, maybe pop back in and remind them of what it was.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Farmington Schools names new diversity administrator

first_imgFarmington Public Schools has selected Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum as the new Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum (Farmington Public Schools)Her appointment is contingent upon approval at the September 8 Board of Trustees meeting. She replaces Dr. Aaron Johnson, who resigned in June.“I am honored to have been selected for this position, not for the title, but because of the work it entails. I have always been passionate about equity and am truly committed to all students, families, and the community,” Goodrum said in a press release. “I look forward to continuing this very difficult, but rewarding work.”One of Goodrum’s first tasks will be to coordinate and facilitate the preparation of the District’s Equity Audit in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and partners. Among other duties, she will also work with schools to lead District equity and achievement initiatives to close opportunity gaps.Two interview teams, one composed of District staff and one composed of community stakeholders, interviewed six candidates for the position. Two finalists were invited back for second-round interviews, and Goodrum was the recommended selection of the second-round interview committee, composed of members drawn from the first-round interview teams, and additional participants.Since 2007, Goodrum has served as the Principal of Visions Unlimited, a program for young adults, ages 18-26 who have physical and developmental disabilities, and as Special Education Supervisor. She also supervised programs for students with severe multiple disabilities throughout the District.Goodrum earned her B.S. in Health Science from Howard University, her MA.T. in Special Education from Trinity College, her Sp.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University.“While we will miss her leadership at Visions and in special education, we are excited to have Bobbie lead this important work in our district,” said Supt. Bob Herrera. Reported by Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more