Wednesday, 30 November 2016

IIHMR University signed a MoU on Nov 29, 2016 with Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences (KGUMS) of Bhutan to collaborate on Academic, Research Consultancy and Training in Health Sciences at IIHMR, Delhi

IIHMR University  signed a MoU on Nov 29, 2016 with Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences (KGUMS) of Bhutan to collaborate on Academic, Research Consultancy and Training in Health Sciences at IIHMR, Delhi. This marks the start of an era of mutually beneficial collaboration to support the newly formed Health University in Bhutan. Dr K P Tshering, President KGUMS, Bhutan and Dr S D Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University and Trustee Secretary IIHMR Group were the signatories to this historic collaboration. Immediately, two Key Trainers training programs of two week duration each are being organised by IIHMR at Bhutan in next two months. 

 IIHMR has a long history of successful international collaboration with neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Myanmar. KGUMS, Bhutan is the only Medical University of Bhutan and aspires to become a centre of excellence in human resources development in medical and paramedical sciences. 

IIHMR  is a pioneer health management institute in India which started three decades earlier and has progressed to become a WHO Collaborating Centre on Districts Health System based on Primary Health Care and Centre of Excellence in Health Management Research. It has collaborations with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Over the years, IIHMR has been instrumental to mentor thousands of health management professionals in India and other countries.  

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Offers a Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods

JAIPUR, November 15, 2016— The Rural Development (RD) sector today faces complex challenges of growth, equity, climate change, and social & economic security of the poor and vulnerable communities. This context has impressed upon the RD programmes of government and non-government organizations a growing need for intervention strategies that are reflective, robustly designed, and implemented through an innovative and adaptive approach. It is clear that there is an urgent need to address this capacity building challenge by preparing a cadre of rural professionals who are capable of engaging in the rural development sector specially at the sub-district levels; be it through NGOs, government institutions or as elected representatives of the PRIs and/or cluster level federation leaders. 

IIHMR University and Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) today jointly announced the launch of the first batch of the Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods. The programme combines appropriate knowledge and skill components through a unique yet inclusive capacity building initiative. The programme focuses on the development of capacities of tribal youth from 6 states of the Central Indian Tribal belt. Towards this end, BRLF and IIHMR University have brought together 15 leading organizations in the rural livelihoods sector to facilitate a multi-centre, multi-topic curriculum that covers different dimensions of rural livelihoods. For the first batch, 30 candidates have been selected from states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. These candidates belong to Scheduled Tribes, De-Notified Tribes/Notified Tribes, and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups/communities from across BRLF mandated geographies.

IIHMR University is India’s foremost university committed to the health and well-being of people everywhere.  BRLF is an autonomous body set up by Ministry of Rural Development Government of India with an objective to facilitate civil society action for transforming lives and livelihoods in the central tribal adivasi belt in the country initially.  This Certificate Programme is the first among many initiatives of the collaboration between IIHMR University and the BRLF. BRLF and IIHMR University will be jointly certifying this Programme.  The programme features a rounded curriculum that explicitly recognizes the value of people’s knowledge and is enabled with cutting edge practice support tools.
President, IIHMR University Prof. Vivek Bhandari in his address during the Launch programme, said, “Through this partnership with BRLF, IIHMR University will greatly enhance its capacity to impact the rural development sector. Students of this programme will get the best of theoretical and practical knowledge, and exposure to proven livelihoods interventions from some of the most challenges parts of India. Pedagogically, the modules will be an embodiment of the concept of learning by doing.”

Addressing the audience President, BRLF Dr. Mihir Shah said, “One of the key mandates of BRLF’s capacity building initiative is to create a pool of rural development professionals for supporting various development interventions of Government, CSOs and community at large. This initiative will be part of a series of capacity building programmes under the BRLF Capacity Building Initiative, designed and implemented as per the needs of target groups and of different institutions currently working in the sector (Government and CSOs). “

Dr. Mihir Shah shared that this course will be a game changer in the rural livelihoods sector since the design and delivery of the course will provide a unique opportunity to the tribal youth to learn of various livelihoods domains and address the issue of growing shortage of trained human resources in the sector. Dr. Shah thanked the IIHMR University and 15 knowledge partners under the CB initiative for making the certificate programme possible. He also extended his warm welcome to all nominating institutions who have sent their existing professional staff for Batch 1. 

The certificate programme has 16 different learning modules in rural livelihoods domain. Participants of the programme will learn these modules across 12 learning locations in 7 states of Central Indian tribal belt. On completion of the course, these rural professionals will potentially engage at block levels as drivers of positive change within Civil Society Organizations and Government Institutions facilitating effective implementation of social and economic security programmes/projects for tribal rural India. . 

Monday, 7 November 2016

An Invitation - Alumni Meet 2016 at IIHMR University

Book your Dates"Its Time to meet old Friends and Rekindle Beautiful Memories." Alumni Meet of IIHMR University will be held on November 26th, 2016 on the University campus.

Alumni Speak

Thursday, 6 October 2016

IIHMR University has won the #IndiaToday Safaigiri Award 2016 in the Toilet Titan Category

The IIHMR University has won the #IndiaToday #Safaigiri Award 2016 in the Toilet Titan Category. This award is being given away to individuals and institutions under the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhyan by the India Today Group.

This achievement is the result of the collaborative efforts of the #IIHMR team, CPU- Aapni Yojna, colleagues from BCT, as well as many external institutional partners. The initiative has benefitted from the guidance of Dr. Ashok Agarwal and Dr. SD Gupta; and was coordinated by Prof. Goutam Sadhu.

Congratulations to the whole #IIHMR Team

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

21st Pradanya - Annual Conference on "SMART Healthcare in India"

21st Annual Conference on ‘SMART Healthcare for India’ was held on 29 and 30 September 2016 at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur. The conference had been organized with an aim to share ideas and innovations in Health, Hospital, Rural and Pharmaceutical Industry with special emphasis on sustainability, resource utilization and scarcity in Healthcare market, management and new technological innovations evolving in this field along with developing insights into the techniques, opportunities, novel strategies and analytical methods that are being implemented for dealing with different challenges sprouting in the health ecosystem.


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Saturday, 3 September 2016


Dr. Vivek Bhandari has been appointed President of IIHMR University, Jaipur, India’s leading academic institution committed to research and professional development in the field of health management.  He succeeds Dr. SD Gupta, the founding President of the university, who has led the institution for over two decades, and will now serve as Chairman of the IIHMR Board of Governors. 
Professor Bhandari brings with him years of experience as a respected educator and an institution-builder.  From early 2007 to 2011, Bhandari served as Director of the prestigious Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).  Appointed at the age of 37, he was the youngest director of a premier business school at that time.  Before joining IRMA, he was a tenured faculty member at Hampshire College in Amherst, USA for just under a decade, and worked closely with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the colleges associated with the prestigious Five College Consortium.  In 2010, Bhandari spent a semester at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), University of Pennsylvania, as a visiting scholar.
Since leaving IRMA in 2011, Bhandari has worked as a consultant with India’s leading philanthropic trusts such as the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), and Reliance Foundation to provide strategic direction for their initiatives and to enable them to address the country’s myriad developmental challenges.  He also works closely with the World Economic Forum, Geneva, and serves on the boards of numerous professional and academic institutions as well as committees convened by the Indian government.  Bhandari was a founding faculty member of the Young India Fellowship Program (YIFP), associated with the recently launched Ashoka University, and has also served as Vice Chancellor of Auro University in Surat.
Professor Bhandari said, “I feel deeply honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the students and faculty at IIHMR University, an institution that has pioneered the field of health management in the Indian subcontinent, and whose commitment to professionalising health delivery has remained undiminished for over three decades.  It will be a privilege to work closely with the university’s institutional community and its many stakeholders to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere.”
On Prof. Bhandari’s appointment, Prof. S.D. Gupta said, “Dr Bhandari’s joining as the President at the IIHMR University will bring new vision and future growth not only in health management research and education, but also other diversified disciplines related to human development.

Prof. Bhandari completed his B.A. (Honors) and M.A. from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.  He went on to receive a second M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  He has a distinguished academic record, and lectures at academic institutions in India and abroad.  His scholarly writings in the fields of comparative history, rural management, sustainability, and peace studies have appeared in a variety of academic journals, and he writes regularly for publications in the mainstream media. In 2008, Business Today magazine included Prof. Bhandari in its list of “India’s Top 25 Young Executives under the age of 40.”
Vivek Bhandari,
Newly appointed President of IIHMR University
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Age: 46 years
Career:  Former Director & Professor of Social Science, IRMA; Former Professor at various American Colleges and Universities in Amherst, USA; Former VC, Auro University; and Executive Director of Sandarbha Consulting Ltd.
Personal: Wife, Charu and two daughters , Barkha and Anika
Academics: University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. History; University of Pennsylvania, M.A. South Asian Studies; University of Delhi, M.A. Modern History; St. Stephen’s College, B.A.  

Saturday, 27 August 2016

D.A. Henderson, ‘disease detective’ who eradicated smallpox, dies at 87

By Emily Langer August 20
Donald “D.A.” Henderson, an American epidemiologist who led the international war on smallpox that resulted in its eradication in 1980, the only such vanquishment in history of a human disease and an achievement that was credited with saving tens of millions of lives, died Aug. 19 at a hospice facility in Towson, Md. He was 87.

The cause was complications from a broken hip, said his daughter, Leigh Henderson.

A self-described “disease detective,” Dr. Henderson spent the defining years of his career as an official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Later, he served as dean of Johns Hopkins University’s school of public health and as a science and bioterrorism adviser in three presidential administrations.
But it was in the fight on smallpox — perhaps the most lethal disease in history and one that killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century alone — that he became known around the world. Lent from the CDC to the WHO for a decade in the 1960s and 1970s, he commanded a small cadre of public-health officials and an army of field workers in an endeavor that amounted to a medical moonshot.
“I think it can be fairly said that the smallpox eradication was the single greatest achievement in the history of medicine,” Richard Preston, the best-selling author of volumes including “The Hot Zone,” about the Ebola virus, and “The Demon in the Freezer,” about smallpox, said in an interview. He described Dr. Henderson as a “Sherman tank of a human being — he simply rolled over bureaucrats who got in his way.”
D.A. Henderson in 1974. (CDC)
For millennia, at least since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, smallpox had ravaged its way around the world. Caused by the variola virus, it was an exceptionally painful and gruesome disease. Victims suffered from fever and other flulike symptoms before developing a rash of the pustules that gave the disease its nickname: the speckled monster. It killed a third of its victims and left survivors disfigured, sometimes blind.
“Smallpox has been called one of the most loathsome diseases,” Dr. Henderson told The Washington Post in 1979. “I know that no matter how many visits I made to smallpox wards filled with seriously ill and dying patients, I always came away shaken.”
Populations had long sought to protect themselves from smallpox through crude methods of inoculation, the process by which a patient is intentionally exposed to a disease to provoke a mild reaction and thereby obtains immunity from a more serious infection.
In the 18th century, an English physician, Edward Jenner, discovered that exposure to the less dangerous cowpox virus produced immunity to smallpox. He is regarded as the father of the smallpox vaccine, which was perfected over the years and severely curtailed the spread of the disease in areas where the vaccine was distributed. Because of large-scale immunizations, the United States was free of smallpox by 1949.
But the disease continued to bedevil countries around the world, particularly in South America, South Asia and Africa. In the late 1950s, the Soviet Union began to apply pressure on the WHO, which is an agency of the United Nations, to mount a campaign to wipe out smallpox.
Many WHO officials were hesitant to embark on such an ambitious operation, fearing that a defeat would erode the organization’s credibility. Previous efforts to eliminate other diseases, such as yellow fever and malaria, had “failed spectacularly,” according to Jason Schwartz, a historian of medicine at the Yale School of Public Health.
[The world is closer than ever to eradicating Guinea worm]

D.A. Henderson in 2011. (Michael Temchine/The Washington Post)
When it was agreed that the WHO would take on the smallpox initiative, the organization turned to the United States, which, under Dr. Henderson’s leadership, had already launched a smallpox-eradication program in Africa. In an oral history with the online Global Health Chronicles, Dr. Henderson recalled that the WHO director general, the Brazilian malariologistMarcelinoCandau, called the U.S. surgeon general with a demand.
“I want an American to run the program,” Candau said, “because when it goes down, when it fails, I want it to be seen that there is an American there and the U.S. is really responsible for this dreadful thing that you have launched the World Health Organization into, and the person I want is Henderson.”
Pressed by the surgeon general, and apprehensive about his chances of success, Dr. Henderson arrived in Geneva in 1966. For the next 11 years, he shuttled between Geneva and far-flung smallpox hot spots — obtaining funding, coordinating with nations including the Soviet Union amid Cold War tensions, and inspiring heroics from the tens of thousands of field workers who ventured into countries racked by deprivation, natural disaster, political instability and war.
The campaign, which cost an estimated total of $300 million, employed a strategy called ring vaccination that was credited to the American epidemiologist William Foege. Rather than attempting to vaccinate everyone — a technique determined to be superfluous — the WHO located smallpox patients, isolated them, vaccinated everyone who had contact with the victims, and then vaccinated everyone who had contact with those people.
The smallpox campaign benefited from an effective vaccine, ingeniously reconstituted in a freeze-dried form that could withstand the high temperatures of tropical environments. It was administered by a sharp, two-pronged rod that was easy for nonprofessionals to use. The nature of smallpox also offered advantages: With its telltale sores, it was easy to identify in patients, and it had no animal vector, or means of transmission.
Much credit for its success went to Dr. Henderson personally.
“He gives a sense of certainty on things,” Foege said in an interview, “and people like to follow a leader that is quite certain about what they are doing.”
When Dr. Henderson feared that the Soviet Union was delivering substandard vaccines for the effort, he traveled to Moscow, over the prohibition of his bosses, to confront authorities there, the New York Times reported. When the health minister under Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie proved insufficiently helpful, Dr. Henderson entered the country and cozied up to the emperor’s personal physician.
Dr. Henderson shared credit for his accomplishments with the many WHO collaborators who performed vaccinations in the field.
“The obstacles were unbelievable,” Dr. Henderson told the Times in 2011, recalling the efforts of Ciro de Quadros, a Brazilian epidemiologist who later helped lead an assault on polio. “The emperor assassinated, two revolutionary groups fighting, nine of his own teams kidnapped, even a helicopter captured and held for ransom. He kept the teams in the field — and that helicopter pilot went out and vaccinated all the rebels.”
Recalling their work together, Foege said that Dr. Henderson displayed profound concern for the field workers who risked their safety to carry out their work.
“I don’t know how many stories I’ve heard of the mothers of people who had gone to India calling him directly,” Foege said. “For some of them, it was their first time overseas. You can see why their parents might have been nervous if they didn’t hear from their child after a couple of weeks. Some of these mothers would call D.A. Henderson in Geneva and ask him to find out if their child was okay. And he would.”
To ensure total eradication, field workers offered rewards for reports of smallpox cases. When offers of cash went unanswered, Dr. Henderson told The Post, “we knew we had done it, but we couldn’t believe it.”
Ali MaowMaalin, a Somali who died in 2013, contracted the disease in 1977 and was identified as the world’s last patient with naturally occurring smallpox. Three years later, the World Health Assembly certified that smallpox had been eradicated.
Donald Ainslie Henderson was born in Lakewood, Ohio, outside of Cleveland, on Sept. 7, 1928. His mother was a nurse, and his father was an engineer.
He had not yet turned 20 when, in 1947, New York City suffered a smallpox outbreak. The episode, which resulted in the vaccination of millions, spurred Dr. Henderson’s interest in the disease and how it might be stopped.
He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ohio’s Oberlin College in 1950 and a medical degree in 1954 from the University of Rochester in New York. The next year, he joined the CDC, then called the Communicable Disease Center, where he was mentored by Alexander Langmuir, the founder of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, a sort of epidemiological special forces.
“I decided I was never going to be a practicing doc,” Dr. Henderson once told an interviewer, according to the reference guide Current Biography. “It was just too dull, really.”
He received a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1960. At the CDC, he became chief of the virus surveillance section before leading the African and then global smallpox eradication campaigns.
Dr. Henderson was the author of “Smallpox: The Death of a Disease” (2009). His honors included the National Medal of Science in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2002.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Nana Bragg of Towson; three children, Leigh Henderson of Baltimore, David Henderson of Brooklyn and Douglas Henderson of Berlin.
When Dr. Henderson left the WHO in 1977, he quipped that as the chief expert on a disease that had been wiped out, he was “left there high and dry with no marketable skills,” with no option but to become a dean.
He joined Johns Hopkins, where he remained until 1990, later returning to found a center for civilian biodefense studies. Dr. Henderson served in the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax mailings, he served under President George W. Bush as director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness, a new unit to combat bioterrorism.
At the time, some U.S. intelligence analysts feared that Iraq or North Korea might possess strains of the smallpox virus and be capable of using them as biological weapons. Fears subsided after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where no smallpox was found, but some experts still perceive a threat from North Korea.
The only officially sanctioned stores of the smallpox virus are held at heavily secured facilities at the CDC in Atlanta and at a Russian facility in Siberia. Some researchers contend that the samples should be preserved for use in the development of future vaccines or treatments.
Dr. Henderson strenuously argued that the samples should be destroyed because, in his view, any amount of smallpox was too dangerous to tolerate. A side effect of the eradication program — and one of the “horrendous ironies of history,” said “Hot Zone” author Preston — is that since no one in generations has been exposed to the virus, most of the world’s population would be vulnerable to it in the event of an outbreak.
“I feel very — what should we say? — dispirited,” Dr. Henderson told the Times in 2002. “Here we are, regressing to defend against something we thought was permanently defeated. We shouldn’t have to be doing this.”