NEW DELHI: Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) will be holding a series of public engagement events and discussions on health themes this year. Titled as ‘Voices for Health’, the series will provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue as a step towards synergy and informed health choices.
As per a notification from the organizers, at least five thematic discussions will be held across India next year in different cities, each involving an eminent panel. The panelists will consist of public health/biomedical scientists, policy makers, social scientists, clinicians and science journalists. The audience would be the general public, university and college educators and students.
First public discussion in the “Voices for Health series” will be on antibiotic resistance on March 01, 2016 at Saptaparni, near Banjara Hills in Hyderabad. This discussion will explore the socio-cultural, economic, environmental, scientific and medical dimensions of the problem and suggest strategies on how key stakeholders can come together to spread awareness and fight antibiotic resistance.
The panelists for this event include Prof Dilip Nathwani is Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Honorary Professor of Infection at the University of Dundee; Ramanan Laxminarayan, Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) & PHFI; Dr Sanjeev Singh, Senior Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi and Dr Radha Rangarajan, CEO, Vitas Pharma, Hyderabad.
As per organizers, the objective of the series is to demystify science and health myths, disseminate latest research and receive critical feedback. The series hopes to build a sustainable system for future research uptake