Public Policy & Public Health cluster, SGA, AUD Invites you to a talk on
Approaches to Public Health: The case of child deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and its link with malnutrition
15th November 2019, 12.30 – 2.00 pm
Venue – Karampura
About the talk: Over 160 children died of AES in Bihar in July this year and an additional 60 children had died in seven other states in the same period. AES had claimed 196 young lives in 2014. It is the poor and malnourished children who die more due to such diseases and this has been a consistent pattern. AES underlines the social determination of health of populations and is a fit case to highlight conflicting approaches to public health policy and programming.
About the speaker: Dr Vandana Prasad (MBBS, MRCP-Pediatrics, MPH) is a community pediatrician and public health professional, and has been engaged with the social sector for over twenty-five years. Her experience and expertise are in the area of malnutrition, health systems strengthening and child rights. She is National Convenor for Public Health Resource Network (PHRN) and Founder Secretary Technical Advisor, and Executive Director of PHRS with which she has been leading models for community-based-management of malnutrition and participatory learning and action with women’s groups in tribal/rural communities. She has been a Joint Convenor of People's Health Movement-India (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and an active member of the Right to Food Campaign. Dr Prasad has also served Government of India as Member (Child Health), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.