Wednesday, 21 March 2018

IIHMR University Organized Alumni Meet: Ex-Students Interact With Juniors, Exchange Ideas

India’s globally recognised and leading healthcare research institution, IIHMR University, organised ‘Grand Alumni Meet 2018’ at its Jaipur campus on Saturday. Over 100 alumni overwhelmingly participated to this reunite event and memorised their enchanting days while they were studying at IIHMR University.

The meet witnessed the participation of alumni from various parts of the country. A number of alumni visited the campus with their families making the event all the more interesting. A movie was played highlighting the fond memories of the alumni which took them down the memory lane.
On the occasion, Chairman, IIHMR University, Dr. SD Gupta welcomed the alumni and said that institutions are not built by brick and mortar but by ideas, alumni, faculty and students. Dr. Gupta further said that for growth and career development one has to adapt to change. New approaches in technology, research and education should be accepted to achieve success in life.
Post the inauguration; the event had exciting activities such as fun games, a series of ice breaking sessions, some amazing performances by the students and musical session which was organised at the campus.  The gala dinner in the evening provided a great opportunity to network. Every alumnus were feeling blessed while they had a great career path because of their value creation by IIHMR University and its faculties.
The programme was kicked-off with the inaugural welcome address by Asst. Professor, IIHMR University, Dr. Abhishek Dadhich. Pro-President, IIHMR University, Dr. PR Sodani said that this is the first time that alumni from all streams including Health and Hospital, Rural Management, Pharma Management as well as alumni from Masters of Public Health have collected on one platform. Dean, Academics, IIHMR University, Dr Ashok Kaushik extended vote of thanks.

India Needs to Focus on Quality of Healthcare Services

  •  80% childbirths now in hospitals as compared to earlier 80% in homes
  •  Mortality rate in India now below 7 per 1000
  •  Life expectancy increased from 32 years to 69 years for women and 67 years for men
  • Infant mortality rates reduced from 125 per 1000 live births to less than 40.
-       Chairman, IIMHR University, Dr. S.D. Gupta
Almost 80% childbirths are now in hospitals and medical institutions. This amount is a drastic change from the earlier 80% home deliveries. However, despite having state-of-the-art facilities in these institutions, maternal deaths are still a challenge for the country. This is owing to the fact that the quality of maternal care provided during pregnancy needs improvement. This was informed by Chairman, IIHMR University, Dr. S.D. Gupta. He was speaking at the session on ‘Healthcare Delivery in India’ held at IIHMR University today. The session was a part of the discussion on ‘Political Economy on Environment and Development in India’. The event was held in collaboration with The University of Sydney’s India Field School.

He further informed that mortality rate of India is as low as below 7 per 1000 population. This is mainly due to decline in deaths caused by communicable diseases like cholera, TB, malaria, typhoid etc. One of the most noteworthy figures is that in 1950 the life expectancy was merely 32 years this figure has now increased to 69 years for women and 67 years for men. Other than this, infant mortality rates which were as high as 125 per 1000 live births in 1978, has come down to less than 40. This drastic reduction is mainly due to availability of various vaccines and immunization programmes, diarrhoea and disease control as well as improved sanitation.
Earlier, at the inauguration of the programme, Professor in Human Geography, University of Sydney, Prof. Bill Prichard said that knowledge dissemination has become encumbered by technological limitations. Earlier Universities were solely engaged in one-way knowledge flow. For actual learning, lectures have their limitations mainly in the sense that students can catch up on their studies through pre-recorded lectures made available online. There is a significant need to reinvent tertiary education. It is through intensive programmes which allow scope for student engagement, consumption of information by students will change.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Geoscience and University of Sydney, Dr. Mark Vicol said that now is the right time to study the Indian economy. Because of the personal relations that Sydney professors share with Indian researchers and the high quality of student engagement for the Field School students.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Enhancing Quality of Higher Education: Issues and Opportunities

- India is the 3rd largest in terms of higher education
- India’s educated middle class population is equivalent to the entire population of the USA

Dr. Sunil Kumar Provost, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Jaipur, 19 November: Inability to communicate with others in a proficient manner makes it difficult to comprehend the skills of the said individual and create a cohesive learning environment. This was informed by Provost, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Dr. Sunil Kumar. He was speaking at the round table discussion on ‘Enhancing Quality of Higher Education: Issues and Opportunities at Hotel Marriott today.

He further added that it is important to measure a student’s capability to learn rather than what they have already learnt. There is a special requirement to realize that learning is a continuous process which over time results in holistic development. It is important to inculcate an aspiration for excellence among the students. They should be able to work with others not just academically but also be able to empathize emotionally.

Chairman, Ajit Foundation, Jaipur, Dr. V.S. Vyas highlighted the 4 factors that determine the quality of education – students, teachers, leaders and regulators. If the teachers challenge the students, then there is positive scope for increasing their capacity of learning. Teachers should also be presented with ample growth opportunities and be recognized and encouraged by their peers.

Chairman IIHMR University, Dr S.D. Gupta said that India is the 3rd largest in terms of higher education with huge infrastructure and network. India’s educated middle class population is equivalent to the entire population of the USA. Fresh graduates can hurt their chances of employability with inadequate proficiency in written and verbal English communication skills.
Earlier the welcome address was extended by Pro-President, IIHMR University, Dr. P.R. Sodani.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

IIHMR University invites applications for PMA/Agile Project


IIHMR University is a leading knowledge institution of the country engaged in teaching, research and training in the domains of public health, health and hospital administration, pharmaceutical management and rural development. Over the past thirty years, IIHMR has carved a niche for itself among management institutions, both in India and abroad. The institute is the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for strengthening Health Systems based on Primary Care, and is termed as an ‘Institute of Excellence’ by the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. IIHMR has already conducted more than 500 research projects and studies on the health, social and developmental systems and policies in India and wider South-East Asian Region. Now stepping in the fourth decade, we strive to generate knowledge to help develop effective health, social and public systems and socially relevant health technologies. For more information, please click on this link

IIHMR University invites applications for PMA/Agile project:

About the project
The Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health is implementing the project entitled PMA Agile in India. The current period of collaboration is July 1, 2017 to June 30,2019. PMA Agile is a grant that has been developed to capitalize on PMA2020 to build a monitoring and evaluation platform for large-scale projects that will enable near-continuous tracking of performance and progress toward their intended results.  These projects represent “Clients” of PMA Agile.  PMA Agile will build the capacity for and promote the use of programmatically-relevant monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data at national and subnational levels by local governments, research institutions and implementing partners to support evidence-based decision making. The PMA Agile approach will, track change at the health system level, through quarterly (moving to monthly) public and private health facility audits (called Agile surveys) and periodically through collection of data from households/females on exposure to project interventions (e.g., brand awareness, participation in special outreach activities, media exposure).

1.     PROGRAM MANAGER (No. of positions - 01)
Location: Jaipur
Remuneration: 65,000/- to 75,000/- pm
Responsibilities: Program Manager will be directly working under the supervision of Principle Investigator (PI) and would be responsible for the following:
o    Coordinating the project activities;
o    Working with State/District/City level authorities in public and private sector to collect required data/information in the project;
o    training of qualified enumerators to carry out the mobile phone survey; 
o    assist in the adaptation of the survey instruments and manuals;
o    monitoring the work of field teams working the project states;
o    provide supportive supervision for the data collection and data analysis form the study states, and also ensure the smooth implementation of the project activities;
o    support project dashboard construction and maintenance;
o    collaborate with and supervise central office staff
o    provide training and support to the “Client Organizations” M&E team/function in  coordinate; and (j) assist Gate Institute of Johns Hopkins researchers to process, analyze, report and disseminate the survey findings.
Eligibility Criteria:
o    MPH / MBA / PGDM
o    At least 5 yrs. of relevant experience in managing large scale health projects which includes planning, implementation, monitoring, coordinating with stakeholders, team management.
o    The candidate shall have sound knowledge and experience in data management and analysis in large scale surveys.

2.     DATA MANAGER (No. of positions - 02)
Location: Jaipur
Remuneration: 55,000/- to 65,000/- pm
Responsibilities: Date Manager will be working with Principle Investigator and Program Manager and will be responsible for the following:
o    coordinate and ensure the quality of the sampling and mapping activities;
o    perform validation and quality assurance checks on data;
o    provide standardized feedback specific to each State Coordinator and/or Supervisor and to Central Project Team;
o    monitor submission of data to the PMA Agile server on a daily basis;
o    use statistical analysis software to run automated routines the generate progress reports on individual field staff;
o    generate preliminary tables as part of the data quality assurance;
o    communicate regularly with the data management team in the U.S. and resolve outstanding issues.
Eligibility Criteria:
o    MBA/ PGDM/ PG in Statistics/ Demography/Social Science
o    At least 3 years expertise data management of large scale survey and using statistical software.
o    Experience in Stata statistical software is desirable, web based data management preferred. 

3.     STATE COORDINATOR (No. of positions - 02)
Location: Project State/City (UP/MP/Odisha)
Remuneration: 40,000/- to 45,000/- pm
Responsibilities: The State Coordinator will be responsible to assist the PI and Program Manager in the following:
o    conducting trainings of qualified enumerators to carry out the mobile phone survey and will oversee and coordinate the work of the supervisors and enumerators;
o    monitoring and supervising data collection;
o    managing project operations in the State.

Eligibility Criteria:
o    MBA/ PGDM/ PG in Social Science
o    At least two years of experience in coordinating household surveys, facility surveys, client exit interviews and data management.

Interested candidates may send in their applications along with their detailed CVs addressed to the               Asst. Registrar-HR, IIHMR University, 1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Near Sanganer Airport-Terminal 1, Jaipur – 302 029.  Applications may be submitted by email with a subject mentioning   <Job name applied for> at   by October 31, 2017.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Winner of Family Planning Champion 2017

Garima Mathias - 2017 Winner
Position: Project Manager
Organization: Ipas Development Foundation
Current Location: New Delhi
MBA in Health Management from Indian Institute of Health Management Research
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Attended Management Development Programme on:
Managing Gender Issues In Health Care at IIHMR Jaipur
Data Analysis and Interpretations for Monitoring at IIM Ahmedabad.

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
Starting with my first job as a NRHM District Program Manager in Gujarat, my decade long work has focused mainly on family planning. It provided me an opportunity to learn, implement & monitor various RCH programs. Regular engagement with various cadres of health care providers helped me gain deep insight about the public health sector. Presently, I am working on a comprehensive contraceptive project serving vulnerable rural women in over 450 public health facilities. In this project, I developed mechanism for post training support to help HSPs provide consistent services to the rural women coming to public facilities. I was also a part of the national level team that conceptualized and implemented an IUCD service reporting and monitoring software which has been approved by NHM, GoI.

What sparked your passion for family planning?
While pursuing my PG in health management I realized that FP services, if provided timely & accepted willingly, can significantly reduce maternal & child mortality & morbidity. As a DPM in Gujarat my regular interaction with service providers, CHWs & rural women helped me understand their expectation from health system. The realization that there is a huge unmet need for family planning services and information related to the same spurred me in channelizing my efforts towards providing quality FP services.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:
I took lead to strengthen team’s capacity for implementing the onsite contraception training, a relatively new concept in public sector. The aim is to make services accessible to the rural women and men by training providers at their sites so that there is minimal disruption of regular services.
I was a member of the design team for conceptualizing a client follow-up mechanism for following-up IUCD clients. Formats developed for this have been adopted by MP Health department for use by ANMs.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :
I shall use the forum and the grant to develop innovative strategies and tools for engaging the young people in selected rural areas. Focus will be on creating SRHR awareness among youth using a combination of conventional and technology based tools in local language that are easy to understand and use. The aim would be to develop them as community leaders and educators.

Friday, 1 September 2017

PMA 2020 WASH, Family Planning and Menstrual Hygiene Key Indicators and Finding for Rajasthan

PMA2020 uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys to monitor key indicators for family planning and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project is implemented by local university and research organizations in 11 countries, deploying a cadre of female resident enumerators trained in mobile-assisted data collection. PMA2020/India is implemented by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in Jaipur, with endorsement and technical support provided by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). Overall direction and support is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PMA 2020 Brief findings of Key indicators of WASH 

PMA2020  key indicators for family planning.

Globally, many women and girls face challenges when managing their menstruation. Failure to address the menstrual hygiene needs of women and girls can have far-reaching consequences for basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health, ultimately affecting progress towards the SDG goal of gender equality.
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) refers to the practice of using clean materials to absorb menstrual blood that can be changed privately, safely, hygienically, and as often as needed for the duration of the menstrual cycle. PMA2020 is the first survey platform to provide data on MHM indicators on a large scale. The data presented here are from a statewide survey in Rajasthan of 5,084 females aged 15 to 49, conducted by PMA2020 India.

PMA 2020 Menstrual Hygiene Management
 The PMA2017/Rajasthan Round 2 survey used a two-stage cluster design. A sample of 147 enumeration areas (EAs) was drawn by the International Institute for Population Sciences from a master sampling frame. In each EA households and private health facilities were listed and mapped, with 35 households randomly selected. Households were surveyed and occupants enumerated. All eligible females age 15 to 49 were contacted and consented for interviews. The final completed sample included 4,994 households (98.3% response rate), 6,041 females (98.3% response rate) and 602 health facilities (96.8% response rate). Private service delivery points (SDPs) in contiguous geographic areas to the EA were included in Round 2 to increase the sample size of private SDPs. Weights were generated to account for oversampling. All estimates are weighted. Data collection was conducted between February and April 2017.


Human Resource for Health (HRH) is the core of Health Systems. Without health workers, there is no health care. Global efforts to achieve the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals were thwarted in many countries primarily because of scarcity, inequitable distribution, gaps in capacity, performance and motivation of health staff. The ambitious targets of Sustainable Development Goals will only be realizable if the weak link of human resource for health is strengthened holistically in a planned manner, not only quantitatively but also qualitatively.

Evidence abounds that investments in health workforce yields one of the best returns on investment not only in financial terms but also in terms of lives saved, quality of life and health. In a broader perspective, the returns permeate synergies with education, creating career opportunities, facilitating decent employment in the formal sector, and fueling economic growth.

Management Development Programme

 The Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), a multi-sectoral partnership hosted by WHO, is incessantly working since early 2014 to collate, debate, analyze and synthesize evidence through a wide range of organizations, institutions and individuals contributing to the collation, in support of global strategy of HRH.

When policy makers and planners are conceptualizing the strategy, the time is most opportune for the HR Managers at strategic levels to get together and ponder upon the new advances on the subject and strengthen the conceptual understanding of emergent issues in Human Resource for Health.
IIHMR University, dedicated to improvement in standards of health through better management of healthcare and related programmes, is pleased to offer a comprehensive programme on Emerging Issues in Human Resource for Health that will not only attempt to expose the participants to healthcare workforce management issues, but also help them consolidate competencies and skills to manage their roles effectively and efficiently after issues.

At the end of the programme the participants will be able to:
1. Envision the emergent new roles and functions of managers specially in the context of Healthcare
2. Identify their management and leadership styles in the dynamic Health scape
3. Use data based HR insights for decision making
4. Deploy basic statistical tools for inferring HR data
5. Demonstrate competencies of a good Human Resource Manager

The programme will deliver the objectives through following proposed contents:
• Expectations of Management from HR as Strategic Business Partners
• Technical/ Functional Competencies for HR
• Managerial Competencies for HR
• Human Competencies for HR
• Data driven decision making /data driven competitive advantages in HR
• HR Analytics: Analyzing Human Resource Data
• Evidence based Decision Making in HR
• New Strides in Human Resource Management: Lessons for Healthcare

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This programme is especially designed for senior and corporate grade HR Managers who are either partners in strategic vision or are in the fast track of becoming one.

Dr Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor (HRM), IIHMR University
Dr Seema Mehta, Associate Professor (Management), IIHMR University

Dr S D Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University
Dr P R Sodani, Professor & Dean Training, IIHMR University
Dr Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor, IIHMR University
Dr Seema Mehta, Associate Professor, IIHMR University

The programme will be of 5 days duration. It will start at 10:00 am on Monday, October 30th, 2017 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017. The programme is scheduled to be held at IIHMR University, Jaipur, India.

A certificate of participation on completion of the programme will be issued by IIHMR University, Jaipur.

• Indian National: INR 35,000 per Participant Plus Service Tax
• Foreign National: USD 780 per participants plus Service Tax

The fees cover tuition fee, training material, stay in air-conditioning room (twin-sharing basis), breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee during the program and pick-up and drop from Jaipur airport/railway station/bus stand. Welcome dinner and short trip to historical and cultural importance places in Jaipur would be offered by the university in honor of the participants. Participants would be encouraged to use library facilities. Round the clock internet facility (wi-Fi) is available for the participants.

Early Bird Discount: Nomination received with payments before 4-weeks will be entitled to an early bird discount of 10%.

Group Discount: Any Organization sponsoring four or more participants to the programme will be entitled to a discount of 20% on total fee payable provided that at least four participants attend the programme.

Maximum Discount: Organization can avail of both the discounts subject to a maximum discount of 20%. The programme fee could be deposited online or through DD in favor of “IIHMR University”, payable at Jaipur.

The filled registration from along with the Demand Draft/Online Payment in favour of IIHMR University payable at Jaipur should reach to the Programme Officer (Training) latest by 15 October 2017.

Program Officer
The IIHMR University
1, PrabhuDayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur - 302 029, INDIA
Phone: 0141-3924700 (30 Lines), Fax: 0141-3924738

The IIHMR Advantage
IIHMR is dedicated to improving health standards across India through better management of healthcare and related programs. We aim to achieve this by providing management education, training,research and consultation, and driving institutional work from a national and global perspective. We have been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for District Health System based on Primary Health Care. We have also been identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, India as an “Institute of Excellence” for training and capacity building.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was founded by and named after King Sawai Jai singh II in 1727. It is the first planned city of India. It is located in the North-western part of India. Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities in India and a major tourist attraction. It is also called the Pink city of India, as most of the buildings walls; historical and others, are built with pink stones. Jaipur is very popular for its Forts, Palaces, parks and museums. All the historical structures depict the taste of Rajput style of architecture. Jaipur is also a shopper's paradise. It is also home for many local artists. Visiting Jaipur is a mesmerizing experience for every visitor. Temperature in Jaipur in the month of November is around 33°C, 91°F (daily high) and 23°C, 73°F (daily low)