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IHS Mission & Goals:
Groom Skills,
Gather Evidence and
Generate Knowledge for people's health.

To Improve the Efficacy,
Quality & Equity
of Health Systems.

 

The Institute of Health Systems 

Director’s Report, 2009-10

Presented to Annual General Body Meeting19th January 2011

  

Ladies and Gentlemen,

               On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Institute, I welcome you all to this fifteenth annual general body meeting. We have been functioning with a small team of core staff, whose hard work, perseverance and support has been invaluable to the Institute. While there has been some progress in taking forward our mission, there are enormous challenges to be overcome. To stabilise the Institute’s financial position, though, we made a little progress in enhancing the scope and volume in the area of Public services, we couldn’t do much in the research and consultancy areas. However, we put in an effort in some of the long term projects which we would like to take up in near future when the Institute’s environment is conducive. I gratefully acknowledge the support given by members of the Board, the Executive Council, and the General Body in sustenance of the Institute. I would like use this opportunity to specially acknowledge the continued contribution of Dr.Prasanta Mahapatra, President of the Institute as a supporter, mentor and guide in all aspects.

         I first present about the Institute's faculty and human resources.

 

Institute’s Faculty and Human Resources:

As on date we have a total of 34 persons in various categories as shown in Table-1

Category of Personnel

As on 31/3/10

As on 01/12/10

Emp

Stipnd

Fee

Vol.

Tot

Emp

Stipnd

Fee

Vol.

Tot

Faculty & Coordinators

Full Time Faculty

2

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

2

Pj Coordinator(s)

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Consultants

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

3

0

3

Voluntary / Visiting Fac.

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

2

2

Research & Lab Personnel

Res. Associates

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Res. Assistants

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Microbiologists

2

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

0

2

Res. Investigators

0

2

0

0

2

0

3

0

0

3

Fellows, Interns & Appr.

Research Fellows

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

Interns

0

12

0

0

12

0

12

0

0

12

Apprentices

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

General Sup. Personnel

Project Manager

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

Accountant

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

Front Office Staff

1

1

0

0

2

1

1

0

0

2

Ser. Provider Personnel

System Admn.

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

Secretarial

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Security

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

2

0

2

Sanitation

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

2

0

2

All

9

16

7

2

34

5

19

8

2

34

The number of service provider personnel may vary as their deployment changes according to the quantity and quality of service committments to the Institute. The figures indicated here are based of their personnel on most days.

Emp=Employee, i.e. Salaried; Stipnd=Stipendiary; Vol=Voluntary; Tot=total

           Now, I will give an overview of activities during the reporting period. Thereafter, I will briefly touch upon recent developments during the current year. We will then a review time trend of the Institute’s financial performance and consider possible directions for the future. Finally I will seek your comments and approval of the audited accounts of the Institute.

           Annexure-1 provides more details about the current faculty and personnel profile of the Institute. Our faculty and staff participated in many workshops, seminars and conferences, details of which are provided in Annexure-2. A list of outgoing faculty and personnel is given in Annexure-3. During the reporting period, the Institute has contributed towards health systems development through active involvement of its representatives in national and state level bodies as given in Annexure-4. All of you are aware that the academic programs have been suspended as we do not have adequate space. Hence, there was no scope to receive the visiting faculties during the years.

Reporting Period (2009-10) Events and Activities:

            As you are all aware, the Institute pursues five broad type of activities towards improvement of public health. These are;

                  Research and Consultancy

                                                   Academic Programmes

                                                   Training Services

                                                    Public Services, and

                                                    Publications

 

A. Research and Consultancy

            Two research and four consultancy projects were completed during the reporting period as shown in Table-2. One of the consulting project for APYP, we completed and delivered to the extent they released the amount. As there was no further response from them for the rest of the project we closed the file after duly informing them. A brief summary of each of these projects is given in Annexure-5.

Table 2: Research & Consultancy Projects Completed in 2009-10

Sl

Project

Sponsor

Start Year

Research

1

Baseline Assessment of Nutritional and health status of primary school children in selected areas of AP

The World Bank, Delhi

2009-10

2

Epidemology of Road Traffic Accidents in Hyderabad

ICMR

2004-05

Consultancy

3

State Level Health Budget and Expenditure Tracking for AP, MP and Kerala

National Health Systems Resource Center (NHSRC)

2008-09

4

Mapping Public Health Education, Training in India: Institutions and Courses

National Health Systems Resource Center (NHSRC)

2008-09

5

Medium Term Expenditure Framework for Health in Andhra Pradesh for 2008-09 to 2012-13

Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare, GoAP

2007-08

6

Andhra Pradesh Yogadhyayna Parishad Systems and Procedures: Assessment and Documentation

APYP (GoAP)

2007-08

7

Development of National health Accounts (NHA) Training Manual for India

WHO, India

2007-08

                 One research project "Andhra Pradesh Civil Registration System Study" was taken up in the reporting period and continuing in the current year as shown in Table 3. A brief summary of this project is given in Annexure-6.

 

Table-3: Continuing Projects Taken Up in Reporting Period (2009-10)

Sl

Project

Sponsor

1

Andhra Pradesh Civil Registration Systems Study

Planning Dept, AP Govt.

      In addition to the above, certain research and consultancy projects as shown in Table-4 are continued in the reporting period, which were taken up in earlier reporting years

 

Table-4: Continuing Projects Taken Up in Previous Reporting Periods

Sl

Project

Sponsor

Start Year

Research

1

Air Pollution and Cause of Deaths in Hyderabad

GoI - Min.of Env.&Forests

2004-05

2

Doctor Availability in Primary Health Centers in Andhra Pradesh

Planning Dept, AP Govt.

2008-09

Consultancy

3

Cause of Death Coding for CHAMPION Trial

Naandi Foundation

2008-09

            The first phase of the research project on "Air Pollution and Cause of Deaths in Hyderabad" was completed in 2009-10, the report was submitted in September 2009 and it was accepted by Integrated Finance Division (IFD) of MoEF. Further, we requested to assign the 2nd phase and it was agreed by them to be submitted by March 2010. But, IHS has requested to extend the project period upto September 2011 and sent expenditure statements and utilisation certificates upto September 2010. At present it is in consideration of IFD of MoEF. However, IHS is continuing this project in anticipation of clearance. A brief summary of each of these projects is given in Annexure-7.

B. Academic Programs:

1.Masters in Public Health (MPH)

 

(a)   Affiliation Statute and Board of Studies for International 

        Programme:

              Given the paucity of institutional mechanisms to develop public health manpower with multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary skills, and our long term objective to develop a college of public health, the Institute has striven to consolidate its efforts in public health capacity building and developing a masters level programme in public health. The Advanced Studies in Public Health programme builds on the Institute's past work and represents our future aspirations for improved public health capacity in the country. The program aims to create deeply committed public health professionals, well equipped with essential public health competencies in such areas as health care management, policy analysis and health systems research. We sought affiliation from the NTRUHS to offer the same as a Masters in Public Health programme. The University has granted provisional affiliation and has included the course under the purview of the Board of Studies for paramedical courses. The Institute supported the University in preparing the statutes for recognizing a school of public health and affiliating the Masters in                        

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