World public health meet in city after 34 yrs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 10, 2015 10:12 IST

After a gap of 34 years, the country’s second World Congress on Public Health for five days will be held in the city from February 11. The country’s first World Congress on the same issue was also held in the city in 1981.

“After a long gap of long 34 years India is hosting this global event focusing on ‘healthy people - healthy environment’ in Kolkata where the country’s premier institutes like All-India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) and School of Tropical Medicine are situated,” said Dr Madhumita Dobe, organising secretary of the congress.

This would be the 14th world congress on public health issues and delegates and researchers of 60 countries would exchange their views during the five-day long conference at Science City.

“The meeting will bring together and bridge perspectives from various disciplines of public health to influence governments, organisations, agencies and institutions around the world to meet the challenge of improving people’s health in countries like India,” said J Chauvin, co-chair of the international organising committee of the 14th congress, while speaking to reporters on Monday.

“Lifestyles are responsible for the increase in non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc in developed countries while environment is responsible for the spread of communicable diseases in developing countries,” said Dr Dipika Sur, co-chair of the scientific committee of the congress.

With Brazil as the partner nation, around 60 other countries along with 2,000 delegates including re presentatives from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would participate in the health meet. Union ministry of health and family welfare, UNICEF, The meet would have plenaries, workshops and exhibitions on public health, he said. The Congress, held every three years, was last held in 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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