December 19, 2015
With the intention of taking professional education beyond classrooms, Shanti Ashram’s International Center for Child and Public Health joined hands with PSG Center for Research and Bioethics and Arigatou International of Japan and organized a global classroom event. The initiative will include a series of talks by experts in the field of public health. Global health experts will share their innovations, challenges, and experience in this field.
The inaugural oration was given by Dr. Howard Hu, a leading global health expert from Canada, on ‘the future of public health and medicine in a crowded and complex world.’ He talked about his 25 years of research on the exposure of lead on children’s health and families.
“Lead is a heavy metal that is found everywhere. It is used even in products like paint. It has a sweet taste, which is why a majority of children like consuming lead in some form or the other. However, this heavy metal has harmful effects on children. Research study has pointed out that lead could cause diseases like Alzheimer’s,” Dr. Howard said.
He highlighted that sustainable health system of the future requires trans-disciplinary and trans-sectoral collaborations. It must involve partnerships with governments, industries, NGOs, and individuals. With collaborations, he emphasized the importance of generating evidence and focusing on innovations.
Dr. Howard discussed the importance of ‘big data’ and how it is revolutionizing the landscape of population health and policy making. Bringing to light how the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health, Dr. Howard said that in order to be healthy, we must ensure that our environment is pollution-free and clean. “The WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not just absence of disease,” Dr. Howard said.
“We need to create a pandemic of health by addressing health inequities and social innovation. We need to focus on redefining health and pursuing collaborative global innovation,” he said, in conclusion.
The event saw the release of the global classroom poster. Also present at the event were Dr. Kezevino Aram, Director of Shanti Ashram; Dr. M Ramaswamy, Founder and Director of Masonic Child Care Hospital; Dr. Sudha, Head of Centre for Research and Bioethics; Dr. S. Ramalingam, Principal of PSG Medical College; Dr. Thomos Chacko, Director of PSG College; Dr. Nandha Gopal, Secretary of PSG Trust; and Ms. Rajashree Panicker, Head of International Center for Child and Public Health.