Chandigarh: A five-day International Public Health Management Development Programme concluded on Friday at School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, which was organised in collaboration with International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Chitkara University, Punjab from May 16 to 20 at seminar hall, School of Public Health. A total of 36 participants from 15 states of the country participated in the programme.
The participants ranged from senior level programme managers, academicians from medical colleges and national institutes and non-governmental organisations. This programme aimed to enhance the skills and competencies of middle and senior level program managers for addressing public health challenges and strengthening efficiency of organisations in limited resource settings.
On the fifth and the last day of the programme Prof Rajesh Kumar, Professor and Head, School Of Public Health, explained the concept of monitoring and evaluation in the context of health programme implementation and also the steps about how to monitor and evaluate a national programme. He further explained the difference between monitoring, evaluation and audits.
He said that monitoring and evaluation guides key decisions such as informational needs, methodological approaches, capacity building and allocation of resources. In last he explained the steps involved in Monitoring and evaluation. In the next session, Dr Sanjay Gupta, Sub Dean Training, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi talked on the topic of public health communication. This topic was further elaborated by Dr Amarjeet Singh, Professor, School of Public Health, PGIMER.
He elaborated the importance of good communication in advocacy for public health issues and report writing.The programme concluded in the evening with valedictory session. Amitabh Avasthi, Deputy Director Administration, PGIMER Chandigarh and Prof. Vikas Bhatia, Dean, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar distributed certificates of participation and group photographs to the participants. They congratulated the entire team for the grand success of the programme.
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