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Deepika Saluja

Deepika is an EV2016 & ITM consultant.
 

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Beauty is so much more than your image in the mirror

It is Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13th-19th) and this has, as usual, brought discussions around mental health to the fore. The initiative began in 2001 and has been organised by the Mental Health Foundation, UK since then. Each year has a dedicated theme – this year’s is #bodyimage. ‘Body Image’ is a term that describes how one ...

Celebrating International Women’s Day in London

My recent visit to London gave me a somewhat “homely feeling”. I came across plenty of South Asians in the city, bumping into an Indian/South Asian almost every 200-300 meters, and frequently overhearing conversations in Hindi, my native language. London is a busy city with lots of tourists, and full of foreign students, many of whom come t...

WHO’s Transformative Agenda: A few reflections from the 144th WHO Executive Board Meeting

I was more than happy to go back to Geneva again as an IHP Correspondent, this time, to attend the first few days of the 144th WHO Executive Board (EB) Meeting. I went to Geneva, as Lonely Planet would describe it, ‘on a shoestring’. However, the beautiful white landscape due to abundant snowfall made me quickly forget about the budget cons...

Some reflections on the Liverpool (2018) EV4GH venture

As was  covered just last week,  the 6th  Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) venture (EV2018) took place in Liverpool last month, just before the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.  By now, EV4GH is a global health network of almost 300 emerging and emerged voices from across the world, a network that has not only grown ...

The 1st global WHO conference on Air Pollution and Health in Geneva

I was no less than thrilled to be attending the WHO’s first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health (30 Oct-1 Nov) this week, one for the fact that it was organized by WHO (in collaboration with many intergovernmental organizations) at its headquarters in Geneva, and two for my interest in exploring the area of air pollution and health. ...

A few reflections on the World Health Summit 2018 in Berlin

Both of us recently attended the World Health Summit (WHS) organized in Berlin from 14-16th October, as some of the “over 2000 delegates and 300 speakers from around 100 countries”. The WHS celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year, among others with the launch of a “Global Action Plan for healthy lives and wellbeing for all” in which 11...

My hopes and worries for “Modicare”

India’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is gaining special attention since the Modi Government announced the country’s largest health care programme ever, named ‘Ayushman Bharat’ on 1st Feb, 2018 – just a year before the general elections scheduled in 2019. By way of example, Richard Horton discusses in this week’s Lanc...

Climate change – a frightening reality: A short report from two conferences I attended in North America

2017: A year with multiple hurricanes of category 4-5 devastating Texas, Florida and the Caribbean islands; monsoon floods displacing millions and killing thousands in South Asia; record wildfires burning ~8.5 mn acres of land in the western US, leaving people around Oregon, Washington and California choking on dangerous levels of smoke; and Del...

Post-travel reflections on the issue of homelessness

I was on a conference marathon, attending 3 prominent international conferences in the area of Public Health (QHR2016, APHA2016 & HSR2016) and an intense training program (EV4GH) across several cities of the U.S. & Canada. It was during my visit to these places that I found numerous homeless people sitting along the street side with notes saying...