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CONFERENCE REPORT - EFICON 2020
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 86-88

Evidence-Based Public Health Annual Conference of Epidemiology Foundation of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh


1 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Epidemiology Foundation of India, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission25-Mar-2021
Date of Decision26-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance27-Mar-2021
Date of Web Publication25-Apr-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bina Ravi
Department of Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JME.JME_33_21

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Aggarwal P, Srivastava VK, Kapil U, Pandey CM, Sahai A, Ravi B. Evidence-Based Public Health Annual Conference of Epidemiology Foundation of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh. J Med Evid 2021;2:86-8

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Aggarwal P, Srivastava VK, Kapil U, Pandey CM, Sahai A, Ravi B. Evidence-Based Public Health Annual Conference of Epidemiology Foundation of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh. J Med Evid [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 12];2:86-8. Available from: http://www.journaljme.org/text.asp?2021/2/1/86/314629

National Annual Conference of Epidemiology Foundation of India with the theme 'Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH)' was organised from 18th to 20th of December, 2020 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh under the patronship of Professor Ravi Kant, Director and CEO, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh [Figure 1] - Welcome Meet.
Figure 1: Welcome Meet

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The Organising Committee of EFICON 2020 was headed by Prof. Bina Ravi, Organizing Secretary, Prof. Manoj Gupta (Dean Academics) Chairman Reception Committee, Prof. Umesh Kapil, President EFI, Prof VK Srivastava, Secretary EFI, Prof. CM Pandey, Chairman Scientific Committee and Dr. Pradeep Aggarwal, Joint organising secretary. This conference brought together 434 participants from pan India and 17 from abroad (Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Qatar). A total of 183 Scientific abstracts were submitted. The conference had nine scientific evidence-based plenary sessions along with free paper sessions that comprised 12 oral and 8 poster presentation sessions for sharing evidence-based research by participants as part of the scientific agenda [Figure 2] and [Figure 3].
Figure 2: Virtual inaugural session

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Figure 3: Virtual scientific halls

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Pre-conference workshops were organised on the 18th of December 2020 - Developing skills in antimicrobial resistance. The eminent resource faculties were Prof. Pratima Gupta, Head, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS Rishikesh (Workshop Coordinator), Prof. Arti Kapil, AIIMS New Delhi, Dr. Kamini Walia, Senior scientist, ICMR New Delhi, Prof. Neelam Taneja, PGIMER Chandigarh and Dr. Apurba Sankar Sastry, Associate Professor, JIPMER Pondicherry. Dr. Mahendra Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, AIIMS Rishikesh (faculty moderator). Another Pre-Conference Workshop was organised on 'Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies', conducted in hybrid mode by Prof. PVM Lakshmi, Department of Epidemiology, DCM and SPH, PGIMER, Chandigarh as workshop coordinator along with Dr. Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Assistant Professor, DCM and FM, AIIMS Nagpur and Prof. Ashok Srivastava, Department of Community Medicine, HIMS, Dehradun. Dr. Yogesh Bahurupi, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, AIIMS Rishikesh (faculty moderator). Pre-conference workshops were formally inaugurated by the chairpersons and speakers.
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On the 19th of December 2020, six interactive sessions were organised on various topics. The first plenary session was on 'Leveraging India's Food Based Safety Nets to Address Malnutrition' with World Food Programme as intellectual contributing partners. Prof. V.K. Srivastava, Principal, Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Prof. Sunil D Kandpal, Head Department of Community Medicine, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Dr. Salman Shah, Department of Community Medicine, Jawaharlal Medical College, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh were the moderators and chairpersons for this Session. The participants and speakers in the conference were eminent names from various public health organisations including Dr. Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Dr. Rajan Sankar, Tata Trusts, Dr. Shariqua Yunus, Nutrition Specialist and Head of Unit – Nutrition and School Feeding World Food Programme. Experts from both government and non-government sectors provided valuable insights on topics such as Micronutrient deficiency, Food fortification and Take Home Ration. Furthermore, the factors associated with stunting like adverse maternal conditions, for example, poor education, maternal abuse, narrow birth interval, unintended pregnancy, poor family planning services, antenatal visits, home births, diet and sanitation were discussed. The second session was on 'Ensuring Vitamin A supplementation during the COVID-19 Pandemic' with Vitamin Angels as intellectual contributing partners. The purpose of the session was to highlight the importance of strengthening the Vitamin A supplementation program in India and to discuss the current scenario of Vitamin A availability, distribution, and strategies to enhance its remote access. Dr. Sheila Vir, from Public Health Nutrition and Development Centre, New Delhi was the moderator and chairperson of this session. Eminent speakers such as Dr. N. Arlappa, Scientist F, National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Dr. Samaresh Bhatacharjee, Medical Officer and Advisor of Child in Need Institute, Mr. R. K. Paul, Founder cum Secretary, Amyaa NGO, Arunachal Pradesh, and Ms. Ruchika Chugh Sachdeva, Vice President-Nutrition, Vitamin Angels participated during the session. In the third session, Current Strategies and Status of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the Role of the National Cold Chain and Vaccine Management Resource Centre, and its response in the COVID-19 pandemic, discussed by speakers from, NIHFW, New Delhi, AIIMS, New Delhi, and Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya, NPO – UHC, WHO, India. The fourth plenary session was intended for academicians and researchers including graduate, post-graduate and doctorate students to gain knowledge of EBPH decision-making. There were several attendees on the virtual platform. Furthermore, the sessions were live telecast on YouTube to cater larger audience. Facts about pandemic and COVID- 19, actions taken for public health and improvement of public health actions with some strong global evidence. Strengthening maternal and child health care among the tribal community (PVTGs) in Odisha, emphasised by Dr. Ashoo Grover. The next session deliberated was on the Recent Evidence in Maternal and Child Healthcare. The session included discussions and presentations on Initiatives in Adolescent health in Sri Lanka, Evidence-based maternal and child health care services in India, and Mohalla Clinic in NCT of Delhi: A Model for Cost-effective delivery of Primary Health Care. The last Session of 19th December 2020 was on 'Recent Research Evidence to National Health Programmes'.
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The conference (20th December 2020) started with a plenary session on Evidence-Based Digital Health. It was a great pleasure to introduce the respected chairpersons for this session. Our learned chairpersons were Prof Hari Shanker Joshi, Head, Department of Community Medicine, AIIMS, Gorakhpur, Prof Sonu Goel, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr. Anmol Gupta, Head, Department of Community Medicine, IGMC Shimla and Dr. Ashok Bharadwaj, Head, Department of Community Medicine, RGMC, Himachal Pradesh [Figure 4].
Figure 4: Team members

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The first eminent speaker for the session was Dr. F U Ahmed, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Khaja Bandanawaz University, Gulbarga, delivered his lecture on the topic - Epidemiological tool for Containment of outbreaks of emerging diseases. Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, AIIMS, Jodhpur, delivered a lecture - Assessment of E-Health Program with HTA Perspective: Need of the hour. Dr. Ekta Gupta from ILBS, New Delhi presented the topic Bloodborne viruses and health care workers safety: evidence-based NSI management. Dr. Binod Patro from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, spoke on the topic Digital Divide in Health Management System in India. Dr. Patro explained about the Health Management Information System, which is the foundation of public health. Afterwards, a plenary session was organised on Non- Communicable Diseases with the purpose to highlight the importance of various Non-Communicable Diseases in India in the present scenario. During the session, Dr. Umesh Kapil, ILBS, New Delhi shared his views on - Public Health Approach for Prevention and Control Of Non – Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease [Figure 5].
Figure 5: Resource Faculty

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The last session on – COVID-19, organised to discuss the epidemiology and trends of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide an insight into the recent developments so far achieved as regards COVID-19 vaccination. A virtual governing council meeting was held appraising the organising team. The EFI oration was delivered by Prof. Ravi Kant, Director and CEO, AIIMS Rishikesh [Figure 6].
Figure 6: EFI oration

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During the valedictory session Dr. Mahendra Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, was given the Young Researcher award. Dr. Yogesh Bahurupi, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh was awarded a certificate of appreciation as an Emerging Epidemiologist. Dr. Pradeep Aggarwal, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh was awarded as an Emerging Public Health expert. In addition, 20 awards for best presenters based on marking were distributed. Financial support and sponsorship Nil. Conflicts of interest There are no conflicts of interest.


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