Mission statement: The mission of Community Medicine teaching is to contribute to the development of a holistic medical professional, who will demonstrate knowledge and competence with compassion in dealing with primary health care, desire for lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary team work, and professional and ethical behaviour in practice in order to improve and sustain the health of the population.

Departmental objectives: Objectives of teaching Community Medicine to MBBS students can be broadly grouped in to the following areas,

  1. To prepare them to function as community and first level physicians in accordance with the institutional goals.
  2. To make the students aware of environmental, social, financial, personal, occupational issues of the patients and to inculcate in the students the habit of considering the above aspects while rendering patient care.
  3. To teach them practised techniques of prevention at Individual, National and International level for various health issues.
  4. To orient the students with Indian Health System, National Health Programmes and Policies and International Health Policies and Agencies.
  5. To teach research principles and methodologies so as to create scientific attitude.
Name Designation
Dr Amol R Dongre Professor and Head
Dr Kalaiselvan G Professor
Dr Suguna E Associate Professor
Dr Vinayagamoorthy V Associate Professor
Dr Rajalakshmi M Assistant Professor
Dr Sindhuri R Assistant Professor
Dr Pravin S Assistant Professor
Ms Sivaranjani Assistant Professor (Bio-Statistician)
Dr Jenefer Junior Resident
Dr Nancy Junior Resident
Dr Reena Mohan Junior Resident

Epidemiology Unit

The epidemiology unit is led by a teaching faculty and a trained bio-statistician in the department. The functions of the unit are distributed under three main domains namely education and training, research and service. The main objectives of the unit are to provide,

  • students and faculties with the necessary knowledge and understanding of epidemiological principles and procedures, and their application to health
  • support in developing research proposals related to health and medical education
  • expert advice and consultation in research methodology including design, statistical analysis, etc.
  • support and services in outbreak management, surveillance and reporting as required by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from time to time

We have computers with basic software programs installed in them that help various aspects of scientific research related to health which includes sample size calculation, data entry, data cleaning, data analysis and reference management.

List of software available:

  1. Quantitative data analysis:
    1. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 24.0
    2. WHO Anthro, 2005
    3. EpiData version 3.1
    4. EpiData Manager version 4.2
    5. EpiInfo version 7.2.2.6
    6. MORTPACK for windows – Software package for mortality measurements
  1. Qualitative data analysis
    1. Atlas-ti (Version 5.0) – Demo version
    2. Visual Anthropac (Demo version)
  2. Sample size calculation:
    1. Open Epi version 2.0
    2. nMaster
    3. Epi Info version 7.2
  3. Reference Management
    1. Zotero
    2. Mendeley

Activities of the unit:

  1. Education and training: We teach and train undergraduates, postgraduates and faculties periodically related to epidemiology and research. For undergraduates we have, Action research project that teaches students on questionnaire development, data collection, data entry and analysis using Epi-Info software, preparation of charts and interpretation, report generation and health education material development. We have Epidemiology and Bio-statistics module for them that cover theoretical and practical aspects of Epidemiological and Bio-statistics.

    For postgraduates of all departments we organise in-house workshop which improves and enrich their knowledge and practice in Epidemiology that included, identifying research topics, tool development, writing proposal, data entry and analysis plan, writing the dissertation and reference management. The training mainly helps them in doing their dissertation and short projects with ease.

    We organise regular workshop and training program to recollect and organise their knowledge on epidemiology and research that help them to carry out scientifically sound research works related to their area of interest. This unit is active in educating post-graduates, medical students and interns on use of free public health software. The activities carried out are listed below.

  1. Orienting first year postgraduates to Research Methods
  2. Workshop on creating questionnaire using EpiInfo
  3. Reference citation using Zotero.Mendeley software
  4. Workshop on data analysis using Epi Info software
  5. Workshop on How to write MD/MS Thesis
  • Technical support to research activities:The unit provides technical support to faculties, postgraduates and undergraduates related to scientific research which includes sample size calculation, analysis plan, performing analysis, result generation, study design and methodological inputs.

  • Month wise distribution of technical support provided through the unit (2017).

    train undergraduates, postgraduates and faculties

    Totally 123 persons have obtained the support. In the month of August and September maximum number of person obtained the support.

    The nature of person who obtained technical support.

    Postgraduates obtained maximum support

    Postgraduates obtained maximum support (79.7%)

  • Passive Epidemiological Surveillance (PES)
    1. It monitors and ensures the daily entry of data collected during passive epidemiological surveillance in our hospital and the data collected during routine field based clinics. This information helps us to initiate preventive measures in the given locality.
    2. National health programs:We help IDSP and NVBDCP of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu Gvernment. We periodically collect, compile and send reports of diseases of public health importance to Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu (Villupuram), Health and Family Welfare Department. We do send reports in prescribed formats related to Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria to National Vector Borne Disease Control program (NVBDCP) of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu (Villupuram) Government.

    Details of the passive epidemiological surveillance carried out for the past years 2015 – 2018.

    Distribution of suspected infectious diseases conditions admitted in the hospital (From 2015 to 2018)

    Sl. No Conditions 2015-16 N (%) 2016-17 N (%) 2017-18 N (%)
    2 Fever with rash 168 (20) 165 (27.8) 23 (2.3)
    3 Fever with chills 64 (7.6) 51 (8.6) 25 (2.5)
    4 Fever with bleeding 1 (0.1) 1 (0.1) 0
    5 Fever with jaundice 1 (0.1) 0 7 (0.7)
    6 Fever 590 (70.1) 369 (62.2) 946 (94.1)
    7 Acute watery diarrhoea 6 (0.7) 6 (1.0) 4 (0.4)
    8 Others 11 (1.3) 0 0
      Total 842 (100) 593 (100) 1005 (100)
  • Data entry:
    1. We have entered and analyzed survey data of 1800 elderly subjects in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It was a large community-based survey for evaluation of community-managed palliative care program run by HelpAge, India. In future, we envision developing this centre for ensuring better technical support to our post-graduate students, medical students and teaching faculties of SMVMCH.
    2. The monthly RHTC and UHTC reports are entered and processed here.
    3. All workshop and training program feedback forms, internship monitoring formats are entered and stored in electronic formats.
    4. We carried out community based patient satisfaction survey in November, 2015 which gave insight into patient’s perception of the services provided to them at our hospital. This helps the hospital to improve the services rendered to the public.
    5. Patient’s satisfaction exit surveys are entered and analysed for action.

    Public Health Laboratory

    The public health laboratory had been initiated five years back. The major functions of the laboratory include,

    • Water analysis
    • Food sample testing for presence of adulteration
    • Relative humidity measurement
    1. Water analysis

    2. Testing of the drinking water is done on a weekly basis, using TWAD (Tamil Nadu Water supply and Drainage Board) field testing kit. Drinking water supply is tested for physical chemical and biological contaminants. Every Wednesday water samples are collected from five pre-identified sources such as boys hostel, girls hostel, canteen, college and hospital campus. The collected water is analyzed in our public health laboratory on the same day. Interns posted at DCM along with PG in-charge are involved in these water collection and analysis activities. The results are disseminated the next day and a copy of which is filed and maintained in our DCM.

    3. Food sample testing for the presence of adulteration:

    4. Food samples are tested every week using CONCERT (A centre for Consumer education, Research, Teaching, Training and Testing) food testing kit. Every Wednesday and Thursday, the health inspector, interns collect raw food samples from the randomly selected houses in the UHTC field practice areas. The food samples are tested in our public health laboratory for the presence of adulteration on every Friday. The results are disseminated to the household members during the next visit.

    5. Relative Humidity:

    Relative humidity is measured using wet and dry bulb thermometers daily. Everyday a postgraduate posted in the Department of Community Medicine records the relative humidity and the values are displayed in the Department. The findings are recorded. This information will be used for further research purpose.

     Department of Community Medicine

    Food sample testing kit at Public health Laboratory

     Food sample testing kit at Public health Laboratory

    Water sample testing in the Public health Laboratory

    Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program, State Task Force (In association with Department of Community Medicine)

    Activities for Core Committee- RNTCP-STF – 2016-2017

    Core-Committee members

    Sl. No Faculty Name Designation Position in Core Committee
    1 Dr.D.Rajagovindan Director Chairman
    2 Dr.A.Murugan Prof. and Head, Department of Orthopedics Member
    3 Dr.R.Gopal Prof. and Head, Department of Microbiology Member
    4 Dr.Udhayashankar Prof. and Head, Department of Medicine Member
    5 Dr.S.Kothandapani Prof. and Head, Department of Surgery Member
    6 Dr. R.Sasikala Prof. and Head, Department of OBGY Member
    7 Dr.Amol Dongre Prof. and Head, Department of Community Medicine Member
    8 Dr.Arulkumaran Prof. and Head, Department of Paediatrics Member
    9 Dr.S.Yuvarajan Asst. Prof and I/C Department of Pulmonary Medicine Member
    10 Dr.G.Kalaiselvan Prof. Department of Community Medicine Coordinator
      Other Members
    1 Mr.Balamurugan, Laboratory technician (RNTCP contractual staff)
    2 Mrs.Kokila, TB Health Visitor (RNTCP contractual staff)

    Performance at Medical College

    Diagnosis and Treatment Initiation during the period March 2016 to April 2017.

    1 Number of TB suspects whose sputum was examined for diagnosis 2714
    2 Number of sputum smear positive patients diagnosed 363
    3 Number of sputum smear negative patients diagnosed 9
    4. Number of extra pulmonary patients diagnosed 138

    Training:

    The training program on RNTCP guidelines was conducted for the Interns , Postgraduates and Nursing staff by the Department of Community Medicine with the coordination of the members of core committee. The training program was funded by ‘Government Chest Clinic’, Puducherry. The training program was held as per the timetable mentioned below,

    The training program on RNTCP guidelines was organized for the interns posted in the Department of Community Medicine, SMVMCH, Puducherry.

    Section 1: Ensuring Identification of TB suspects / Presumptive TB

    Section 2: Collecting sputum from TB suspect

    Section 3: Categorization of TB patient and referral system

    Section 4: Safe Disposal of contaminated material

    The main focus of this program was to explain and illustrate the key concepts which support the treatment of tuberculosis using the guidelines of RNTCP. The session was interactive with brief lectures were followed by identifying of bacilli under binocular microscope, how to fill and read laboratory form for sputum examination. Participants were shown TB laboratory register / Referral register / Referral form / TB treatment card / monitor drug collection and recording. There was a case based discussion on sputum examination and Categorization of patient for Anti-TB treatment (ATT). The program was conducted as per the schedule mentioned below,

    Pre and post-test questionnaire: To assess the level of knowledge and skill acquired from the training, pre-test and post-test self-administrated structured questionnaires were distributed to all the participants before and after the training program. The data were entered in Epi-info (version 3.4.3) software. The difference in the mean pre and post test scores was found using a paired-t test. At the end of the workshop, feedback was obtained immediately from all the interns using a four point Likert type scale to know their learning after the training program.

    World TB day celebration, 2017

    On the occasion of ‘World TB Day’ the Department of Community Medicine with coordination with the Core- Committee –STF – RNTCP organized the following activity,

    Activity 1: Guest lecture on Implementation of Daily Regimen under DOTS- way forward

    Activity 2: Health Education and Quiz on Pulmonary Tuberculosis for Patients

    Activity 3:We conducted training program for Nursing Assistants students on basics of TB diagnosis and treatment

    Activity 1: Guest lecture on Implementation of Daily Regimen under DOTS- way forward:

    The guest lecture was delivered by Dr.S.Govindarajan, STO, Puducherry, fifty faculty and Postgraduates have actively participated in the lecture.

    Guest lecture delivered

    Guest lecture delivered by Dr S Govindarajan, STO, Puducherry.

    Activity 2: Health Education and Quiz on Pulmonary Tuberculosis for Patients:

    We have organized Health education session on 23.03.17 for the patients attending Urban Health Centre OPD, followed by which we organized a Quiz program to assess the knowledge gained by the patients. The program was facilitated by Post-graduate, Interns’ and Medical Social Worker of Department of Community Medicine.

    Health education session for OPD patients

    Health education session for OPD patients at UHTC.

    Training of nursing assistant students at RHTC on basics of TB diagnosis and treatment.

    We conducted training program for Nursing Assistants students on basics of TB diagnosis and treatment. The program was conducted on 30.3.17 at RHTC and 29 students participated in the training program The participants were divided into four groups including our health care workers (total 28 participants). The program was facilitated by Dr Kalaiselvan (Professor) and Dr.Murugan (Associate Professor). The program consisted of group activities to know their knowledge and community perception about tuberculosis and related factors. Each group was given a chart paper and sketch pens. Each group was assigned with specific tasks like to list the causes, mode of transmission, symptoms and treatment for tuberculosis.

    Training of nursing assistant students
    Training of nursing assistant students

    Training of nursing assistant students at UHTC on basics of TB diagnosis and treatment.

    Specialist visit

    Every week on Friday specialist from various departments visit our RHTC to see patients in the OPD. The specialist OPD operates from 10:00 Am to 1:00 Pm. Any patient who wants further management they referred to our tertiary care hospital (SMVMCH). The list of specialist from various departments visiting RHTC is given below

    Department Apr-18 May-18 Jun-18
    Dental 129 104 147
    Dermatology 163 157 192
    Psychiatry 47 35 51
    Surgery 61 83 104
    OBG 58 43 61
    E.N.T 86 94 60
    Pediatrics 78 63 96
    Ophthalmology 59 40 120
    General Medicine 359 358 459
    Ortho 383 393 480
    Pulmonary Medicine 26 25 32
    Pain and palliative care 11 9 7
    Total 1370 1404 1839

    Non Communicable Disease clinic

    Every Thursday a team of Associate professor (trained in non-communicable disease), Post Graduate, Interns and Social workers conduct NCD clinic. Regular program consist of risk factor assessment, enrolment of new diabetic and hypertensive patients, follow up of old cases, treatment of old and new cases, counselling for all patients. The number of patients treated in NCD clinic for each month is given below.

    Month-Year Number of Patients screened
    Apr-18 345
    May-18 484
    Jun-18 442
    Total 1271

    Pain and Palliative Care Program

    Palliative care program was started in the year 2015 in collaboration with Institute of palliative Medicine, Help Age India and Sanjeevan, Puducherry. Both hospital based and community based palliative care services were initiated simultaneously with an objective to provide palliative care services to chronically sick elderly and patients with incurable illness, to procure, stock and dispense oral Morphine for patients with chronic pain, to create awareness among health care professionals and general public about our palliative care services, to carry out research related to palliative care.

    The activities of palliative care program were grouped under the following headings,

    1. Services
    2. Training
    3. Research

    Services

    1. a) Hospital based services (Pain and Palliative care clinic)

    We conduct hospital based pain and palliative care clinic at the medical college hospital. The OPD and IPD services are provided by trained faculties in the Department of Community Medicine in collaboration with Department of Anaesthesiology. We established collaboration with Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy for providing Palliative care services to patients with cancer.

    One of the patients seen at Pain clini

    One of the patients seen at Pain clinic (OPD).

    A patient got admitted and treated for cancer cheek resulting in chronic ulcer with maggots

    A patient got admitted and treated for cancer cheek resulting in chronic ulcer with maggots.

    OPD/IPD statistics of Pain and Palliative Care Clinic

    Month Number of patients who come directly to OPD Number of admissions Number of referrals Follow up
    April 2016 5 5
    May 2016 1 1 3 1
    June 2016 2 2 4
    July 2016 1 1 5
    August 2016 2 4 1
    September 2016 1 3 1
    October 2016 1 5 1
    November 2016 2 2
    December 2016 1 7 1
    January 2017 3 1
    February 2017 1 3 1
    March 2017 1 1 3 1
    Total 5 16 47 10

    Details of annual T.Morphine use

    Number of T.Morphine(10mg) procured at Pharmacy, SMVMCH Number
    Number of T.Morphine issued to pain clinic 4340
    Number of T.Morphine issued to patients in OPD 4181
    Balance 159
    Number of patients treated with T.Morphine 29
    Number of patients on follow up for T.Morphine use 10

    b) Community based Palliative care services April 2016-March 2017

    Details of home care visits given for patients receiving Palliative care

    Place No. of patients with incurable illness who are provided home care No. of Home care visits made Deaths reported
    Kappur 3 37 2
    Anangur 3 40 1
    Agaram 3 23 2
    Pidagam 3 41 3
    Total 12 141 8
    Home-care visit for patient receiving community-based palliative care services
    Mass community sensitization programs on palliative care

    Home-care visit for patient receiving community-based palliative care services.

    c) Mass community sensitization programs on palliative care by our field workers in the field practice areas of UHTC and RHTC

    The program plan was designed with an attempt to create a critical mass of people trained in palliative care in the community in collaboration with Sanjeevan, Pondicherry and Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode under the guidance of Dr Suresh Kumar.

     Mass community sensitization programs

    Mass community sensitization programs on palliative care by our field workers in the field practice areas of UHTC and RHTC.

    Training.

    1. Doctors
    2. We conducted First, Second and Third Foundation Courses in Palliative medicine for doctors in clinical departments at SMVMCH between 26-28 th May, 2016 in collaboration with Sanjeevan (a joint venture by Sri Aurobindo Society and Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode)
    3. We conducted fourth Foundation course for Doctors and first Foundation course for Nurses at SMVMCH between February 27,28 and March 1, 2017 in collaboration with Sanjeevan, Pondicherry. Ten doctors and 27 nurses completed the course.
    4. Three faculties (Dr Vinayagamoorthy V, Dr Suguna E, DrThirunavukarasu T) were invited as the join the panel of Honorary Consultants for World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care on April 8, 2017.
    5. Three faculties (Dr Vinayagamoorthy V, Dr Suguna E, Dr Thirunavukarasu T) were one of the resource persons for training doctors and nurses (Foundation course for Doctors and Nurses) working in the institutions under the Government of Pondicherry (GH, Pondicherry& IGMCRI).

     Third Foundation Course in Palliative medicine for doctors at SMVMCH

    Third Foundation Course in Palliative medicine for doctors at SMVMCH.

     Foundation course for Doctors at GH

    Foundation course for Doctors at GH, Pondicherry.

    Details of one day orientation program for medical interns on Palliative care (in collaboration with Sanjeevan, Pondicherry) at DCM.

    Program dates No of Interns trained
    06.04.16 16
    09.07.16 16
    13.08.16 15
    22.10.16 11
    24.12.16 16
    Total 74

     Orientation program on palliative care for medical interns

    Orientation program on palliative care for medical interns posted in DCM

    Field workers training.

    1. We conduct weekly training program for field workers, staff and trainee students (from Scope India) at Urban Health Training Center, Villupuram in collaboration with Scope India on Palliative care. A session on how to give basic physiotherapy exercises to bed ridden patients was conducted by Dr Thomas Mathew At UHTC for all the staff and field workers.
    2. A “Training of Trainers” program was conducted for the field workers at UHTC and RHTC on 07.4.2017 in collaboration with Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode on community sensitization programs.

     Training the trainers program for field workers

    Training the trainers program for field workers for conducting community sensitization program.

    Nurses.

    1. We conducted first Foundation course for Nurses at SMVMCH between February 27,28 and March 1, 2017 in collaboration with Sanjeevan, Pondicherry. Ten doctors and 27 nurses completed the course.
    2. One hour sensitization program on Palliative care was conducted for all the nurses as a part of NABH training program by Dr Suguna E for a period of February to May 2016. A total of 400 nurses have been sensitized.

     First Foundation course for Nurses

    First Foundation course for Nurses at SMVMCH.

    Training program on palliative care for nurses

    Training program on palliative care for nurses at SMVMCH.

    1. Projects carried out at UHTC.
    2. Effect of mass community sensitization program on Palliative care in the field practice areas of Rural Health Training Centre, Thiruvennainallur.
    3. Effect of high intensity exposure for medical students in Palliative care for patients with chronic kidney disease at SMVMCH

    2.Publications

    1. Vinayagamoorthy V, Suguna E, Dongre AR. Evaluation of community based palliative care services: Perspectives from various stakeholders. Indian J Palliat Care 2017;23:425-30
    2. Elayaperumal S, Venugopal V, Dongre AR. Identifying people in need of palliative care services in rural TamilNadu: A survey. Indian J palliate Care 2018;24:393-6.

    Other activities:

    1. As a part of the Nurses Day celebration at SMVMCH on 12.5.2017, our nurses contributed a foldable wheel chair to one of our patient, Mrs Jothi, 33years old with traumatic paraplegia who is receiving Palliative care from our team at SMVMCH.

    Contribution of wheel chair for our patient

    Contribution of wheel chair for our patient on palliative care by Nurses at SMVMCH during Nurses day celebration 12.5.2017.

    1. As a part of World Hospice and Palliative care day (October 13, 2018) celebration, guest lecture was organised by Pain and Palliative care unit, Department of Community Medicine, SMVMCH on Palliative care. Ms Gilly Burn (Director Care Response International, Founder Director, Cancer Relief India from United Kingdom) delivered the guest lecture on palliative care for Doctors and Nurses on 15 th October 2018. There were 33 participants for the guest lecture including faculties from various Departments such as Community Medicine, Psychiatry, Anaesthesia, Nephrology, Postgraduates from various Departments and MSc Nursing students.

    Group photograph with Ms Gilly Burn

     About 25 participants comprising of Medical Social Workers

    1. As a part of capacity building, we conducted a one day workshop for field workers on basics of counselling on 14th October 2018. About 25 participants comprising of Medical Social Workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives, Staff Nurses, Faculties and Post Graduates from Urban and Rural Health Training Centres attended the workshop with enthusiasm. This workshop was organized by Department of Community Medicine, SMVMCH in association with the resource persons from Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF INDIA, ChennaiPhotograph CM 20: Group photograph of participants with resource persons from SCARF, India.
    2. Group photograph of participants with resource persons from SCARF

      Group photograph of participants with resource persons from SCARF, India.

    Undergraduate teaching

    Our undergraduate teaching aims to develop a competent primary care physician. We follow the norms set by the Medical Council of India and the Pondicherry University. In addition to didactic lecture sessions and community exposure visits, we facilitate ‘small group’ interactive teaching sessions, to maximize learning on the topics which are relevant to public health problems in India. We have also communicated our best teaching practices and innovations in the scientific journals of International level. We have developed a week long community-based medical education programme, which is specific to our local health needs. The undergraduates are exposed to health education material preparation steps and they developed printed health education material using PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) guideline

    On-going plan of sessions for medical undergraduate

    Semester Morning hours activities Afternoon hours activities
    I and II Foundation program for UGs
    Theory, Exposure visits Sessions on communication skills
     
    III (Clinical posting) Diet survey, Community-based Medical Education, Exposure Health Care System Theory
    IV (Clinical posting) Health education material preparation Exposure visits Theory
    V Theory
    VI Theory
    VII Theory Students seminar Practical sessions

    Internship Training Program

    Students completing the MBBS course are required to undergo two months of community medicine postings as prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The postings are spread over various centres namely Primary Health Centre, Urban Health Training Centre and Rural Health Training Centre.

    The duration of postings at various health centres for CRRIs.

    Primary Health Centre 15 days
    Urban Health Training Centre 15 days
    Rural Health Training Centre 1 month

    The interns joining the department are exposed to a one day orientation program, regarding the functioning of the various centres. The performance is monitored on a daily basis by the centre in-charges, using a specifically designed assessment form. The interns are required to maintain this log and present it during completion of their postings. The forms include details regarding patients seen, treated, referred, procedures done and others. Participation in various field and academic activities of the department is also assessed.

    During their posting period in the department of Community Medicine, they are exposed to various opportunities of learning related to patient care in the hospital and in community setting. The following are the training activities they usually undergo.

    1. Pain and Palliative care orientation
    2. RNTCP orientation
    3. Rational drug prescription program
    4. Food sample testing
    5. Water sample testing
    6. Passive epidemiological surveillance

    Other than these regular orientation program, they attend department meetings, seminar and journal club of postgraduate students and they have to present a seminar during their posting period.

    Details of the number of interns posted in the department during the last academic year (April 2016 to March 2017) are presented below. There were total of 121 students posted of these 101 belong to main batch and 20 belong to additional batch.

    Details of Palliative care orientation program.

    CRRIs posted in the department are exposed to one day orientation program on palliative care. Four faculties trained in palliative care are involved in this activity. The topic covered are introduction to palliative care, principles and domains of palliative care, the needs of the patients who require palliative care, kind of diseases that require palliative care, and a elaborate session on pain management that includes causes, pathophysiology, assessment and management of chronic pain using WHO analgesic ladder. Two sessions on nursing issues and community participation for palliative care. Te details of interns trained were provided in the section on Palliative care program. 

    Major activities of CRRIs at Urban Health Training Centre.

    Total number of patients seen, Median(IQR) 129 (65-233)
    Total number of patients treated, Median(IQR) 109 (51-206)
    Patients referred, Median(IQR) 2(0-7)
    Activities
    Health education in school and community 36%
    Involvement in survey and project activity 54%
    Epidemiological surveillance 89%

    Major activities of CRRIs at Rural Health Training Centre.

    Total number of patients seen, Median(IQR) 472 (387-571)
    Total number of patients treated, Median(IQR) 439 (290-563)
    Patients referred, Median(IQR) 3 (0-27)
    Activities
    Health education in school and community 45%
    Involvement in survey and project activity 22%

    NOTE: IQR-Interquartile range

    Postgraduate (PG) teaching and exposure:

    We expect postgraduate candidates to ‘learn by doing’ and become competent to work in teaching and research institutes, and in services of government and voluntary health sectors. Yearly, we admit three postgraduates in Community Medicine. They are exposed to outcome oriented program over the period of three years. Apart from their hands-on exposure in Rural Health Training Centre and Urban Health Training Centre, they are posted at a Primary Health Centre where they get exposure to understand the functions and working of peripheral government health-care system.

    We have developed a strategic partnership with HelpAge India, which is the recognized national level voluntary body with a mission to work for the cause and care of disadvantaged aged persons and improve their quality of life. Our PGs are actively involved in the field activities of HelpAge, India.

    An online group has been started within the department to facilitate e-based learning, to increase the interaction among postgraduate students and faculty regarding various topics of academic importance and to provide an additional platform to the postgraduate students for learning and sharing their views and opinions. Postgraduate students, faculty from the department and experts in the subject from other colleges and organizations are the members of this group.

    The progress of PGs are monitored through log books. Their performance in academic activities such as journal clubs and seminar presentations is monitored and immediate feedback is ensured.

    Special sessions for postgraduates

    Topics
    Workshop on Proposal Development, SMVMCH
    Workshop on Communication Skill – 29/11/2014
    Workshop on Universal Immunization Program & Cold Chain, SMVMCH
    Workshop on RMNCH+A
    Epidemiology workshop series – Cross sectional and Ecological Studies
    Epidemiology workshop series – Models of causality
    Epidemiology workshop series – Measures of Disease
    Epidemiology workshop series – Measures of associations (abosolute and relative)
    Workshop on use of ICD-10 in ascertaining cause of death and deciding morbidity
    Workshop on scientific writing

    Dissertation topics and name of the postgraduate students

    Title of dissertation Name of candidate
    Cardiovascular risk assessment in adults in surrounding villages of Rural Health and Training Centre, Thiruvennainallur. Dr. Rajalakshmi
    Prevalence and determinants of post menopausal bleeding among women in villages of Rural Health and Training Centre, Thiruvennainallur. Dr.Sindhuri
    Food Hygeine and Handling Practises among Street Vendors in Villupuram District. Dr. Divya
    Active case finding of tuberculosis among brick kiln workers: A community based cross sectional study in rural blocks of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Dr. Pravin
    Prevalence of prediadetes and undiagnosed diabetes and its risk factors in rural Tamilnadu. Dr. Balabaskaran
    Tuberculosis infection control practices among household contacts of smear positive patients in Pondicherry. Dr. Padmavathy
    Domestic violence against married women and its effect on their health – A community-based study in rural Tamilnadu Dr. Arulmozhi
    Health Insurance and its determinants among middle income group people in urban Puducherry: A mixed methods study Dr Poomathy P
    Effect of Behaviour Change Communication on Promotion of Toilet construction and usage in Rural Tamil Nadu Dr Nancy S
    Influence of key community leaders to create awareness and to increase the proportion of presumptive TB cases and treatment compliance Dr Reena Mohan
    Effect of community-based intervention on self-care among diabetic patients in Rural Tamil Nadu Dr Jenifer Florence Mary J

    Conferences and workshop attended by postgraduates (Apr 2016- Mar 2017)

      Paper presentation at International/ National conferences Paper presentation at state conferences Workshops Papers published Papers submitted
    Final year
    Dr. Rajalakshmi 0 1 7 1 0
    Second year
    Dr.Sindhuri 1 0 11 0 0
    Dr.Divya 1 0 11 0 0
    Dr.Pravin 1 0 11 0 0
    First year
    Dr.Padmavathy 0 0 8 0 0
    Dr.Balabaskaran 0 0 5 0 0
    Dr.Arulmozhi 0 0 2 0 0

    Publications from 2012-‘15

    International

    • Abraham RR, Vyas R, Sood R, Banu S, Dongre AR, Ashwini CA, Jain A, Chacko TV. Adult learning principles in an online learning faculty development program. Thrita Journal of Medical Sciences 2012;1(3):77-81.
    • Updhaya S, Shetty S, Kumar S, Dongre A, Deshmukh P. Institutionalizing district level Infant Death Review in a developing country setting; an experience from Southern India. WHO South East Asia Journal of Public Health 2012;1(4):446-456.
    • Kalaiselvan G, Dongre AR. Sharing an experience of social mapping exercise at peri-urban area of Puducherry, 2012;Nat.J.Res.Com.Med.,1(2).
    • Kalaiselvan G, Annapurna Kumar, Dongre AR, Purushothaman. Nutritional status and personal hygiene related morbidities among rural school children in Puducherry, India. 2012;Nat.J.Res.Com.Med.,1(2).
    • Dongre AR, Deshmukh PR, Garg BS. An approach to participatory research and action (PRA) to evidence based policy for child survival in rural Wardha, India. Indian J of Rural Health Care, 2012;1(1).
    • Dongre AR, Deshmukh PR. Social determinants of quality of elderly life in rural Wardha. Indian J of Palliative Care 2012;18(3):181-189.
    • Dongre AR, Rajendran KP, Suresh Kumar, Deshmukh PR. The effect of community-managed palliative care program on quality of life in elderly in rural Tamil Nadu, India. Indian J of Palliative Care 2012;18(3):219-25.
    • Dongre AR, Chacko Thomas. How to make medical colleges socially accountable to their surrounding rural and remote population. Indian J of Rural Health Care 2012;2(1):84-86.
    • Vigneshvar C, Dongre AR, Deshmukh PR. Descriptive epidemiology of ‘Renal Calculi Disease’ among adults in a peri-urban village of Puducherry. Indian J of Rural Health Care 2012;2(1):101-105.
    • Mahalakshmi T, Dongre AR, Kalaiselvan G. Teaching statistics to medical undergraduates using interactive and participatory sessions. Journal of Advances in Medical Education and Professionalism 2013.1:4.
    • Kalaiselvan G, Amol R Dongre, Mahalakshmi T. An approach to integrated teaching for the subject of malnutrition. South East Asian J of Med Edu 7(1):2013.
    • Lopamudra, Amol R Dongre. Orientation of Medical undergraduate to community nutrition. South East Asian J of Med Edu 7(1):2013.
    • Deshmukh PR, Sinha N, Dongre AR. Social determinants of stunting in rural area of Wardha, Central India. Medical Journal Armed Forces 2013. Available at – http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mjafi.2012.10.004
    • Gurukartick J, Ghorpade AG, Thamizharasi A, Dongre AR. Status of Growth Monitoring in Anganwadi Centres of a Primary Health Centre, Thirubhuvanai, Puducherry. Online J Health Allied Scs. 2013;12(2):2. Available at URL:http://www.ojhas.org/issue46/2013-2-2.html
    • V Anand Kumar, Kalaiselvan G, Purushottaman V, Dongre AR. Experience sharing on hospital-based surveillance at Department of Community Medicine, SMVCH, Puducherry, India. National J of Research in Community Medicine 2013.(2).Online:2277-3517.
    • MuruganVenkatesan, Amol R Dongre. Breastfeeding week in rural Puducherry.Indian J of Community Medicine. Letter to Editor.
    • Murugan V, Dongre AR. An Evaluation of Community-Based Action Research Program for Medical Undergraduates in Rural Pondicherry. Online J Health Allied Scs. 2013;12(3):6. Available at URL: http://www.ojhas.org/issue47/2013-3-6.html
    • Nalini PR, Thirunavukarasu MR, Dongre AR. Reports of child abuse in India from scientific journals and newspapers – An exploratory study. Online J of Health and Allied Sciences 2013;12(4):9. Available at URL:http://www.ojhas.org/issue48/2013-4-9.html
    • Dongre, A. and Robinson, C. (2014) Learning in the community. FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. Module 6, Unit 4. FAIMER Centre for Distance Learning, CenMEDIC, London
    • Mahalakshmi T, Dongre AR, Kalaiselvan G. How does seating arrangement matters while teaching in small groups. IJHAS; 2014; (13):1. Available at – http://www.ojhas.org/issue49/2014-1-12.html
    • Muhammad GM, AmolDongre, Thomas V Chacko. Developing a Learning Needs Assessment Tool (LNAT) to Teach Epidemiology for Medical Students. Annals of Community Health 2014;2(2). Available at URL – http://www.annalsofcommunityhealth.in/ojs/index.php/AoCH/index
    • Thirunavukarasu MR, Lopamudra, Dongre AR. Tuberculosis default: A qualitative exploration in rural Puducherry. National Journal of Research in Community Medicine 2014;3(3):245-251.
    • Thirunavukarasu MR, Dongre AR. Social Determinants and Household Practices for Acute Childhood Morbidities in Rural TamilNadu. Indian Journal of Maternal and Child Health. 2014;16 (2).1-15.
    • Deshmukh PR, Dongre AR, RajendranKP, Suresh Kumar. Role of social, cultural and economic capitals in perceived quality of life among older age people in Kerala, India. Indian Journal of Palliative Care Jan-Apr 2015;21(1):39-44.
    • Boratne AV, Datta SS, Karthiga V, Singh Z, Dongre AR. Perception and practices rgarding menstruation among adolescent school girls in Pondicherry. The Health Agenda 2014;2(4).
    • Shruti, Suguna N, Dongre AR. ‘Perceived cause and effect relationship for nutritional anemia among adolescent girls in rural Puducherry. Online J Health Allied Scs. 2014;13(3):2. Available at URL: http://www.ojhas.org/issue51/2014-3-2.html
    • Kirubakaran S, Dongre AR. Prevalence and Determinants of Tobacco usage among youth (age group 15-24) in peri – urban area of Villupuram, Tamil Nadu. Online J Health Allied Scs. 2014;13(3):2. Available at URL: http://www.ojhas.org/issue51/2014-3-2.html
    • Kalaiselvan G, Dongre AR, Murugan V. evaluation of medical interns’ learning exposure to Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme Guidelines. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis 2014;61:288-293.
    • Murugan V, DongreAmol R, Suganyakaliaperumal, Kalaiselvan G, An experience of breastfeeding training program among community members from rural Tamilnadu.RJMS. Oct. 2014:172-175
    • Vijayaramanan V, ThirunavukarasuMR, Kalaiselvan G, Dongre AR. Exploration of community health problems in rural Pondicherry, RJMS. July2014:148-51
    • Dhikale PT, Suguna E, Thamizharasi A, Dongre AR. Evaluation of Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation program for adolescents in rural Pondicherry, India. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2015;4 (Online First). DOI: 10.5455/ijmsph.2015.14042015280
    • Karthikeyan V, Dongre AR. “Intention to quit tobacco” among male youth in a peri-urban area of Villupuram town, India: a mixed-method study. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2015; 4(10): 1351-1355
    • Navis FS, Krishnamoorthy N, Dongre A. Why women seek abortion? a qualitative study on perspectives of rural women on abortion and contraception. Int J ReprodContraceptObstetGynecol 2015; 4(4): 1153-1157
    • Dongre, A. and Scallen, M. E. (2015), Body language in workshop evaluation. Medical Education, 49: 1147. doi: 10.1111/medu.12875
    • Dhikale PT, Solanki MJ, Shrivastava SR (2015) A Study of Epidemiology of Hypertension in an Urban Slum Community of Mumbai. Biol Med S3: 003. doi: 10.4172/0974-8369.S3-003
    • Chitra K, KalaiselvanG. Qualitative exploration of the percep¬tion and practice of women related to tuberculosis its diagnosis and treat¬ment facilities in rural Pondicherry.Stanley Medical Journal.April-June 2015; Vol 2 (2 ).
    • Dhikale PT, R M, Dongre AR. Perceptions of the community about epilepsy in rural Tamil Nadu, India. Int J Med Sci Public Health. Online First: 24 Nov, 2016.
    • Bala Gopal M, Babji NSR, Vinayagamoorthy V, Venkata NK. Clinical, laboratory profile & antibiotic use in first time Wheezers in the tertiary care centre in the rural area. Int. J Pediatr Res. 2016;3(11):818-825.doi:10.17511/ijpr.2016.11.10.
    • J Gurukartick, Amol R Dongre, Dharav Shah. Social determinants of dementia and caregivers perspectives in the field practice villages of Rural Health Training Centre, Thiruvennainallur. Indian J of Palliative Care 2016;22(1):25-32.
    • Kumar V A, Kalaiselvan G, Dongre AR. Prevalence of Tuberculosis among Household Contacts in Pondicherry: Active Case Finding Among New Smear Positive Cases. Online J Health Allied Scs. 2016;15(1):4. Available at URL: http://www.ojhas.org/issue57/20161-4.html
    • Kumar GR, Madhavi S, Karthikeyan K, Thirunavakarasu M R. Author’s reply. Indian J Dermatol 2016;61:91-2.
    • Vijay Ramanan, Suresh Kumar Singh. A study on alcohol use and its related health and social problems in rural Puducherry, India. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 2016;5(4):804-8.
    • Rajalakshmi M, Suguna E, Dongre AR. Evaluation of workshop on communication skills for Health Care Providers in Pondicherry. National Journal of Research in Community Medicine. 2016;5(4):212-16.
    • Selvaraj K, Kumar A. M. V, Chawla S, Shringarpure KS, Thekkur P, Palanivel C, Verma P B, Shah AN, Pandya KN, Roy G, Singh Z, Rewari BB, Dongre AR. Why are eligible HIV-infected people not started on antiretroviral therapy? A mixed method study from Gujarat, India. Public Health Action 2017;7(1):46-54.
    • Verma, KD Sagili, R. Zachariah A. Aggarwal, A. Dongre, H. Gupte. Do incentivised community workers in informal settlements influence maternal and infant health in urban India? Public Health Action 2017;7(1):1-6.
    • Venkatesan M, Dongre A, Ganapathy K. A Community based cross sectional study of dog bites in children in a rural district of Tamil Nadu. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2017;6
    • SubhadraPranavi SVV, Venkatesan M, Kalaiselvan G. Health seeking behavior and reasons for “patient-related” diagnostic delay among pulmonary tuberculosis suspects attending designated microscopy centre of medical college in rural Puducherry. Int J Community Med Public Health. 2017 Apr;4(4):1314-1318.
    • Muthusamy BG, Venugopal V, Sumithra S. Prevalence of anaemia among the hospitalized children in a rural tertiary care teaching hospital. Int J ContempPediatr 2017;4:431-7.
    • Gopal MB, Thiyagarajan P, Venugopal V, Kumar VN. A study on antibiotic prescription among the hospitalized pediatric patients at a referral center in Puducherry, India.Int J ContempPediatr 2017;4:700-5.
    • Suguna E, Dongre AR. Experience of Using Microteaching to Teach Postgraduates on How to Conduct a Workshop. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education 2017;11(1):66-8.
    • MuthappanSendhilkumar, Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Anthony D. Harries, Amol R. Dongre, Mohan Deepa, Ashok Vidyulatha, Subramanian Poongothai, UlaganathanVenkatesan, Ranjit Mohan Anjana, Viswanathan Mohan. Factors associated with high stress levels in adults with diabetes mellitus attending a tertiary diabetes care center, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Indian J of Endocrinology and Metabolism 2017;21(1):56-63.
    • Venkatesan M, Dongre AR, Ganapathy K. Evaluation of skill-based training program on rational drug treatment for medical interns. J Family Med Prim Care 2017;6:832-5.
    • Soundariya K, Deepika V, Kalaiselvan G. A study on the learning styles and learning approaches among medical students. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2017;7(10):1020-25.
    • Vinayagamoorthy V, Suguna E, Dongre AR. Evaluation of community-based palliative care services: Perspectives from various stakeholders. Indian J Palliat Care 2017;23:425-30.
    • Dongre AR, Rajalakshmi M, Deshmukh PR, Thirunavukarasu M, Kumar R. Risk Factors for Kidney Stones in Rural Puducherry: Case-Control Study. JCDR. 2017;11(9):LC01-LC05. doi:10.7860/JCDR/2017/29465.10561.
    • Sindhuri R, Dongre AR. Intention to quit tobacco and Perceptions About Enhanced Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products Among Male College Students in Puducherry- Mixed-Methods Study. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, Vol:16, Issue: 4, October 2017. Available at URL:https://www.ojhas.org/issue64/2017-4-4.html
    • Surendran P, Venugopal V, Dongre AR, Paninjukunnath R. Perceived challenges faced by family caregivers of chronic kidney disease patients and suggested solutions: A qualitative study. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2018;7 (Online First). Doi: 10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0307819032018.
    • Elayaperumal S, Venugopal V, Dongre AR. Evaluation of clinical communication skills training program for medical interns at a tertiary care teaching hospital, Puducherry. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2018;7 (Online First). Doi: 10.5455/ijmsph.2018.0101523032018.
    • Ganapathy K, Dongre A, Process of development of curriculum of Community-based medical education (CBME) programme in Puducherry, India. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2018 Apr, Vol-12(4)
    • Venkatesan M, Dongre AR, Ganapathy K. A community-based study on diabetes medication nonadherence and its risk factors in rural Tamil Nadu. Indian Community Med 2018;43:72-6.
    • Elayaperumal S, Venugopal V, Dongre AR.Identifying people in need of palliative care services in rural Tamil Nadu:A survey. Indian J Palliat Care 2018;24:393-6.
    • Book chapters: Manual for Foundation course in Palliative Medicine, World Health Organization Collaborating Center, Calicut. Dongre AR, Suguna E, Venugopal V.

    ICMR UG student’s project

    Sl.No. Title of the project Faculty Year
    1 Insight about infection control of Tuberculosis among Tuberculosis suspects and patients in Pondicherry- A Mixed Methods Study Dr Kalaiselvan G 2016
    2 Breast Self Examination among female students of Engineering college at Puducherry Dr Suguna E 2016
    3 Foot care practices, its barriers and risk for peripheral neuropathy among rural diabetic patients Dr Murugan V 2017
    4 Tobacco usage, the determinants of intention to quit and perceived barriers to quit among class IV workers of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Puducherry Dr Vinayagamoorthy V 2017
    5 Effect of health communication on mouth self-examination among class IV workers of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Puducherry Dr Vinayagamoorthy V 2018

    Distinctions/Awards/Prizes/Honors received by the faculty

    Sl. No Name of the faculty Name of the award Given by Date of the awarded
    1 Dr Kalaiselvan G Nominated as Chairperson, RNTCP-STF  RNTCP-STF, Pondicherry, India, 2017 2017
    2 Dr Sindhuri R Gold Medal in Community Medicine Pondicherry University March 2018

    Success of undergraduates in final university assessment over the period of 6 years

    Year Total Students appeared Number of students passed Distinction Pass %
    Frequency Percentage
    2006 batch 112 112 20 17.8 100
    2007 batch 123 121 12 9.7 98
    2008 batch 101 96 6 5.9 97
    2009 batch 119 119 36 30.2 100
    2010 batch 121 116 16 13.2 96
    2011 batch 111 109 11 9.9 98
    2012 batch 130 121 7 5.4 93
    2013 batch 128 126 11 8.6 98
    2014 batch 136 133 4 2.9 97.8

    Achievements of the students at National/International level.

    Name of the department course year Title of the Event No. of awards Date
    Community Medicine MD First International Conference (WONCA 2018) Best paper presentation (Violence against doctors: How? Where? and Why? – A content analysis from online Indian newspapers) March 2018
    Community Medicine MBBS Third National undergraduate conference (SIMSCON 2018) Best paper presentation (Insight about infection controls of Tuberculosis among Tuberculosis suspects and patients in Pondicherry- a Mixed Method Study) May 2018
    Community Medicine MD Final World Breast Feeding Week Postgraduate quiz First prize August 2017

    Talks by Faculties as Resource person

    Dr Amol Dongre

    1. Invited to conduct session on “Educational Research” at CME on current ‘Contemporary trends in Medical Education’ organized by Government Medical College, Calicut Kerala on 1 February, 2018.
    2. Invited to conduct two days’ workshop on ‘Qualitative Methods in Health Research’ at Government Medical College, Manjeri on 2 and 3 February, 2018.
    3. Invited to conduct two days’ workshop on ‘Qualitative Methods in Health Research’ at MGM Medical College, Kishanganj, Bihar on 16 and 17 March, 2018. 
    4. Invited to conduct one day orientation workshop on research methods for Nursing staff – Dr Vinayagamoorthy, Dr Amol Dongre.
    5. Invited to conduct one day orientation workshop on palliative care – Dr Suguna.
    6. Invited to conduct a two day workshop on ‘Qualitative Methods in Health Research’ at KIIT School of Public Health, Bhuvaneshwar, 25-27 June, 2018.
    7. Invited as a FAIMER regional faculty at PSG- FAIMER regional centre, Coimabtore during an on-site session for capacity building of Medical Educators in South Asia during, June 2018
    8. Invited as a FAIMER regional faculty at Manipal- FAIMER regional centre in June 2018

    (Urban Health Training Center, Villupuram)

    1. Adolescent health awareness programme for males (on 22-01-18) and females (on 23-01-18). The “Adolescent general health awareness camp” was held at UHTC intended for Youth and adolescents from four villages in our service area, schools where we conduct health education and screening, and the paramedical colleges which we associate with. Thirty students from 8th and 9th standards from two of the Government Schools which we are associated took part in the event on 22nd January. Fifty eight female paramedical students from two colleges (Balaji paramedical institute and Thara paramedical institute) Villupuram took part in the event on 23rd January. There were stalls exhibiting posters and still models illustrating the risk factors, clinical manifestations and preventive measures for major NCD’s (Systemic Hypertension/CVD, CKD, DM), and Flip charts and Pamphlets for HIV/AIDS, TB and Vector Borne Diseases and Vector Control. The program on 23rd January was presided by Mrs. Helen Rani, District Youth Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra who motivated the adolescents about their social responsibility in the community. A quiz program assessing the students for their basic knowledge on diseases, drugs, risk factors, etc. was held for paramedical students on the 23rd January. The students enthusiastically participated in the quiz. Prizes were given to both teams as a token of appreciation. Our medical social workers – Mr. Jayaraman, Mrs. Jayanthi and Mrs. Bhuvaneshwari, Health inspector – Mr. Irusappan, Msc. Nursing students – Mr. Vazhmuni and Miss Dhanalakshmi and Interns facilitated the health education through stalls with posters, flip charts, and pamphlets.
    2. Adolescent Health awareness programme

      Adolescent Health awareness programme

    3. Health awareness program for adolescent males and youth (male) held at Pidagam, on 31-01-18. Adolescent boys and men requested for the general health screeningand awareness program in their villages. The program consisted of health education, health checkup, and health exhibition.Our medical social workers – Mr. Jayaraman, Mrs. Jayanthi and Mrs. Bhuvaneshwari; Health inspector – Mr. Irusappan; Msc. Nursing students – Mr. Vazhmuni and Miss Dhanalakshmi and Interns facilitated the health education through stalls with posters, flip charts, and pamphlets.
    4. Health awareness program for adolescent males and youth

      Health awareness program for adolescent males and youth

    5. Health talk for Bullockcart Workers Development Association (BWDA) Self Help Group members was conducted on 30-01-18at their meeting held at Jeevajoti Marriage Hall, Villupuram. There were around 540 self help group women attendees in the meeting. Dr. Sindhuri (PG) gave a health talk on cervical cancer and breast cancer in women. She also talked about the early warning signs, risk factors, preventive measures, screening methods available, treatment facilities etc. were explained. She was assisted by Mrs. Jayanthi (MSW) and the event was coordinated by our UHTC team.
    6.  Health talk for Bullockcart Workers Development Association

      Health talk for Bullockcart Workers Development Association (BWDA) Self Help Group members

    7. Adolescent health awareness programme for 90 adolescent girls was conducted in Anganwadi center, Kapoor village on 10.2.2018. The chief guests were Mrs.Elavarasi (Superintendent of Police), All women police station, Villupuram. Mrs.Sulochana, PC, All women police station, Villupuram. Health awareness was given on “Good touch and bad touch” by Mrs.Elavarasi (SP), Menstrual hygiene by Miss. Dhanalakshmi (Msc Nursing student), Disposal of Napkin by Dr.Divya (PG), Iron rich diet by Mrs.Jayanthi (MSW) and Mrs. Bhuvaneshwari (MSW).We also conducted nutritional awareness program through exhibiting iron rich food items. We organized poster and quiz competition on adolescent health. All the students were actively involved in the program. Special speech was given by chief guest and finally we concluded the program with vote of thanks. The event was assisted by Dr.Pravin, Dr.Divya (PG), Mrs.Jayanthi (MSW), Mrs. Bhuvaneshwari (MSW), Mr.Irusappan (HI), Miss.Valli (ANM), Mr. Vazhumuni, Miss. Dhanalakshmi (Msc Nursing). We have a plan to form new adolescent groups, revive old groups especially among the school drop-out in the villages and to develop a structured training program based on their felt needs.
    8. Adolescent health awareness programme at Kappur

      Adolescent health awareness programme at Kappur

    9. Screening programme for children was conducted in Government children home, Villupuram on 12.2.18 and 13.2.18 upon request from the school management. We screened 150 students for skin disorders and other health issues were also screened. Skin disorders were identified by Post Graduate, Department of Dermatology. Free samples were given to students identified with scabies (from department of Dermatology) and educated on its application and prevention. Health education sessions were conducted by social workers on personal hygiene since that was their need. The event was assisted by PGs (Community Medicine and Dermatology), Medical Interns, Social Workers, Msc Nursing students, Scope India trainee students, Health Inspector, Staff nurse, Lab technician.
    10. Screening programme for children

      Screening programme for children at Government children home, Villupuram

    11. Screening Programme for 36 women in Kala pickle company, Maharajapuram on 23.2.18 was done as a part of activity for industrial workers. We did general health examination for the workers by the medical interns. Health education was facilitated by our social workers. The event was assisted by Medical interns, Mr.Jayaraman (MSW), Mrs. Bhuvaneshwari (MSW), Miss. Valli, Mr. Anbu.
    12. Screening Programme for women in Kala pickle company

      Screening Programme for women in Kala pickle company

    13. Cultural program for sensitization on Palliative care at Thennamadevi village, Villupuram was conducted on 26.2.18 between 6.00pm to 9.00pm in a common place near a temple. This program was planned based on the request from the local people and support from volunteers working in Scope India. Around 150 village members attended the program. We went to Thennmadevi village and conducted cultural program regarding palliative care in collaboration with Scope India (NGO). We started the program by welcome address followed by Role plays, Mimicry, Dance performance and motivational performance in that village. Dr.Suguna gave a speech to motivate the village members regarding the importance and need of palliative care program for the village members and how they can help the people in need. Lastly, we concluded with vote of thanks speech by Dr.Pravin. The event was conducted by the team of field workers at UHTC including Jayaraman (MSW), Miss. Valli (ANM), Mr. Vazhumuni, Miss. Dhanalakshmi (Msc Nursing) and Scope India students. The program was attended by Dr.E.Suguna and PGs- Dr.Balabaskaran, Dr.Divya, Dr.Pravin, Dr.Sindhuri, Dr.Padmavathy, Dr.Arulmozhi, Dr.Poomathy, Medical interns. The next step is to identify people who need palliative care in the village and to start home care services along with volunteer training programs. The village members showed interest and participated actively.
    14. Cultural program for sensitization on Palliative care at Thennamadevi village

      Cultural program for sensitization on Palliative care at Thennamadevi village

    15. Screening program for 85 sanitary workers:
    16. Screening program for 85 sanitary workers in Villupuram junction in collaboration with Scope India.Health checkup was done by Dr.Bala baskaran Postgraduate, Interns of Department of Community Medicine, SMVMCH and Blood sugar, Hemoglobin estimation was done. Health talk regarding awareness and Prevention of Tuberculosis was facilitated by our Interns.It was organised along with SCOPE-India, Villupuram. We thank Health Inspector of Villupuram railway, Scope-India and our social workers Mr.Jayaraman, Mrs.Bhuvana, nurses and driver for making this event successful. We received a good response from the Sanitary workers.

       Screening program for 85 sanitary workers

      Screening program for 85 sanitary workers

    17. Health camp for people in Thennamadevi village
    18. Our interns and social workers conducted mobile camp at Thennamadevi village on 16/3/2018 and delivered health education about TB and non communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension. This program was organised based on the request of people and was done in collaboration with Scope India (NGO). Then they informed about our pain and palliative care services to the general public of the village. A total 168 people attended the health camp and received medical care.

      Health camp for people in Thennamadevi village

      Health camp for people in Thennamadevi village

    19. Exposure visit for field workers to “Thai De-addiction Centre” was arranged on on 05-01-18 and was visited byMr. Jayaraman & Mrs. Jayanthi (MSW), Mr. Vazhumuni, & Miss. Dhanalakshmi (Msc Nursing), Mr. Irusappan (HI). They interacted with the in-charge Mr. Kaviarasan (Medical Social worker) and he gave an introduction on the centre. There were 24 in patients at the centre. They met the counsellors and other staff of the centre and got to know from them various modalities involved in the de-addiction treatment and the various types of patients they take care of. They also talked with the patients and got to know about their difficulties involved with de-addiction and lifestyle they follow and how they got addicted etc. This visit will help us to know the services available for de-addiction so that we can inform and refer people of need of these services in the community through our volunteers/adolescent groups/ self help group women.
    20.  Exposure visit for field workers

      Exposure visit for field workers to “Thai De-addiction Centre”

    21. Training program for field workers at UHTC on PRA methods: A session on PRA exercise (Participatory Rural Appraisal) was conducted for field workers at UHTC and was attended by 8 staff. The session was facilitated by Dr Suguna E and the different PRA methods like social mapping, seasonal calendar, venn diagram, force field analysis were discussed. Following the discussion, the field workers were given the exercise to choose appropriate PRA methods relevant to their work in community and practice it. They were encouraged to share their experiences with all of us about their learning and problems faced.
    22. Workshop for field workers by Dr Amol at DCM was held on 29.1.2018. Ten field workers attended the program along with two faculty Dr Rajalakshmi and Dr Suguna. It was an interactive session of experience sharing by Amol Sir. The objective was to motivate and awaken the field workers about the activities that they can do. They found the session useful and helped them to realize their big responsibilities that they can do in the community. The next session was planned on School health program for the month of February 2018.
    23. Exposure visit for field workers to Help Age India, Thamaraikulam Elders village, Cuddalore was arranged on 19.2.18. Field workers Mr.Jayaraman (MSW), Mrs. Bhuvaneshwari (MSW), Miss. Valli, Mrs. Dhanalakshmi and Medical interns. The activities done in Help Age India was explained by the Medical Social worke, Mr Gauthamr. Our field workers met the old age people, interacted with them and got to know about their activities and problems they faced. This visit will help us to know the services available so that we can inform the need of these services in the community through our volunteers/adolescent groups for the benefit of elder people and also be aware how an organisation can run for old people with their full participation.
    24.  Exposure visit for field workers to Help Age India

      Exposure visit for field workers to Help Age India

    25. Yoga training session: Since our MSc students have undergone formal training in Yoga, we wanted to utilize this opportunity to train our field staff, staff, PGs and interns in yoga based on their interest. This might help them in their personal life and as well as to teach this to patients/ community members to reduce anxiety, stress and to improve the concentration capacity of the individuals. Surya namaskaram – 12 steps was done to make a clear thought and mind, to promote good health to our human body. It was conducted at UHTC (20.2.18) for Social workers, Scope India trainee students including driver, (21.2.18 Morning session) for 14 Nursing college students from our Nursing college and one Nursing lecturer and the evening session was conducted in Seminar hall, DCM, SMVMCH for Post Graduate students (Community Medicine), Assistant Professor- 1, Statistician, social workers and Attender. Surya namaskaram – 12 steps and Concentration yoga, Stress reduction yoga was conducted by – Mr. Vazhumuni, Miss. Dhanalakshmi (Msc Nursing).
    26. Yoga training session

      Yoga training session

    27. Training program on Behaviour change communication: Since our entire field workers are involved in delivering health education to people in community and school, they were interested to know more about how it should be delivered effectively. Hence we conducted a training session on “Behaviour change communication” on 06.02.2018 for al field workers, trainee students and medical interns. Around 20 people attended the program. It was an interactive session by Dr Suguna. It also included how to develop a health education material appropriate to the context.
    28. Adolescent girls programme for World Health Day April 21, 2018.
    29. Around 50 adolescent girls from the village of Kappur who were studying in classes VI Standard to IX Standard were provided health education at Govt Higher Secondary School, Kappur on the following topics:

      • Alertness and preservation of documents during fire outbreak at house and about tackling sexual harassments by Mrs. Vijaya Rani from Kalvi Kendra
      • Universal Health Coverage by Dr.Poomathy (P.G.)
      • Menstrual and Personal Hygiene by Dr.Swarnalakshmi, Dr.Sona Roshni and Dr. Kamala Gayathri (CRRI).
      Adolescent girls programme for World Health Day
      Adolescent girls programme for World Health Day

      Adolescent girls programme for World Health Day

    30. Awareness programme for Self-help group and Workers from Kalvi Kendra regarding Health Insurance on the occasion of World Health Day April 23, 2018.
    31. Around 20 females from a self-help group (Koliyanoor block) and 20 persons who are working at Kalvi Kendra were provided awareness programme at Community Hall, Kalvi Kendra, Villupuram on the following topics:

      • Health Insurance by Mr. Sivakumar (Special Clinic)
      • Screening and self-examination for Breast and Uterine Carcinoma by Dr.Poomathy (P.G.)
      • Health Screening for Hypertension, Diabetes and General medical advice by Dr.Subulakshmi, Dr.Sugumar, Dr.Sivalakshmi, Dr. Jerry Rensha (CRRI)

      wareness programme for Self-help group and Workers

      Awareness programme for Self-help group and Workers from Kalvi Kendra

      3.Training for Trainers (TOT) for Community volunteers

      The programme was conducted by Sanjeevan Palliative Care and it was attended by 100 volunteers at marriage hall, Bhagur on 23/04/2018. The programme was attended by Mrs. Jeyanthi and Bhuvaneshwari (MSW) and Miss. Valli( staff nurse). The co-ordinator of Sanjeevan Palliative Care- Mr. Vetri delivered speech about palliative care and its benefits. They stressed about nursing care of patient. Dr.Suguna conducted session on communication skill.

      4.Screening programme for drivers at Villupuram junction

      As a part of UHTC field activities, we organized a screening program for drivers (auto and car) at Villupuram junction in collaboration with Scope India and Railway children project. This program was conducted as a part of observing World No Tobacco Day, 2018. The camp was held on 22.5.2018 at Villupuram Railway Junction. The program was inaugurated and attended by special guests Mr. Johan Pushk (senior program officer – Railway children project), Mr. Ashokan Sub-inspector (Railway police station), Mr.Nedujezhiyan, Director (Scope India), Mr. Sivaraj (President of Autostand). The program was coordinated by Medical Social Worker Mr Jayaraman, Dr Poomathy (Postgraduate), Dr Suguna and Dr Prabhadevi (Medical officer, UHTC). We had Dr Naveen, postgraduate from the Department of Ophthomology to conduct eye screening as many of the drivers had diabetes and hypertension. MrKaviarasan (Medical Social Worker, Thai Deaddiction Centre, Kollianur) gave a briefing and motivation about the services available for deaddiction. Fifty nine drivers attended the camp and 54 of them underwent eye screening of which 16 patients were referred to higher centre. The program was well received by all the attendees.

      Screening programme for drivers

      Screening programme for drivers at Villupuram junction

    32. Training program on Bio-Medical Waste management June 29, 2018.
    33. We identified problem with the handling and segregation of Bio-Medical Waste in our center. So the Bio-Medical Waste management training was conducted for 20 participants Staff Nurse, ANM , DNA students , Lab Technician, Social Workers and Interns on 29-06-2018. The Programme was conducted by Dr. Poomathy (PG) and Mr.Irussapan (HI). In which we have discussed about the BMW Management in-house segregation of Waste according to the colour coding Bags.

      6.World Environment Day Celebration June 30, 2018.

      As a part of UHTC activities, we celebrated World Environment Day on 30th June 2018.On this day, an awareness talk about the theme “BEAT THE PLASTIC POLLUTION” to the people who attended the centre was delivered by Dr.Prabhadevi (MO), Dr. Poomathy (PG) and Interns through health education material (Posters). As a part of the celebration we also planted 4 saplings in the backyard of our center.

      World Environment Day Celebration

      World Environment Day Celebration

      Rural Health Training Centre

      Adolescent health awareness programme:

      Adolescent health awareness programme for adolescent girls was conducted in keerimeduvillage on 13.2.2018. Health awareness was given on “Menstrual hygiene” by Mrs.Devasundari (MSW), Dr.Poomathy(PG), Dr Rajalakshmi M (AP).

      Adolescent health awareness programme

      Adolescent health awareness programme

      World Health day celebration:

      The theme of world health day 2018 is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere. As a part of world health day celebration along with NGO BWDA we gave awareness talk to Self Help Group (SHG) womens at Madapattu on 16/4/18 and in Newton ITI college students on 24/4/18.

      Awareness talk on World Health day celebration

      Awareness talk on World Health day celebration to SHG women at Madapattu

      Awareness talk on World Health day

      Awareness talk on World Health day celebration to Newton ITI college students

      World No Tobacco day celebration:

      Theme :”Tobacco and heart disease.”

    1. On 21/5/18 awareness about ill effects of tobacco usage was given to peoples in Semmar village. The following team carried the activites: Shyam (Intern), Vaishali (Intern) and Mrs Devasundari (MSW).
    2. On 22/5/18 awareness about tobacco usage was given to peoples in Gramam village. The following team carried the activites: Dr Rajalakshmi (AP), Jesvi (Intern), Gowtham kumar (Intern), Jerry (Intern) and Mrs Devasundari (MSW).
    3. On 30/5/18 awareness about tobacco usage was given to adolescent boys in Sithalingamadam village. The following team carried the activites: Jesvi (Intern), Vaishanavi (Intern) and Mrs Devasundari (MSW).

    Awareness about tobacco usage to people in Gramam village

    Awareness about tobacco usage to people in Gramam village

    Adolescent girls programme:

    On 21/5/18 awareness about menstrual hygiene and anemia to adolescent girls in Sithaingamadam village, conducted by Jesvi (Intern), Vaishanavi (Intern) and Mrs Devasundari (MSW)

    Faculties as a resource person in workshops at college/regional/national level (2016)

    SNo. Title of the workshop Period Funded by
    1 National Workshop on Qualitative Methods in Health Research January 2016 Self and Management of SMVMCH
    2 Pre-Conference Workshop on ‘Qualitative Methods in Research’ at 17th Joint IAPSM and IPHA Conference 11February 2016 IAPSM and IPHA (MAH) at LTMMC, Sion, Mumbai
    3 Pre-conference Workshop on ‘Educational Research: Fundamentals and translating research into scholarship’ 26-28 February 2016 National Conference on Medical Education, JSS Mysore
    4 Third foundation course on Palliative care for Doctors 26-28 February 2016 SMVMCH, Sanjeevan Palliative care, Pondicherry
    5 Resource person to train the field and program staff (Evaluation of National Iron Pulse Initiative) of UNICEF and AIIMS, Bhuvaneshwar 12-13 March 2016 UNICEF and AIIMS, Bhuvaneshwar
    6 National Workshop on Mixed Methods Research 22-23 April 2016 Self and Management of SMVMCH
    7 Manipal- FAIMER training program May 2016 FAIMER
    8 Workshop on research methods for first year postgraduates 2-4 Jun 2016, 6-8 Jun 2016 Self and Management of SMVMCH
    9 PSG-FAIMER Onsite training program June 2016 FAIMER
    10 The Union’s National Operational Research Course at Chennai, India June 2016 WHO-The Union
    11 Workshop on Communication skills at SIMSCON Conference 26 Jun 2016 Department of Community Medicine , SMVMCH SIMSCON 2016
    12 ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ at Goverenment Medical College, Kozhikode 23-24 September 2016 Government Medical College, Kozhikode
    13 Educational Research at MEDUCON organized by NTTC, JIPMER 13-15 October 2016 NTTC, JIPMER
    14 Educational Research at National Conference for Health Professionals Education November 2016 NCHPE, 2016 at Maulana Azad Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi
    15 Third foundation course on Palliative care for Doctors 15-17 December 2016 SMVMCH, Sanjeevan Palliative care, Pondicherry

    Faculties as a resource person in workshops at college/regional/national level (2017)

    Sl. No Title of the conference Period Sponsoring Agency
    1 Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods Jan 3-7, 2017 Self-sponsored
    2 Workshop on ‘Scientific writing’ at a Pre-conference 19January 2017 Joint IPHA and IAPSM – Maharashtra chapter conference at MGM, Aurnagabad
    3 Workshop on Mixed Methods Research 5 February 2017 JIPMER Scientific Society
    4 Workshop on Efficient Quality Assured Data Capture and Analysis using EpiData Software 22-24 February 2017 Management of SMVMCH
    5 Fourth foundation course on Palliative care for Doctors 27 Feb to Mar 1, 2017 SMVMCH, Sanjeevan Palliative care, Pondicherry
    6 Workshop on RNTCP Guidelines for Interns 25 March 2017 RNTCP and NRHM, Puducherry
    7 Manipal- FAIMER training program May 2017 FAIMER
    8 Workshop on Epi_Info Software and Reference Management May 29-30 & Jun 5-6, 2017 Self-sponsored
    9 A Technical Workshop on AFP and Measles Surveillance Jul 11, 2017 WHO
    10 Orientation Workshop on Research Methods for Postgraduates Jul 18-20 & 24-26, 2017 Self-sponsored
    11 Basic Presentation and Teaching Skills for PGs Sep 19-20 & Oct 5-6, 2017 Self-sponsored
    12 Basic Research Methods for Doctoral Students of Physiotherapy Nov 18-19, 2017 Self-sponsored
    13 SPSS for Data Analysis in Medical Research and SPSS online training Portal Nov 20-21, 2017 Self-sponsored

    Faculties as a resource person in workshops at college/regional/national level (2018)

    Sl.No. Date Title
    1 Jan 2nd to 6th 2018 National Workshop on Qualitative Methods in Health Research
    2 7,8-03-2018 Workshop on Epi_Info Software for Data Entry and Analysis
    15,16 -03-2018 Workshop on Epi_Info Software for Data Entry and Analysis
    3 18-4-2018 Workshop to update on AFP and Measles Surveillance
    4 20-06-2018 Orientation to Research Methods to Nursing faculty
    5 21-06-2018 Workshop on Data capture using mobile device
    6 9,11-07-2018 Workshop on Research Methods for first year Postgraduates
    16,18-07-2018 Workshop on Research Methods for first year Postgraduates
    7 30-07-2018 Workshop on Practical skills to aid breast feeding
    8 01-09-2018 Workshop on Leadership and Management
    9 18-09-2018 Workshop on How to write MD/MS Thesis?
    10 27-09-2018 State level Conference on RNTCP
    11 14-10-2018 Workshop on Counselling skills
    12 15-10-2018 Workshop on Communication Skills by International faculty

    World health day 2017 celebration: The World Health Day 2017 theme is “Depression, Lets Talk”. It highlights the importance of talking about depression with individuals, communities or on social media, which will help in removing stigma and help more people seek treatment. As a part of the 10th year celebration, we organised Video and Quiz competition for undergraduate students as per the guidelines of IAPSM.

    1) Video competition: One team of 8 undergraduate students namely S Bharat, Vishnupriyan V, Vishnupriyan Vishvabharat, M. Suman, Ibadhur Rahman, Surendhar, P. Ajay Siva and Siranjeevi participated in the video competition organized by IAPSM – Puducherry chapter under the aegis of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine. The students were appreciated for appropriately using technology, creativity and knowledge to spread awareness about depression in the community by using social media. They prepared a nice video in local Tamil language with English subtitles. All the participants were given certificates. The link for the video is as follows, Link for the video titled “Munne Sellada” https://youtu.be/79Y8bEvQrPE

    2) Quiz competition :For the elimination round of the quiz, 20 teams each having 3 undergraduate students had registered. The elimination round was conducted on 5/4/2017 in which 57 students participated. Results were declared on the same day afternoon and 4 teams who were the winners were declared. Final quiz was conducted on 7/4/2017 from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. There were 120 undergraduate students as audience. The first and second winner teams were given prizes in the form of books by our Deputy Director Dr Rajendra Kagne. We thank our management for providing funds for printing banner, prizes and snacks for the students. The video on depression prepared by our students was also showed to the students.

    Year Name Designation Institute Email ID
    2011 Dr.M.R.Thirunavukarasu Assistant Professor Government Pudukottai Medical College, Pudukottai navuk87@gmail.com
    2011 Dr.V.Vijayaramanan Assistant Programme Manager Deputy Director of Health Service Office, Tiruvannamalai drramy0708@gmail.com
    2011 Dr.V.Anandkumar Municipality Health Officer Department of Public Health and Prevention Medicine, Karur Municipality, Karur dranandkumarmbbs@gmail.com
    2012 Dr.J.Gurukarthick Assistant Professor Tiruvarur Government Medical College,Tiruvarur gurukart@gmail.com
    2012 Dr.R.Muruganandham NCD District Programme Officer Deputy Director of Health Service, Ariyalur. drrmuruganandham@gmail.com
    2012 Dr.V.S.Venkateshkumar Assistant Professor Government Villupuram Medical College and Hospital,
    Mundiyampakkam,
    Villupuram
    drvenkatesh099@gmail.com
    2013 Dr.S.Kirubakaran Assistant Professor Government Villupuram Medical College and Hospital,
    Mundiyampakkam,
    Villupuram
    kirubasam01@gmail.com
    2013 Dr.J.Sahithyaa Assistant Professor Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry cuddaloreappu@gmail.com
    2013 Dr.V.Karthikeyan Assistant Professor Tiruvannamalai Medical College, Tiruvannamalai karthikeyanveerabadran@gmail.com
    2014 Dr.M.Rajalakshmi Assistant Professor Sri ManakulaVinayagarMedical College and Hospital, Pondicherry. drrajalakshmimahe@gmail.com
    2015 Dr.S.Pravin Assistant Professor Sri ManakulaVinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry. pravin7feb@gmail.com
    2015 Dr.R.Sindhuri Assistant Professor Sri ManakulaVinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry. mailmesindhuri@gmail.com
    2015 Dr.Divya.R Assistant Professor Trichy SRM Medical College And Hospital Trichirapalli rajaseharandivya@gmail.com