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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Volunteer Abroad, Be Part of Global Problem Solving Unite For Sight: Recruiting and Training New Leaders in Global Health

Volunteer Abroad, Be Part of Global Problem Solving
Unite For Sight: Recruiting and Training New Leaders in Global Health
Unite For Sight has been featured weekly on CNN International and in The New York Times
Unite For Sight engages, inspires, and trains volunteers to support and assist eye clinics globally.  Volunteers receive hands-on training in international community-based eye care, public health, and international development, and while immersed in effective Unite For Sight programs, they gain skills to become new leaders in global health dedicated to creating lasting solutions.
With the assistance of volunteers like you, Unite For Sight has restored sight to 18,500 patients and provided eye care to more than 600,000. Unite For Sight supports eye clinics by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care.  Unite For Sight programs are sustainable, apply best practice principles in global health and development, and achieve effective change. Unite For Sight's programs also demonstrate the highest standards in social entrepreneurship.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Medical Consultant, WHO-RNTCP Technical Assistance Project

  1. Post:

Medical Consultant, WHO-RNTCP Technical Assistance Project (MC-WRTAP); State Capitals/ Principal Cities across India (approx. 15 vacancies)

  1. Organization/ Background:
The World Health Organization (WHO) helps the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), to technically facilitate the Government of India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP)
RNTCP is a professionally managed and respected national health programme, making a difference to the lives of millions of TB patients in India. 
WHO has established and manages a national network of about a 100WRTAP Medical Consultants, for the purposes of technically supporting, the RNTCPWRTAP Medical Consultants are positioned in metropolitan and principal cities across India, to assist state and district level health officers, in programme planning, coordination and implementation. 
WHO would now like to recruit approximately 15 Medical Consultants, to fill existing and anticipated vacancies with the WRTAP network. 
The WRTAP Medical Consultants shall report functionally to WHO, but be on the payroll of Strategic Alliance Management Services P. Ltd. (SAMS), an independent HR consultancy. 
For additional information about the RNTCP programme, please refer
  1. Job Description/  Responsi-bilities:
Key responsibilities of WRTAP Medical Consultants include:
  1. Provide technical support to RNTCP for planning, training, surveillance and monitoring;
  2. Assist the State and district authorities in establishing good practices in all activities under RNTCP, including quality assurance, supervision and monitoring;
  3. Provide technical assistance in timely and complete electronic reporting of activities and information, using the standardized recording and reporting system;
  4. Assist RNTCP in validating reported data by promoting triangulation of records and reports, and facilitating internal evaluations of districts by the State and the Central TB Division;
  5. Facilitate uninterrupted drug supply at all levels by building capacity for drug stock management and prompt reporting of low stocks to State and the Central TB Division;
  6. Visit RNTCP facilities at district, sub-district and institution level with a view to provide on-job training, recommendations to address local constraints, and motivation of staff;
  7. Assist in coordination among government and non-government sectors including involvement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private physicians, medical colleges and health facilities under other health sectors;
  8. Liaise with State and District level authorities and Chairpersons of the Health Societies with a view to enhance political and administrative commitment for TB control;  
  9. Assist in scaling up of all components of the 2006 Stop TB Strategy, including TB/HIV collaborative activities, laboratory strengthening and management of MDR-TB;

  1. Provide a monthly report and an end-of-assignment report in the prescribed formats on activities, achievements, challenges and recommendations for the Central TB Division;
  2. Undertake any other activity related to technical assistance as assigned by WHO Representative to India, Deputy Director General (TB)/ State TB Officer and SAMS, in the interest of RNTCP and TB control programme in India.
  1. Desired Profile of the Candidate:
(1) Must possess an MBBS degree
(2) Preferably be in the 30 to 50 years age bracket.
Skills and Attributes:
(1) At least two years familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, preferably under the RNTCP
(2) Demonstrated effectiveness as a supervisor and/or trainer of health programmes
(3) Computer literacy viz. familiarity with word processing and other standard applications
(4) Good written and oral communication skills
(5) Tactfulness in dealing with peers and team members and the ability to enlist support
(6) Drive/ commitment to work
(7) Good health and willingness to travel at least 15 days per month to remote areas of India
(8) Willingness to relocate to any part of the country based on the needs of the programme
(9) Ability to join the programme within a month of selection.
  1. Desired Work Experience:
At least two years experience of the implementation of a health programme. Relevant experience in health or social sector will be preferred.
  1. Compensation Offered:
  1. Contract/ Employment Status:
Renewable annual employment contract with SAMS, subject to satisfactory performance and continuity of WRTAP.
  1. Location of Posting:
State capitals/ principal towns across India. (Please visit for details of locations of current vacancies)
  1. Reference:
  1. Contact information:
Senior ConsultantStrategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
B 372 New Friends Colony
New Delhi 110 025
  1. Last Date for Applications:
Please submit your application in the job application form downloadable from our site by or before December 5, 2008.

Monday, November 24, 2008



Sl. No.State / UTDuty Station
1Assam and North East1
3Uttar Pradesh3
4Andhra Pradesh2
5Tamil Nadu2
7Madhya Pradesh2

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vacancies for Medical Consultants, WHO/RNTCP Technical Assistance Project (MC-WRTAP)

November 23, 2008

Sub: Vacancies for Medical Consultants, WHO/RNTCP Technical Assistance Project (MC-WRTAP)

Dear Madam/Sir,

The World Health Organization (WHO) helps the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) to technically facilitate Government of India's Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), through theWHO/RNTCP Technical Assistance Project (WRTAP).

RNTCP is a professionally managed and respected national health programme, making a difference to the lives of millions of TB patients inIndia. Under WRTAPWHO manages a national network of about a 100 qualified WRTAPMedical Consultants, charged with the responsibility of technically supporting the RNTCP. This is a challenging but satisfying position, directly responsible for the success of a vital, national health initiative.

WRTAP Medical Consultants are positioned in metropolitan and principal cities across India, to assist state and district level health officers in programme planning, coordination and implementation. WHO would like to recruit about 15 WRTAP Medical Consultants, to fill existing/ expected vacancies, details of which have been appended to this mail.

WHO has retained Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS) to carry out a national search to identify and shortlist suitable candidates, to fill the above vacancies. We are also appending a copy of the Job Description for the position. Applicants are required to visit our website to download and urgently fill the prescribed form. WHO/RNTCP would like to conduct final interviews to fill these vacancies in about three weeks from now.

We shall be grateful if you could circulate this information to alumni, students and professional staff, who may have an interest in applying for the post. Please also put-up a copy of the Job Description appended to this mail, on your notice board.

We shall be delighted to consider eligible applicants from your institution.

We take this opportunity to thank you for your courtesy and support for this initiative. We shall be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this communication and confirm that you have done the needful.

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Gautam Nath
Gautam Nath, Director & Country Partner
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd., B 372 New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Mobile: 93110-13991; Phones: 4162-7202; 2691-0003; 2692-1582; 

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Capacity Building Series (2008- 09) Training On Drinking Water Quality Management

From: 16 Dec - 18 Dec 2008

At Institute of Social Sciences, 8, Nelson Mandela Marg,

Vasant Kunj, New Delhi


Water, the elixir of life! Alas, today this phrase remains a misnomer. The entire ecosystem existence is based on water .It runs like blood in our body, but nowadays this blood is impure and short in supply. This is due to the fact of contamination of water with pollutants and consistent negligence on the part of governments to look after water supply with increase in population. People in several parts of India face an immense challenge to meet the basic needs of water. The crisis is not due to the lack of fresh water as such, but the availability of adequate quality water at the right place and time to meet basic needs.

Every year more than five million human beings die from illness linked to unsafe drinking water and sanitation. Improved access to safe water supply and appropriate sanitation can also improve the economic status, mainly through saving large amounts of people's time and energy. It is a matter of concern that despite the progress made with water supply, the level of water-related sickness continues to be high. 70-80 % of illnesses are related to water contamination and poor sanitation. Main diseases associated with sanitation-diarrhea, ascariasis, dracunculiasis, hookworm, schistosomiasis, trachoma, typhoid, paratyphoid, bacillary dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, etc are on an increase. These diseases consume a lot of time and money for medical attention and medicines. In India, the economic burden due to morbidity and mortality from these diseases is staggering. The resources saved by improved water supply and sanitation can be used in many economically productive or educational activities.

During the last few decades the national policies have shown increasing emphasis on both rural and urban water supply and sanitation. In terms of physical progress, the achievements have been remarkable. In rural context, however unfortunately these efforts have not been seen to be converted into health benefits and water borne diseases continue to be the dominant cause of morbidity and mortality in many pars of the country. The reasons are fairly very obvious, though water is being supplied; its potability is not being ensured. The lack of Water Quality Surveillance in these areas is acutely brought into focus during the episodes of waterborne epidemics.

In realm of this domain to overcome these challenges, the need of the hour is monitoring of water quality, surveillance and management. By putting these things into practice the dream of supplying pure drinking water to each individual could be achieved.


* To help organizations understand the importance of Water Quality Monitoring in Water Quality Management
* To impart Technical Skills on various practical aspects of water quality monitoring and management
* To Promote Surveillance of Drinking Water


Your browser may not support display of this image.The following techniques would be used to conduct the training program.

* Lectures/interactive sessions
* Visits to sites
* Case studies/Group exercises
* Brainstorming sessions/ Experience sharing
* Training Support materials/ Handouts
* Power-point Presentations
* Guest lectures


A. Water quality monitoring

1. Introduction to water quality monitoring and Surveillance

To make all the participants understand on the subject "water quality" and various aspects related to it like:

o Introductory part:

o Introduction to water quality and surveillance programme

o Sources of water
o Sources of water contamination
o Water Quality Surveillance and its need

o Water and health

Health impacts of physical, chemical and biological contaminants

o Water Quality Monitoring

o Why monitor water quality?

o Techniques of water quality monitoring
o Water quality Analysis
o Use of portable water testing kits
o Demonstration and hands on experience on one such kit

o Participatory Water Quality Monitoring-a community based approach
o Water quality Guidelines and Standards
o Sanitary Survey and its importance

2. Your browser may not support display of this image.Field visits

o To Yamuna River for on site water quality analysis by using Field based water quality monitoring kits.

This session is especially designed for the participants to provide details on the use of field based water testing kits and its importance in water quality monitoring at the field level or in remote areas where sophisticated laboratory facilities are not available. This section will also provide information on the participatory approach in water quality monitoring-community based water quality monitoring. Participants themselves will be performing water quality analysis in the field by using these low cost field testing kits. This would give them a first hand experience on water quality analysis.

o Hands on training on sampling and analysis
o Data collection and management
o Interpretation of the water samples analysed
o Visit to one of the water supply system

B. Water quality Management

* Introduction to Preventive and Remedial Measures

This session will deal with different aspects of water quality management in general. As this is an integral part of any water quality monitoring, would give different management options, solutions to various contaminants whether it is Biological, Physical or chemical contaminants.

* Basic Water Purification Methods
o Traditional Methods of water purification
o Principle of water purification
o Precautionary measures at household level treatment
* Advanced water treatment technologies
o Different techniques of managing drinking water
o How water reaches your homes and offices?
o How is water purified by the civic authorities
o Traditional methods of water purification
o Different methods of filtration and chlorination
o Simple household and community level water purification techniques with respect to:

*Fluoride * Arsenic * Nitrate * Iron *Turbidity *TDS *Hardness

* Visit to water treatment plant-Wazirabad

In order to make the participants understand on the overall water treatment procedures adopted in a typical water supply system, a small exposure visit will be organized to community water supply scheme at Wazirabad.

This training will immensely benifit Development Professionals from NGOs, academic institutions, CSR Professionals, officers from Central and State governments, Public Health engineering and health department functionaries, technocrats, Social scientists, educationists, teachers and international development organizations who are working on water quality monitoring and management aspects and related projects and are keen to upgrade their knowledge.


3 Days

The training will be for a period of 3 days.


INR 7,500 per participant

The Training fee covers the following:

* Food during the training hours
* Course material
* Field visits


o Knowledge and experience from the training
o Field Exposure and further learning
o Manuals and training material
o Networking opportunity for you

And an …………Enriched you

Your browser may not support display of this image.TESTIMONIALS OF LAST YEARS' PARTICIPANTS

* I felt the whole module was interesting but the two field trips were the most interesting. The training and resource persons were excellent- Mr. Nitish Jha
* The facilitation is excellent and the field testing of water. Field testing kit was new for me. It is cheap and can measure 14 parameters of water quality & can get reliable results.- KMV Subhanie Manokanthi, Malteser International, Srilanka


1. Hindustan Zinc Limited
2. World Vision India
5. Rio-Tinto

To ensure your participation, we request you to send the nomination form and the course fee (non-refundable) by 10 Dec '08.

Indian participants to make payment through Demand Draft drawn in favour of TARA Livelihood Academy payable at New Delhi . The address for sending the Demand Draft is-

Manager- Training

TARA Livelihood Academy

Development Alternatives,

111/9-Z, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj,

New Delhi-110070

Please send the Demand draft by registered post or speed post or courier only .

Overseas participants may please send the fees through wire transfer. The details of the wire transfer will be sent to each selected trainee once we get their nomination form.

To Down load the registration form

Click here-


Mr. M. Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar has 5 years experience in the field of environmental Monitoring and Management, testing and analysis, data analysis and interpretation, awareness, primary data collection through field surveys, Training and Capacity Building on drinking water quality monitoring and Management, project planning, development and implementation, research & development of cost-effective water management technologies, performance evaluation and technology validation of drinking water purification systems. Rural Water Supply & Environmental Sanitation, business development and institutional networking. Project Design, Contracting, Development & Consultancy, Community Development/ Rural Extension services / Environmental Education. Besides this he is involved in UNICEF assisted Fluoride mitigation projects -Capacity Building of Master Trainers on the Regeneration of Activated Alumina based Domestic Defluoridation Units in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh; and 2) Study of Effectiveness and User Acceptance of Activated Alumina based Hand Pump attached and Domestic Defluoridation Units in Rajasthan EU supported nation-wide environment assessment and action programme-CLEAN India

Ms. Sneh Yadav

Sneh has 4 years of experience in designing, planning and implementing programmes on water quality monitoring and management in the rural and urban environment. Involved in training and capacity building of students, NGOs personnel & Govt. officials on drinking water quality monitoring and management (biological, chemical and physical contamination). Sustainable water management both in terms of quality and quantity in rural communities. Involved in UNICEF assisted Fluoride mitigation projects -Capacity Building of Master Trainers on the Regeneration of Activated Alumina based Domestic Defluoridation Units in Rajasthan. Have experience in evaluating national (central) Environment schemes and state water quality management schemes (Fluorosis mitigation). Experience in coordinating EU supported nation-wide environment assessment , awareness and action programme Community Led Environment Action Network- India (CLEAN India) programme.


If you have any queries or suggestions for the training or nominations, please contact the following:

Bhavana Gadre

Manager- Training

New Delhi

Tele. No: 011-26132718

Email Id:

Training date Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Intended Audience health department functionaries,Professionals
Cost INR 7500

Contact Information
Other Details

Not provided
Contact Bhavana Gadre
Telephone 011-26132718

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Global Health and Social Innovation Conference at Yale

Many of you may be interested in this international "Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation" conference to be held at Yale University. Please forward widely.

Register Online For 6th Annual Global Health Conference. Registration rate increases monthly.

"Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation"
Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19, 2009
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

The Unite For Sight Conference is what CNN calls "A Meeting of Minds"

200 Speakers, Including Keynote Addresses by Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Al Sommer, and Dr. Harold Varmus. Plus social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Save The Children, Partners in Health, HealthStore Foundation, mothers2mothers, and many others.

CME, CNE, and CPE Credits will be available for select conference sessions.

Unite For Sight's conference convenes a committed vanguard of 2,500 people from more than 60 countries. The conference challenges students, professionals, educators, doctors, scientists, lawyers, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and others, to develop innovative solutions to achieve global goals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

"Global Health Challenges and Opportunities," Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Former US Assistant Surgeon General, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Center; Senior Medical Advisor, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research; Chair, Global Health Program, Meridian International Center

"The Challenges of Development and Making Aid Work," Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

"Millennium Villages: Update," Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Health Coordinator, Millennium Village Project

"Preventing Blindness; Saving Lives," Al Sommer, MD, MHS, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"New Perspectives on Global Health and Science," Harold Varmus, MD, President and Chief Executive, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Former Director of the NIH; Nobel Prize Recipient

Confirmed Leaders of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

"Unite For Sight: Social Entrepreneurship As A Symbol of Hope for the (Poor) Blind Villagers and Refugees in Ghana," James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

"Strategic Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Advancing Global Health," Greg Dees, PhD, Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and co-founder of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

"Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool to Strengthen Health Systems," Julia Devin, JD, MPH, Director of Programs, VillageReach

"Improving Public Health Delivery Through Social Entrepreneurship," Gene Falk, Co-Founder, Executive Directors, mothers2mothers

"The HealthStore Foundation: Improving Access to Life-Saving Medicines through Micro-Franchising," Scott Hillstrom, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, HealthStore Foundation

"The Impact of the Food and Nutrition Crisis on the Global Health Agenda," Charles MacCormack, PhD, President and CEO, Save The Children

"Health Care From The Grassroots," Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Partners in Health; Director, Institute for Health and Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Plus 200 more renowned featured speakers:

Friday, November 7, 2008




Curtis A. Dickman, Michael G. Fehlings , Ziya L. Gikaslan

"Clinicians will find the breadth and depth of this text indispensable. Its relevance to the contemporary practice of spinal surgery compelling."

From the foreword by Robert E. Soetzler, M.D.

Featuring the contributions of distinguished experts in spine surgery, neurosurgery, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, neurology, and orthopedic surgery, Spinal Cord and spinal Column Tumors: Principles and Practice presents authoritative coverage of state-of-the-art techniques for diagnosing and managing tumors of the spine and spinal cord.

Form the fundamentals of spinal cord anatomy and the pathology of spinal tumors, to the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment techniques for specific spinal tumors, this is the only comprehensive text devoted to managing tumors both surgically and medically. You will find the latest information on surgical approaches for resection, reconstruction, decompression, and internal stabilization for tumors of the spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The book also covers such treatments as systemic and intrathecal chemotherapy, embolization techniques, external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Special features:

775 high quality illustrations, including 369 in brilliant color, illuminate concepts in pathology and surgical technique

Full review of the basic science of tumors of the spinal cord and nerves aids the understanding of pathology and indications for treatment

Step-by-step instruction guides the clinician through operative approaches, including decompression of tumors, en bloc resection of primary spinal tumors, reconstruction of the spine, spinal fixation, and more

Discussion of the current algorithm techniques to manage metastatic spinal disease.

Clinical pearls enable quick review by calling attention to essential information

The extensive clinical experiences and expert multidisciplinary perspectives shared in this book will benefit neurosurgeons, and orthopedic surgeons, as well as residents requiring a complete text on current techniques in managing tumors of the spine ad spinal column.

Curtis A. Dickman, M.D., is Director of Spinal Research, Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona,

Michael G. Fehlings, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., is Professor and Krembil Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration, McLaughlin Scholar in Molecular Medicine, Head of the University Health Network Neuroscience and Spine Programs, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

Ziya L. Gokaslan, M.D., F.A.C.S., is Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, and Orthopaedic Surgery, Vice-Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, and Director, Neurosurgical Spine Program, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

Publisher : Thieme, Pages : 694, Price Rs. 7525/-

Shivani Simon
Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
2/15 Daryaganj Ansari Road
New Delhi110 002
Tel: 011- 23283024

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