Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-07-04 20:50 Bengaluru: Over 300 delegates including leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in public health will be in the city to attend a two-day conference on bringing Evidence into Public Health Policy (EPHP). Organised by the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, the theme of this year’s conference is: “Equitable India: All for Health and Wellbeing”. “The third edition of the series of conferences stared in 2010 is aimed at bringing researchers, practitioners and policymakers under one roof to facilitate facts-based and critical discussions on the Indian health system and its ongoing reforms,” said Dr N Devadasan, Director, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru. Dr Werner Soors, Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium), said, “This conference expands the scope of discussions beyond healthcare sector and will examine how policies and actions in various sectors impact health and wellbeing.” Dr Vimala Patil, Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka, said, “While we have seen improvement in population health parameters over time, health inequities - disparities in health outcomes across groups – are widening. It is timely that the EPHP 2016 is focusing on a central theme of health equity.” Eminent dignitaries including honourable minister of health and family welfare (Karnataka), Dr Abdul Ghaffar (Executive Director at WHO alliance on health policy and systems research, Geneva), Dr. Sanjiv Kumar (NHSRC, Delhi), Dr KS Ravindranath (Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences), and Dr Bart Criel (Professor, Institute of tropical Medicine, Belgium), are expected to participate in the event where over 57 researchers from 11 states would present unreleased and peer-reviewed evidence for policymaking at EPHP.