Manipal College of Nursing hosts intl conference on women

Manipal College of Nursing hosts intl conference on women

Submitted by Rashmi on Thu, 2017-01-12 18:52 Manipal: An international conference on the ‘Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children’ was organised by the Manipal College of Nursing in collaboration with 24 institutions from 14 countries. The conference began at the Dr T.M.A. Pai Auditorium on Monday. Following the formal inauguration by Priyanka Mary Francis, Chief Executive Officer, Udupi Zilla Panchayat,speakers from different  countries sharing their experiences with about 425 participants. In her opening address, Priyanka emphasised the initiatives taken by the district to manage malnutrition among pregnant woman and to reduce infant mortality rates. She spoke about the supplementation of nutritious food to pregnant women through the ICDS scheme. She also highlighted the development of android applications to address the concerns of empowerment of women for ASHA workers. Dr. H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal University, highlighted the vision of Dr. TMA Pai in dealing with issues of ill-health, illiteracy, and poverty. He also said that it was the responsibility of every citizen to see that the women are empowered and supported to achieve higher status. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Basanti Majumdar, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, Canada gave an overview of the conference and provided the statistics of the conference. The first day’s plenary session on “Lessons learned from global disasters” was handled by Dr Mariko Ohara, Masako Saito, Dr Yoshiko Tsukada. The speakers from Japan highlighted how the country was devastated with natural calamities and the measures taken to prevent it in future and also how to mitigate the sufferings of people. They also emphasized on various training programmes being undertaken to prepare people for such disasters and create awareness.    The session on the “Impact of Violence/War/Terrorism on Child and Women” was addressed by Ms. Meyenburg-Altwarg Iris Karin, Germany. She spoke on the various forms of violence among children and stressed upon teaching the children to say ‘stop’ and talk openly about abuse.  The session on biological health issues was handled by Dr Majeda A. AL- Ruzzieh, Dr Elissa Ladd, Dr Gugu Mchunu, Dr Asha P Shetty - speakers from Jordan, USA, South Africa and India respectively. They spoke about breast cancer, cervical cancer, HIV and AIDS and impact of globalisation on children.