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Smt. Poonam Malakondiah, IAS

Director – FAC
Indian Institute of Health and Family Welfare
Vengalrao nagar
Hyderabad – 500 038
Phone : 040 – 2465 0365
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The Indian Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Hyderabad, popularly known as IIHFW, is an apex training institute with autonomous status functioning under aegis of Department of Health Medical and Family Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh. It started as a State Institute of Health and Family Welfare in August 1992 and later got rechristened as IIHFW.  I am glad to inform you that the institute has successfuly completed two decades of its fruitful existence with noteworthy contributions. It is a privilage to be at the helm of affairs at this juncture and take it to the next level would be my main goal.

The institute has gained recognition as a centre of excellence in developing trained health manpower for better delivery of health care services. Besides conducting policy relevant research studies, the institute also focuses on academics, monitoring, evaluation, field interventions, educational material development and consultancy. IIHFW has contributed significantly towards emergence of new knowledge and made an impact on state health policies and programs.

The focus of the institute has always been on the capacity building of health sector professionals. It also provides technical guidance to 8 Regional Training Centres and 23 District Training Teams and facilitates all health related training programs organized by them.

The Institute comprises six departments covering the disciplines of Public Health, Demography, Epidemiology, Management, Reproductive Health Studies and Health Communication. Recently Centre for Advanced Midwifery Training Centre (CAMT) has been brought under the administrative control of the institute.

The current total staff strength of the institute is 42.  It has 10 Faculty Membes, 2 Research Associates, and about 20 supportng staff. Apart from contributing to their domain areas of interest, the faculty of the institute also works in different research and evaluation studies that cut across the departmental spectrum

The dedicated faculty members of the institute conduct a wide range of training programs viz., induction training course for newly recruited medical officers, training of trainers’ courses, orientation courses, sensitization courses, refresher courses, and specialized programs like professional development, management, communication etc.  The institute has established a `cascade training model’, wherein, it first conducts a Training of Trainers (ToT) program and then facilitates the conduct of regional and district level programs.

During the year 2012-13, the institute has facilitated 40 training programs covering for 1, 06,879 participants at the institute, regional and district levels. About 20 programs have been organized at the institute covering 2441 health personnel. It also facilitated 20 regional/district level training programs beamed to 1, 04,438 consisting of 20,312 Medical Officers/other health personnel and a massive number of ASHAs (84,126) were equipped with skills to provide home based neonatal care.

The institute has been organizing several national level training programs which attract participants from different parts of India.  Some of these are `South-East Asian Regional Training Course on Population and Reproductive Health Management’ covering participants from 20 states and 3 Union Territories; `Immunization Strengthening Training Program’ covering  participants from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry and `Professional Development Course in Management, Public Health and Health Sector Reforms’ for District Medical Officers covering participants from Karnataka, and `Specialized Communication Training Program` for District Media Officers covering participants from Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar islands . The alumni of the institute are spread throughout the country holding key managerial positions.

IIHFW is a partner of `National Consortium of training institutions in Community Health’ and is also designated as a `Collaborative Training Institute’ by National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI) for conducting trainings under RCH and NRHM.

The institute is currently engaged in operationalizing mandatory training programs under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). These programs include Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) program, Navjaat Sishu Suraksha Karyakram (NSSK), Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness program (IMNCI), Home Based Newborn & Child Care (HBNCC), Routine Immunization Strengthening (RIS), Integrated Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices (IIYCF),  Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Reproductive Tract Infections (RTIs), Repositioning of Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD), Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care (CEmOC), Basic Emergency Obstetric Care (BEmOC), Maternal Death Review (MDT), Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and Behavioral Change Communication (BCC)  Skills.

The institute has successfully undertaken 66 community-based research studies sponsored by the state, national and international agencies. Out of which, 22 studies were in Reproductive and Child Health, 13 studies in Population and Demography, 7 studies in Quality Health Care and Health Expenditure, 10 studies in Information, Education and Communication category and 14 studies in Health Manpower Development.
The institute brings out annual reports containing details of training, research and other activities. It also develops both print and video training modules in English and Telugu on a gamut of health topics for use in modular training programs. It also produces IEC materials like posters, booklets, folders, manuals and modules for dissemination of authentic scientific information on issues relating to health and family welfare.
The institute is also briniging out a bimonthly newsletter from June 2012. It carries a main article on selected theme in the sphere of reproductive and child health, public health, epidemiology, demography, health communication, management and allied areas with updated information. It also covers the details of ongoing activities and forth coming events, which are taking place at the institute. The main aim of the articles publihed in the IIHFW newletter is to set an agenda for discussion and gnerate public debate.

The faculty of the institute regularly participate in radio & TV programs, publish articles in newspapers, periodicals, technical and scientific journals and participate as resource persons in different fora meant for deliberations, discussions, brain-storming on  issues  concerning health, nutrition and family welfare. They also render consultancy services to organizations like Commissionerate of Health, Medical and Family Welfare (CHFW), GoAP, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, CARE, Department for International Development  (DFID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Bank (WB).

On complition of twenty years, I am glad to announce that the institute is venturing in to the arena of training and education on a distance mode utilizing e-platform in collaberation with NIHFW, Delhi.

We are determined to build a well trained human resource for delivery of qulality health services to the poor and needy. We continue our efforts to maintain the status of one of the country’s premier training institutes. With past humble achievements and present activities of practical relevance, the institute is fully poised to enter a new era and play a pivotal role in years to come.
Director - FAC