Medical academicians can provide useful insights into the healthcare system. Almost each city in Karnataka has a medical college and can become nucleus of strengthening the primary health care delivery systems.
The department of Community Medicine, Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute [BMCRI] works closely with National Health Mission and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in providing technical support in the areas identified to improve healthcare services:
Trained manpower for planning and field level activities like subject experts in respective fields, postgraduate and undergraduate medical students, students pursuing Diploma in Health Inspector (DHI), student nurses.
Field activities like: Pulse Polio campaign, Mission Indradhanush, surveys like Active Case Finding for TB, Leprosy Case Detection Campaign, Vulnerability assessment.
Research activities like: time motion study to decrease wait time at UCHC, Awareness & Client satisfaction of NUHM at UPHC, Intermediate term evaluation of NUHM in BBMP, Focused Group Discussion on Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking.
Convergence through Urban Health Training Centres: Health care services are being provided to the patients visiting Out Patient Department of the UPHC, assist in immunization sessions, ANC clinics, high risk pregnancy detection & in providing services at speciality OPDs like Medicine, Paediatrics, evening clinics of Surgery, Orthopaedics, Psychiatry.
Space and resource persons for regular training activities.
This collaboration creates a win-win situation for NHM and the medical colleges. Apart from availability of additional resources to the NHM, it has ensured that their teaching and research activities remain relevantto the changing health needs of the community and growing requirements of the healthcare delivery system.