AACCI, Pune was invited to organize a PEER EDUCATOR WORKSHOP ON LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH at KUTUHAL, a health technology exhibition organized by Vidnyan Bharti. Kutuhal was an exhibition on healthcare technology which witnessed an astounding number of 3.5-4 lakh visitors. 64 adolescents were trained over 2 days. These came from 1) NMV Boys’ School, Pune 2) NMV Girls’ School, Pune3) SP Mandali Pradhikaran Shala, Pune and 4) SP Mandali Pradhikaran Shala Nigdi.
Workshop was headed by AACCI Executive Director, Dr Swati Bhave and AACCI Coordinators Dr Shailaja Mane and Dr Sampada Tambolkar. The other AACCI faculty was Dr Geeta Karambelkar Kalyani and Paresh
We had two AJIs (grandmother in Marathi) or DADIs who actively participated in the sessions and gave their inputs-Dr Pushpa Ghalsasi and Mrs Anuradha Tambolkar, both aged 70+. AACCI Youth Wing- Sourabh Mane, Isha Tambolkar, Ninad Halgekar, and Anjali Gaikwad delivered lectures and conducted workstations were instrumental in making the program a great success.
The workshop comprised of 4 sessions 1) healthy Life style, 2) prevention of alcohol and tobacco, 3) coping with stress 4) life skills: self awareness, communication skills and How to say NO.
The teaching was done through lectures, interactive workshops, role plays, group discussion with charts
Pre test and Post test questionnaires to trainees regarding life skills and adolescent Health and the data thus generated will help us to develop better modules for Peer Education.
Healthy India Alliance (HIA) for Prevention and control of NCDs had organised Third National Civil Society Consultation on Non-Communicable Diseases in Delhi. AACCI is a founder member of Healthy India Alliance.
Theme of the consultation was “Meaningful Involvement of People Living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) and Youth”. Young people from all over country attended and expressed their views about NCDs. Release of NCD advocacy agenda was done during the inauguration ceremony.
Representatives of WHO Country office of India, NCD Technical support Unit Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and representatives of other founder and associate members of Healthy India Alliance attended this consultation.
Dr. Shailaja Mane, AACCI, Pune coordinator represented AACCI in this consultation. She had moderated the session on “Developing a Dissemination plan for India Advocacy Agenda of PLWNCDs: Actions; Mechanisms and Stakeholders
8th Governing Board Meeting of Healthy India Alliance for Non-Communicable Diseases in was held in Delhi. Healthy India Alliance for Prevention and control of NCDs had organised The AACCI is a founder member of Healthy India Alliance. Rrepresentatives of other founder and associate members of Healthy India Alliance attended this meeting.
Various topics like HIA funding and Secretariat working, expansion of HIA associate memberships, Progress on the formation of the SEAR NCD Alliance, future activities and vision was discussed in this meeting.
Dr. Shailaja Mane, AACCI, Pune coordinator represented AACCI and actively participated in various discussions in the discussion during meeting. Rrepresentatives of other founder and associate members of Healthy India Alliance attended this meeting.
CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR IMPROVING ADOLESCENT HEALTH OUTCOMES THROUGH PARENTING INTERVENTIONS BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
A national Meeting of key stakeholders in adolescent health was organised with the objectives of (1) reviewing the existing practices related to parenting of adolescents, the contents, process, and delivery platforms, their efficacy and effectiveness, and feasibility in India settings; and (2) preparing the draft guidelines, and the roadmap for deliberations by multi-stakeholders group for validating, testing and piloting the guidelines.
Dr Rajesh Mehta from WHO SEARO gave the opening lecture , Dr Kiran Sharma from WHO India shared the Indian Scenario
Dr Swati Bhave Executive Director AACCI was invited to share her experience of dealing with parents of adolescents in office practice over last three decades
The other AACCI team members who attended were Dr Sangeeta Yadav AACCI Delhi Youth coordinator, Dr Sunita Manchanda AACCI NCR Coordinator and AACCI core faculty Dr Premlatha Krishnan and Chandan Kachru
IMA Pune AMS (Academy of Medical Speciality) in collaboration with AACCI has started a course in Adolescent Development problems and Parenting. This course consists of 6 weekly modules starting from 18th Dec 2019 to 5th Feb 2020.
The First session of the module was launched on 18th Dec. The faculty were Dr Swati Y Bhave , ( understanding Adolescent brain development ) Dr. Meenakshi Deshpande( physical changes of Puberty in boys and girls ) , Dr Vaishali Deshmukh (The various stages of Adolescent development ) and Dr Dilip Sarda ( Flag signs in Adolescents)
The inaugural function was presided by IMA Pune President Dr. Sanjay Patil, Chief Executive Trustee Trust Board and Facilitator of this course, Dr. Jayant Navarange, IMA Pune AMS Chairperson Dr. Meenakshi Deshpande, IMA Pune Immediate Past President Dr. Padma Iyer, President Elect Dr. Aarti Nimkar and Convener Dr. Swati Bhave. After the auspicious Lamp Lighting , there were short speeches by the esteemed dignitaries .Dr. Sanjay Patil said this was an unique course nicely drafted and conceptualized by both conveners and facilitators and hoped it would be utmost beneficial for all attending delegates .Dr. Jayant Navarange was all praises for Dr .Swati Bhave , who is Past National President IAP and said this was her brain child and Dr. Bhooshan Shukla , an eminent Child Psychiatrist who has aptly helped in scientific content . Dr Meenakshi Deshpande informed all about AMS wing of IMA and how it functions and appealed to all to become its members. 38 delegates (paediatricians, general physicians, psychiatrists and counsellors) have registered for this course.
IMA MS President Dr.Avinash Bhondwe also gave his blessings and best wishes for the course. Hon Secretary Dr. Raju Varyani conducted the inauguration. Hon .Secretary Dr. Rajan Sancheti and Vice President Dr. B.L.Deshmukh were also present.
Observer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India had organised a consultation workshop on “Investing in Adolescent Health: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend”.The aim was to discuss the possibility of scaling up state-level best practices to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health amidst the continued challenges of early marriage, teenage pregnancy, anaemia and high incidence of maternal mortality. The aim of this workshop was to bring together multiple stakeholders like NITI Aayog, State Governments, UN Agencies and international and multilateral agencies to commit to accelerate the progress of adolescent health
Dr. Shailaja Mane, AACCI, Pune coordinator represented Dr. Swati Bhave as a speaker in this workshop. She highlighted Life Skills Education and NCD Project as best practises of AACCI during a panel discussion. Participation of AACCI in education of adolescents, parents, teachers and in adolescent health research was highlighted which was well noted and appreciated by all.
Dr. Sangeeta Yadav, AACCI Delhi Youth Coordinator participated actively in the discussion. Dr.Latika Bhalla, Delhi AACCI Coordinator and Chandan Kachru AACCI core Faculty Gurgaon also attended the workshop.
In association with Vatsalya Mother Child Care; AACCI conducted Stress Management Session for Std X students of Sterling School, Bhosari. This activity was a part of IAP Child and Adolescent Health Week Celebration.
Dr Shailaja Mane, Dr Sandeep Kavade and Mrs Kalyani Pethkar were the Speakers for this session. They discussed issues regarding Adolescent Health especially stress management, adolescent health challenges and exam stress.
Students very taught various stress management techniques. The students and teachers gave excellent feedback for this session.
Dr Swati Bhave Executive Director AACCI was invited to deliver the prestigious Dr Shivdasa Memorial Oration at the 28th Annual state conference of Kerala State at Kannur. The theme of the conference was “Child Health – New Horizons “There were 600 registered delegates.
The topic of the oration was: children of the digital world “Dr Bhave shared her experience of handling patients of media addiction in her clinical practice. She also shared AACCI experience of awareness programs and workshops held for parent’s teachers and students on awareness of safe use of media and preventing addictions. She also shared AACCI Multicentric research on internet addiction in school children. The lecture was highly appreciated by the audience
AACCI was invited to participate at this meeting. Dr Sangita Yadav AACCI Delhi Youth coordinator and Professor Of Pediatrics Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi attended this function. The aim of the meeting was to Address the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and climate Change in India.
The meeting was addressed by Dr. Monika Arora, Executive Director, HRIDAY & Additional Professor PHFI, Dr. Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation. Dr. Ajay Khera, Commissioner, Child and Maternal Health Dr Nikhil Tandon, Dr Praveen Agarwal CNNS in UNICEF, Dr. Sudhir Gupta, Addl. DDG, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Dr. Manish Pant, Chief, Health and Development, United Nations Development and others.
The various stake holders who attended were asked about their roles
The Role of AACCI under the leadership Dr Swati Y Bhave was communicated:
1. Spreading awareness & messages through IEC materials
2. Connecting with community families and Individual Pediatric population at various segments through workshops.
3. Conducting Trainings towards awareness and intervention programs
AACCI in collaboration with Vatsalya Mother Child Care, Bhosari conducted Third session of Life Skills Workshop for Adolescents on 24th November 2019 at Vatsalya Hospital.
The skills discussed in this Third session included Decision Making, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking and Critical Thinking.Two sessions of 3 hours each were held separately for 16 Teens from age 9 to 13 years, and 7 from age 13 to 16 years. All participants actively participated in discussions. Poster making & Presentations were done by teens on Problems and solutions in various situations of life.
Dr Sandeep Kavade, Dr Shankar Gore, and Mrs Kalyani Pethkar, Dr Archana Kavade, were the Speakers. Other volunteers for programme were, Paresh Kumbhar and Roshan Prasad.
The Certificate Distribution was done at the end of this session
AACCI in collaboration with Vatsalya Mother Child Care, Bhosari conducted Second session of Life Skills Workshop for Adolescents on 10th November 2019 at Vatsalya Hospital.
Two sessions of 3 hours each were held separately for 13 Teens from age 9 to 13 years, and 10 age 13 to 16 years. The skills discussed in this Second session included Coping with Emotions, Coping with Stress, Inter Personal Relationship. All teens actively participated in discussions. Poster making & Presentations were done by teens on Problems, feelings, solutions in various facets of life.
The session was conducted by Dr Swati Bhave and, she discussed issues with the teens and gave her experienced insights. Dr Sandeep Kavade, Dr Shankar Gore, and Mrs Kalyani Pethkar, Dr Archana Kavade, were the other faculty. Other volunteers for programme were Dr Priya Srinivas, Dr Nitin Dani, Paresh Kumbhar and Roshan Prasad. The last session of this workshop is planned on 24 November to discuss thinking and decision-making skills.
A stakeholder meeting of Project PaTHWay was conducted on November 7, 2019 in Pune. Dr Swati Bhave and Dr Shailaja Mane attended from AACCI.
The Directorate of Health Services, Government of Maharashtra joined hands with PHFI for implementing Project PaTHWay in Pune. The objective of the Stakeholder meeting was to discuss and identify opportunities for linking and integrating the Project PaTHWay’s activities with Government’s and other organizations’ ongoing efforts in the area of NCD prevention and control and also to align project activities, intervention and evaluation with best practices. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr Pradeep Vyas, Principal Secretary-Health Department Government of Maharashtra. Other dignitaries: Dr. Sadhana Tayde, Director-Directorate Health Services-Maharashtra; Dr. Subhash R. Salunke, Senior Advisor, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Officiating Director, IIPH-Bhubaneswar.
Youth representative from Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre Dr Prasakshi Suhag presented the signature campaign to Principal Secretary-Health Department Government of Maharashtra conducted in support of Tobacco-free generation
AACCI in collaboration with Vatsalya Mother Child Care, Bhosari conducted Life Skills Workshop for Adolescents.
Two sessions of 3 hours each were held separately for 19 Teens from age 9 to 13 years, and 11 age 13 to 16 years were addressed in two 3-hour sessions. The skills discussed in this first session include Self Awareness, Communication and Empathy. All teens actively participated in discussions. Role plays were done by faculty on how to resist peer pressure, how to communicate with assertiveness.
The session was conducted by Dr Swati Bhave and. She discussed issues with the teens and gave her experienced insights. Dr Sandeep Kavade, Dr Shankar Gore, Dr Archana Kavade, Mrs Kalyani Pethkar were the other faculty.
Other volunteers for programme were Dr Swapna Dangmali, Dr Priya Srinivas, Dr Nitin Dani and Paresh Kumbhar. Further sessions are planned on 10 and 24 November to complete the other 7 skills out of 10 WHO core skills
AACCI in collaboration with Vatsalya Mother Child Care, Bhosari conducted Stress Management and Self Awareness Lecture for students at Dakshana Foundation, Kadus, Pune.
Dakshana Foundation provides IIT and NEET entrance preparation to youth from under privileged background from all over India. These students face many challenges especially exam stress and low self-esteem. AACCI provided guidance to these brilliant youngsters to relieve Exam Stress and increase their Self-awareness. This session was prepared by Dr. Shankar Gore, Dr Archana Gore, Dr Archana Kavade and Prof Digambar Dhokale.
Dr Sandeep Kavade, Dr Rohidas Alhat, Dr Madhuri Alhat, Mrs Kalyani Pethkar addressed 250 boys and 200 girls in 2 separate sessions simultaneously. Mr Pradeep Singh, academic in charge of Dakshana Foundation coordinated with AACCI Team to conduct the workshop.
Programme was appreciated by all Teachers and students of Dakshana Foundation. After the lectures students interacted with faculty further for their queries.
SOFOSH – Society of Friends of Sassoon Hospital organised a function after the above workshop on Thalassemia patients. This was graced by Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean, and Dr Ajay Taware, Medical Superintendent, B.J.Govt. Medical College, Sassoon General Hospital, Pune. Mrs Sharmila Sayyad & other staff from SOFOSH were also present for this workshop. Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean, distributed Diwali gifts to these children on the occasion. Dr Swati Bhave ,Dr Kinikar and all the staff and patients who participated in the workshop were also present .
AACCI conducts patient support groups for children and families’ chronic illness by counselling and helping them cope with such issues through Life Skill Workshops.
AACCI has started collaboration with Dept of Pediatrics Sassoon Hospital Pune to conduct sessions for patient support groups for parents of specially challenged children and children with chronic diseases.
The launch of this project was done on 18th October at Pune for Thalassemia children and their families. In this condition the patients have a lifelong disorder with physical suffering and the entire family suffers also from financial and psycho-social issues and these are the fields where they do not get any support or help for betterment of life. There are 160 patients registered in the Dept. Many of whom come from far off district places. In this first session more than 50 parents and their children attended .All 160 will be covered in subsequent sessions.
The whole workshop was approximately of 3 hours. There was enthusiastic participation from both parents and kids. They freely expressed the psychosocial and financial issues faced as parents of children with Thalassemia.
The session was conducted by Dr Swati Bhave and Dr Aarti Kinikar HOD Dept of Pediatrics. They tried to suggest solutions to the various issues.
The program was organised by Dept of Pediatrics staff - Mrs Purva Thakar (Counsellor), Dr. Rahul Dawre, Associate Professor, Dr. Naresh Sonkawade, Assistant Professor in Department of Paediatrics, and 4 volunteer Intern Dr. Aditya, Dr. Prateek, Dr. Amrut, and Dr. Sandeep.
Dr. Swati Bhave was invited to give a 2 hour session on communication skills by Dr Arti Kinikar HOD Pediatrics BJ Medical College during the Orientation program for post Graduate Students at the college.
Dr Swati Bhave and. Dr Arti Kinikar discussed in detail all aspects for communication skills that are needed in Interpersonal relationship in an interactive session with PowerPoint More than 150 postgraduate doctors of B J Medical attended this session.
Dr Bhave also gave guidance on how to inter act with patients. This is very important in view of rising violence against doctors .To make is more effective role plays were shown on Good and bad communication. These were conducted by her trained team from Vatsalya Mother and Child Care Hospital, Bhosari - Dr Swapna, Dr Priya, Mrs Kalyani, Mr Paresh. The skits were well appreciated by all present.
In association with Vatsalya Mother Child Care; AACCI conducted Adolescent Parenting Workshop at Autoclustre Hall, Chinchwad. Workshop was attended by nearly 200 doctors from and teachers from Pimpri Chinchwad.
Dr. Swati Bhave gave introduction for the program and elaborated impact of different Parenting styles on children. She also spoke regarding different communication styles and how they affect parent adolescent relationship. To make is more effective role plays were shown on Good and bad communication. These were conducted by her trained team from Vatsalya Mother and Child Care Hospital, Bhosari - Dr Swapna, Dr Priya, Mrs Kalyani, Mr Paresh.
Dr Sandeep Kavade spoke on Types of parenting styles, Dr Shankar Gore spoke on Principals of communication and Dr Bageshree Deokar spoke on Barriers of Communication. Doctors and Teachers who attended the program appreciated the skits and guidance given by Dr Swati Bhave and AACCI team.
Dr. Anuradha Sovani, Head of Psychology Dept. SNDT College, Churchgate and Sharmila Lele, the Honorary Secretary, AACCI, conducted a workshop on behavioural issues and classroom management for the teachers at Seva Sadan. Teachers from Nursery to Std. 7 attended the workshop.
This session helped in understanding various issues faced by the teachers on day to day basis. They presented their class cases to seek solutions. Many strategies were discussed and the teachers were given the guidelines. The interactive discussion was found very useful by the teachers. The teachers were recommended to maintain the records of the students with their progress in the required areas to facilitate the follow up by AACCI.
Sharmila Lele, the Honorary Secretary, AACCI, conducted a Reading Workshop for the teachers at Seva Sadan. Teachers from Nursery to Std. 7 attended the workshop. This session helped in understanding the reading curriculum followed by the school and based on this understanding further reading strategies and reading tasks were shared with the school to make it a structured and more fulfilling experience. The interactive discussion was followed by a story reading demonstration to walk the talk. The teachers were also recommended to take up an online training course in reading. A reflection session will be conducted after two months to check the implementation of the reading program.
AACCI has started a collaboration with Seva Sadan School for its’ teachers’ professional development programme. Sharmila Lele, the Honorary Secretary, AACCI, held the first interaction with the teachers at Seva Sadan to understand their working and requirements. It led to a fruitful discussion on many useful topics. This would eventually help AACCI in planning future workshops for them and strengthening the collaboration with Seva Sadan.
AACCI has started a Collaboration with Vatsalya mother and child care hospital, at Bhosari,Pune The first activity was a two days master training workshop on Life skill education for 17 doctors and staff of this hospital. An interactive session for adolescents was taken as demonstration for rapport building with adolescents in which the children of the doctors and child and teen patients of the hospital participated The course Director was Dr Swati Y Bhave and co course director was Dr Shailaja Mane. Other faculty were AACCI faculty Dr.Bageshree Deokar and Savita Itkarkar