Ludhiana, February 10, 2013, 2013: Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) president Dr. LS Chawla, general secretary Dr. Arun Mitra and finance secretary Dr. Bharti Uppal have said it is unfortunate that the world spends over Rs. 24,000 crores of rupees on arms race per day. On the other hand 14,700 children die of hunger everyday mainly in Africa and South Asia. There is thus urgent need to divert expenditure from arms race to health, education and development.
They told that their organisation as an affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) – (winner of Nobel Peace Prize 1985) has been campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons, check on the proliferation of small arms, confidence building measures among nations through people to people relations so that the wasteful expenditure on arms race is diverted to the welfare of mankind.
Further, they said their country is one among those with poor health indicators. But because of continued arms race in South Asia we have to spend huge amount of our budget on defense. This is causing adverse effect on the expenditure on health and education. Out public health expenditure is less than 2% of GDP. “We need to spend a minimum of 6% to meet the basic bare minimum health needs of our people”, they said.
They told that their upcoming 9th national conference is therefore being held on the theme Peace and Development – A Public health perspective. During the conference they shall deliberate extensively on the issues of public health, peaceful co-existence in South Asia, violence against women, intolerance and violence and above all the abolition of nuclear weapons from earth.
February 15th 2013 /4.00 pm to 7.00pm
Target X, Message Balloon Release and March for HEALTH THROUGH PEACE at Sarabha Nagar Market, Ludhiana
February 16th 2013 -Dumra Auditorium, DMC, Ludhiana
MEDICAL STUDENTS’ CONFERENCE - 9.00AM TO 2.00PM
MAIN CONFERENCE -3.00PM TO 7.30PM
Inaugural Session/3.00pm to 4.30pm
Scientific Sessions/5.00pm to 7.30pm
Scientific Session/5.00pm to 7.00pm
5.00pm to 5.30pm
Challenges of Public Health in India
Dr Imrana Qadeer – Visiting faculty at the Council for Social Development.
5.30pm to 6.00pm
India’s Pursuit to Meet Millennium development goal on health
Dr Shakeel Ur Rahaman – National Secretary IDPD
6.00pm to 6.30pm
Conceptual Changes in Health Policy for Universal Access to Health Care
Dr Tejbir Singh – Prof. and HOD Dept. of Community Medicine Government Medical College Amritsar
7.10pm to 7.30pm
The Importance of Peace for the Industrial Growth and Economy
Manoj Singhal – Chairman and Managing Director M and M Auto Industries Ltd.
17th February 2013
Panel Discussion - I/9.00am to 9.50am
9.00am to 9.30am
Peaceful co- existence in Indian Sub Continent
Key Address by Maj. Gen (Retd.) Viond Saighal
Panel Discussion – II/10.00am to 10.50am
10.00am to 10.30am
Growing intolerance – A Threat to Peace, Health and Development
Key Address by Prof Arjun Dev – Coordinator of Towards Freedom, a research project of the Indian Council of Historical Research
Video Conference 11.20noon to 12.10pm
11.20noon to 12.10pm
Video Conferencing with Dr Till Man Ruff, Co-President IPPNW
Panel Discussion - III/12.10pm to 1.00pm
12.10pm to 12.35pm
Violence Against Women - Need for Comprehensive Approach
Key Address by Amarjeet Kaur – Former General Secretary National Federation of Indian women (NFIW)
Panel Discussion - IV/1.00pm to 1.50pm
1.00pm to 1.30pm/Arms Race in Whose Benefit?
Key Address by Prof. Achin Vanaik - Former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Delhi University.
2.30pm to 5.00pm
Building IDPD to Meet New Challenges