The Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council, a not-for-profit organization is planning to focus on preventive and promotive care and aims to improve people’s awareness about health-related matters.
The council works to bring together multiple stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to India’s diverse healthcare needs.
The IHW Council’s mission includes affordable healthcare, increase in government expenditure on healthcare, increasing penetration of medical insurance, and better utilization of CSR funds in healthcare.
In regard to continuing medical education, the council believes that continuing medical education for doctors is critical to enhance health outcomes in the country.
“Learning is a lifelong process for everyone, more so for doctors as the truth of today in science is challenged by some development tomorrow. There in lies the importance of continuing medical education (CME). It helps in staying abreast with current changes in the medical specialty and improves patient satisfaction and outcomes. In the light of this pandemic, we have realized how CME is a crucial factor in ensuring quality delivery of healthcare services to the people,” stated Kamal Narayan Omer, CEO, Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council.
In regard to mental health cases, Omer stated, “Coronavirus leaves multiple effects on human beings. On one hand, it affects our body and can lead to severe or life-threatening illness, and on the other hand, it affects our mental wellbeing. Mental health cases have seen a significant rise. According to the Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS), the number of mental illness cases in the country has increased by 20% since the lockdown.”
“Mental health can be affected due to continuous fear of the disease, stress related to family and livelihood, and by imposing a sense of confinement due to lockdown and restricted movement thereafter; this can lead to frustration and an inclination to disregard safety norms laid down,” stated Omer.
“We believe that focused efforts which impact areas related to health should be recognized to inspire more initiatives that can contribute towards the making of a healthier and evolved civilization,” the council stated.
IHW Council has emerged as premier forum for health and wellbeing advocacy with a widespread global community of health fraternity which engages with the council through regular conferences, seminars, summits and awards initiatives. IHW Council is registered under Section 8 of Companies Act 2013, with its head office in Delhi, India.