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Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) celebrates Foundation Day on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Each year, the PHFI Foundation Day Lecture focuses on a public health area of great national and global importance, which is delivered by a distinguished leader in the field. The theme for PHFI’s Sixth Foundation Day Lecture 2013 was “Women’s Health: Public Health Perspectives” as there is a grave need to address the broader issues of gender respect and women’s empowerment even from a public health perspective.

Professor Dulitha Fernando, former Dean & Senior Professor and Emeritus Professor at the Department of Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, delivered the Foundation Day lecture on Orienting Health Systems for Women's Health. Awarded the Outstanding Health Professional Award 2012 by the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Prof Fernando has been at the forefront of remarkable change as former Chairperson of the Co-ordinating Committee for Research in Reproductive Health and Committee on Women’s Health in Sri Lanka.

Smt Brinda Karat, former Member of the Rajya Sabha and Member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, presided over the Foundation Day as Chairperson and Guest of Honour. The Foundation Day lecture was followed by a panel discussion on Women’s Health: Public Health Perspectives, and the speakers on the panel chaired by Smt Karat were Ms Renu Khanna, a well-known feminist and women’s health rights expert, also Trustee, SAHAJ (Society for Health Alternatives), a Vadodara-based organisation focused on marginalised and deprived communities and Mr Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Director, Lawyers’ Collective and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.

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