The IIPH Shillong in the state of Meghalaya is commencing its operations from 2015 as the fifth institute of the IIPH network. PHFI has established a network of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) across the country. Four IIPHs are currently operational at Gandhinagar (Gujarat in West), Hyderabad (Telangana in South), Delhi NCR (in North) and Bhubaneswar (Odisha in East).
The IIPH in Shillong, is established to redress the limited institutional and systems capacity in public health in the northeast region of India. The northeast region of India is largely populated by indigenous peoples, with over 160 scheduled tribes. The region is poorly developed and many areas have poor health indices. The region consists of eight states bordered by Nepal, Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. IIPH Shillong aims to improve health outcomes in the region through educational, research, training, policy and advocacy activities.
The IIPH Shillong, along with PHFI, is currently conducting public health research and training activities and will be announcing its educational programs in the near future The IIPH Shillong, being established in collaboration with the Government of Meghalaya (GoM), will serve the entire North Eastern region as its primary focus while being national in character and linked with other IIPHs. Currently, the institution has started functioning from the interim campus in central Shillong from a facility made available by GoM. A permanent campus is planned for which the Government of Meghalaya has provided 22.3 acres of land in Mawdiangdiang, New Shillong.
Recent projects undertaken:
- Medical Pluralism among the indigenous peoples of Meghalaya, Northeast India – Implications for health policy. Funded by Wellcome Trust, UK
- The role of community health workers in maternal health: Stakeholder perceptions on the opportunities and challenges ASHAs face in realising their multiple roles in rural Manipur. Funded by Wellcome Trust, UK
- Evidence based policy planning for women in poor urban areas in an indigenous context – a case study of Shillong, Meghalaya.Collaborative work with Institute of Development Studies, UK.Funded by DFID, UK
- Disease prevalence and trends in Meghalaya: A situational analysis of hospital based data. Funded by GoM
Acting Director: Prof. Sandra Albert, MD, DNB, DrPH Co-ordinator: Mr. Lipekho Saprii, MPH
Indian Institute of Public Health, Shillong
Lawmali, Pasteur Hill, Shillong, Meghalaya
India – 793001