A symposium on "Role of beliefs in Public Health" was organized in
collaboration with Center for Inquiry, Delhi Branch at Conference room
of Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New
Delhi 16th Nov 2007. This symposium was attended by around 100 Public
Health Experts, faculty and postgraduate and undergraduate students of
all medical colleges (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Lady
Harding Medical College, University College of Medical Sciences,
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Mualana Azad Medical College from
Delhi. Symposium was inaugurated by Dr. AK Agarwal, Dean MAMC. In the
introductory remark organizing secretary and Professor Dr. Jugal
Kishore, Director (Hony) of Center for Inquiry Delhi said that there
are various systems prevailing in India due to wide range of cultures,
customs, religions, castes, etc. Many beliefs are detrimental to
public health and need to be handled in a scientific way where social
health specialists must work with medical professionals. Some beliefs
are hindering proper health seeking behavior and people suffer. Strong
believe in past karma and GOD help people to remain stay at home and
do not seek medical care because GOD is going to solve their problem.
Pregnant women have belief that planets and sun can affect their baby
in their wombs. Dr. Innaiah N, Chairman of Center for Inquiry, India
spoke on role of religion and belief systems on child abuse. People
impose their faiths and religions on their innocent children at the
age when they do not know about its validity. When you have accepted
the United Nations resolution on Child Charter then why child still
have to be forced to accept parental religions and faiths. Dr.
Sanghamitra from JNU spoke about various beliefs system prevalent
throughout the world and how these beliefs systems are important in
making decision to accept health. Dr. YK Tekhre from National
Institute of Health & Family Welfare highlighted some of the beliefs
which are becoming stumbling block success of Reproductive and Child
Health program. In the concluding remark of chairman Dr. RC Jiloha and
Dr. GK Ingle, stated that this symposium is first of its kind in India
and need of the hour. Such discussions are fruitful for the
development of public health and community psychiatry in India. There
was hot discussions on how parents can take steps to make their
children free from burden of religion, till they become mature. The
program was started at 2PM and finished at 5.00PM.

Dr. J Kishore
Professor Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
110002, India

President (Hony): Kishore Foundations, Sabasva Foundation,

Director (Hony): Center for Inquiry Delhi Branch

Author of
* National Health Programs of India,
* A Dictionary of Public Health
* A Textbook of Health for Health Care Worker,
* Biomedical Waste Management in India,
* Vanishing Girl Child (on Female Feticide),
* The Pioneering Social  Reformers of India
* The Great Warriors of Human Rights Movement in India

Delhi center.

Presenting to innaiah