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About Event

Recently, India has made remarkable advances in healthcare, more importantly in Child Health. Many states have come up with interesting and effective interventions which have collectively contributed to this. However, we feel that there’s a long way to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals. Hence, we propose the first International Child Health Summit, Kerala 2019 to share the experience we gained through these interventions and to call for action for continuing partnership to achieve the goals in a timely manner. The summit will also showcase pioneering models in child health interventions across the globe. The sessions will enable us in exploring the possibilities of adapting the interventions to the requirements of the state and also in building partnership with the forerunners.

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India, the second-most populous country in the world, has been making remarkable efforts in the healthcare sector to bring in universally accessible, affordable healthcare, delivered with quality. The advancements in Child Health Sector are remarkable which has recently recorded an 8% decline in IMR (Source: SRS 2016). To make the best out of this momentum, every state is in the process of drafting strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This indeed requires a clear focus on restructuring health systems, both in terms of scale and sustainability, to ensure continual care for new-born. Equitable and quality assured services to the critically ill new-borns can ensure that ‘No one is left behind’ while ending the preventable childhood deaths – the SDG target.

Kerala, is one of the forerunners in regards to health indices among the Indian states, having set a ‘Kerala Model’ in public health sector. Kerala has come up with various successful models in the domain of health. The ‘Aardram Mission’, a component of the flagship programme ‘Navakeralam karmmapadhathi’ of Government of Kerala, focuses on Comprehensive Primary Health Care, Citizen-friendly hospital initiative, has transformed the Primary Health Centres to Family Health Centres which focuses on promotion of primordial and primary preventions at family level. ‘eHealth Kerala project’ has been on the roll-out phase, which envisages in building Electronic Health Record of every citizen. Electronic Medical Records of each visit will be added to the Health Record thereby enabling longitudinal reference possible, for monitoring progress of chronic diseases during follow-up visits. ‘Hridyam – for Little Hearts’ and ‘Shalabam – the Comprehensive New-born Screening Program’ are the two widely discussed healthcare innovative interventions from Kerala, in the Child Health sector, aiming to further reduce IMR and also to increase the survival with best possible quality of life.

Government of Kerala and National Health Mission, in association with our Development Partners are organizing the First International Child Health Summit – Kerala 2019 on 25th and 26th of February, 2019 at Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram. The theme of this summit is ‘Survival and Quality Survival through Focused Interventions for growing to full potential’ summarised in the motto “Survive, Thrive and Blossom”. This summit aims at providing a platform to share the experiences and to enable policy makers and other stakeholders to make right interventions, customizations according to the health needs and help them to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Child Survival.




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Organizing Committee

Smt. K K Shailaja Teacher
Hon. Minister for Health and Family Welfare & Social Justice,GoK
Patron, International CH Summit
Sri. Rajeev Sadanandan IAS
Additional Chief Secretary (H&FW),GoK. Chairman, International CH Summit

Sri. Rajan Khobragade IAS
Principal Secretary (H&FW), GoK. Vice Chairman,
International Child Health Summit
Keshvendra Kumar I A S
State Mission Director, NHM
Convener, International Child Health Summit
Dr. Sarita.R.L
Director of Health Services, GoK. Working Chairperson, International Child Health Summit
Dr. Remla Beevi A
Director of Medical Education, GoK.
Organising Secretary, International CH Summit

<Programme Schedule

25 Feb, 2019

09:15AM - 10:15AM

Inaugural session

10:15AM - 10:30AM


10:30AM - 12:00PM

Opening Session

Setting up the tone: Advocacy, Policy and Action

12:00PM - 01:30PM

Plenary Session 1

Newborn Screening for improving Survival & Quality of Life

01:30PM - 02:30PM


02:30PM - 03:45PM

Plenary Session 2

The role of Academia and Technology for Quality Newborn Survival

03:45PM - 04:00PM


04:00PM - 05:30PM

Parallel Sessions 1:

Hearing & Vision Screening & Management

04:00PM - 05:30PM

Parallel Sessions 2:

Unique soluons to up-skill clinicians to improve outcomes for children

26 Feb, 2019

09:15AM - 10:30AM

Plenary Session 3

Challenges in achieving SDG targets on Neonatal Survival: A policy perspective based on experience

10:30AM - 10:45 AM


10:45AM - 12:00PM

Parallel Session 3

Screening for Inborn Errors of Metabolism

10:45AM - 12:00PM

Parallel Session 4

Hridyam for Little Hearts: A model for Managing children with Congenital Heart Disease : Kerala macro- micro strategy

12:00PM - 01:30PM

Poster Presentation

01:00PM - 02:00PM


02:00PM - 03:30PM

Plenary Session 4

Dealing with Prematurity, Low Birth Weight and Birth Asphyxia action for quality survival.

03:30PM - 03:45PM


03:45PM -04:30PM

Valedictory Session & Closing Remarks

<Our Speakers

Sri. Rajeev Sadanandan IAS

Additional Chief Secretary (H) , Government of Kerala

Ms. Vandana Gurnani IAS

Joint Secretery RCH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India

Ms. Bistra Zheleva

Vice President - Global Strategy and Advocacy, Children's HeartLink

Dr. Arun Singh

Advisor to Govt of India, RBSK

Dr Guoying Huang

Professor, Pediatric Cardiology Fudan Childer's Hospital, Shanghai

Dr. Ralph Fingerhut

Director of the Swiss Newborn Screening Laboratory,Switzerland

Dr. Peter Hesslein

Pediatric Cardiologist, Seattle, USA

Dr. Sunita Maheswari

Pediatric Cardiologist and Co Founder Teleradiology Solutions, Bengaluru

Dr. B. Vishnu Bhat

Former Director, Dean (Research) Senior Professor & Head Dept of Neonatology JIPMER, Pondicherry

Dr.B. Muhammed Asheel

Executive Director, Kerala Social Security Mission

Dr. P. Muralidaran Namboothiri

Professor & Head ENT Department, MCH Kozhikode

Dr. Anand Vinekar

Director KIDDROP, Narayan Nethralaya, Bangalore

Dr. V.K.P. Geetha

Consultant Ophthalmologist, DH Palakkad.

Dr. Balu Vaidyanathan

Professor, Pediatric Cardiology Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. R. Suresh

Senior Consultant Pediatric Cardiology, Belivers Church Medical College, Thiruvalla

Dr. Navaneetha Sasikumar

Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, Government Medical College Hospital, Kottayam

Dr. Mahesh

Professor, Pediatric Cardiology Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Sushama Nangia

Professor Kalavathy Saran Children's Hospital (NNF)

Mr. Job Zacharia

Chief of UNICEF Chennai Region

Dr. J. Kumutha

Expert Advisor, Child Health, NHM Tamilnadu

Dr. Sunija S

Director Public Health Lab, Directorate of Health Services Kerala

Dr. Vijaya Kumar

Professor & HoD Pediatrics Government Medical College Manjeri

Dr. Riaz. I

Associate Professor, Pediatrics SAT Hospital, MCH, Thiruvananthapuram

Dr. Krishna Kumar R.

Professor, Pediatric Cardiology Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences

Adriana Dobrzycka

Country Director - India and Vietnam, Children's HeartLink

Dr. Brijesh P.K

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Jayakumar T. K

HoD CVTS, Medical College Hospital Kottayam

Dr. Lakshmi S.

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, SAT Hospital

Annamarie Saarinen

Newborn Foundation (BORN Project)

Dr. Arti Maria

RML Delhi

Dr Parvathy Mohan K.

Addl Professor, Pediatrics MCH Thrissur

Our Partners

Contact Info


Office of the Mission Director
Arogya Keralam,NHM Building,
Near Directorate of Health Services,
General Hospital Juntion
Thiruvananthapuram,Kerala 695035


+91 471 2301181