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Dr Kang represents Chitkara at International Conference on Universal Health Coverage, presents paper

It is a matter of great pride that Dr. Harmeet Kaur Kang, Principal, Chitkara School of Health Sciences represented Chitkara University at the International Conference on “Nurses and Midwives for Universal Health Coverage (UHC)” hosted by Indian Nursing Council (INC) in collaboration with Jhpiego and endorsed by International Council of Nurses, from November 29 to December 1, 2018 at Hotel Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi.

The conference was inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation. The theme was aptly chosen to emphasize the significant role of nurses and their contribution towards achieving the target of UHC. The Hon’ble Minister spoke about the noble role played by Nurses from Birth to Death, and in serving humanity. He stressed that actually Health Care is Human Care and the Nurses play a critical role in Health Care. Referring to the theme of the Conference, he drew attention to the Ayushman Bharat Yojana launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister in providing Health Care to citizens our country and the importance of quality Nursing Education in this context.

The conference aimed at bringing together nurses and midwives from across the globe to explore the strategies, approaches, and best practices to prepare nurse leaders to work within and promote Universal Health Coverage. The conference provides a platform for presentations of best practices, innovations and research results in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and nurses’ role in achieving it. It also provides the opportunity to explore the scope of inter-professional collaborations, inter-sectoral partnerships and utilization of technology in strengthening the nursing care to improve the health outcomes.

Delegates from India and abroad participated in the said conference. The President, Vice- President and 10 other Members of ICN also participated in the conference. Four plenary sessions and around 80 (oral) paper presentations were presented at the conference. Dr. Harmeet Kaur presented the oral paper titled, “Knowledge and attitude of Indian Parous women regarding Human Milk Banking”. Human Milk Banking is a novel concept emerging in India, which is crucial for decreasing Infant mortality and morbidity. The Conference Delegates and Chairpersons appreciated the concept and methodology of Research Paper Presentation.

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