Dr Rajesh Gopal's Blog (40)

We all are Japanese today !

The agony of the Japanese humanitarian crisis continues where earthquake ,after tremors and devastating tsunami rendered millions of people without water, electricity, homes and what have you. The series of unfortunate developments at the nuclear reactors are the proverbial 'last straw'(hope and pray they are the last ones)breaking the camel's back.

It is extremely difficult not to think of Hiroshima while thinking of Fukushima and other parts of the land of rising sun… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on March 30, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments

We pray for Japan !

Japan is in the midst of a  burgeoning  humanitarian crisis of  unprecedented proportions
( perhaps akin to miseries of  World War II)when earthquake ,after tremors and devastating tsunami have put …

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on March 14, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Do we need to take HIV outside the exclusive public health domain ?

Dear All,

The epidemic of HIV is a genuinely cross-cutting issue knowing no real or notional borders in its progression or the adverse outcome(s).…


Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 22, 2010 at 12:44pm — 5 Comments

Appeler un chat un chat !

Frequent episodes of ‘honour…


Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 20, 2010 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

A huge loss !

We all are deeply saddened by the most unfortunate and untimely demise of dear Sujal.

Mr.Sujal Parikh -a third year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School- was working with lot of commitment, sincerity and diligence under the Fogarty International Clinical Research Programme at the Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda.

As a Fogarty Fellow he was doing long-term research with children with HIV (CLHIV) and he would have returned to the University of… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 18, 2010 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Realist review for better evidence base for HIV and AIDS


Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on September 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Let us prevent all these avoidable and unneccessary deaths !

It is imperative to reduce maternal mortality in the developing world in view of the evidence like about 38% of maternal deaths occurring due to haemorrhage (Sample Registration System, India-2005) and the systematic review (WHO) of 34 datasets establishing that percentage of maternal deaths from haemorrhage was higher than previously estimated by WHO .(Khan KS et al, WHO analysis of cause of death: a systematic review, Lancet 2006;367:1066-74).

In India a revolutionary legal… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on August 6, 2010 at 12:47pm — 2 Comments

Increased access to (information about ) blood !!!!

In a novel initiative in Gujarat, SMS service for knowing about availability of blood in any part of the state was inaugurated by the Health Minister Mr.Jaynarayanbhai Vyas in…


Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on July 19, 2010 at 2:08pm — No Comments

An earnest appeal !!!

Dear All,

A highly objectionable public notice about an HIV infected person has appeared on page 5
in MIDDAY newspaper (Mumbai edition) of 15th May,10

A 'responsible' newspaper of…

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on May 17, 2010 at 1:41pm — No Comments

The second major crisis being faced by Haiti

Every death diminishes us. It is much more painful when it is untimely

and catastrophic in nature.

The poorest country of the western hemisphere (Haiti) has had the worst

earthquake of the last two centuries anywhere in the Globe.

Let us all do our level best to mobilize all types of support at the different

levels (especially though the Indian Diaspora in the USA and Canada)

which our fellow humans desperately need at these troubled… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on January 15, 2010 at 8:05am — No Comments

Blood Security

Wish you all a very peaceful,prosperous and meaningful twenty ten.

This year coincides with the 50th year of the statehood of the Indian state of Gujarat and we all are observing the same for the 'Golden Gujarat'("Swarnim Gujarat").

The Indian city of Trivandrum,Kerala deliberated upon FOOD SECURITY in the just concluded Indian Science Congress there.

It is a pleasant coincidence that the meaningful discussion on BLOOD SECURTY were effectively carried out just a… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on January 5, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

H1N1 and Indian winter

Dear All,

The Indian capital of New Delhi and many places in the north of our country are having a chilly(by our standards) winter at this time.The same may hinder the process of reduction in the severity of the problem looming large in our part of the world also.

The problem of H1N1 is continuing unabated and we need to reaffirm our faith by revisitng the issues of community systems strengthening(CSS) besides the much needed health systems strengthening(HSS) in our part… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on December 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Message from LeaderNet ,Management Sciences for Health(MSH),USA

Message from LeaderNet on the World AIDS Day

Dear LeaderNauts,

In commemoration of World AIDS day, the LeaderNet team would like to honor all of our members who are currently working in HIV/AIDS. From Afghanistan to Cambodia, Ethiopia to Swaziland, Guatemala to Peru, Australia, France, and the United States, there are over 750 LeaderNauts from 72 countries and 6 continents working to improve management, leadership, and governance in HIV/AIDS… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on December 7, 2009 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Blood Security---access to safe blood as a right of the patient!

A well-organised Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) must be considered as an essential and integral component of any healthcare delivery system.

India does have a sound national blood policy (development of the same was incidentally largely facilitated by the Gujarat SACS), but the absence of a functional national blood service renders a patient hapless and helpless at the critical moments.

In event of a road traffic accident or any medical/surgical emergency, a patient is,… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on November 9, 2009 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Working on the dream to make safe blood accessible to all the needy!

We in Gujarat are working to minimize all possibilities of transmission of HIV

and other infections through transfused blood along with prevention of avoidable

deaths for lack of blood ,say at the time of childbirth.

Repeat voluntary blood donation supplemented with quality standardized blood banking practices

with a reorganized blood services with functional blood storage centres in tribal/rural and difficult to reach

unserved and undeserved areas, may realize… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 26, 2009 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

A communication from the network of PLHIV of Gujarat,India--GSNP+

Milestones in the journey of GSNP+: Participatory changes in Government Policy through advocacy of GSNP+ for the People Living with HIV & AIDS in Gujarat

GSNP+ introduction

Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GSNP+) is a network of HIV Positive people of Gujarat. GSNP+ is registered under Society Act on 6th February 2003 with the efforts of seven people living with HIV/AIDS at Surat . The objective of the network is to work for the people living with… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 13, 2009 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Workshop on Designing Health Insurance Scheme for HIV Positive and Families in Gujarat,India

Workshop on Designing Health Insurance Scheme for HIV Positive and Families in Gujarat

The 2006 estimates in India suggest that the adult HIV prevalence to be approximately 0.36 percent, amounting to between 2 and 3.1 million people directly affected by this disease ([1]). If an average figure is taken, this comes to 2.5 million people living with HIV and AIDS. The concern is that the prevalence is high in the 15-49 age group (88.7 percent of all infections), indicating that AIDS… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 13, 2009 at 9:55pm — No Comments

An appeal to all with greetings on the birth anniversaries of two great humans!

Greetings on Mahatma Gandhi's Jayanti(140th birth anniversary of the father of the Indian Nation Mr.M.K.Gandhi) on 2nd October,2009.

The birth anniversary of the apostle of truth and non-violence coincides with the birth anniversary of another myriad minded mentor of men and a passionate patriot--the second Prime Minister of India Mr.Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Let us all work on the ideals laid down by them in all our endeavours.

The difference between what we… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 3, 2009 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

International Day for the Older Persons(1st October) and the (Indian) National Voluntary Blood Donation Day (1-10-2009)

Observation of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day (1-10-2009) ,which coincides

with the International Day for the Older Persons,was carried out with zeal and dedication in the

different states of India.

First October is celebrated every year as the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in

the entire country. All those committed to the crusade for promotion of voluntary blood

donation movement, consider this day as an opportunity to address the issue with… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 2, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


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