Thursday, June 28, 2007
A noted website serving the Mangaloreans around the world, hosted from Chicago, has always been highlighting IDF work in national interest. They have given a wide coverage to the `Gandhiji visiting leprosy home' in their portal.
IDF thank Mr. Roshan Desouza, Founder & Creator and Mrs. Queenie Mendonca, Managing Editor of the Mangalorean.com website for their kind and continued support.
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Monday, June 25, 2007
Dr. Sharad Nayampally in Mahatma Gandhi's make-up visited Vimala Dermatological Centre, a leprosy home in north Mumbai on Saturday the 23rd June.
Dr. Sharad's visit to leprosy home co-incided with the recent news release on the United Nations General Assembly deciding to declare October 2 - the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi—as ‘International Day of Non-Violence’ in recognition of his role in promoting the message of peace around the world. http://eazyvg.wordpress.com/2007/06/15/un-declares-mahatma-gandhi-birth-anniversary-as-international-non-violence-day/
Dr. Sharad Nayampally who is an international Yoga Therapist and an Alternative Medicine expert having intense knowledge in wheat-grass, accupressure and allied therapy is an Ambassador of Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation).
Keen on doing social work, Dr. Sharad joined IDF to help humanitarian causes in national interest. Retired from the Hindustan Lever Limited, Dr. Sharad has been a great person with a lot of social commitments. Dr. Sharad has directed over 60 dramas and also acted in a couple of movies. The latest film in which Dr.Sharad acted was Traffic Signal. He also got a role of Mahatma Gandhiji to play in India Today's commercial which will be released soon.
I love doing social work and also teaching yoga to people, Dr. Sharad said. I am happpy with IDF, as i am able to engage my self in social service activities.
Dr. Sharad Nayampally visited every ward in the leprosy home and met the inmates of the centre. The children of the centre welcomed Mahatma Gandhiji and were keen to pose for a photograph.
Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President, Indian Development Foundation congratulates Dr. Sharad Nayampally for his excellent performance and wishes him good luck in his social service assignments.
I would like to assure those who would serve Daridranarayana that there is music, art, economy and joy in the spinning wheel. .....Mahatma Gandhi.
Leprosy work is not merely medical relief, it is transforming frustration in life into joy of dedication, personal ambition into selfless service. .......Mahatma Gandhi.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The students who are trained in laughter exercise, will inturn teach the leprosy patients as part of their CAS activities, said Ms.Sarala Gavane, CAS Co-ordinator.
Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF and Guest of Honour gave broad outline on IDF national activities and the proposed plans to be covered under SSRC.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuberculosis diagnosis may soon take just one minute.
Thai scientists from Srinakharinwirot University's nanotechnology centre are close to developing a new technology with the help of bio-sensors that will diagnose micobacterium tuberculosis within 60 seconds.
According to associate professor Kosum Chansiri, the new technique will be a breakthrough as present day testing methods like culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are time consuming and unable to determine accurately if the TB strain is resistant to any drug. While private hospitals in India use PCR, the country's National TB Control Programme still believes in the sputum microscopy test that takes over two days.
Dr L S Chauhan, chief of India's TB control programme, said, "Rapid diagnostic tools are much needed in India which sees 18 lakh fresh cases of TB every year. The present day PCR test isn't specific and the sputum test takes two days for results to show." Soumya Swaminathan from the Tuberculosis Research Centre, Chennai, however, said she was sceptical. "Scientists are working on biosensors that are ideal for TB. But till now, there are no bio-markers that are specific for TB."
Biosensor is a technology in which enzymes or antibodies are used to detect sugars and proteins in body fluids, contaminants in water and gases in air.
The most widespread example of a commercial biosensor is the blood glucose biosensor, which uses an enzyme to break blood glucose down. Scientists are widely using biosensors for several medical targets glucose monitoring in diabetes patients, detection of pesticides and river water contaminants, remote sensing of airborne bacteria, detection of pathogens, routine measurement of folic acid, biotin and Vitamin B12.
The Thai announcement comes after Rapid Biosensor Systems, a Cambridge-based developer, recently announced the creation of a TB breathalyzer, a portable device that will detect TB in less than 5 minutes. Clinical trials of this technology are about to start in the UK and India. Dennis Camilleri, the chief executive officer of RBS, had said, "Our test is very fast. You simply cough into a tube. If TB bacteria are present in the breath sample then they bind to a special fluorescent bio-coating that has been applied to an optical prism inside a collection tube. Analysis of the fluorescence signal indicates if TB is present." Camilleri said because the system does not require samples to be sent to a lab for analysis, it could potentially be used at airports and seaports to screen people as they enter a country and also enables the screening to be done "while you wait". So people with positive TB screening results can be isolated immediately.
Courtesy : The Times of India (21-06-07)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Health awareness programmes, interactive session with the underprivileged children and visit to a couple of social service homes will be part of the activities that IDF will be taking up for the students of Vibgyor High.
Dr.A.R.K.Pillai, President of Indian Development Foundation (IDF) said that 'Student Social Responsibility' (SSR) is a key factor in the development of youth and the student days are best suited for developing such skills. Dr Pillai was addressing the senior students of Vibgyor High School at Goregaon West on Tuesday morning.
Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF spelt out the areas to gain social interaction during the school days and gain fulfillment levels. Social work adds an extra dimension to learning, Dr.Narayan added.
Mr. Shim Mathew, Principal of Vibgyor High, exhorted the students to take keen interest in social participation. The tie-up with IDF will be a good activity to promote national development, he added.
Dr. Sharad Nayampally, IDF Ambassador and an international Yoga therapist highlighted the importance of Yoga for students and demonstrated some simple exercises.
Mr. Shim Mathew and Dr.A.R.K.Pillai signed the MoU between Vibgyor High and IDF for promoting SSR among the students in the presence of a select gathering.
Mr. Karthick Sridhar, Social Entrepreneur of IDF enthused the students to participate in social service programmes for their overall development.
Ms. Sagarika Bhatia, Head of IGCSE and Ms. Tamanna Shaikh , Co-ordinator of the School co-ordinated the programme at the school and the students showed interest in the proposed project.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
IDF has designed a host of social service activities for Podar team to perform during the current academic year.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Ms. Sagarika Bhatia, Head of IGCSE and Ms. Tamanna, Co-ordinator of Vibgyor High met Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, Co-ordinator of IDF and discussed on the possibility of inculcating social responsibility among their students.
Social service during the student days is a great value addition and this must be promoted at the tender age, Dr. Iyer said.
The team soon coined a new terminology for the programme as `Student Social Responsibility' (SSR) where the students will be given an overall view of the social implications in the society. The students will also take part in various nation building activities during the process.
A detailed plan will be chalked out for Vibgyor High students for the academic year 2007-08 which include a wide range of activities. Awareness on various health areas will be the key issue in SSR.
Vibgyor High students would also involve in resouce mobilisation activities to support the projects of IDF.
Let noble thoughts come to us from everyside.
9th June 2007
Dear and Respected Principal :
Please accept our greetings and good wishes for the academic year 2007-08 !
We congratulate you for all the academic honours and distinctions earned by your students in the recent exams. We are confident that your institution will achieve greater success under your able leadership in the coming years too.
We recall with gratitude your active participation and kind support to Indian Development Foundation’s nation building activities.
Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) is a leading national NGO committed to health, education and development of our people.
We like to say that our Associate Projects/ Hospitals are rendering excellent services in areas of TB and leprosy by providing free treatment. We have so far established 10 Empowerment Classes in India, which includes 3 regular tribal schools. In addition to the empowerment class programmes, IDF also sponsors poor handicapped children, children of leprosy-affected persons, deaf-mutes children and those in dire need.
We also contribute to improve rural development by organizing mass awareness on socio-health areas.
We are happy to learn about your institution’s participation in several social programmes inculcating social values among the student community. We seek your kind patronage and continued support to IDF’s humanitarian programmes.
We would request your goodself to extend all possible help to us during this Academic Year too to carry out the programmes in national interest.
Looking forward to your positive response and with warm respectful regards,
Dr. A. R. K. Pillai
President, Indian Development Foundation
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Wishing you all a happy time,
Saturday, June 9, 2007
IDF Poised to take challenges with a SMILE.
The TEAM seems to say `We are prepared to give a SMILE to those who do not have one.'
Of course, A SMILE COSTS NOTHING.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
While congratulating the team for the wonderful work being carried out in the humanitarian interest, Dr. Narayan B. Iyer apprised the team on the overall working of the Foundation at national level.
Mr. C. Chidambram spoke on self-motivation and gave some tips on improving memory power. Dr. S. Franklin explained the Field Team the basics of management principles and target achieving skills with the help of a slide-show presentation.
Rev. Sisters from DLCC, Nilakottai extended all hospitality in making the meeting a successful one.
Rev. Sr. Dr. Agnes Xavier, Mother Superior of DLCC congratulated IDF team for their excellent work and appreciated the support being rendered to various other NGOs in India in the areas of health, education and development.
IDF team also organised a Citizens' Reach-out programme in the Centre and mingled with the inmates. The team presented sweets and dress materials as part of reach-out programme. Mr. R. Settu presented a folk dance and entertained the inmates of the Centre.
IDF will soon be opening its 10th Empowerment Class in Nilakottai in collaboration with DLCC and provide necessary educational inputs to the underprivileged children.
Those attended the IDF Southern Regional Meeting were : Mr. R. Settu (Tirupattur), Mr. S. Sreeram (Chennai), Mr. P. Thangaiah (Madurai), Mr. Sam Deva Asir (Trichy), Mr. M. Rangasami (Salem), Mr. Mano Ranjit Lad (Sathyamangalam-Erode), Mr. F. Fredrick (Coimbatore), Mr. S. Arumainayagam (Tuticorin), Mr. H. Gurumurthy (Chitradurga), Mr. Umesh Prasanna (Dharwad) and Mr. K. Srikantha (Kolar).
IDF team is poised to take up fresh projects and work with full vigour in the coming years.
Together Everyone Achieves More.