Dr Geetanjali Sharma, the pioneer of the “Grow Up Healthy” school health program and the ”Live well” programmes is a medical doctor with post graduate specialization in Public Health. With over 11 years of experience in dealing with community health issues, she has gained vast experience of working with various health promotion and health control program in India such as immunization program, maternal and child health program, polio eradication, Tuberculosis control etc. She has been engaged in serving communities from village level to district, state, national and international levels. Having worked for over 5 years with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (Government of India) for control of Tuberculosis in India, she has been greatly involved in designing policies and program, budgets, coordination with international donors such as USAID, World Bank, Global Fund for AIDS/HIV, TB and Malaria (GFATM). She has travelled across India and has worked in close coordination with the state and district officials, bureaucrats and technocrats. Dr Geetanjali has also worked with The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), at their South East Regional office, New Delhi for over two years. The Union is a Paris based international organization pioneering in Tuberculosis research. Working with The Union has credited to her involvement in medical research and training programmes on TB, tobacco and Asthma and awareness of the recent developments in the field of medical research from across the world. She is presently working as the programmatic/ M&E Expert with Price Water House Coopers, Gurgaon for the evaluations and review of health programmes in the country.
She had chosen her subject of specialization, Public Health, against all odds as she is passionate about public health in India and especially health of children. She is also a mother of two kids and is very zealous to work for promoting health concepts amongst the children and the youth, right from the school age, in order to build up a strong and a healthy nation.
A team of experts consisting of Public Health consultants, General Physician, Chest Physician, Nutrition expert and Public health nurse will be available for the health promotion program.
"Wiseapple" is an initative to build health, knowledge, skills and healthy behaviors amongst the youth and works at promotion of health through programmes designed and directed at improving ‘lifestyle and general health’. The programmes include health education and guidance to the school and college students, employers and employees of corporate organizations for providing access to a broad range of healthy living programs and reinforcing these with promotional material. Good health of students enhances their cognitive, emotional and educational outcomes and promote health of their families as well prevent a number of lifestyle diseases amongst the youngsters. Workplace health promotion programmes are designed to improve individual worker's and organisational health and wellbeing. The two programmes designed on this concept are “Grow Up Healthy” for school kids and “Live Well” programme for young college students, school staff, corporates and other professionals.
Health is both a fundamental human right and a sound social investment. Demographic trends such as urbanization, increasing old population and high prevalence of chronic diseases pose new threats to all countries including India. Other social, behavioural and biological changes such as increased sedentary behaviour, resistance to antibiotics /commonly available drugs, increased tobacco and drug abuse threaten the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of people.
Health promotion makes a difference:
Health promotion is a practical approach to achieving greater equity in health. Health promotion has been defined by the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2005 Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalized World as “The process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health”. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being. (Source: Milestones in Health Promotion: Statements from Global Conferences: WHO 2009.)
Health promotion supports personal and social development through providing information, education for health, and enhancing life skills. Health professional associations have a special contribution to make. The private sector/corporate sector/informal sector, has a responsibility to ensure health and safety in the workplace and to promote the health and well-being of their employees, their families and communities.