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Ashok Vikhe Patil elected to rural health and medicine body

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Noted educationist Ashok Vikhe was elected of the International Association of Rural Health and Medicine (IARM) at its meeting in on Friday.

IARM is an association of rural health experts from different scientific disciplines. It aims at the sustainable health development of people living in rural and remote areas. Its first IARM conference was held in in 1961.

The 20th IARM conference in Tokyo, during which Vikhe was elected, was organised along with the 67th meeting of the

The meeting theme was "Challenges to community-based rural medicine in ageing societies with declining productive populations", Vikhe Patil, founder and former vice of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, told from

Vikhe Patil, of the Pune-based Dr Vikhe Foundation, said IARM support the World Health Organisation's goal of "Health for all in the 21st century" and helps protect the health of agricultural workers.

"Currently, overpopulation is a problem all over the world. While the population is decreasing in developed countries, the ageing of people progresses. The birth rate is low in households having high income," he said.

"In developed countries, ageing and population decline are social problems. The proportion of elderly people is high in rural areas in most countries and many elderly and children are responsible for agricultural labour in developing countries," he said.

Agricultural workers earning low income in rural areas is a worldwide problem and the meeting proposed a guarantee system for these workers, he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 19:20 IST