QMedCONNECT Newsletter: September 2018


Dear friends 

 I hope you enjoy reading our September newsletter. 

As we are in October, the country buzzes with "Daan Utsav" - the "Festival of Giving". This observance started in 2008 and is now ten years old. Every year, the spirit of giving is pushed higher and higher and it has been heartwarming - reading the stories of children sharing more, and the not so well of individuals doing their bit to share anything they have, with others. Volunteering activities peak at this time. Last year, in Mumbai, practically every railway station got a new look as volunteers painted the walls with artistic designs

India is a country known for charity, and helping, it is not new. And yet, Daan Utsav has accelerated the spirit of giving. That is indeed nice!

For DU, along with several NGOs in India, we have had the opportunity to get bonus funds, when people donate. We have had help from many organizations and individuals for this.

We thank Danamojo not only for their payment gateway which makes donation giving easy, but also for all their efforts in collaborating with philanthropists (who gave large grants) to give us NGOs, bonuses on funds we raised!

We also thank GlobalGiving for enabling bonuses for Indian NGOs during Daan Utsav. 

We are lucky to receive a UPI-APP based QR Code that helps in our getting every very small donations, because no donation is too small! We would like to thank BeNow for giving us our QRCode

We thank GuideStar India for collaborating with BeNow, and with NPCI for providing us with "tent cards" that have our QR Codes. We are putting these up at several establishments, to enable giving. 

We invite you to celebrate Daan Utsav!

Do visit www.qmed.ngo/donate and donate through GlobalGiving (from outside India) or through Danamojo (Indian citizens). We have already got some bonuses and hope to raise lots more!  Want to try our QR Code to donate? It is right below!  Thank you ever so much . whatever you give. We promise to utilize it all very well. 

Vasumathi Sriganesh


Did You Know

 As the need for work to be more quick and efficient grows, coupled with a huge rise in terms of what to do, we often find ourselves overwhelmed with the efforts to achieve far too much in far too little time. If you, like so many of us, have a lot of day to day tasks that need completion, you can go ahead and read this interesting article about Evernote! 

Evernote is an app for your smartphone, tab and your laptop/desktop. As the name suggests, it is an application that acts as a platform for you to take notes, and in the process, basically becomes the pocket notebook of the digital age. It syncs easily and automatically across all your devices and across all operating systems. You don’t run the risk of losing scraps of information, since this is not a form of a post-it note or a piece of paper that you may easily misplace. Via Evernote, you will also be able to remove the pile of paper reminders you would have to go through on your desk and move into a single digital storehouse of information.

Evernote has been a huge help to us in micro- managing our tasks, it is like a diary that you can carry anywhere. So, head over to our blog post here and see what it can do for you!

More Do You Know blog posts 


Interesting Article

 Dr. Ashok Shyam. Why do we lack a Research Culture? Analysing the Indian Medical Landscape. PMC ID: PMC5727989 

To ensure that you are providing the best possible healthcare, you need to be aware of current developments in the field. Research is an essential component of growth in medicine, due to new developments that require continuous study and analysis. There are, however, a number of factors that hinder good research practices in our country. In this article, Dr. Ashok Shyam highlights some of them. 

At QMed, we have always been passionate about developing proper research practices among our students and practitioners. We believe in the use of good journals for procuring information so that evidence based medicine is made available and our patients have the best care, and so that best information is put out in the articles medical students write. So, we encourage you to give this article a read via our blog post. 

 Read more on our blog post here. You can find the article here

             More Interesting Articles on our blog




From QMed’s Calendar



•  TISS FLIP- Event to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship among librarians. Vasumathi ma'am spoke of the importance of being an entrepreneur wherever you are, in whatever job you are doing- 1st September.

• Endocrine Society- EUREKA 2018- Topic: TechnoSearch (Enhanced Searching)- 1st September

• Grant Medical College - Research Methodology Workshop - 25th September - 50 participants

• YMT Ayurvedic Medical College - Research Methodology Workshop for PhD candidates of MUHS - 25th September - 50 participants

QMed Participates 


From September 24-28, Nandini Dasgupta represented QMed at the Gyan+ event hosted by IVolunteer in association with Singapore International Foundation. It was a lively, uplifting event, with a lot of learning. A number of NGOs came together to discuss the theory of change, what makes leaders different from managers, how to identify personalities in a work place, and the communication and marketing strategies we could use to better ourselves and reach out to more people. Towards the end, the participants made presentations of their version of a theory of change implementation. We internalized the model and are hoping to implement it for a number of our initiatives. 


Directory of Indian Medical Sites

We have added 15 new sites in September and the total number of sites is about 3811.

We invite volunteers to add new sites. If you would like to help, do write to us and we will send you a set of instructions that will make it easier for you to work. Please write "Volunteering for Indian Medical Sites" in the Subject of the email.



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