This research study is a part of larger study known as ‘Health System Stewardship in Vietnam, India and China’ (HESVIC) (2009-2012) that examined the role of regulations, through it of governance, in ensuring equitable access to quality maternal health care.
Title of the Study: Assessment of Status of Implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC & PNDT) Act
To undertake mapping of Ultrasound(USG) Clinics and assess the status of implementation of PC – PNDT Act in USG clinics
To understand the barriers for non-compliance of the Act by USG clinics
To understand the barriers in implementation of the Act by District and State PC-PNDT cell
Study site: Tumkur district, Karnataka state
Study design: The overall project research methodology consists of both qualitative and quantitative research tools and carried out in three phases.
Title: Study of the profile of Block Programme Manager under National Rural Health Mission:
About the study
Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), District Programme Manager (DPM) and Block Progrmme Manager (BPM) were appointed at district and block level to provide management support such as planning, implementing and monitoring of various activities.
Objectives: This study is an attempt to examine the extent to which BPMs have been able to fulfill their role as managers in the NRHM programme. The findings of this study will help policy makers to strengthen the role of the BPMs.
Study design: The proposed study is a cross sectional descriptive study. We will conduct this study in Tumkur district, in southern Karnataka.
Title of the Study: Qualitative field research on barriers to point of care testing in India
Point-of-care (POC) tests have the potential to improve the management of infectious diseases, especially in resource-limited settings where healthcare infrastructure is weak, and access to quality and timely medical care is a challenge. This research is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, West Montreal, Canada.
To conduct qualitative research on why some POC tests are used at the point-of-care and others are not, with a special focus on well-established Rapid Diagnostic Tests of global health importance: HIV, malaria, syphilis, hepatitis, and dengue, and to better understand “user needs” in terms of TB diagnostics.
Study site: Tumkur district and Bangalore urban, Karnataka state
Tobacco is one of the world’s leading causes of death and disability. Karnataka presently has around 2 crore consumers, one third of who may die a premature death. Taking cognizance of this matter the state government has taken serious steps to implement cigarette and other tobacco products act (COTPA). Police have taken a novel and crucial role as protectors of health in reducing tobacco consumption with this step. Police personnel belonging 6 districts attended this workshop conducted at Police training college Nagenahalli Gulbarga. They were briefed regarding the COTPA laws and their proper implementation.
In the recent times, there has been an increase in pre-mature deaths due to preventable cancer, heart and lung diseases relating to tobacco consumption at a young age. Religious leaders have long played a critical role in addressing the nation’s social challenges. The faith community can be a powerful force in protecting our children and reducing the terrible toll of tobacco related illness and death. On the eve of Valentine’s day religious leaders of various faiths gathered to raise their voice unanimously against tobacco and to spread the message -‘Love your health, Say no to tobacco/gutka’