Centre for Training, Research, and Innovation in Tribal Health (CTRITH)
In September 2021, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance has awarded Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad and JSS Medical College, Mysuru with a grant titled Centre for Training, Research and Innovation in Tribal Health (CTRITH), under their Clinical/Public Health Research Centres (CRC) grant. Under this project a team of researchers from two public health research organizations – Institute of Public Health Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad and two medical colleges – JSS Medical College, Mysuru and Mysore medical College shall partner with a local non-governmental organization, community-based organizations and government health departments to
- Use state-of-the-art implementation research and theory-driven approaches to design, implement and evaluate innovative community health interventions for neglected health problems including hemoglobinopathies and substance (tobacco and alcohol) use among tribal populations
- Set up a birth cohort (including family members) among tribal populations in and around forested areas to characterize individual, household and population-level effects of tobacco and alcohol use.
- Create a field-practice area for physician-researcher and community medicine training in southern Karnataka.
Project Geographical area:
Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka and neighbouring districts.
|WP No.||Title||Main activities with corresponding cross-cutting (CC) /vertical (V) theme||Lead institute (co-lead)|
|WP1||Realist and Implementation research Action Lab (RIAL)||Co-production of interventions using participatory approach with an in-built theory-driven design and implementation research to assess effectiveness in differing contexts (CC1)||IPH (MMCRI*)|
|WP 2||Inter-disciplinary tribal population cohort||Establish a family cohort of 2000 tribal households studying parental tobacco and alcohol use (exposure) with child health and development (outcome) (CC2)||IIPHH/PHFI Bengaluru|
|WP 3||Population-based Hemoglobinopathy Registry (PHR)||Study the genetic profile, clinical characteristics and establish a population-based registry for haemoglobinopathies (V1)||JSSMC|
|WP 4||Socio-behavioural aspects of substance use among tribal populations||Explore sociocultural and historical pathways of interaction of substance use among tribal populations
Identify and design health services and community-based approaches for treatment and support for harmful substance use among tribal populations
|WP 5||Capacity-building and mentorship||Prepare a plan, curriculum and administer programmes. WP5 covers the training and mentorship plan and will be led by the Programme Head for 7 CRTP fellowships, 3 PhD and 2 postdoctoral fellows. An Assistant Professor-level support staff will assist her. They will work with Coordinators in other institutions.||IPH|
|WP 6||Public and policy engagement||Identify pathways to impact the district and state-level programmes and policies affecting tribal health with respect to neglected health problems
Translation of research findings into knowledge outputs for different actors (decision-makers, communities, civil society)
|WP 7||Research management (including collaborations, quality, and sustainability)||Setting up MoUs/collaborations, permissions, ethics approval, material transport logistics, recruitment, performance appraisals, documentation and reporting and coordinating external engagements including social media/print/electronic media||IPH|
|WP 8||Monitoring and evaluation||Monthly and annual meetings, collaborator workshops for discussion and dissemination, and independent mid-term and end-line evaluations||IPH
- Tribal people birth cohort: Possibly the first of its kind, an interdisciplinary cohort of tribal households in and around forest areas in India shall be established enabling long-term research on tobacco and alcohol use and other related aspects like NCDs and associated morbidity and mortality profile.
- Population-based haemoglobinopathy registry for a district.
- Community-based interventions to address harmful substance use along with a model for studying socio-behavioural aspects of substance abuse among tribal populations.
- PhD, CRTPs and PDs sensitised to working in limited-resource settings with communities
- Certificate courses for physician-researchers and social scientists looking to work with communities
- Multiskilling the existing health workforce in a limited resource tribal setting to address health inequities.