Greetings from Samarth!
The past year has seen the start of exciting research projects and continuation of our yearly social science training workshops and other ongoing studies.
I am proud to report that Samarth was selected by the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) to carry out a research study on Childhood Pneumonia. Pneumonia contributes to 15% of infant deaths in India. Controlling childhood pneumonia will be critical to enabling India improve child health as envisaged under the Sustainable Developmental Millennium Goals (SDMG). The strength of the study is the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods and its focus on preventive, promotive and curative practices existing in our health care systems and in the community. This study, ongoing in three states, namely Tamilnadu, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will provide new insights into system issues and community practices. The field visits to different districts and villages in the three States have been a deeply enriching experience for the Samarth team. I am confident that the findings emerging from this study will leverage the next steps towards more effective management of childhood pneumonia.
Samarth’s participation as qualitative consultants in the process evaluation of the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) Programme also proved to be a very good learning experience. Evaluation of the six Hepatitis B and C awareness programmes being carried out by BMSF (Bristol Myer’s Squib Foundation) partners in the states of UP, Gujarat, Punjab, Manipur, and Maharashtra is into the second year. We carried out training workshops specific to the needs of the partner agencies and will be evaluating each of these programmes.
There is an old saying “If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he did not get there on his own”. We too did not get here on our own. As Samarth is progressing towards its tenth year in 2017, I wish to place on record our profound gratitude to our collaborators, funders and other well wishers who continue to believe in our abilities and support us.
I look forward to many more constructive and meaningful years ahead.
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