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School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh

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Location
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Area of Operation:
Chandigarh :
Chandigarh (Polyclinic 45, Sector 38, Indira Colony)
Haryana (Panchkula district – Raipur Rani block, Ambala district – Naraingarh block)
Punjab (Fatehgarh district- Bassi Pathana block)
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Activity
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  • » Demographic and Health Surveillance
  • » HIV Sentinel Surveillance
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    Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (PURE)
  • » Rota virus burden study in Chandigarh
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    Monitoring RCH indicators in Chandigarh
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Disease Surveillance
  • » Neonatal Health
  • » Communicable Diseases
  • » Maternal and Child Health
  • » Nutrition
  • » Health Systems Research
  • » BCC/IEC
  • » Service Delivery
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Autonomous body under Govt of India

Year Launched

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First surveillance activity in 1996
Field presence established in 1975

Stage

Well established, with plan to expand lab facilities, and research activities

Income level of target population

All levels

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Summary
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PGIMER Chandigarh was established in 1962, and given “Institute of National Importance” status in 1967. Its mandate is to provide high quality patient care, attain self-sufficiency in postgraduate medical education, provide educational facilities for the training of personnel in all branches of health activity, and undertake basic community based research.

PGIMER Chandigarh’s field work began in 1975 with the establishment of the Rural Health Project in Ambala district, Haryana. The Department of Community Medicine was established in 1977, which then became the School of Public Health in 2004. Selected urban areas within Chandigarh were brought within the ambit of the field project in the mid 90s and rural areas in Punjab were included in 2006. The MPH program offered by the School of Public Health covers the areas of epidemiology, health management and health promotion.

The focus of field activities began with Maternal and Child Health, and expanded to include Communicable Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health. Surveillance activity began in 1996, and now covers 7 scattered ‘health posts’ across Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab. Each household within these health posts is visited monthly to collect data on new births and deaths (verbal autopsies to ascertain causes of deaths), ANC and PNC information, care of children under 5 (immunization, growth and development, referral of sick children), contraceptive counselling to eligible couples, and care of chronic disease patients (diabetes, hypertension). The total population in all 7 health posts is approximately 250 000. PGI Chandigarh also provides primary care treatment, and referral services in all its health posts...

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Target Geography
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  • » Urban and Rural
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Entire population
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Primary Funding Agencies
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Indian Government, Indian Private Sector, Indian NGO/Civil Society, Indian Academic Institute, Foreign Donor, Foreign Academic Institute.
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2000-2011)
  • » National Journals: 96
  • » International Journals: 50
Non-Technical Staff

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11-20

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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2,53,000

Future Plans
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    Strengthen lab facilities for environmental and microbiological examinations.
  • » Setting up GPS for surveillance activity.
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