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International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), SOMAARTH site, Palwal, Haryana

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Activity
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    Demographic, Development & Environmental Surveillance Site
  • » Neuro-developmental disabilities
  • » Newborn stove project
  • » BRV Rota virus vaccine trial
  • » Brain to Society Diagnostics for prevention of childhood obisity and chronic diseases
  • » Social Capital and body compostion in adolescents and young adults
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Disease surveillance
  • » Neonatal health
  • » Communicable diseases
  • » Non-communicable diseases
  • » Maternal and Child Health
  • » Nutrition
  • » Health Systems Research
  • » Service Delivery
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Independent non-profit organization

Year Launched
  • » INCLEN created in 1980
  • » SOMAARTH site launched in 2010
Stage

First census of surveillance population being completed.

Income level of target population

All levels

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Summary
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INCLEN was created in 1980 as a project of The Rockefeller Foundation in the USA. Through carefully designed training and other support, INCLEN helps clinicians and scientists the world over obtain the knowledge and tools to improve the health of people in the developing world.

INCLEN’s membership includes 90 institutes, 59 Clinical Epidemiology units (CEUs) and 31 Clinical Epidemiology Research & Training Centers (CERTCs) with a membership of 1843 members in 34 countries throughout the world. The multi-disciplinary faculty includes clinical epidemiologists, epidemiologists, health social scientists, biostatisticians, and clinical economists.

SOMAARTH is INCLEN India’s Demographic, Development, and Environmental Surveillance Site in Palwal, Haryana. “SOMAARTH” is derived from Sanskrit: “Som” meaning highest form of mental, physical and spiritual health. “Arth” means money, wealth and resources. SOMAARTH envisions synergy between economic development, social changes and the health of individuals, families and communities. The SOMAARTH site covers 50 villages from three blocks of Palwal (Hathin, Hodal, & Palwal blocks) with a population size of approximately 200 000.

The area has a mix of populations from different religions, socioeconomic strata and overall development status. This site was selected by INCLEN on the basis of the area’s rapid economic transition (an upcoming peripheral express highway, the establishment of special economic zones)...

 

 

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Target Geography
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Rural area undergoing “Whole of Society” changes
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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, Foreign Donor, Foreign Academic Institute
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2000-2011)
  • » National Journals: 46
  • » International Journals: 49
Non-Technical Staff

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>20

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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200,000

Future Plans

Establishing partnership with Jamia Hamdard to utilize lab facilities in future research, and hoping to expand surveillance population.

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