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Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry

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Location
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Area of Operation:
Kurchikuppam :
Kurchikuppam (Urban health centre)
Ramanathapuram :
Ramanathapuram (Rural health centre)
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Activity
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  • » Maternal morbidity
  • » Geriatric care
  • » Acute respiratory infections in children
  • » Acute diarrheal diseases
  • » Accidents
  • » Non-communicable diseases
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Service delivery
  • » Outbreak investigations
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

An autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Year Launched

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1964

Stage

Long association with the community, good laboratory facility, wants to undertake more field based activities

Income level of target population

All income groups

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Summary
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JIPMER was established in 1823 during the French occupancy in Pondicherry. It was converted into Dhanvantri Medical College when the French left, and it was renamed JIPMER in 1964. JIPMER has been an autonomous body under the central government since 2008. JIPMER has three major roles to play – to impart quality medical education; to conduct high quality research and to offer patient care.

The preventive and social medicine (PSM) department of JIPMER is responsible for providing health care, teaching and research. The department provides comprehensive health care through the urban health centre in Kurchikuppam and rural health centre in Ramananthapuram which are the field practice areas of the department. These two health centres cater to a total population of 20,000. Other than regular services, the health centres run three special clinics; on Wednesdays there are chronic disease clinics, on Thursdays there are ante-natal clinics, and on Fridays there are clinics for children less than 5 years of age.

In order to provide quality health care to all members of the families residing in these areas, the department maintains ‘family folders’ in the health centres which keeps records of all types of illnesses for all family members. The family folders are updated every year. The purpose of these family folders is to better understand population size, population profile, and the types of illnesses in the community at any point in time. These family folders have been maintained since 1964 and are currently in the process of being digitized. The department works on different research areas such...

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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 NGO/Civil Society, Indian Academic Institute, Foreign Government, Foreign Donor.
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2000-2011)
  • » Not Available
Non-Technical Staff

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>20

Technical Staff

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11-20

Study Population

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20,000

Future Plans
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Expand field based research activities.
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To digitize the family folders maintained in the health centres since 1964.
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To open a school of public health.
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