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St. John’s Research Institute, Palamaner, Andhra Pradesh

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Activity
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  • » Household contact TB study
  • » Handwashing and hygiene
  • » Childhood obesity study
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PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) study
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Disease Surveillance
  • » Neonatal Health
  • » Communicable Diseases
  • » Non communicable Diseases
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

St. John’s Research Institute (Private mission organization wholly owned and administered by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India)

Emmaus Swiss Leprosy Hospital (NGO)

Year Launched

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1985

Stage

Long term association with a large community with plan for further research

Income level of target population

All levels

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Summary
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St John’s presence in rural Palamaner since 1985 is part of the institute’s mission to train doctors in underserved areas, and to ensure that graduate students spend substantial time in rural areas as part of their studies. St John’s decided to partner with the Emmaus hospital in Palamaner, which has been working in the area for over 30 years with a population of about 500 000.

Through this partnership, multiple large epidemiologic studies have been carried out. Initial studies on nutrition looked at whether the evaluation of nutritional status in leprosy patients and their families would allow for better identification of families in need of intervention.

The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study looked at traditional and new risk factors for chronic diseases. Multiple large, longitudinal studies on tuberculosis have also been carried out, one of which is the Household Contact TB Study. This study is intended to investigate the rate of contact transmission (intra household transmission pattern), and biomarkers of protection and disease for TB. In the adolescent TB study, 6,400 adolescents between ages 12-18 years were followed up to 2 years, and in the neonatal TB study 4,300 neonates were followed up to 2 years. The main objectives of both these studies were to find out the incidence of TB among neonates and adolescents, and to check if the site has potential for new TB vaccines trials.

St John’s has been successful in integrating its field research activities in Palamaner with its lab facilities...

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Target Geography
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  • » Rural
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Less than 1 year old
  • » Adolescents and young people
  • » 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 (2005-2006)
  • » National Journals: 6
  • » International Journals: 50
Non-Technical Staff

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6-10

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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5,00,000

Future Plans

The Palamaner site can be used for large, community- level intervention trials.

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