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KEM Vadu, Vadu, Maharashtra

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Activity
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Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS)
  • » Vaccine trials (Rota virus)
  • » Influenza disease burden
  • » Ayurgenomics
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Disease Surveillance
  • » Communicable Diseases
  • » Non-Communicable Diseases
  • » Drug Resistance
  • » Service Delivery
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Non-Government Organisation (NGO) registered with charity commissioner

Year Launched

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Health services launched in 1985
Surveillance launched in 2002

Stage

Well-established, with plans for expansion

Income level of target population

Middle to lower income

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Summary
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The setting up of a KEM field unit in Vadu in the late 1970s was due to the efforts of the late Dr Banoo Coyaji of KEM hospital. The unit functioned as a Primary Health Unit (PHU) of the government, which Dr Coyaji used to frequent every week to render services to the population in the area.

Thereafter, a full-fledged outreach program was established as a result of a tripartite agreement between KEM hospital (private partner), the Zila Parishad and State Government (public sector partners). The program was established to cover 8 villages in the Khaveli block, and 14 in the Shirur block (22 in total).

The partnership formally recognized the field unit as a venue through which the primary health care needs of the population can be met. The government supported this initiative by extending its own employees (multipurpose female/male workers) as outreach field workers.

The KEM Vadu hospital continues to provide outreach services to a reduced total of 14 villages, as some villages now fall under new Primary Health Centres (PHCs). The government outreach staff, though hired by the government, reports to the KEM Vadu hospital. The hospital, in turn, reports to the government. The benefit of this arrangement lay in the fact that the functionality of government staff can be modified to better serve the needs of the population, better respond to research findings, and better meet the needs of the KEM Vadu field unit. Another tripartite agreement resulted in the construction...

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Target Geography
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  • » 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 Institutes, Foreign Donors, and Foreign Academic Institutes
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2002-2011)
  • » National Journals: 1
  • » International Journals: 20
Non-Technical Staff

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11-20

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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125 000

Future Plans

Establishing a biobank, and expanding surveillance population.

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