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Ongoing Research Projects – IIHMR Bangalore

Project title :: Impact Assessment of Capacity Building of Program ATELC- in the State of Kerala

Funding Agency: Tata Education and Development Trust

Project Team: Dr. Shashi Bhaskara Krishnamurthy, Dr R.Sarala (Co-PI), Dr.Kirti Udayai and Dr.Subodh S Satheesh

Duration:June 2022-August 2022

Location: Kerala, India

About the Project:The purpose of the assessment is to examine the impact of the ATELC program of capacity building on Emergency care and trauma on trainees, health facility across the districts of Kerala. Program Specific Objectives are to i) To assess the program relevance, effectiveness, and its impact on targeted population and state need ii) To assess the sustainability and scalability of the ATELC capacity building program on emergency and trauma care in other geographies and other critical clinical areas and iii) To assess the impact of the training program viz., coverage of trainees, type of trainees, appropriateness of the training design, knowledge and skill enhancement among trainees, perpetual improvement in capability of trained healthcare personnel to handle emergency and trauma care and identify the future training needs among the participants etc. Study Duration: The assessment would be from July 2022 till August 2022. Sample Districts: Total 3 districts, 1 district in central, 1 district in North and 1 district in south with increased number of trainees would be selected randomly. Sample Size for Quantitative data would be collected through survey of trainees viz., doctors, nurses, paramedics, Master Trainers, and Simulation technicians. Total 370 Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedics, 23 (33% of 70) Master trainers and all Simulation technicians (11 total) would be selected for the assessment by using PPS from the selected 3 districts. Qualitative data would be collected through FGDs (9) and KIIs (14) among various program/key stakeholders at State, District, Taluk, Facility Level including ATELC.


Project title :Evaluation of Impact of ICDS Programme (including Poshan Abhiyan) in Karnataka State in terms of Improving Nutritional Status of Women and Children for promoting the achievement of nutritional targets under Sustainable Developmental Goal -2 for the period 2015-16 to 2020-21

Funding Agency:Karnataka Evaluation Authority, GoK

Project Team: Dr. R. Sarala (PI), Dr. Asna Urooj (Co-PI), Mr. Gowtham Gosh, Dr. Gyan Chandra Kashyap, Dr. Rajeshwari BS, Dr. Jyothi Vijay, Mr. Rajendra D, Dr. Arunesha BS.

Location:18 Districts of Karnataka, India

About the Project

This study has been instigated by Karnataka Evaluation Authority, GoK, aimed to evaluate the wider impact of the Integrated Child Developmental Services (ICDS) Programme and Poshan Abhiyan among Pregnant Women, Children (0-6 years), and Adolescent Girls in the selected 18 districts of the Karnataka State. The primary objective of the evaluation is to determine and analyze the basic issues related to poor outcomes/ impact of the programme in terms of malnutrition and anaemia indicators- stunting, wasting, undernutrition and anaemia among women & children in the state. A cross-sectional study design is adopted. Total 390 Anganwadi centres and appox.4000 beneficiaries of the program from all the 18 districts would be covered for the study. Mixed methodology is adopted to gather both quantitative and qualitative data viz., KII, FGDs, Case Studies and Facility surveys of Anganwadi Centres to understand the programme implementation, impact, and gaps regarding its outcomes.


Project title : Technical Support to Accelerate Promotion of COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviours (CAB) for the State of Karnataka

Partner : UNICEF

Project team:

IIHMR –B Technical teamState Level Team
Dr. Usha Manjunath – Program Director/SBCC Technical SupportDr. Deepashree M R - State Coordinator
Dr. Chethana H S – Health ConsultantDr. Rajeswari B S - Monitoring and Evaluation
Dr. Sarala – HR/Team Building
Project operations and Liaising

Duration: May 2022 to Dec 2022 (Phase 2)

Location: 31 Districts of Karnataka through deployment of District SBCC Coordinators and Regional Coordinators

About project:

COVID 19 pandemic has led to unparalleled and unforeseen challenges requiring collective action and support from all. While all necessary measures to fight the spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID 19) are being effectively led by the Central Government, State Governments and there is a need to reinforce the importance of preventive measures and practices in a sustained manner, to deal with the disease over the long run. To complement the efforts of the Govt of Karnataka and strengthen technical support for acceleration of COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviours (CAB) and Vaccination efforts through focus on Social Behaviour Change Communication and, Risk Communication and Community Engagement(RCCE), UNICEF Hyderabad Field Office has partnered with Institute of Health Management and Research (IIHMR), Bangalore from August 2021, for deployment of District SBCC Coordinators who will coordinate and collaborate the CAB and Vaccine efforts of the various departments at the district level. COVID-19 Specific Emergency Response – The communities and families in the districts of Karnataka have knowledge and skills to protect themselves from the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19. COVID-19 Sensitive Emergency Response – The communities adopt gender responsive practices for prevention of anemia, addressing Routine Immunization inequities and community-based management of SAM children.

COVID-19 Specific Emergency Response – The communities and families in the districts of Karnataka have knowledge and skills to protect themselves from the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 Sensitive Emergency Response – The communities adopt gender responsive practices for prevention of anemia, addressing Routine Immunization inequities and community-based management of SAM children.


Project Title: : Improving the Health Care Access and Quality in The Context Of Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Among Scheduled Tribes: An Implementation Research In Tumkur, Karnataka

Funding Agency:ICMR, New Delhi

Project Team: Dr. R. Sarala (PI), Dr. Usha Manjunath (Co-PI) and Mr. Rajendra. D (Scientist B)

Location:Tumkur District, Karnataka

As a part of the Task Force project, the study aims to develop implementation strategies towards achieving universal health coverage by identifying and addressing the implementation barriers to improve access to health care services of assured quality without suffering financial hardship to the people through the existing health care systems among the tribal population. The broad objective of the study is to assess the people healthcare access in the vulnerability context of poverty and livelihood insecurity, and to understand the factors (individual-/community-/system-level) affecting the access to healthcare services and to identify key points to develop an intervention to improve healthcare access to the poor tribal population. The study setting is Tumkur district (Madhugiri -Control Taluk and Pavgada- Intervention Taluk) Karnataka State.
The study is for a period of 30 months from Feb 2020. Study Design: Quasi-experimental and implementation research will be carried out in three phases (i) Formative Research (Pre-implementation phase), (ii) Intervention Development and Implementation, and (iii) Evaluation and Dissemination for Scaling-Up of Strategies.


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