RePORT India for TB Surveillance

8-May-2014 to 10-May-2014

In order to address challenges in TB control in India, with the goal to reduce TB burden by preventing infections and understanding treatment failure, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), USA and the office of AIDS Research of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the Indo-US Vaccine Action Program have established a collaborative partnership. Despite the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), there are still gaps in reducing TB prevalence in India. Since the problems are enormous, establishing a multicenter approach was initiated almost three years ago, as a consortium between India and USA to address priorities of the Indian TB epidemic and engaging the global TB expert community.
A consortium leadership meeting, co-sponsored by the funding agencies, namely DBT, Govt. of India and National Institutes of Health, USA was held at JIPMER, Puducherry from May 8th to 10th 2014. Representatives from DBT, ICMR, Central TB Division, NIH, Westat, CRDF Global, AERAS were in attendance. About 60 participants from the following consortium institution attended the meeting.

NIRT, Chennai Boston University
JIPMER, Puducherry Johns Hopkins University
CMC, Vellore Rutgers University
Lepra BluePeter, Hyderabad University of Washington
MVDRC, Chennai University of Texas
BJMC, Pune University of Massachusetts
  Maxplank Institute
  RePORT Brazil

Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, DBT inaugurated the Meeting. Dr TS Rao, Senior Advisor, DBT, Mr. Gray Handley (NIAID) and Dr. Amy Dubois (US Health Attaché) were among those who participated.
Professor T. S. Ravikumar, Director, JIPMER. “We take special pride to be the host of this important event that will be a catalyst for progress in a most important public health issue, Tuberculosis in India”.

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