Policy Center for Biomedical Research (PCBR)

Research PCBR

The center's research work revolves around the following:

Suggesting intelligent Ideas for innovation: The centre looks at the priority setting based on an appropriate matrix suitable for national, geographical and sub-geographical needs, in disease areas where burden is high and where products are available. The need finding exercise is based on either a meeting of stakeholders or reaching a consensus gathered through appropriately designed e-surveys, followed by analysis of data based on globally acceptable matrix.

Exploring strategies where opportunities exist but implementation is not happening: There are opportunities in public health where interventions available globally are not being implemented in our country. A division of the unit also explores alternate/ innovative strategies to address the implementation aspect. Sometimes, prohibitive cost and insufficient information available to various stakeholders are the prime reasons of low uptake of a particular product developed. The prohibitive cost can be addressed by bringing in the indigenous manufacturers on board, providing them with appropriate supportive supervision and information about the available funding to cushion the risk in the product development.

Technology diffusion and demand creation: This activity is executed by collaborating with appropriate stakeholders and communicating with the policy-makers, parliamentarians, civil society organizations etc. and is expected to facilitate uptake of a product that has already been developed and is useful for public health.

FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS

Point of Care Diagnostics for Infectious diseases in India

  • Create landscape of the diagnostics technologies currently used in India for infectious diseases like tuberculosis, diarrhoea, and pneumonia, from various published and unpublished literature.
  • Analysis of the above to identify the gaps and challenges in current technologies.
  • Identification of appropriate technologies that enable early detection of cases and aid in reduction of mortality.

Introduction of Cholera vaccine in India

  • Develop National Cholera Action Plan and create an India-specific road map for cholera.
  • Promote use of oral cholera vaccine for those at risk, in a coordinated approach with other interventions like improvements in water and sanitation for prevention and control of cholera
  • Establish an efficient cholera surveillance system riding on existing surveillance of other diarrheal diseases and Integrated Disease Surveillance Program.

Leveraging global health technologies to promote maternal and child health in India

  • Landscaping of technologies and solutions that have made a sustainable impact on maternal and child health or have aided reduction in maternal and child deaths globally.
  • Conduct outcome and cost effectiveness studies to understand the impact of these technologies on number of lives saved.
  • Create roadmap for re-engineering the most affordable technologies and solutions for use in the Indian context based on tested decision making methodology like CHNRI/GFHR.
  • Support creation of policy framework for capacity building initiatives, promoting research in niche areas and implementation of the most-effective low-cost interventions at different levels of the health system.