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Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 06:36 AM IST

Indore: Gates foundation honour for Indian doctor

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Indore: With 30 years of experience in research and education, 51-year-old founder president of Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Development Institute Dr Naresh Singh has been selected to write ‘Evidence Based Case Study on Polio Eradication in India’. He won the chance to write the study in an open global competition along with sponsorship and grant by Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation and USAID.

Talking about the project, Singh said, “Started in 1999, the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) supports the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in six countries viz. Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. The project is funded by USAID and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation with partnership of other reputed international and national stakeholders.” He explained that in India the project interventions were being carried out in two districts of West Bengal and 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh, which were high risk districts for polio virus. “In UP CGPP works in 56 blocks of 12 high-risk districts with three CORE Group members viz. Project Concern International, Adventist Development and Relief Agency India and Catholic Relief Services and 10 national NGO partners,” Singh shared.

He added that in close association with government implementation, structure of National Polio Surveillance Project, CGPP was being implemented with a three-tier network viz. Community Mobilisation Coordinators (CMCs), Block Mobilisation Coordinators (BMCs) and District Mobilisation Coordinators (DMCs).

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“As a result of effective coordination amongst all the stakeholders and programmes, World Health Organisation (WHO) declared India One Year Polio Free in 2012, which makes India stand apart in the study,” Singh said. Following data revelation and multiple visits to check the authenticity in UP, Singh will be writing the case study. The study will be published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH). “I will be working on this research project with Dr Kathy Vassos Stamidis, technical advisor for monitoring & evaluation, CORE Group Polio Project, Baltimore, Maryland, USA,” Singh shared.

Talking about the technique to be used in the project, Singh said, “Evidence Based Observation Technique (EBOT) is new and is being used in development management research by international development organisations.” He has attained expertise is using EBOT over the last couple years. “In today’s time, EBOT has become very popular for strengthening case studies,” Singh said. He said the proposed assignment would be exploratory in nature and case study method was to be used. “Case study research involves the examinations of a contemporary phenomenon in natural setting and it is especially appropriate for research in new topic areas,” Singh said.

He explained that it was very important that any case study should be documented with meaning and purpose so that wide dissemination and sharing of such innovative case study helped others who might be facing similar constraints. “Moreover, such good practices can help adaptation and replication in other parts of the country to overcome the challenge of reaching out to the most marginalised using innovative schemes, innovative tools and adapting the schemes to ensure increased outreach,” Singh concluded.

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Published on: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 08:38 AM IST
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