Improving surgical care NE India

Improving surgical care NE India
The seven member GHRG survey team who will be part of an international study on surgical provisions of rural areas in low-resource countries.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/28/2019 11:10:11 AM IST


The Kohima Institute, an independent research centre in Nagaland, has been recruited to take part in a major international study on surgical provisions in rural areas in low-resource countries. Starting this week, the Institute team will begin fieldwork for their part of this project.
Kohima Institute associate director, Catriona Child, in a press release stated that the study is part of a world-wide initiative by the Global Health Research Group (GHRG), and it will examine the current state of surgical care and health-seeking behaviour in five districts in four states in North East India viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. The Kohima Institute staff, acting as consultants to the non-profit Indian organisation Doctors For You, have been trained by the Nuffield Centre, Leeds University, in the United Kingdom (UK), which is funding this element of the GHRG study. Ethical approval for the project has been given by Delhi-based Sigma Research and Consulting Pvt Ltd.
A team of seven researchers will begin their journey early on April 29 and travel to all target States where they will interview medical providers about local surgical needs and available techniques, and carry out hospital facility surveys. To learn more about health-seeking behaviour, they will interview traditional healers, who often play an important role in health provision in North East India.
According to the team’s travel itinerary, West Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh, will be their first stop, then, reinforced by one more member, they will travel to Bongaigaon and Chirang districts in Assam, Churachandpur district in Manipur, and finally Dimapur district in Nagaland, with the interview process repeated in each locality. Two members will be deputed to interview policymakers in Gauhati, Imphal and Itanagar. The survey is expected to take a month.
According to Dr Michael Heneise, executive director of The Kohima Institute, this project in North East India is a pilot, the results of which will help plan the next stage of GHRG’s work on rural surgical care. The anonymised data will be analysed and used to design informed future interventions, such as low-cost gasless laparoscopy.

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