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Pre-testing of IEC Materials on Nutrition Intervention (MIYCN) for Behavioral Change Strategy in UP and Bihar”

 Agency: Alive & Thrive

Project  Team: Dr. R. Sarala (Principal Investigator), Dr. Usha Manjunath, Dr. Pradeep Panda, Dr. Veena Nair, Mr. Rajendra

A well designed IEC material is essential for any health promotion activities and for effective intervention to bring about appropriate behavior change among the target population. IIHMR Bangalore is a technical partner to Alive and Thrive to pre-test the communication package on Maternal and Child Nutrition. The study will be carried out in Nalanda District in Bihar and Gardoi District in UP. The study will pre-test both print materials such as Family Calendar, Job Aid (Reminder Card), Flipcharts and Flyers and Videos. The audience for pre-testing the IEC materials includes Pregnant Women, Husbands, Mother-in-Laws, Father-in-laws, RMPs, Community Leaders, Private Doctors/Chemist, Religious Leaders, ANMs, ASHAs, AWWs, SHG members, Village Elders and GP heads.  Qualitative methods viz., FGDs and IDIs would be adopted to pre-test the IEC materials. The study aims to provide inputs related to understanding of message by the audience, appropriateness and effectiveness of the materials, likes, dislikes and cultural insights to make materials more relevant and acceptable to the intended audiences.

Empowerment and Engagement of Community in Strengthening Child Health among Tribal Population”

Agency: Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi

 Project Team: Dr. R. Sarala (Principal Investigator), Dr. Usha Manjunath

The study will be carried out over a period of 2 years and in three phase’s viz., with Baseline, Intervention and End-line evaluation. The project aims to empower and engage various stakeholders such as Mothers of under-five children and Adolescents, Traditional Tribal Healthcare Practitioners, Medical Practitioner and VHSNCs members on issues related to Child health for sustaining positive health seeking behavior in the community. Especially, adolescent would be the key change agent by creating awareness and supporting the mothers of under-five children. The study focuses on particularly vulnerable group viz., Irulas from Thiruvallur district of Tamil nadu & Jenu Kuruba from Mysore District of Karnataka. Using mixed methods, the study will measure change from baseline, in direct/indirect impact measures, including rates of Child Health specific awareness/attitudes, practices and socio-cultural dynamics of the uptake or not thereof of the above intervention.

Pre-testing the Creative Routes & IEC Materials of WASH, Child Protection & Nutrition Issues for BCC in Karnataka

Agency: UNICEF, Hyderabad Office, India

Project Team: Dr. Usha Manjunath (Principal Investigator), Dr. R. Sarala, and Mr. Rajendra

Health promotion and health education activities rely on a variety of well designed and effective IEC materials to help ensure success. IIHMR, Bangalore is a technical partner to UNICEF to pre-test the communication package for a) WASH – covering sanitation, hygiene and safe water issues and b) Strategic communication of children covering protection and nutrition issues. The study will include pre-testing of creative routes for communication package on the above two themes. Further, pre-testing of the communication package i.e. prototypes for posters, leaflets, flip books, hoarding, tin plates, wall painting, bus panels etc as well as audio/video spots developed by UNICEF will be taken up. A wide range of audience groups including men, women, children, youth, communities, influencers etc will be included in the study in two divisions of Karnataka, namely Mysore and Gulbarga. Two villages each in Chamarajanagar and Raichur districts of the above respective divisions are selected for the study. The study will use qualitative methods of pre-testing of the communication materials. The study outputs will provide details on awareness, knowledge, liking, preference, conviction and action related information about the IEC materials along with socio-cultural insights to make the package more relevant for and acceptable to the intended audiences.


Monitoring and Verification of Vajpayee Arogyashree Scheme implemented by SAST

Agency:Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST), KHSDRP, Govt. of Karnataka

Research Team:Dr Manoj Kumar Gupta, Dr Biranchi N Jena, Dr Sreenath Reddy, Dr Sarala R, Dr Veena R, Ms Projna S, Mr Angan Sengupta, Mr Syad Ali, Dr Santosh Daddi, Mr Kiran Angadi

For administering the Vajpayee Arogyashree Scheme, Karnataka state has set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in the form of “SuvarnaArogyaSuraksha Trust (SAST). IIHMR Bangalore has been identified as a Monitoring and Verification (‘M&V’) agency to support the monitoring and internal controls processes planned by the SAST. The scope of services for this purpose includes Medical Pre -authorizations and Claims Process Monitoring, Death Audits, Verification of camp activities, Random Beneficiary Visits in hospitals, Post-discharge random Beneficiary Visits, Review of Claims and Grievance Data, Special purpose audits of network hospitals, Monitoring of various activities of Call Centre, Monitoring of Aarogya mitras and district Co-ordinators.

Key Words:Vajpayee Arogyashree, SAST, Preauthorization, Claim, Monitoring, Aarogyamitras, Death audit

Relationship between Employee Engagement, Quality of Life and Performance of RMNCH in PPP PHC and Non-PPP PHC in Bangalore Rural District

Agency:IIHMR Society, Jaipur

Research Team:Dr. Usha Manjunath

India has a long way to go in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals with regional disparities in the performance of PHCs. NHP 2002 and NRHM promoted Public Private Partnership (PPP) to increase the availability and accessibility of health services. The performance of Indian Healthcare in Public Sector is generally evaluated on the basis of various health indicators of the population served by the Primary Health Centre (PHC) from the data of Health Management Information System. There is evidence that suggest the performance of the organization can be increased by having dedicated employees who go an extra mile to do their job and supportive organizational conditions for optimum performance. Hence, this study will investigate these concerns from the perspective of job, employees and organization for better performance.

The study will explore the features of the jobs, employees and the organization that have been identified by research and experts to have influence on the performance of the organization. An in depth qualitative analysis of Primary Health Centre (PHC) operated through Public Private Partnership and those by the government of Karnataka by interviewing different stakeholders (Internal & External) involved in the operation; analyze the input, process, output and outcome of PHCs; assess the level of burnout, Stress, Quality of Life of the employees; to correlate and conclude on the effect of various factors on Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Program performance. Also, utilization by the community and their satisfaction will be studied by mixed methods using house hold survey and case studies. The study expects to confirm that Employee Engagement, Quality of life of the employees are related to the performance at PHC for more successful delivery of Preventive & Primary Care to achieve Community Health, specifically RCH Program indicators.

Key Words:PPP, Quality of Life, PHC, Reproductive and Child Health (RCH)

NABH Accreditation of Cloud Nine Hospital, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Project Team:Dr Veena R, Dr Sreenath Reddy

This project is to provide assistance in meeting the NABH requirements for Cloud Nine Hospital, Bangalore. The Consultancy is offered in 5 phases.

  • Phase 1: Initial Gap Analysis
  • Phase 2: Awareness Program, System Design and Core Team
  • Phase 3: Documentation and Implementation - NABH
  • Phase 4: Implementation Maturity Measurement
  • Phase 5: Accreditation Assistance from pre-assessment stage to final assessment stage.

Key Words:NABH, Hospital, Cloud nine, Quality accreditation

Participatory Action Research on Interventions to Support Deaf Young People, Karnataka

Agency: Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW), International Development Agency of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), London, UK in collaboration with IIHMR, Kolkata

Project Team: Dr. Usha Manjunath, Mr. Syed Ali and Mr. Mahadev Prasad

Keeping in view with DCW’s mission ‘to remove the barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world’ and strategies ‘empowering families to achieve the best outcomes, innovating new approaches to the development of effective communication and challenging social attitudes’, the present project in collaboration with Samuha, an NGO in Koppal in Karnataka is a Participatory Action Research on interventions to support Deaf Young People (DYP).

The research aims to produce a robust body of evidence to demonstrate the changes in the lives of DYPs through DCW’s interventions and arrive at a model based on good practices in the field including strategies, project experience and tools. Participatory Action Research methodology would also help identify challenges and gaps in the current programmes and provide recommendations for effective planning, implementation and replication of interventions on improving the quality of lives of DYPs. In a span of 18 months, the project will carry out ‘Reflective Sessions on Individual and Organizational Purpose’, train the DYPs on Action Research in partnership with Samuha, develop and implement the Action Research Model in Koppal for DYPs. The research would provide evidence on programme effectiveness that DCW and its partner organizations (Samuha, in Karnataka) could use in policy development and intervention strategies in the future. The learning could be used to advocate for change at local, regional, national and international levels.