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Recent Projects
Comprehensive Diabetes Control Programme
Community-Based Monitoring
Controlling malnutrition in Melghat
Control of waterborne diseases
Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia
Evaluation of Janani Suraksha Yojana
Study of Public Private Partnerships for Emergency Obstetric Care
Risk Factors for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Access to leprosy care
Demonstration of Comprehensive Birth Management System
Current Affiliations
FRCH does not only conduct conceptual and field research but also documents, analyses and disseminates information on integrated people-based health care. FRCH collaborates with the community, grassroots organizations, funding organizations and policy-makers in its projects. These are linkages that have been established to take forward the experiments and build them into systems.
FRCH has received continuous recognition as a National Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.
The course for grassroots health workers (Gramsakhi) formulated by FRCH has been accredited to the National Institute of Open Schooling, New Delhi.
FRCH serves as a nodal organization for referral and training of grassroots organizations for Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai. The Trust has awarded corpus funds to FRCH towards dissemination of the community based health care system.
FRCH serves as a secretariat for a project of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai, on ‘Scaling up services for mental health through a community health base’.
FRCH is a member of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement).
Dr. Nerges Mistry, Director, is a Member of the ASHA Mentoring Group of the National Rural Health Mission, New Delhi and of the ASHA Mentoring Group of the State of Uttarakhand.
FRCH interacts closely with the National Planning Commission on several aspects of the National Rural Health Mission.
FRCH is collaborating with The National Institute of Clinical Excellence, U.K. and The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, U.K. for development and implementation of guidelines for safe birth management.
FRCH is collaborating with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland, in the study of Access to Medicines in Africa and South Asia.
FRCH has trained/orientated workers from several grassroots organizations in community based form of health care.
FRCH believes that a field-laboratory-field approach can be most effective and therefore works with its sister organization. The Foundation For Medical Research that conducts scientific research. The joint projects have investigated basic community health problems using a techno-social approach in diverse projects. Currently, this socio-scientific approach is being applied to four projects.
1. An integrated approach for management of drinking water
2. Utilization of local medicinal plants for treatment of diarrhoea
3. Constructing an epidemiological approach for MDR-TB in India
4. Development of kitchen gardens as adjunct nutrition to combat malnutrition in Melghat.
This field-laboratory-field has a further spin-off in terms of advocating people-based health care. For instance, the study on rural MDR-TB has revealed several flaws in the implementation of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) which can be rectified greatly with a people based form of healthcare.
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