PLATFORM STUDY
HORIZONTAL APPROACH PLATFORM USING CRITCAL PARTNERS, ORGANIZATIONAL AND
SURVEY RESOURCES TO IMPROVE NEONATAL AND INFANT HEALTH

PRERNA - Platform for Research Excellence Related to National Aims - is a platform of institutions created to promote improved, innovative, impactful research on maternal and child health and development. The platform works with the vision to attain improved maternal health and the survival, growth and development of newborns and children in India.

Composition of Platform:
One technical support/international linkage institution and the Department of Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva and three Indian partners i.e.

  1. The Centre for Health Research and Development, Society for Applied Studies (CHRD-SAS), New Delhi.
  2. Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore.
  3. KEM Hospital Research Centre (KEMHRC), Pune.

 

PRERNA aims to promote innovation, development and testing, provide the base for enhancing the likelihood of widely implementable interventions, facilitate better understanding of failure and success, and permit harmonized data and data sharing to maximize the value of large trials and population based surveillance.

Approach to Research:

  1. Improving Process of Intervention Development and Testing:
    1. Applying Good Clinical Practices principles to all types of research
    2. Making full use of insights from formative research
    3. Employing adaptive trial designs
    4. Using population-stratification strategies, tailoring interventions to subgroups
  2. Improving Process of Intervention Delivery:
    1. Increasing attention to delivery and scaling-up of interventions
    2. Ensuring quality-delivery and fuller coverage of target populations
    3. Conducting implementation research together with programs - to ensure that solutions are promptly adopted
  3. Maximizing the Use of Data by:
    1. Increasing data-sharing to multiply gains from completed research through
    2. Harmonizing data collection, data management and data documentation
    3. Creating practical data-sharing mechanisms
  4. Strengthening Institutions to Carry out the Desired Research by:
    1. Creating a pool of project opportunities for staff
    2. Reducing the risk of interrupted funding between projects
    3. Creating venues for career progression
    4. Investing in opportunities for capacity development

 

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