PERIMILK India Project at PHFI

India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface (PEriMilk)

Project Brief The PERIMILK study aimed to contribute to stronger evidence-based cross-sector policy and local capacity building for integrating public health and livestock health, urban planning, local food production and social development in peri-urban settings of India. The study was jointly implemented by the Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India (RCZI) Initiative housed at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The project adopted the EcoHealth approach to understand the drivers and determinants of zoonotic disease risks, antibiotic misuse in the animal-husbandry sector and food safety and security issues, particularly with respect to the smallholder dairy farming community in peri-urban belts of five Indian cities – Guwahati (Assam), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), Bangalore (Karnataka), Ludhiana (Punjab), and Udaipur (Rajasthan).
Principal Investigator Dr. Manish Kakkar, Senior Public Health Specialist, Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India Initiative, Public Health Foundation of India
My Role Senior Research Associate

  • Project management and coordination between implementation sites; quality assurance and data management, including development of analysis plans.
  • Adding to the portfolio of research sub-grants and projects deployed under the Initiative’s research support activities.
  • Led the communication work for the project, including use of emerging media for advocacy for zoonotic diseases and rational antimicrobial use.
  • Development and review of study proposals, drafting of manuscripts, contributing to report writing and other academic writing activities for the project
  • Evidence synthesis using a wide spectrum of review methods.
  • Training workshops for capacity building both at national and international levels.
  • Oversaw a team of five professionals working in research management and communications.
  • Involved in the conceptualization and management of the following studies under leadership of the PI:

1.      Market and policy drivers of antibiotic use in smallholder periurban dairy farms: A scoping literature review

2.      Developing a transdisciplinary database for operationalization of One Health surveillance for Japanese Encephalitis in India

3.      Veterinary antibiotic use in smallholder periurban dairy farms of India: A qualitative study

4.      Setting research priorities to control zoonoses in smallholder dairy farms of periurban India

5.      Landscape review to map zoonotic disease research in India

6.      Market and Economic Drivers of Zoonoses: A Systematic Review

7.      Sociocultural Drivers of Zoonoses: A Systematic Review

8.      Leveraging communication platforms to protect Human-Animal- Environment interface in Peri-Urban India

9.      Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis in Periurban Smallholder Dairy Farms in India: A One Health Perspective

Project Period April 2014 – October 2018

I was involved with the project during my employment at PHFI from July 2015 to January 2017.

Funding Details International Development Research Center, Canada

₹ 10.5 Crores (~Can$1.91 million)

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