Setting Priorities for Enteric Disease Control

Identifying Strategic Priority Areas for the Control of Enteric Infections in West Bengal (SPACEWeB)

Project Brief The aim of the study is to provide policymakers and research funding agencies with a structured understanding of the enteropathogens affecting West Bengal, and a mapping of the existing knowledge gaps and the priority research areas needed to address the prevention and control of the priority agents. To achieve this, this project undertakes three prime activities:

a.       Developing a priority list of enteropathogens and key research options to address these issues using the modified Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) methodology.

b.      Scoping Literature Review to triangulate the data collected by the CHNRI process. The research question posed was: What are the enteric infectious diseases of public health importance in West Bengal?

c.       Triangulation using existing data from hospital-based surveillance of enteric pathogens in patients with diarrhea.

My Role Principal Investigator

  • Conceptualization of the idea, development the protocol and data collection tools
  • Conducting the in-depth interviews, scoping literature review and exploratory data analysis using surveillance data
  • Developing the project management plan and quality assurance of collected data
  • Constitution and administration of the Technical Advisory Group supporting the project
Project Period January 2018 – ongoing
Funding Details Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases intramural grant no.

₹ 750,000 (~US$12,000)