The Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses Initiative (RCZI) in India’s work on Japanese Encephalitis/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome since the year 2011 has entailed working with multiple agencies, donors and NGOs. This list is likely to expand as work on JE/AES gains momentum with new studies, projects and collaborations that are in the pipeline. Some of the partners RCZI has been working with include the following:

Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of public health. PHFI has Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) in different parts of the country which are providing public health courses independently and in partnership with the government. In addition, PHFI engages in multidisciplinary systems-relevant research that can strengthen the evidence base for public health policy in India.

University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi University
University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) is government medical college affiliated with the Guru Tegh Bahadur Medical College Hospital that provides tertiary medical services to a large population in Delhi. UCMS also trains health care professionals on clinical, para-clinical and non-clinical subjects, including epidemiology.

Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar
Established in 1889, the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) is one of the premier and oldest research institutions in the subcontinent, dedicated to livestock research and development of the region. The institute with faculty strength of more than 275 has a major mandate of research, teaching, consultancy and technology transfer activities.

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow
Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) is a regional referral centre for high-end medical care. It has a state-of-the-art infrastructure and holds an important position in the health systems of Uttar Pradesh. SGPGI has an active clinical microbiology department that has been closely involved with the state government in investigating outbreaks of Japanese Encephalitis in various northern parts of the state.

Disease Outbreak News

JE outbreaks are being reported from previously unknown foci. Further, encephalitis outbreaks of other aetiologies in endemic areas have only added to their complexity. For programme managers, researchers and community health professionals, access to accurate and updated information is key to planning interventions and other relief measures.

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