Principal Investigator Dr. Vanaja P Shetty
Participating centers National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR), Chennai, Tamil Nadu (NIE)
Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences – Centre for Health Research and Development, Pune, Maharashtra (MAAS)
Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Bhubaneswar, Odisha (RMRCB)
Regional Medical Research Centre – North East (ICMR), Dibrugarh, Assam (RMRCNE)
Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh (RMCH)"
Project team Ms. Anagha Pradhan, Ms; Rashmi, Ms. Vrushali, Ms. Amrapali, Ms. Poonam assisted by Dr. Sheela Rangan, Consultant (MAAS) and Prof. Mitchell Weiss (Swiss TPH, Basel)
Funder Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Duration January 2012 to January 2014
Budget Rs.28.64 Lakhs
This multi-centric study in India involving 6 sites is coordinated by National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), Chennai
Understanding socio–cultural features and stigma associated with leprosy is crucial in the context of primary health care system based leprosy control programme. This ICMR supported multi-centric study used EMIC modeltoexplore perceived and experienced stigma for leprosy and other conditions viz. tuberculosis, malaria and skin conditions with following objectives.
FMR conducted the study in an area covered by six primary health centres (PHCs) from Karjat block from Raigad district, Maharashtra. This block is a tribal population dominant area. Three of the PHCs from this block (Ambivli, Kalamb and Khandas) are categorized as tribal PHCs that provide services predominantly to the tribal population located in remote hilly villages. The other three PHCs from Karjat block (Neral, Kadav and Mohili) primarily cater to non-tribal population.
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