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International Partners in India


USF-INDIA Center for Health and HIV/AIDS Research and Training (CHART-India), was founded by Dr. John Sinnott, Dr. Kiran Patel and Dr. Eknath Naik in 1998. CHART-India's mission is to promote collaboration between the United States and India. With the help of health care professionals and educators who specialize in HIV/AIDS, training and education programs began and CHART has developed partnerships with numerous healthcare organizations across resource-deprived regions in India.

Overview of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Mumbai, Maharashtra

DMER collaborative agreement siging
Associate Dean, USF Medicine International, John Sinnott, signs the Agreement of Collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra, India, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, January 2006.
Directorate of Medical Education and Research is a division of the Government of Maharashtra, India that oversees the administration of eleven government medical colleges and hospitals, their attached Urban & Rural Health Centers and three Government dental colleges & hospitals. DMER coordinates the fundamental research, applied research & operational research in these institutions.

Collaborative Agreement Signed with Directorate of Medical Education and Research

The partnership between USF Medicine International and DMER focuses on capacity building in medical education, research and infrastructure. The main start-up areas the agreement addresses are:
  • Clinical Research
  • HIV training model
  • Continuing medical education
  • Faculty and student exchange
  • Hospital protocols
  • Quality assurance

Training of Health Care Providers from India at USF

The partnership with the Directorate of Health Services, Maharashtra, India, provides technical support establishing protocols and training for physicians and public health personel. The Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine trained 49 policy makers and public heath physicians from Maharashtra between June 2004 and May 2005, as well as conducted four capacity building training programs aimed to educate physicians and administrators from Maharashtra, India to better manage HIV/AIDS and to reduce its devastating impact. The curriculum combined 25 HIV-related medical and psychosocial didactic presentations with culturally relevant instruction and reading sources.
Presenting certificate of completion
USF Provost Renu Khator and Dr. Kiran Patel, Chairman, Patel Foundation for Global Understanding, presenting certificate of completion to Ana
Participants of the training programs shadowed physicians in:
  • Local Hospitals
  • State Laboratory
  • Outpatient HIV specialty clinics in Hillsborough and Polk county health departments
Future certificate training areas include:
  • Pre-hospital trauma care
  • Infectious disease
  • Cardiac and pulmonary surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery

Overview of KRIPA Foundation, Vasai, Maharashtra

KRIPA Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India. KRIPA has helped people suffering from chemical dependency and HIV infection for over two decades. KRIPA professionals have experience in behavioral modeling and interventions in vulnerable populations. CHART-India has a partnership with the KRIPA Foundation in behavioral research.

Advancing Partnerships with Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society (VRACS), Vasai, Maharashtra

The Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society is a project developed through a partnership between the KRIPA foundation and the CHART-India project at USF. VRACS is a community-based project that combines prevention strategies with research and intervention activities. The Division of Infectious Disease has provided technical assistance in HIV research and management as well as training of VRACS physicians in HIV management.
Inauguration of the Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society
Inauguration of the Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society, left to right, Father Joe Pereira, Dr Jeffrey Nadler, and Mr. Vaidynathan

Transforming Healthcare: Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, India

Dr. Wills teaching in India
Dr. Todd Wills teaching in India
Ruby Hall Clinic is a multi-specialty hospital dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research related to various diseases. It is a teaching institution for Post Graduate Medical Courses of the University of Pune. Ruby Hall serves as the site for physician training and clinical research for CHART-India within the state of Maharashtra. The USF Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine has partnered with Ruby Hall Clinic to host the Annual Course in HIV Management for physicians at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, India from 2002 - 2006.

Pioneering Research with Indu Health Research Foundation, Vadodara, Gujurat

Indu Health Research Foundation (IHRF) was founded to ensure the provision of safe blood products for transfusion needs to patients all across the state of Gujarat. USF Health worked closely with IHRF to improve blood safety and tissue banking. IHRF has pioneered work in triple sero-surveillance of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus. The Foundation advocated for and successfully implemented a policy change in blood screenings for the State of Gujurat, India.

Collaborations with Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Sterling Hospital is a 285 bed hospital with five ICUs and ten major departments located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In November 2004, with technical support from CHART-India, the update on Neurologic Manifestations of HIV was held at the Sterling Hospital. CHART-India and Sterling Hospital have also jointly published a research paper on generic HIV drugs.

Overview of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) Mysore, Karnataka

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, established in 1984, is a non-profit organization that operates hospitals and provides outreach services through mobile health units. They aim to improve healthcare and sustain enrichment through education, and a broader social outlook. The SVYM, which has more than 150 dedicated members and serves 250,000 people, also runs the Viveka Tribal Center for Learning at Hoshalli, a semi-residential school with over 400 students.

Collaborations with SVYM

CHART-India has trained physicians and other healthcare providers, and conducted behavioral research in SVYM. The Division faculty have contributed individually by:
  • Funding medical student scholarships at Mysore Medical College
  • Donating laptops
  • Teaching in SVYM's leadership program
  • Sponsoring a state-of-the-art learning center
Students at the SVYM computer lab.
Students at the SVYM computer lab.

Clinical Research with The Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital and Medical College in Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital and Medical College (LTMVC) is one of four major medical colleges in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The hospital treats Mumbai residents and provides outreach services to residents of rural slums and neighboring rural villages. LTMVC also provides educational programs in HIV/STD prevention through training of volunteers and indigenous health practitioners. CHART-India has joined with this organization to perform collaborative clinical research, particularly in the areas of HIV treatment efficacy and post-exposure prophylaxis.

Collaborative Training with Baroda Medical College (BMC), Vadodara, Gujurat

Medical College Baroda is a medical education and tertiary care center located in the heart of Vadodara (Baroda), Gujurat, India. The center houses a Skin and Venereology department to provide care for patients with tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. MCB offers free HIV testing and pre- and post-test counseling. The Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine collaborated with Medical College Baroda  to host the 2003 CHART-India Annual National HIV Update. Currently Dr. Patricia Emmanuel from the USF College of Medicine is Principal Investigator on an Adolescent HIV/AIDS research and training Fogarty grant with MCB to build the capacity of health care providers in Gujarat to prevent and better manager HIV/AIDS.