Management Doctors from P D Hinduja Hospital MRC Delegates of NIH at the 2-day TB workshop
PD Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre in association with The Division of AIDS (NIAID, NIH) held a first-of-its-kind symposium on ‘Advancing TB Research - An Exploration of Opportunities' in India. The symposium addressed the most pressing global and national health concern of Infectious diseases specifically Tuberculosis (TB), through innovative and multi-disciplinary solutions.
India accounts for 35 percent of the total global burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and as per World Health Organization (WHO) statistics for 2011, India has an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB out of a global incidence of 8.7 million cases. This public health issue is the world's largest epidemic and bears a disproportionately large burden of the world's tuberculosis rates. The workshop emphasized on the importance of research to curtail the current TB pandemic in India and globally.
To address this growing burden of infectious diseases like TB and HIV, PD Hinduja Hospital & MRC will work together with The Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This will facilitate strengthening of clinical research capabilities in India through concerted training and research activities. This was signed by Mr Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC and Dr Carl Dieffenbach, Director, The Division of AIDS (NIAID, NIH).
Mr PP Hinduja, founder member, PD Hinduja Hospital & MRC said, "I would like to congratulate all the organizers of the workshop ‘Advancing TB Research - an Exploration of Opportunities' and thank participants, including representatives of NIH and WHO for their presence and readiness to contribute to the successful outcomes of this workshop. TB is one of greatest India's health challenges, as India is home to more people ill with TB than any other country. Ending TB can be only achieved only through multidisciplinary approach and with greater collaboration within and across governments, and with partners form civil society, communities, researchers and the private sector. I am glad that the Hinduja Hospital is actively taking part in this collaboration and thus directly contributing to the campaign for a TB-Free India. "
In accordance with the hospital's vision of institutionalizing health care by building bridges between India and the West, Ms. Vinoo Hinduja, Managing Trustee, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre said, "Our chairman, SP Hinduja first initiated global partnerships dedicated to improving healthcare and education almost 35 years ago. He advocated a mutual learning and sharing of knowledge to advance science in tropical infectious diseases. It is an honor to be associated with NIAID-NIH (US) in our expanded efforts to address India's greatest healthcare challenge in tackling infectious diseases and Tuberculosis. This workshop emphasized on global collaborations to ensure highest quality medical research in the space of infectious diseases as well as sharing latest advancement in research and clinical strategies for enhanced treatment outcomes."