Severe Acute Malnutrition in children (SAM) program

An alliance has been formed among Departments of Health Research (DHR) and Biotechnology (DBT), and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India to support research to generate evidence for development of practical and scalable regimens to medically rehabilitate children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) without serious complications at home/community level and/or at peripheral inpatient facilities.

CDSA would conduct the following activities specific to the SAM program:

  • Serve as a secretariat for the SAM program. Coordinate meetings of the Steering Committee and TAG and implement their decisions.
  • Conduct monitoring and quality assurance of the various clinical research projects as pertinent to the objectives of the program.
  • Constitute Data Safety Monitoring Board(s) for the various projects.
  • Commission a consultative peer review process to discuss and evaluate evidence generated through various projects of the program in order to aid formulation of a national policy on the community management of SAM.

Preterm Birth (PTB) Program

Preterm birth is a major public health problem, globally and in India. Complex physiological and molecular processes are involved in pregnancy and parturition in both mother and the fetus. THSTI and collaborating institutes have planned a preterm birth program with an overarching goal to better understand the epidemiology and natural history of PTB, identify the roles of various environmental exposures, identify genomic, epigenomic and proteomic alterations that significantly associate with susceptibility of a woman to PTB. These goals will be accomplished by the formation of a cohort of pregnant women starting from the first trimester.

CDSA will support setting up a co-ordination unit for site preparation, role-based training, standardized processes and ensure efficient implementation/compliance. It will be responsible for the actual conduct of the trial, data collection and management and for ensuring quality at the sites and will be the primary link between the Study Coordination Unit, Project Management Committee (PMC) and the collaborating institutes.