The department has specialized working experience in operational research in the
areas of Epidemiology, Socio & Behavioral, Health Systems Research, Programme evaluation and Programme Implementation studies of kala-azar. Additionally department has sound capability in the rapid community survey. Department actively involved in both the development of statistical methodology and application of statistics in applied research. Provide helps in sample size calculation, study design, statistical analysis. The other significant work are designing and developing new project proposal. Department has expertise in the development of SOP’s, documentation, record keeping, questionnaires (qualitative & quantitative), standardized proforma and data collection tools. Managing computer based data management and statistical analysis using SPSS-21, EPI-INFO, Minitab 16, R 3.6.2 and other statistical software packages. The departments engage in various national/state capacities building programme for vector borne diseases under National Kala-azar Programme through imparting training as well as management of such training programme. Inter-country and Intra-country workshops were organized on KA & PKDL. Besides this, department developed and designed numbers of Training Manual on Kala-azar and PKDL for various categories. Department conduct Ph.D. classes on biostatistics. Deliver lectures/talks on research methodology and statistical analysis in the institute as well as in other organizations for medical students and other researchers. Host Supervisor of University of Warwick, under Newton Bhabha Fund (DST, DBT & British Council). Principal Supervisor/ Co Supervisor to the thesis for the Degree of Ph.D. (Statistics), thesis for the Degree of D.N.B and thesis for the Degree of MDS. Department also do review of Scientific Research Papers for various reputed journals. Audiovisual department are equipped with all the facilities and holding regular meetings/trainings/workshops/conferences, scientific/invited talks.
1.Computing facility and software; 2.Teaching/demonstration on “Research Methodology & statistical Analysis” and statistical software (SPSS 21, Minitab 16 & R 3.6.2).; 3.Capacity building program for KA and PKDL of various health workers; 4.Primary and secondary data collection; 5.Data cleaning and editing; 6.Computer based data management; 7.Data analysis; 8.Assistance (Co-Guide), thesis for the Degree of D.N.B, MDS, etc ; 9.Computers (Desktop); 10.Scanners; 11.Laptops; 12.Projectors; 13.Audio system; 14.Conference audio system; 15.Display screens/TV’s; 16.UPS’s;
- Financial support received from ICMR, WHO, TDR, LSHTM, NVBDCP and State VBD Program.
- Capacity building program for KA and PKDL of various health workers.
- Two new project proposals (1 as PI & 1 as Co-PI) submitted for financial support under ICMR extra-mural grant and has already been recommended for grant.
- Developed successful Vaishali Model (spatiotemporal model), using an interrupted time-series analysis.
- Health system research study documented various major drawbacks. These drawbacks in turn may pose significant challenge on the overall quality of the KA care delivery services.
- Tested and evaluated snowballing technique for measuring annual incidence of kala-azar for National Kala-azar Elimination Programme.
- Provided the evidence that sentinel surveillance of Visceral Leishmaniasis in endemic areas of Bihar” may provide a model for improving kala-azar case management in Bihar, India, which is of public importance activity.
- The usefulness of trained field workers in diagnosis of PKDL has been documented.
- Evolve spatio-temporal profile of kala-azar in the state for the period 2000-2017, and documented that each high burden PHC’s are unique and same degree of resources needs to be in place to handle the situation, which may be of program importance.
- Documented that ASHA’s training/re-training enhance the new VL case detection.
- The duration of PKDL development with SDA (about 15 months) may be a concern for national program.
- Documented that the treatment success rate of SDA at the 6 months follows up was excellent (95%) across all the age groups.
- Documented that the prevalence of PKDL among SDA treated VL cases were 7.3%.
- Documented that longer disease duration was found to have significantly poor quality of life (p <0.05) for VL patients. The physical domain was found to be most affected domains of quality of life (QOL) for VL. QOL was affected most in illiterate, married, housewife, rural population and patients with longer disease duration (p< 0. 05).
- Identified that average duration from on-set of symptoms to reach public facilities was much higher (45 days), which can be reduced by timely payment of incentives and strengthening of referral system/private practitioners.
- Preparation of 12th five years plan of RMRIMS for ICMR.
- Preparation of draft of syllabus for affiliation of ICMR institutes for Ph.D. programme from JNU, New Delhi.
- A study comparing “Snowball technique” and “House-to-house Survey” for measuring annual incidence of kala-azar.
- Trend of case detection and kala-azar elimination in Bihar, India.
- Treatment outcomes of single dose AmBisome treatment.
- Strengthening of Health Systems for Visceral Leishmaniasis.
- Assessment of diagnostic services available for PKDL.
- Assessment of treatment outcomes of VL & HIV patients, predisposing factors for co-morbidity, factors affecting outcomes and health seeking behaviour of co-morbid cases in Bihar: a cross-sectional survey.