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Tata Social Internship - India

2019 Projects

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2019 Projects

Following a successful initial set of projects in 2018, King's is once again collaboating with Tata Group companies to provide students with access to projects across India.

  • At present, King's has been awarded six projects for this summer however more may be added as project are confirmed.
  • All projects run from Sunday 23 June to Friday 23 August 2019

*** PROJECT 3 IS STILL OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS UNTIL 4 MAY 2019 / ALL OTHER PROJECTS CLOSED ***

Project 1: Healthcare Evaluation of Vijayawada Telemedicine Project and Possibilities of Scale-up
Broad Topic Primary Health
Detailed Title Evaluation of Vijayawada Telemedicine Project and Possibilities of Scale-up
Company Tata Trusts
Location Mumbai (Maharashtra) / Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh)
Background

Public health systems are grossly inadequate to cater to the health-care demands of the 1.34 billion population of India. Challenges faced are lack of skilled personnel /inadequate infrastructure and qualities of the health care services are not uniform.

Primary health care can be a very effective mechanism to control healthcare costs while improving health outcomes by primary care doctors making referral decisions on the basis of accurate diagnoses and managing most patients in the community according to evidence based guidelines using generic drugs.

To improve primary health care access Tata Trusts has launched a model to demonstrate  accessible and affordable primary health care service delivery using Tele-Medicine platforms in the Krishna District (Vijayawada) with special focus on NCD.

Key Deliverables
  • Study and evaluate the Vijayawada Telemedicine program
  • Explore and suggest the possibilities of Scale-up ( in collaboration with State Government/Private Sector/Philanthropic Organizations) to improve access  to Primary Care
Prior Research Recommendations

The Intern is advised to prepare and read up on previous Tata Social Internship project reports

Project 2: Reform of Regional Mental Hospital Nagpur, Implementation of District Mental Health Program in Nagpur
Broad Topic Mental Health
Detailed Title Reform of Regional Mental Hospital Nagpur, Implementation of District Mental Health Program in Nagpur
Company Tata Trusts
Location State Nagpur, Maharashtra
Background

COMING SOON

Key Deliverables

COMING SOON

Prior Research Recommendations

We would like the interns to be familiar with:

  • MH Gap document by WHO, National Mental Health Survey of India 2015-16

We prefer interns with public health background, skills in documentation and photography.

Project 3: A Study To Map The Patient Pathway Through Bone Marrow Transplantation Treatment At Tata Medical Center: Challenges & Opportunities
Broad Topic Health Transplantation
Detailed Title

'A Study to Map the Patient Pathway through Bone Marrow Transplantation Treatment at the Tata Medical Centre - Challenges and Opportunities'

Company Division of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT), Tata Medical Centre
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Background

The Division of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation is preparing to apply for accreditation with FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, USA) as part of its endeavor to streamline processes, protocolize the care of patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation, and improve patient safety and outcomes in the center, which is one of the national referral centers.

This would enable the department, in the long term, increase the spectrum of treatment services offered to patients and improve outcomes. This effort in accreditation was initiated in the first quarter of the current calendar year and we would like to complete the process by the second-third quarter of 2019.

The intern would contribute to the process by:

  • Working through ‘Patient pathways’ and identifying challenges and opportunities in the care of patients.
  • Helping the HCT group in ‘protocolizing’ care, and preparing / reviewing SoPs in patient care delivery to improve patient safety and streamline his/her care.
Key Deliverables
  • Identify Challenges and Opportunities in Patient Care through a patient’s journey in the HCT Division
  • Contribute to the ongoing process of Accreditation
Prior Research Recommendations

The Intern is advised to prepare and read up on the following:

  • Basics of Bone Marrow Transplantation as a treatment modality
  • Existing international guidelines and practices, e.g. USA (www.cancer.gov) , UK (NICE guidelines)
  • She/ He is also well advised to browse through the FACT website for Cellular therapy accreditation to understand the need for patient safety and Accreditation requirements
Project 4: Association of Nutritional Factors in the Incidence and Outcome of Patients with Sepsis
Broad Topic Nutrition
Detailed Title Association of Nutritional Factors in the Incidence and Outcome of Patients with Sepsis
Company Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Background

The student would be expected to investigate the following:

  1. Identify a cohort of patients with sepsis using microbiological and clinical criteria
  2. Retrospective data analysis of incidence of malnutrition in septic patients
  3. From nutritional data find out incidence of sepsis in malnourished patients
  4. Find out from medical records outcome in patients with sepsis and malnutrition and compare them with patients without malnutrition
Key Deliverables
  • Data gathering, data entry, using simple statistical tests to analyse the data
  • Prepare project report
  • Present findings of the project to Faculty of Tata Medical Centre
Prior Research Recommendations
  • Review of previous Tata Social Internship project reports
  • Read up on general nutritional factors associated with outcome of diseases and specifically cancer and associated infections

2018 Projects

Project 1: Tata Medical Centre / Cost of Treatment of Acute Myeloid Luekemia (AML)
Broad Topic Health
Detailed Title Cost of treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Company Tata Medical Centre
Location Kolkata
Background

In India the majority of health care expenditure is bourne by patient or their relatives. Acute Myeloid leukemia is a serious hematological illness that can be expensive to treat. However there have been almost 100 patients treated by the Haemat team in TMC. We would like to have an assessment of how much.

Key Deliverables

 1. Analysis of cost data of this patients including total cost.

2. Conduct an upto date literature review on the topic and arrange references.

3. Preliminary write up of the project so that it could be submitted as an original article.

4. Preparation of other documents related to administration of the project related to IRB waiver.

Prior Research Recommendations Some idea on health economics. 
Other notes The paper could be published and will be hopefully in the public domain.
Project 2: Tata Trusts / Primary Care Needs
Broad Topic Healthcare
Detailed Title Evaluate and suggest the best Model of addressing the Primary care needs for the population of India amongst the three models being implemented by Tata Trusts in different states.
Company Tata Trusts
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra
Background

Public Health Systems are grossly inadequate to cater to the health-care demands of the 1.34 billion population of India. Challenges faced are lack of skilled personnel /inadequate infrastructure and qualities of the health care services are not uniform.

Primary health care can be a very effective mechanism to control healthcare costs while improving health outcomes by primary care doctors making referral decisions on the basis of accurate diagnoses and managing most patients in the community according to evidence based guidelines using generic drugs.

To improve primary health care access Tata Trusts has launched three models for addressing the primary care needs in different states of India. The models are as follows :

  • Creating access for Primary care with the help of Ramakrishna Hospitals in the region of Vrindavan and Varanasi (U.P).
  • Upgradation (Infrastructure/Technology) of the existing Urban Primary Health Centres that are being run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation to provide good quality primary care services to the urban poor of Nagpur.
  • Managed care for the population in the region of rural Vijayawada and Machilipatnam town which includes looking after their primary needs and also providing insurance for tertiary care.      

Further details of the models can be sought from katie.black@kcl.ac.uk.

Key Deliverables
  • Study and evaluate the 3 programs launched by Tata Trusts.
  • Share the key findings on the progress of the programs.
  • Suggest the model which could be adopted by State Governments/Private Sector/Philanthropic Charitable organisations to help improve access to Primary Care.
Prior Research Recommendations

Study the Public Healthcare model in India and how usage of technologies enabled solutions/tasks shifting can improve the service delivery of the primary health in India.

For students wishing to apply for this internship, please contact katie.black@kcl.ac.uk to request additional reference work relating to this project.

Other notes

A case study would be used by the Tata Company and might be also loaded onto the Tata Social Internship website. www.tatasocial-in.com. Video clips or photographs will be enabled, containing 10-15 slides or clips, lasting 5 minutes long.

Project 3: Tata Steel / Tribal Medicine
Broad Topic Health – Tribal Healthcare System 
Detailed Title Detailed Title: Making of a Pharmacopeia of one of the block of Jharkhand in order to understand the disease prevalence as well as the plants used in the form of medicine. 
Company Tata Steel Rural Development Society 
Location Jamshedpur, Jharkhand 
Background  

Tribal Communities have an age old tradition of healing people with herbs, in order to preserve and promote their culture affirmatively and in turn providing basic health care to the remote villages where no medical facilities reach. Today Tribal Communities are highly prone to diseases and do not have the required access to basic health facilities. Strengthening their own traditional healing practices will not only contribute to their health but will also save out of pocket expenditure on health and the vicious cycle of being diseased due to poverty and being in debt in order to treat deadly diseases.

We have been working in this field since last year, and have organized some health camps of traditional healers, training sessions, a survey on community perception on tribal medicine and authentic healers search in a block Chaibasa of Jharkhand. We are also working on medicinal herbs plantations.

We are looking forward to expanding this project in the Jharkhand and Odisha tribal belt in order to build a model of peoples's health where 70% of the health care should be taken care at village level.

The pharmacopeia is one step in the project where according to the disease prevalence we will have the list of medicinal plants with all the necessary details that can further be used for training of healers. 
Key Deliverables

 1. Documentation of Healers knowledge (in the form of information booklet - this may be disease wise or body part wise).

2. Formation of training module of healers.

3. Firmation of pharmacopoeia.

Prior Research Recommendations
  1. Health care systems in the Tribal belt, India.
  2. Healthcare Infrastructure in Jharkhand and Odisha and its functionality.
  3. Traditional Healing Practices.
Other notes If the student is interested they can document the case studies of some peculiar Tribal Healers doing great work in respective geographical areas.

 

 

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