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Global initiative involving ARC East Midlands launched

A delegation from ARC East Midlands featuring Director Professor Kamlesh Khunti CBE has visited India for the official launch of a £10 million project aiming to pass on vital knowledge and expertise to the country.

The grant from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) will help improve the care outcomes of people living with multiple long-term health conditions or multimorbidity in India and Nepal.

The India-UK research initiative was launched on Friday, December 9, during a special event with an accompanying online meeting.

The University of Leicester, including ARC East Midlands researchers, and the Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi are set to collaborate with the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY), Delhi, and Kathmandu Medical College (KMC), Kathmandu.

They will be working to enhance the capacity of health systems in India and Nepal to support people with multiple long-term condition, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti CBE, Director of ARC East Midlands, and Co -Lead of the award said: “It is an honour to be awarded this international funding as it allows us to make a difference globally. Research into this area is crucial as people in India are living longer with long-term conditions so it is vital to provide them with the right care, at the right time. To achieve this, healthcare workers need to be trained to deliver high-quality care which is of good value and based on evidence.”

The NIHR’s Global Health Research Centres provide funding to support research-driven partnerships between institutions in ow and middle income countries (LMICs) and those in the UK. The funding is for the direct and primary benefit of people in LMICs but also will have lessons for the UK and other high income countries.

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Published on: 13 Dec 2022