With the sad demise of Dr Dato C P Ramachandran iNTD lost a good friend and a tower of strength.
iNTD puts in record our deep condolences.
Dr Panicker attending the inaugural function of NNN9 at United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dr.K.N.Panicker, Prof.Emeritus, Community Medicine AIMS and Chair of Indian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24th to 26th, September 2018 on an invitation from NTD NGDO Network to participate in their NNN 9 Conference. He was a Guest Speaker in the Global Forum for Filariasis, Leprosy and other NTDs. The major theme of discussion in this forum was morbidity management, disability prevention and rehabilitation of patients with either of these diseases. In this context, the Indian experience of the AMRITA - iNTD was of major attraction during the discussions in the forum. As an Amrita iNTD initiative a rehabilitation programme of disabled Lymphoedema patients was already been in force in Cherthala, Kerala, India which is the well-known endemic pocket for Brugian filariasis for centuries. The core activity is to provide micro finance to filarial patients to start some income generating activity. There are hundreds of such diseased individuals leading a miserable life when they are abandoned by their kith and kin. In order to make them independent they were introduced into varied small scale income generating activity. Patients were provided with some seed money for initiating poultry, goat rearing, .cattle rearing, tailoring and small scale vending. The profit is to be shared among patients for new ventures. The uniqueness of the program is that the financial support for the entire activity came from a local corporate K Chittilappilly Foundation. This Private partnership is a strategy advocated by organisations such as WHO and GAELF. This Rehabilitation Project attracted the attention of all gathered in the Global Forum especially the committed international donor agencies. Thus Amrita /iNTD experience turned out to be a role model for rehabilitation of disabled filarial patients at the Global level.
Dr. K. N. Panicker, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi,
visited Berlin from February 20 – 23, 2018, to participate in an Advocacy Planning Meeting of Neglected Tropical diseases.
He was invited by Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, UK and the German Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Berlin.
The highlight of the event was a breakfast meeting with the Parliamentarians of Germany to impress upon them the global
importance of neglected tropical diseases and their mitigation.
iNTD has initiated a Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention project in the Brugian Filariassis endemic pocket in Kerala,
Cherthala on a Palliative care mode to reduce the agony of thousands of disabled, disfigured elderly patients.
Home based medical care and provisio n of customized micro cellular footwear is the mainstay of this project.
It is being carried out with the support of AIMS and a local philanthropist M/s. Chitilapalli foundation.
It is also supported by Geogit Financial services. The NTD centre of LSTM UK also provides technical and other support.
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