Agenda 25feb2019 PhD defense Ajay Kumar Madhugiri Venkatachalaiah

Ajay Kumar Madhugiri Venkatachalaiah Operational Research for improving care of HIV-infected TB patients in India

In this thesis, we describe six operational research studies and discuss their overall contribution to changes in policy, practice and health outcomes among HIV-infected TB patients in India.

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Ajay Kumar Madhugiri Venkatachalaiah Operational Research for improving care of HIV-infected TB patients in India

Tuberculosis(TB) and the HIV/AIDS are two of the most deadly infectious diseases in the history of humanity. In this thesis, we describe six operational research studies and discuss their overall contribution to changes in policy, practice and health outcomes among HIV-infected TB patients in India. The Government of India made two key national policy changes informed by the evidence in this thesis: 1) to provide antiretroviral therapy to all patients co-infected with HIVand tuberculosis; and  2) to offer HIV testing to all people with presumptive tuberculosis. This has resulted in substantial improvements in the uptake of HIV testing and treatment among patients with presumptive and diagnosed TB in India. We also showcase how we used the SORT IT (Structured Operational Research Training Initiative, http://www.who.int/tdr/capacity/strengthening/sort/en/) model of capacity building to catalyse the generation of policy-relevant evidence and inform policy and change practice in India and other low- and middle-income countries globally.

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 25 February 2019
  • Time: 12.30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

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Biography

Ajay Kumar MV (1977) is a medical doctor with 15 years of experience in low- and middle-income settings.

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Biography

Ajay Kumar MV (1977) is a medical doctor with 15 years of experience in low- and middle-income settings. The work in this thesis was conducted when he worked as an operational research fellow with International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). Currently, he works as the Director of the Centre for Operational Research of the Union.

Promotor

  • Promotor(s): prof. P.N.R. Dekhuijzen, prof. A.D. Harries
  • Co-promotor(s): dr M.J. Boeree, dr R. Zachariah