Project Inception Workshop, Mumbai, India

Project partners from six countries met to plan and initiate AMASA research activities in Mumbai, India, from 19-21 July 2010. The meeting was organized by the Foundation for Research in Community Health, which is based in Pune with offices in Mumbai. Partners reviewed the choice of tracer medicines, which are focal interests of the project, and they developed plans for literature reviews and subsequent field research. Twelve working groups were established to pursue the interests and priorities clarified over the course of the meeting.

The workshop was held at the Taj Hotel President, and it was followed by visits to urban and rural field sites pertinent to the AMASA research interests. These included the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai and the Parinche Rural Health Project near Pune. Interactions at KEM clarified various aspects of disease control for malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other urban health priorities. After that, the AMASA researchers travelled to the Parinche project centre in rural Pune District, where they met with community health workers and staff of the primary health centre.