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The Indian government’s Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), based at the University of Oxford.

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The MoU will build a partnership both in and beyond data and skill-sharing and support capacity development with India’s scientific research community. It will ensure that data collection is compliant with international standards and regulatory requirements. Both ICMR and IDDO will exchange and share ideas on emerging infections and three vector-borne diseases in the elimination phase: malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, and filariasis.

Working together, both parties will support and develop best practices for data management, data documentation, data sharing and the development of equitable governance frameworks. The partnership will also explore opportunities for collaboration on research programmes and develop a three-year work plan on capacity strengthening, an exchange of research fellows, training on data management and statistical analysis.

Professor Philippe Guérin, Director of IDDO, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Indian Council of Medical Research and look forward to sharing expertise and strengthening our collaboration. Recent major public health events have shown just how effective shared knowledge and skills can be, and how crucial it is for the international scientific research community to continue to work together ever more closely. This partnership provides early career researchers with a fantastic opportunity to enhance their skills and improve treatment outcomes for affected communities.”

The full story is available on the IDDO website

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