In collaboration with our Indian partners, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) seeks to advance research and training initiatives through projects primarily focused on antimicrobial stewardship and HIV/TB co-infection.
Antimicrobial stewardship surveillance
In accordance with our goals, GHI is engaging in research and community outreach initiatives in order to address the important global issue of antimicrobial resistance. Most hospitals do not have antimicrobial guidelines or require any pre-approval or post-prescription review to obtain antimicrobials. There is also a lack of regular monitoring of antibiotic usage. In collaboration with Christian Medical College Vellore, GHI is implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program in the ICU ward at CMC Hospital. Antimicrobial stewardship programs have been successful in improving prescribing and reducing antimicrobial use in the United States, but measures that may be effective in low- and middle-income countries have not been studied. Over the next two years, we aim to reduce rates of antimicrobial resistance through the successful implementation of this program.
HIV/TB co-Infection research
A goal of GHI is to combine our own expertise at Henry Ford Health System and that of partner institutions to promote synergistic research. The HFHS Division of Infectious Diseases and GHI, in collaboration with the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) in New Delhi, aim to support a Tuberculosis Research Unit that will focus on the correlation between tuberculosis latency and active TB. Furthermore, in accord with our training goals, a team of Indian and international experts from GHI and NITRD conducted a workshop in November 2014 for local Indian health care providers on HIV and TB treatment and long-term care.
Medical education exchange
GHI, in collaboration with HFHS Division of Infectious Diseases, has established a medical and idea exchange with our partners in India in order to achieve our long-term training goals. This collaboration and exchange will serve to strengthen both institutions as well as identify areas of need, expand research projects, and increase knowledge of best practices for physicians and fellows. Training initiatives, such as clinical rotations and videoconferencing, will further contribute to capacity building with our partner institutions. GHI will increase HFHS department and division involvement in curriculum development for further medical information exchange with Indian collaborators.