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Name: Indian Medical Association
Street 1: IMA House
Street 2: Indraprastha Marg
City: New Delhi
Province: Delhi
Post Code: 110 002
Country: India
Phone: +911123370009
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: SURESH
Last Name: GUTTA
Title: National coordinator, IMA RNTCP PPM project
Phone: +919848023427

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: DHARAM
Last Name: PRAKASH
Title: HQ Project COordinator, IMA RNTCP Project
Phone: +919811222287

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
IMA is a professional organization of doctors of modern medicine. Its area of jurisdiction is within the boundaries of Republic of India. Its membership of 165000 is spread over 27 states and 2 territorial branches through its 1700 local branches. IMA has a 3 tier organizational structure with the National Headquarters at Delhi, state branches in respective states and local branches in town and cities.

Public Private Partnership as a strategy to further national health programmes is not new. What is new is the dynamism with which it has arrived. With the government taking the lead, private practitioners across the country are rising to perform their national duty. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) with its vast network of branches is playing catalyst to this process. Public Private Mix (PPM) is no empty slogan. It is the surest way to reach out public health services to the most needy among the community. PPM as a strategy provides resources and public health outlook to the private sector while bringing in flexibility and momentum to government programmes. PPM-DOTS in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) could bring in as much as 50% of TB patients early into the programme. From the patients’ point of view, this translates into better availability, accessibility and therefore, cost effectiveness of health care. Private practitioners are present even in difficult and remote places and in areas where the public sector is effectively absent. However, the charm of PPM is in conservation of national resources and effective utilisation of medical manpower.

IMA has understood the wisdom behind PPM. No other area in public health requires intensive and sustained PPM activities more urgently than TB control. Thus RNTCP is the appropriate platform for IMA to launch its activities as an effective facilitator of PPM. Dr. P V George, the IMA National President in 2004, declared IMA’s policy in this regard. The components of RNTCP were accepted by the Central Working Committee of the IMA in Ju
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 26 - 50
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
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Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: India
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Running the IMA RNTCP GFATM PPM project in 15 states, involving 150,000 doctors private doctors. They are all sensitized to RNTCP. Organizing training programmes in RNTCP for about 8000 doctors annually. Getting them involved in the National TB control programme.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: India
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Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Involve private doctors in the National TB control programme. Encourage them to notify their TB cases, follow the RNTCP diagnostic algorithm, follow DOTs,and counsel the patients on treatment completion. Provide drugs of the National programme, ensure treatment completion & report defaults.

1) Study treatment patterns of private doctors. 2) study if sensitization of private doctors on RNTCP will reduce the delay in diagnosis and start of treatment.


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Last updated: May 15, 2012