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State varsity, Oxford join hands for research
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 4 - Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences, Guwahati, has conducted collaborative research with Oxford University, UK, in the field of Mother and Child Health.

Out of the study, two scientific papers were published in April 8, 2016 issue of BMJ (British Medical Journal) Global Health. The study materials were from five medical colleges of Assam, i.e., Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati; Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh; Silchar Medical College and Hospital, Silchar; FAA Medical College and Hospital, Barpeta and Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, Jorhat.

“The study was part of a pilot project conducted to assess the feasibility of establishing an Indian Obstetrics Surveillance and Research System in the State of Assam (IndOSSAssam). IndOSS-Assam was shown to be a feasible and simple system for ongoing surveillance of maternal morbidity that can be used to monitor the trends in the incidents of specific severe life-threatening conditions during pregnancy,” Professor UC Sarma, Vice-Chancellor of Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences who initiated the collaborative study with Oxford University, told The Assam Tribune.

UK has successfully implemented the Surveillance and Research System, the UK Surveillance System (UKOSS), which has enabled the collection of anonymous information on a range of uncommon but severe pregnancy complications nationally. Since its inception in 2005, UKOSS has successfully generated evidence to guide prevention and management of major obstetric compliances, and to inform policies, service planning and address patient safety issues. This has encouraged Australia, New Zealand and several countries in Europe to establish similar systems.

“The aim of this project was to assess the feasibility of establishing a simple obstetrics surveillance and research system in Assam (the Indian Obstetrics Surveillance System – Assam (IndOSS-Assam) using the UKOSS model in order to describe the changing epidemiology of risk factors, management and outcomes associated with maternal deaths and specific morbidities in the state. IndOSS-Assam has two components: surveillance and research,” Professor Sarma said.

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