Be it the invaluable contribution in developing the highly effective DOTS treatment module for tuberculosis (TB) or micro-nutrient fortification of food products or life-saving interventions like oral rehydration solution and vaccines or fluorosis treatment to documenting rare blood-groups, ICMR has worked tirelessly towards achieving the vision for a healthy India.
As a celebration of its more than a century-long journey and recognition of the work performed by its researchers, ICMR has released this book as well as an animation film on its major achievements.
J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the launch of ‘Touching Lives’ congratulated ICMR for their tremendous contribution over the years working silently on various health issues that have touched the human lives.
He said “With the changing demography and increasing burden of Non-Communicable diseases in India, ICMR’s role as the apex organization for biomedical research is of tremendous importance in providing significant inputs to the national efforts on attaining sustainable development goals. Government is working to give an impetus to biomedical research particularly affordable innovations in the country focused on improving access to quality of health services to citizens.”
Nadda appreciated the research contributions of several ICMR institutes in ensuring a healthy India and said this will inspire future scientists to take health research in the country forward.
He emphasised that outcome of research should be communicated and projected to the public through, media for which the ministry will provide all the administrative, technical and financial support.
Citizens should also be informed about such health research achievements in an understanding language and essay writing/quiz competitions should also be held for the better understanding and information among science students, the minister added.
Speaking at the occasion, Padma Shri awardee Prof. Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research and Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India said, “Since ICMR’s inception more than 100 years ago, the Council’s focus has been on cutting edge research to generate evidence for health programs and address key public health issues that are of importance to India, such as diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy, child mortality and reproductive health, as well as its continued endeavour to improve and strengthen existing public health programs. The book showcases how ICMR has touched so many lives in India through its commitment to improve the health of our fellow citizens.”
Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare appreciated the work of ICMR and suggested for a wider dissemination of information on research findings at various media platforms including social media.
An animation film was also released on the occasion which traces the journey of ICMR since 1911 and its significant health research achievements.
The 6-minute animation film showcases the activities, achievements, flagship programs and future vision of ICMR. It is designed to fill the gap between science and society and is an ideal tool for reaching masses through social media.