DIBRUGARH: The ICMR-RMRC, Dibrugarh, launched a unique and ambitious FoodNet dashboard and website on Wednesday(August 3)  in connection with a taskforce project on surveillance of foodborne pathogens from North-East India.

This dynamic dashboard will help in the generation of real-time data on diarrheal diseases and outbreaks of foodborne illnesses which would help program planners to implement evidence-based intervention at the earliest. 

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It would also help in better understanding the biology & behaviour around foodborne disease occurrence through an innovative mixed method research approach. 

The experience from it will serve as the cornerstone for further scaling up this project on a Pan-India basis. This initiative is a first-of-its-kind project in India, which will strengthen the foodborne pathogen survey & bio-medical research in the country.

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 The project is being run collaboratively by ICMR, RMRC, NE Region, Dibrugarh, ICMR, New Delhi, NICED & C-DAC Kolkata along with the active participation of state health authorities (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura & Sikkim), academic institutions including regional medical colleges & community-based organizations as stakeholders of this project.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com