Success of CHIP Consortium: Jaipur Workshop
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
To congregate the Childhood Infections & Pollution (CHIP) consortium and its members, a joint UCL-SCI workshop in Jaipur was organised from 6th to 9th of May 2019. With multiple disciplines across Global North and South – different cultures, organisations, perspectives and ways of working have worked together to discuss further improvements to the CHIP research programme.
The workshop was held from 06/05/19 to 09/05/19 at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur City of Rajasthan, India.There were 21 participants and 14 speakers including CHIP co-directors, Dr Logan Manikam and Prof Monica Lakhanpaul as well as experts and lecturers from partner universities and partner NGO: Save the Children India.
The workshop was organised in sessions per subject and each session was opened with a presentation and followed by an open discussion.
Setting the context: Infections and slums in India
Visualising research goals and engaging local communities
Predecessors to the CHIP: projectPANChSHEEEL
Slums & infections: general overview
Slums & infections: Indonesia and Chile specific examples
Slum visit: site visits and transect walks
Extreme citizen science and its applications
Review of CHIP Protocol
The Childhood Infection and Pollution (CHIP) consortium is a multi-country endeavour that aims to reduce the infection and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) burden in children under-five living in peri-urban slums using co-produced behaviour change and slum upgrading interventions.
It is currently being operationalised across three countries and is guided by the following research methodologies: One Health, citizen science and antimicrobial resistance. CHIP is enlightened by a Medical Research Council GCRF PANChSHEEEL study (£596k/2 yrs), NIHR Global Health Research Group Call (£2 mil/3 yrs), MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (£1.4 mil/4 yr), Chatham House-One Health and 2018 PMAC Conference. From October 2018, CHIP has started its research with the focus on infections, antimicrobial resistance in urban slums via science and One health.
The five phases of CHIP are outlined in the diagram below – the study setup, formative research, intervention development, pilot testing and feasibility, and process evaluation. The formative research phase consists of six different projects which are designed to measure different One Health at the household, community, and societal levels. These will, in turn, inform both upstream and downstream factors leading to infections in children under five, which will allow developing an efficient and effective intervention package. Following this, how CHIP will undertake feasibility/pilot testing, and then a large-scale process evaluation via an RCT.
Infection Determinants that CHIP identified?
Previous research has recognised that infections in children under-five are caused by a complex set of factors ranging from the individual to the cultural levels. The CHIP project aims to identify infection determinants at the household-, community- and societal-levels. By consulting with key experts in the field, as well as undertaking a literature review of the available evidence, the following components were hypothesised to be contributing to infections in children under-five with peri-urban slums.
By breaking sector silos pooling research expertise, the CHIP project will work to collectively undertake rigorous studies and co-develop complex interventions. Through this cross-disciplinary approach, the CHIP project aims address these infection determinants through an efficient and cost-effective set of interventions.
So why did CHIP hold a workshop in Jaipur?
The first consortium workshop for CHIP was held in Jaipur, India to celebrate the launch of CHIP research programme in slums in Jaipur and to achieve the following objectives of this workshop:
To network amongst India implementing partners & consortia members
To take stock of findings from existing feasibility work and further revise the subsequent methodology for the CHIP programme
To further engage with slum dwellers via slum visits
To establish scale and scope of projects and publications in subsequent work in India, Chile & Indonesia
To determine timings of subsequent CHIP workshops
To identify follow-on grant opportunities alongside opportunities to garner impact (i.e. links with implementing organisations)
CHIP has published the relevant presentation slides and Meeting of Minutes (MoM) for this workshop and to read more about the detail of each session and speeches, please click the images below.
Presentation slides 👇
Minutes of Meeting 👇