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algorithms for detection of adverse events, and issue health alerts on events
of interest. These actions would be monitored to measure the reliability and
effectiveness of the system, as well as to collect evidence for policy makers to
make a decision on the wider-scale deployment of this RTBP pilot.
The authors wish to acknowledge the International Development Research
Centre of Canada for the research grant that makes it possible for the RTBP
to be pilot tested in India and Sri Lanka.
Pubuduni Weerakoon and P. V. Ariyawansa were key resources from
the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement who engaged with the District of
Kurunegala Medical Officer of Health in gathering information pertaining to
the Sri Lanka disease surveillance system. Authors wish to thank Dr. Vinya
Ariyartne (Executive Director, Sarvodaya) for liaising with the Ministry of
Health in Sri Lanka to obtain necessary approvals for piloting the project
in the District of Kurunegala. Dr. Roshan Hewapathirana of the Sri Lanka
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine is to be thanked for his contribution in
supplying literature with respect to the national disease surveillance and
notification system of Sri Lanka.
The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras's Rural Technology and
Business Incubator wishes to thank the following members for their respec-
tive contribution in gathering information included in this chapter; Field
Coordinator N. Janakiraman and Geetha G., and for field supervision and
workshop implementation, Dr. M. Ganesan. We extend our gratitude to
the State of Tamil Nadu Health Department for their cooperation. Authors
wish to thank Dr. K. Vijayraghavan (Director, National Centre for Biological
Sciences in Bangalore, India) for introducing the project to the Tamil Nadu
Health Department and obtaining approval for piloting.
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