Dept. of Health Research Govt. of India
World Health Organization
Name of the Project Hospital Based Sentinel Surveillance for Bacterial Meningitis in India Project
Principal Investigator Dr. S.M. Mehendale
Co-Principal Investigator(s) Dr. Yuvaraj, J, Dr. Joseph K David, & Smt. Jayashri Swaminathan
Other Investigator(s) Dr. Rajamohanan, Dr. Girija Mohan, Dr. Neduchelian, Dr.Ambikapathy, Dr. Narayanababu, Dr. Mathevan, Dr. V. Balaji, Dr. P. Sugandhi Rao, Dr. S.K.Kar, Dr. Anil Kanga, Dr. Vikas Manchanda,
Collaboration / Participating Centers GMC, Trivandrum;  TDMC,Kottayam, ICH, SMC, KMC, Chennai;  MMC, Madurai: CMC, Vellore; KMC, Manipal; RMRC, Bubhaneshwar; IGMC, Shimla; CNBC, Delhi.
Funding Agency / Sponsor Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India
Budget 9.75 Crores
Study Period 2011-2013
Objectives Primary Objectives:

1.  To establish a hospital based sentinel surveillance for bacterial meningitis in children  between 1 month and 59 months in six States in India

2.  To determine  trends of bacterial meningitis in children 1 month to 59 months of age in these states in India

Secondary Objectives:

Determine the aetiological profile of bacterial meningitis in children for Hemophilus influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumonia and Neisseria meningitidis. 
Description The project aims at setting of 10 Sentinel Surveillance Sites across India in Phase I and determine the etiological profile of bacterial meningitis in children between 1 month and 59 months admitted in SS Hospitals.  In the second phase additional 20+ sites are planned to be added and later to have community based studies. The study will generate information on the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis in the study population in India. All these sites participate in the External Quality Assurance programme and this activity is coordinated by the Department of Microbiology, CMC, Vellore.
Quarterly Reports (5-10 lines) A Total of 806 Children enrolled, samples collected for 693 Children, 683 has pus cells in CSF and 185 were positive for Bacterial meningitis as on 30th July 2012.
Significant achievements All the sites except CNBC, Delhi are functional from 1st March, 2012. All the activities relating to the project in the said Sentinel Sites have been streamlined.
Publications Nil