Major Programs under Knowledge Integration and Translational Platform
KnIT is a unique platform that has been launched with the aim of collating and analyzing available evidence within India, to inform policymakers and health authorities and aid in the development of evidence-based policy to address the inequalities in the health outcomes in our country.
The platform will work by collecting and analyzing currently available evidence, identifying gaps in our knowledge and directing research to these areas, and will work to improve our understanding of current or new interventions or packages of interventions to address the inequalities in our healthcare system.
This platform was launched in 2016 and will specifically target the Indian State Governments for development and implementation of cost-effective, sustainable interventions or packages of multi-sectoral health interventions. The platform will work by conducting extensive systematic reviews and will conduct workshops and other meetings to widely share the findings of these studies.
Currently, KnIT focuses on two tracks, maternal and child health issues and nutrition. MCH focuses on identifying the health system challenges that are barriers to effective, equitable, impactful delivery of health services and identifies strategies how to overcome them. It also focuses on designing delivery strategies based on evidence, and piloting and evaluating programs aimed at improving program delivery, directing implementation research to optimize primary and secondary level healthcare, and generating evidence-based, human resource linked strategies relevant to MCH. The Nutrition track examines public health and medical interventions to mitigate stunting, wasting, severe malnutrition, low birth weight, optimal body composition and metabolic unfitness or obesity. In addition KnIT also aims to address multi-sectoral interventions for health; nutrition; family planning; water and sanitation hygiene; air pollution; child development; food fortification; and agri-nutrition linkages.
Currently, the Society for Applied Studies (SAS) and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) are the two domain centers that are working on the nutrition track and the Maternal and child health track respectively.