Agendas and summaries for the first (3-5 November, 2016), second (24-25 April, 2017), third (23-24 April, 2018) general assembly and Administrative and Steering Group meetings (13-14 May, 2019)
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions a meeting was held by Team video conferencing. Delegates were invited to hear about the progress of each of the four SPEAK India themes. The conference was very well attended with 37 delegates joining from India, Europe and the UK.
A meeting was held in Delhi on 13 & 14 May 2019, Project Investigators and the person responsible for financial reporting in each of the partner organisations were invited to attend. The focus of the first day was to learn about the LSTHM/BMGF protocols for financial reporting and the invoicing requirements. Delegates were invited to a general admin presentation on the 13th May followed by 30 minute one to one sessions during the afternoon and on the afternoon of the 14th May with Mary Cameron and Karen Holland from LSHTM to discuss any specific issues.
Partners also gave progress presentations on the 13th May and the programme was designed so that there was also an opportunity for theme discussions. All of these sessions were very well attended, interactive and informative.
On the 14th May, the Steering Group members departed to the ICMR offices in Delhi where a face to face Steering Group meeting was hosted by ICMR.
SPEAK India held its third meeting in Delhi on April 23 & 24, 2018, to launch the consortium's four research projects on visceral leishmaniasis surveillance, transmission, modelling and health systems strengthening.
The morning and early afternoon of the the 23rd was dedicated to presentations on policies required to achieve VL elimination, current and pipeline tools for VL control, the feasibility of breaking VL transmission and challenges remaining, and the current status of VL elimination in each endemic state. The late afternoon of the 23rd was set aside for updates on the status of each research project.
Day 2 was designed to be more interactive, with workpackage-specific discussions and group work taking place to identify future directions and scalability of the four research projects. These sessions were complemented by a panel discussion on defining the remaining challenges threatening sustained elimination beyond the scope of the current workpackages.
Following the whole-consortium meeting, the modelling and health systems workpackages held two-day residential workshops for members on April 25-26.
The second SPEAK India consortium meeting was held in Varanasi on April 24th and 25th, 2017. Both national and international delegates attended to present the research proposals they have been developing based on the three identified workpackages, surveillance, transmission and health systems, since the first SPEAK India meeting, held in Delhi in November, 2016.
The focus of the meeting was operational research, and identifying areas of synergy between the proposals. To this end, the three workpackage leaders presented each proposal related to their designated field during the morning of April 24th. The afternoon of the 24th was devoted to group work, with both workpackage-specific and cross-disciplinary workshops taking place. During these sessions, consortium members received feedback on their proposals, and identified potential areas of duplication and synergy between the proposals. The meeting's first day was concluded with a summary from nominated rapporteurs on the reactions each proposal had received throughout the day.
On the 25th, workpackage leaders presented their updated proposals, and again invited comments from all consortium members on how they should be edited to reflect operational constraints and realities. The meeting was closed with a short session on SPEAK India's achievements to date, and a summary of the activities that need to be undertaken next to support the VL elimination effort.
National and international researchers and operational experts met in New Delhi from 3-5 November to launch the SPEAK India consortium. The consortium will aim to develop a post-elimination agenda for visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent, specifically addressing the question ‘what is required to sustain visceral leishmaniasis elimination in India?’ 39 national experts and 14 international delegates attended the three day meeting. During the first day, presentations focused on two of the meetings objectives were given:
All presentations are available for download here.Over days two and three, group work activities were held to produce output that fulfilled two additional objectives of the meeting:
A full agenda for the meeting can be downloaded here.