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ICMR inks agreement with NIAD and Gates Foundation for healthcare research collaboration

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has inked declaration of intent with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD) of National Institutes of Health, USA and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The declaration of intent between ICMR and NIAD was exchanged in the presence of US Ambassador Kenneth I Juster and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates.

About ICMR, NIAD, Gates Foundation Collaboration

Its purpose is to take forward an ongoing collaborative healthcare research and training programme between the two countries. It will establish a research fellowship programme for young scientists from Untied States and India to expand healthcare research that will advance discovery to improve clinical practice and benefit public health in both countries. Its initial focus is intended to engage scientists in infectious disease and immunology research, with emphasis on diseases that affect women and children.

108th Foundation Day of ICMR

In event celebrating this foundation day, Bill Gates presented ICMR Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare to three game-changers of country in field of health.

They are: Dr Cyrus S Poonawalla (Chairman and Managing Director, Serum Institute of India), Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon India) and Dr Prakash Baba Amte (Director, Lok Biradari Prakalp).

They have been awarded in recognisation of their efforts in providing better health care to people in the country and globally through innovative diagnostics, cost-effective life-saving tools and increasing access to healthcare at the grassroots.

About Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

It is India’s apex scientific body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. It was established in 1911 as Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA) and renamed to its present name in 1948. This makes it one of the oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world. It functions under Department of Health Research, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is headquatered in New Delhi.

Government to set up FACT Check Module to curb fake news

Union Government has decided to set up FACT Check Module to identify incidences of fake news on social media and digital platforms and take corrective action. It will be set up under Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the government’s public relations arm.

About FACT Check module

It is aimed at protecting and insulating the government and its agencies against fake news on social media and digital platforms. It will largely focus on online and digital content for now and will be later expanded to the electronic media later.

It will be initially manned by information service officers, who are also mandated to create appropriate content to re-balance narrative and promote government’s official position. They will also target content to ensure that government versions are visible and accessible to public

It will work on the four principles of find, assess, create and target (FACT), which involves round-the-clock monitoring of online news sources and publicly available social media posts. It will also identify themes or stories that promote false and misleading information relating to government and its agencies. It will also assess scale of engagement with the risk identified and establish whether it is appropriate to respond to the content.

Background

Government has decided to set up FACT Check module (mechanism) after taking serious note of rising incidences of fake news on social media and digital platforms. This decision was triggered by a spate of “fake” reports online, the latest being one in section of Bangladeshi media that claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated CJI Ranjan Gogoi over Ayodhya verdict. In this case, Government had quickly clarified about this report as “malicious” and “fake”. But this matter led Prime Minister Office (PMO) and I&B ministry to conclude that formal mechanism to tackle such fake news was needed urgently.