Hon’ble Health Minister announces launch of a C-CAMP partnership with Govt of Karnataka to strengthen public health systems

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Hon’ble Health Minister, Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao announces launch of a C-CAMP partnership with Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Govt of Karnataka to strengthen the public health system through indigenous, innovative technologies

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms or C-CAMP, a deep-tech innovation hub based out of Bengaluru has entered into a strategic partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka to strengthen the state’s public health settings through indigenous and innovative health solutions. The partnership will facilitate identification, implementation and field integration of innovative health technologies in the state for augmenting infrastructure and healthcare delivery across primary to tertiary healthcare centres in urban and rural areas. The MoU which was recently signed between Karnataka Health Commissioner, Shri D. Randeep, IAS, Commissionerate of Health and Family Welfare Services and Director-CEO of C-CAMP, Dr Taslimarif Saiyed has been formally announced today in the presence of Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Karnataka, Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Hon’ble Health Minister Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao, who visited the C-CAMP innovation ecosystem today to take forward the formalization of this partnership, said “Improved diagnostics and screening at the last-mile will be key for prevention of disease and early detection. We are prioritizing these two areas as a means to boost health outcomes, especially in aspirational districts, while also nurturing high-quality home grown technologies. This MoU will be an immediate step in this direction.”

C-CAMP has over the years supported close to 300 deep tech innovations in healthcare with focus in areas such as maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, diagnostics, digital health and so on. It has close collaborations with Government of Karnataka, specifically the Department of IT, BT which aim to nurture innovation development by early stage startups. In this partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the focus will shift to implementation of these market-ready and relevant health technologies.

Dr Taslimarif Saiyed, said, “We are looking forward keenly to joining hands with the Department of Health in taking science from bench to bedside. Public health system still serves 30% of the population in India. It is critical to improve healthcare delivery for this huge section of society. We are here to create impact, change healthcare outcomes and save lives.”

Shri D Randeep, IAS, Commissioner, Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka said, “The Health department is keen on innovation partnership with C-CAMP. This will enable to introduce indigenous and contextual health solutions for the State. The aim is to strengthen health outreach programmes and further the doorstep healthcare initiatives with innovative field use technologies, utilising improved screening, diagnostics and other health interventions, at scale”.

Dr Naveen Bhat, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM) Karnataka, said, “The state-of-the-art medical devices and innovations from C-CAMP can be integrated across various health departments for better public health delivery. This partnership will be helpful to address the unmet needs in the field in Karnataka and give the technology boost to the health sector. "

By this agreement, C-CAMP will work in close co-ordination with the National Health Mission, Karnataka and Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services to identify the critical gaps in the state’s public healthcare settings. The initiatives will range from pilot programmes to deployment at scale of indigenously developed innovative solutions.  The partnership is envisioned to help Karnataka achieve healthcare targets.

September 13, 2023