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Vikas Inamdar is a medical professional with more than 30 years of progressive experience, as programme leader, manager, innovator and clinician with expertise in TB, HIV/TB co-infection and clinical care of MDR-TB, at the city, national and international levels. At KHPT, he is the Senior Medical Specialist with the THALI project.
In the past, as a WHO TB Team Expert (1999-2006), Dr Inamdar developed innovative models of public-private partnerships in TB control with Pune city’s TB programme and integrated operations research with public health practice. During 2007-11, as TB-HIV consultant located at KSAPS under the USAID/Samastha project, he developed a model for service linkage between RNTCP and NACP in Karnataka that was adopted at the national level for HIV-TB collaborative activities. He also successfully integrated TB control with Community Care Centres and drop in centres run by the NGO sector.
Since 2011, he has served as the TB & HIV Clinical Care Specialist at the Ministry of Health, Division of Global Fund in Timor Leste, especially for MDR-TB. He provides clinical management and hands-on training to local health care providers on how to identify, document and manage MDR-TB and Average Drug Reactions, introduced pharma-co vigilance, created TB drug forecasting systems and leveraged country requirements from UNIT AID and others. He facilitated introduction of GeneXpert and its integration into diagnostic algorithm, and ensured alignment of country guidelines to the WHO recommendations. As a result, there are ‘zero’ deaths reported among MDR patients in the country, since 2012.
Dr Inamdar completed his medical graduation, a Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases and a Fellowship in HIV Medicine from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. He has also completed courses in Biostatistics from the National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, Diploma in Information Technology conducted by C-DAC, University of Pune, RNTCP Training at National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore and TB Programme Management Course by IUATLD at Montreal in 2002.
He was felicitated as the ‘Best Districts TB Officer’ in RNTCP by Maharashtra State Health Minister in 2005, and featured in a USAID ‘Success story’.