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  • The India Health Fund (IHF) was launched by Tata Trusts in collaboration with Global FundIndia Health Fund in August 2016 has come forward to financially support innovations and technologies designed to combat tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
  • The IHF or Indian Health Fund aims to support new products and strategies that  will impact the entire lifecycle of TB and malaria, from prevention to post-cure recovery.
  • It has recently invited project proposals. IHF is also going to promote innovative and new solutions such that they are widely accessible and are also affordable. Since TB and malaria poses a long-standing health challenges for India. The two diseases are known to account for over 4.23 lakh deaths and around 15 million lab-confirmed cases every year. So let us discuss some key facts about it.

Key Points: India Health Fund

  1. India Health Fund to boostresearch on TB, malaria, as the India Health Fund (IHF), an initiative by Tata Trusts, in collaboration with the Global Fund has come forward to financially support innovations and technologies designed to  fight against tuberculosis and malaria.
  2. TB and malaria pose long-standing health challenges for India.These two dreadful diseases  account for over 4.23 lakh deaths and around 15 million lab-confirmed cases every year.
  3. It is a long-term exercise aligned with country’s goal of eliminating TB by 2025 and malaria by 2030 and is going to promote innovative solutions which will be easily accessible and affordable.
  4. The quantum of funding might increase in the future depending on new partners joining the IHF initiative.
  5. The four areas of research are: Use of technology and data science ,Promote robust molecular diagnostic facilities feasible for primary healthcare, Promote innovations on effective communication strategies that will prevent transmission of malaria and TB and Research on innovative approaches.

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The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological SystemSystem (IAAMS) at INS Garuda, naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Southern Naval Command inaugurated the ‘Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS).INS Garuda is the fourth air station to have been installed with this integrated system.

About IAAMS

INS Garuda is the fourth air station to have been installed with this integrated system.Now let us move to key facts and important points about Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System.

The IAAMS project will modernize meteorological infrastructure of 9 NASs. Installation of the system at remaining 5 stations and is expected to be completed by March 2019, the project will give a major turn to aviation safety, through automation of weather monitoring process.

Key Points:Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System

  1. Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) is ambitious project of Indian Navy to modernise Meteorological infrastructure of 9 Naval Air Stations (NAS) and further it  is expected to bring accuracy in weather monitoring mechanism in the Indian Navy.
  2. IAAMS is equipped with state-of-the-art meteorological sensors viz., Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Ceilometer, Transmissometer and Automatic Weather Observation System.The Project Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) also undertakes automatic and continuous recording of relevant weather parameters which are important for accurate weather forecasting.
  3. IAAMS provide automatic dissemination of routine weather reports as per standards of World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to other air stations.It also got special alarm feature that alerts the duty staff during abnormal change of weather parameters that may affect safe flying operations.
  4. INS Garuda also has a number of naval aviation training schools: Observer School trains pilots and technical personnel in maritime reconnaissance, patrol, evacuation and search and rescue (SAR) missions , Aeronautical Training Institute (ATI) conducts training for officers and sailors in aircraft maintenance and School for Naval Oceanography and Meteorology (SNOM) .
  5. INS Garuda also has facilities for imparting training in air-borne anti-submarine operations affiliated with the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School.

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