Up Coming Programs

Ongoing Programs


Saantwanam is a concept rooted in the philosophy of taking health screening to the people. Adequately trained and competent lady health personnel will reach out to every home in the villages and towns of Kerala and take the message of health to them. Individuals will be screened for the presence of dominant risk factors and diseases. Those who are already suffering from these conditions and are under treatment can be monitored regularly to assess the progress of treatment. The services can be provided at an affordable cost. Early detection and regular screening will enable people to save More..


PURE is a multinational, multicentred study guided and coordinated by McMaster University, Canada. The baseline study of this project was from March 2003 till 2007 and recruited 5650 subjects from fifteen locations in Thiruvananthapuram district both rural and urban. The study population comprises people between age group of 35-70 years. The first three year follow up of this study was completed and the second round follow up is going. More..


PURE MIND is the sub study of PURE study. It is linked with PURE study; all the five centers in India involved in PURE study will be conducting the PURE MIND study. Aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and risk factors of covert stroke. 

Objectives of the Study-To determine the prevalence of covert cerebral ischemia in community-dwelling people in urban and rural settings in India, to determine the association between individual, societal and environmental factors and covert cerebral ischemia and to determine the association between covert cerebra More..

LSG & Public Health

Decentralized governance in Kerala has been unique as is evident from the conception and implementation of the entire process since its inception in 1994 and further developments since 1996. Decentralization of governance in Kerala was primarily a developmental approach focusing on a political movement and public action in the state for achieving economic development and social justice through democratic means. The political and administrative processes and reforms have markedly influenced all development sectors including Public Health. Kerala state had remar More..

Elderly Program

Elderly Program training in progress More..

Completed Programs


Objective of the Study:To estimate health risks from air pollution by measuring pollution levels in homes and personal breathing space of male and female participants .
Study Methods:The study was conducted in Ottoor panchayat in Varkala.
100 households and 40 individuals from both centres were recruited to achieve a sample size of 280

The project titled NIHR Global health group on Dementia prevention and enhanced care(DePEC), Newcastle University was undertaken by HAP.The study aimed to reduce the personal and social burden of dementia by developing:
  1. Approaches to reduce future numbers getting dementia  and 
  2. More efficient post-diagnostic care.
By 2030,there will be ~75 million people with dementia. In the absence of a cure, global policy is increasingly aimed  at :
  • Public health approaches to reduce the future numbers developing dementia an More..


Evaluation of guideline based management, implementation status and challenges in the implementation of SWAAS (Step wise approach to airway syndromes programme in Family Health Centers) - a comparison with the existing care for COPD and Asthma in Primary Health Centers was conducted to compare the treatment plan and characteristics of patients with obstructive airway diseases in a Family Health Centre (FHC) to those in a primary health centre (PHC) which is not a family health center in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The study also  assessed  the implementation status More..


Problem Solving for Better Health ( PSBH)
Since 1993, Health Action by People has been associating itself with 71 medical colleges in India on an exciting health problem solving experiment with undergraduate medical students. The project titled Problem Solving for Better Health is international in character and exists in 30 countries. The Indian Programme is unique in focusing attention on medical students generally under the leadership of the Department of Community Medicine. The programme imparts problem solving skills in community health to More..


Non Communicable Disease Prevention and Training Unit ( NPTU)
India is moving its focus from control of communicable disease now to addressing the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The state of Kerala, with great achievements in healthcare, is now facing a rising burden of non-communicable diseases. The state is making attempts to tackle this growing problem. Health Action by People has made significant contributions in the past to highlight the fact that we need to address non-communicable diseases and provided rich i More..


Population Registry of Life Style Diseases (PROLIFE)
This study was an elaborate study undertaken by HAP andit was sponsored by the Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development (KRPLLD) of the Centre for Develoment Studies, Trivandrum in 2001.  For this study HAP had adopted a large rural community with a population of 161,942 belonging to 7 Panchayats in a Community Development Block in Varkala.   The registry gathered information on births, deaths, major diseases, hospitalization and other significant health related ev More..

Health inequity among tribal population

This is a one year research projected funded by International Development Research Centre ( IDRC), Canada through Achutha Menon Center for Health Science Studies ( AMCHSS), Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala has been in the forefront of development with remarkable efforts in framing policies on health, education and employment. However significant gaps can be observed in the utilization of the delivery systems and reasons are manifold and can vary according to the socio-economic, cultural and educational contexts to which the population belongs. One of the glaring inequities in the prese More..

Case Management Quality of NCDs

This project is funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
With changes in the demographic and epidemiological structure, Kerala has become more similar to developed nations in terms of population aging and disease profile. This has meant an increase in the prevalence of non communicable diseases in the state. Very few studies have been conducted to assess the prescription pattern of non- communicable diseases, especially diabetes and hypertension. The major objective this study is to assess the quality and pattern of diabetes and hypertension prescription in the state More..

Alcohol study

This study was commissioned by the Govt. of Kerala in light of growing concerns about excessive consumption about alcohol in the state. The study was aimed at providing an overview of the nature and pattern of alcohol use to understand the pathways of harmful use, the extent of harm associated with families and the community. It was concluded by exploring policy options and their feasibility for the reduction of harmful use of alcohol in the local context. It was carried out extensively across over 3000 households in three districts of the state- Kasargod, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram.The s More..

Prescription pattern of Anti-TB drugs by private practitioners

An operational research study funded under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme and State Health & Family Welfare Society-TB, Kerala (State H & FW -TB Society).



The WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control postulates demand and supply reduction strategies for comprehensive tobacco control. As mentioned earlier, it shall not be wrong to say that Kerala can rightfully claim a tick for demand reduction strategies. However, we are yet to begin effective measures relating to reducing the supply of tobacco. Restriction of sales to and by minors is critical, especially as Kerala's Health Policy 2018 has highlighted the increasing tobacco use among youngsters in
the state. All these factors gave the impetus for the study to assess the sale More..