3.11. Accomplishments in knowledge dissemination
The steadily growing knowledge in TB control brought
with it a type of pressure that urged the NTI to find newer paths to tread
than lecturing, teaching, training, conducting seminars and writing papers
because every path had its own objective oriented limitations. The NTI
had ambitious plans to reach out. One thing it did on priority was the
expansion of library facilities. By 1970, its annual budget was doubled
to one lakh rupees and its floor area more than doubled. In addition to
the regular services, the library started the following activities: current
awareness service, indexing service, selective dissemination of information,
compilation of mailing addresses, user education programmes and systematising
information to different levels for e.g., programme supervisors, state
TB demonstration and training centres, health institutions, academic institutions,
functioning health centres, allied teaching and research institutions.
The library and dissemination services rapidly became a cynosure for all
the trainees, visitors and distinguished TB workers. In fact, its services
contributed to the growth of the NTI by taking cues from contemporary
events elsewhere and helpful to inform others.
Old Library in 'Avalon' Building
New Library in 'Dr. PV Benjamin' block
A disease like TB cannot be tackled by a few, however
dedicated. The methodology discovered by NTI had to be widely disseminated.
Hence an idea of starting a new medium to inform others began to germinate
in 1963. Dr Nagpaul lost no time and brought out the maiden issue of the
NTI Newsletter in May 1964. In the editorial he wrote the following memorable
"Placing the first issue of the NTI Newsletter in
your hands has given a sense of achievement. Hereafter our energies will
be directed towards making the Newsletter a worthy instrument of communication
between the Institute and the growing circle of our well wishers and alumni.
Through the Newsletter, the Institute becomes an open letter to you to
comment upon, suggest, inform or criticise."
Facsimile of NTI Newsletter Maiden issue
The newly founded Newsletter was designed for administrators,
research workers, policy makers, NGOs besides programme workers. Its users
would be both medical and para medical personnel. It would not become
too technical and highbrow. It would be a quarterly. Besides publishing
what NTI wanted to report about programme information, it would contain
popular articles, abstracts, select bibliographies, news about the NTI,
readers forum, question and answers. It would also contain messages. A
*Dr Cheera Chamnanvanakit
Khon Kaen Chest Clinic
I am grateful to receive the NTI Newsletter as
an alumnus and am especially happy to read the editorials. Having
gone through the article, Results of chemotherapy under programme
conditions, I now feel that implementation of the TB programme
needs to attend to many factors in order to reach the expected efficacy
of chemotherapeutic drugs. How can this be done, when perhaps the
greatest barrier is fear on the part of the medical professionalists
themselves? They are afraid of TB patients, of examining sputa etc.,
on account of infection. How can our programme go forward?
I am the editor of our Regional TB Newsletter.
My main purpose is to sell new ideas, change old concepts and motivate
the workers in the TB field for greater efforts. I feel that to
influence the behavioural pattern of our doctors, including professors
in medical colleges, one must decide conclusively on the endogenous
exacerbation or exogenous superinfection controversy, to allay their
fears of infection.
Dr. Sushila Nayar
Union Health Minister 1964 & Founder Director, MGIMS, Wardha,
Set against odds, it broke new ground and traversed different
paths. Therefore, its reputation spread far and wide. Especially, TB workers
of long standing repute came from all over the world. A sample
Dr MD Deshmukh, Dr PK Sen, Dr BK Sikand, Dr J Frimodt Moller, Dr K Toman,
Dr J Guld, Ms Leela Dushkin, Dr Gallagher, Dr SP Gupta, Mr A Billington,
Dr Caroll E Palmer, Dr Shirlee H Ferebee, Dr Susheela Nayar, Dr KN Rao,
Dr GM Berg, Dr Egger, Mr Garden Carter, Dr JB Srivastava, Dr SP Tripathy,
Dr Stefan Grzybowski, Dr Karel Styblo, Dr F Polansky, Dr Johns Holm, Dr
KL Hitze, Dr Olakowski, Dr Wallace Fox.