The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation,
coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. The ICMR is funded
by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The Council's research
priorities coincide with the National health priorities such as control and management of communicable diseases, fertility control,
maternal and child health, control of nutritional disorders, developing alternative strategies for health care delivery, containment
within safety limits of environmental and occupational health problems; research on major non-communicable diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases,
blindness, diabetes and other metabolic and haematological disorders; mental health research and drug research (including traditional remedies).
The Council is alert to new diseases and new dimensions of existing diseases, as exemplified by the rapid organization of a network of Surveillance Centres for AIDS in different states of India in 1986.
All these efforts are undertaken with a view to reduce the total burden of disease and to promote health and well-being of the population.
The Integrated Behavioural and Biological Assessment (IBBA) was implemented by the premier institutes of the Indian Council of Medical Research mentioned below in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland