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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Nadiad, Gujarat

The ICMR-NIMR Field Unit (FU) was established in Nadiad, district Kheda in March 1983 to demonstrate the feasibility of bioenvironmental control of malaria. Kheda district was selected because of prevailing epidemic situation and other operational as well as technical constraints faced by the programme. The project was launched in 7 villages of Nadiad taluka with the objective to demonstrate malaria control using bio-environmental methods without the use of insecticides and to develop a cost-effective model which could be adopted in other parts of the country. The main components of the strategy comprised of reduction of mosquito breeding sources, biological control using mosquito larvivorous fishes and other agents, community health education, community participation, improved case detection and treatment, environmental improvement and inter-sectoral coordination. The study area was gradually extended to cover the entire Nadiad and Kapadwanj talukas covering 7 lakh population by the year 1987. On the basis of the success of the Kheda project, the strategy was further tested through 12 more FU located in different eco-epidemiological zones in different parts of the country through mission mode. In order to disseminate the experience gained in the Kheda project, several transfer of technology workshops and training programmes for different category of health personnel viz., district malaria officers, PHC medical officers, different functionaries of the state health department, municipal corporations etc. were also organized.

All the research findings of the FU are intended to strengthen the intervention operations of the local health authorities by providing necessary scientific inputs. The FU also provides technical support to the state/national programme by imparting training programme to graduate and post graduate medical students of state medical colleges. Capacity building of state health person in term of both training 1. Medical entomology training to District/ Taluka Health Supervisors. 2. Malaria Microscopy training to Laboratory technician of all the districts of Gujarat. The research activities are carried out in close coordination with the Additional director (Health), Joint Director, NVBDCP, Gandhinagar, Chief district health officer, District Malaria officer and Municipal Corporation.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. Rajendra Ku. Baharia, Scientist B & Officer In-Charge
  2. Pratiksha Desai, Senior, Technical Officer
  3. V.D. Parmar, Technician
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Epidemiology of malaria in pregnant women and assessment of prevention and treatment strategies in Gujarat.
  2. Economic loss associated with dengue and chikungunya in rural and urban setting of central Gujarat.
  3. Assessment of the coverage, Use rate and Physical integrity of Long Lasting Insecticide Net after scaling up of their distribution in Gujarat, India.
  4. Malaria associated with Canal irrigated (SardarSarovar) in Surendranagar District, Gujarat.
  5. Monitoring the Efficacy of ACT for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in India.
  6. Phase III evaluation of three formulations of Natular (20.6% EC, 2.5% G30 and 48% DT) against immature of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles stephensi and two formulations (20.6% EC, 2.5% G30) against Culex quinquefasciatus in three eco- epidemiological settings in India.
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

  1. Van Eijk AM, et al. The burden of sub microscopic and asymptomatic malaria in India revealed from epidemiology studies at three varied transmission sites in India. Sci Rep 2019. PMID 31745160 Free PMC article.
  2. Khan V, et al. Entomological indicators during transmission season of dengue in Silvassa (India). J Parasit Dis 2015. PMID 26064033 Free PMC article.
  3. Eijk AM, et al. What is the value of reactive case detection in malaria control? A case-study in India and a systematic review. Malar J 2016 - Review.. PMID 26852118 Free PMC article.
  4. Joshi AP, Angel A, Angel B, et al. In-silico Designing and Testing of Primers for Sanger Genome Sequencing of Dengue Virus Types of Asian Origin. J Genomics. 2018;6:34–40. Published 2018 Apr 10. doi:10.7150/jgen.22460
  5. William J. Moss, et al. Malaria Epidemiology and Control within the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 93(Suppl 3), 2015, pp 5-15.
  6. Haq S, and Srivastava HC. Efficacy of Aphanius dispar (Rüppell) an indigenous larvivorous fish for vector control in domestic tanks under the Sardar Sarovar Narmada project command area in District Kheda, Gujarat. J Vector Borne Dis 50, June 2013, pp. 137–140
  7. Srivastava RK, Haq S, Srivastava HC, Sharma VP. Review of the bioenvironmental methods for malaria control with special reference to the use of larvivorous fishes and composite fish culture in central Gujarat, India. J Vector Borne Dis 50, March 2013: 1–12
  8. Khan V, Zala DB, Srivastava HC. Entomological indicators during transmission season of dengue in Silvassa (India). J Parasit Dis.,5 July 2013 DOI 10.1007/s12639-013-0343-0 online

Contact details

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
Civil Hospital, Nadiad
Gujarat- 387001, India.
Phone: +91-268-252-1808
Email: nimr.nadiad[at]

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