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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Raipur, Chhattisgarh

ICMR-NIMR Field Unit (FU) Raipur is situated at one of the highly malaria-endemic states of India, Chhattisgarh. The FU was inaugurated on April 2, 2006, by Dr. K. Bandhi, Hon’ble Minister for H&FW, Government of Chhattisgarh in the presence of Prof. N.K. Ganguly, DG ICMR; Prof. A.P. Dash, Director NIMR, Director Health Services, Govt. of CG & other dignitaries. Since inception, FU is involved in various research and scientific activities for malaria control in Chhattisgarh.

ICMR-NIMR has carried out malaria vector bionomics and epidemiological studies in Chhattisgarh. Plasmodium falciparum is the predominant parasite for malaria in the area. An. Culicifacies is the main vector for malaria transmission in the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh. ICMR-NIMR has carried out the insecticide resistance study in all the 27 districts of Chhattisgarh. FU executes the field evaluation of LLINs, larvicidals, therapeutic efficacy of antimalarials in Chhattisgarh. FU has also done the evaluation of malaria diagnostic methods, Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and rapid diagnostic kits (RDT) at Chhattisgarh.

The FU works in close association with NVBDCP Chhattisgarh. All the research activities of the field unit 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 programme in various aspects. The FU also provides training to Lab Technicians and District VBD consultants from the state health department. The FU also provides orientation training to medical students from different medical colleges. The FU also carries out the situation analysis and outbreak investigation for malaria in the state, as per requirement. The research activities are executed in close collaboration and with the coordination of Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Chhattisgarh, India.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. R. Ranjha, Scientist B & Officer In-Charge
  2. Neeraj Trivedi, Technician
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. A longitudinal study on the fabric integrity, survivorship and compliance (use rate) of field distributed long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control in Chhattisgarh state
  2. Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Mitanin’s with respect to Malaria control in Chhattisgarh.
  3. Monitoring the Efficacy of ACT for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in India.
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

  1. Ranjha R. A Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Survey and Entomological Situation Analysis in Malaria Endemic Tribal Villages of Surajpur District, Chhattisgarh, India. Journal of Communicable Diseases. Volume 51, Issue 1 - 2019, Pg. No. 1-5
  2. Ranjha, R., Dutta, G.D.P. & Gitte, S.V. School-age Children as Asymptomatic Malaria Reservoir in Tribal Villages of Bastar Region, Chhattisgarh. Indian Pediatr (2019) 56: 873.
  3. Chourasia MK, Rahavendra K, Bhatt RM, Swain DK, Valecha N and Kleinschmidt I. Burden of asymptomatic malaria among a tribal population in forested village of Central India: a hidden challenge for malaria control in India. Public Health 147 (2017) 92-97.
  4. Chourasia MK, Rahavendra K, Kleinschmidt I, Bhatt RM Swain DK, Knox TB et al. Impact of long-lasting insecticidal nets on prevalence of subclinical malaria in children in the presence of pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles culicifacies in Central India. International J. Infectious diseases. 57 (2017) 123-129.
  5. Chourasia MK, Raghavendra K, Bhatt RM, Swain DK, Dutta GDP, and Kleinschmidt I. Involvement of Mitanins (Female Health Volunteers) in active malaria surveillance, determinants and challenges in tribal populated malaria endemic villages of Chhattisgarh, India. BMC Public Health (2017). 18:9
  6. Chourasia MK, Raghavendra K , Bhatt RM, Swain DK, Meshram HM, Jayant K et al. Additional burden of asymptomatic and sub patent malaria infections during low transmission season in forested tribal villages in Chhattisgarh, India. Malar.J. (2017). 16:320
  7. Raghavendra K, Chourasia MK, , Bhatt RM, Swain DK, Sreehari U, Dutta GDP et al Monitoring of Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) coverage vs. utilization and its determinants for use: a community-based survey in malaria endemic villages of Central India. Malaria Journal (2017).16:467
  8. Kleinschmidt I, Mnzava AP, Kafy HT, Mbogo C, Bashir AI, Bigoga J et al Design of a study to determine the impact of insecticide resistance on malaria vector control: a multi country investigation. Malaria Journal 2015, 14:282 DOI 10.1186/s12936-015-0782-4
  9. Dykes CL, Kushwah RS, Das MK, Sharma SN, Bhatt RM, Veer V et al Knockdown resistance (kdr) mutations in Indian Anopheles culicifacies populations. Parasites & Vectors 2015, 8:333.

Contact details

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
RLTRI Campus, Lalpur
Raipur 492015, Chhattisgarh, India.
Phone: +91-771-2411281
Email: dr.ranjha01[at]

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