- K. Padhan, Research Scientist & Officer In-Charge
- A.K. Das, Technical Officer
- P. Pradhan, Health Educator
- D.M. Padhi, Health Educator
The Field Unit (FU) Rourkela in Sundargarh district (Odisha) was established in 1988 with the objectives to: a) Conduct applied field research on malaria; b) Develop and demonstrate appropriate disease vector control methods; c) Study socio-economic aspects of malaria with particular reference to sustainability of interventions and d) to develop and facilitate transfer of technology to users.
Rourkela is an industrial city of Sundargarh district in Orissa state and is located in the Garhjat hills of eastern plateau at 22.120N and 84.540E, at an altitude of 219 m above sea level.
Odisha contributed 11.8% of total malaria cases and 23% of total P. falciparum cases of the country during 2019 although it constituted only 4% of the total population of India. P. falciparum is the major cause of malaria and accounts for 90% of malaria cases in the state. Tribal areas of the state such as Sundargarh district are the most affected regions of the state where malaria exists in meso- to hyper endemic form. Malaria is one of the major health problems in this region and is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality.
ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
Sector 5, Rourkela
Odisha - 769 002, India.