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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Guwahati, Assam

Among network of field stations under Integrated Disease Vector Control Project, Guwahati Field Unit (FU) was initially established in Sonapur, the Dimoria block of Kamrup district of Assam in 1986 for control of persistent transmission of malaria contributing most cases and deaths annually in the State. The main objectives were to field test newer interventions for containment of malaria transmission and subsequent transfer of technology to strengthen the national malaria control programme. It was in 2008 that this station was shifted to Guwahati city due to logistics requirements. Ever since inception of the station, number of technologies were evaluated such as (i) insecticide-treated mosquito nets/ long-lasting insecticidal nets for vector control (ii) monitoring therapeutic efficacy of antimalarial medicines for treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria (iii) evaluation of rapid test kits for diagnosis of malaria (iv) promoting environment management methods for control of mosquito breeding (v) capacity building exercises for strengthening state healthcare services. Taken together all these newer interventions were incorporated in healthcare services resulting in substantial disease transmission reduction and communities at stake today are more aware of the disease prevention and control. The future priorities include building cross-border initiative preventing entry and dissemination of multi-drug resistant malaria and monitoring insecticide resistance in disease mosquito vector species in northeast region of India.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. Kuldeep Singh, Scientist B & Officer In-Charge
  2. Sobhan Phookan, Assistant Research Scientist
  3. Archana Gupta, Lab Technician
  4. Prince Chetia, Lab Technician
  5. Pranjal Rahang, Technician C
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects (last 5 years)

  1. Behavioral Change in Anopheline vectors in Areas of Insecticidal Nets (ITNS/ LLINS) Use: A Possible Challenge to Malaria Elimination Programme in India.
  2. Malaria Evolution in South Asia - Epidemiology of drug resistance.
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications

  1. Mishra N, Bharti RS, Mallick P, Singh OP, Srivastava B, Rana R, Phookan S, Gupta HP, Ringwald P, Valecha N. Emerging polymorphisms in falciparum Kelch 13 gene in Northeastern region of India. Malaria journal. 2016 Dec;15(1):583.
  2. Mishra N, Srivastava B, Bharti RS, Rana R, Kaitholia K, Anvikar AR, Das MK, Ghosh SK, Bhatt RM, Tyagi PK, Dev V. Monitoring the efficacy of antimalarial medicines in India via sentinel sites: outcomes and risk factors for treatment failure. Journal of vector borne diseases. 2016 Jun 1;53(2):168.
  3. Dev V, Barman K, Khound K. A cross-sectional study assessing the residual bio-efficacy and durability of field-distributed long-lasting insecticidal nets in malaria endemic ethnic communities of Assam, Northeast India. Journal of infection and public health. 2016 May 1;9(3):298-307.
  4. Wangdi K, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, Banwell C, Dev V, Clements AC. Malaria elimination in India and regional implications. The Lancet infectious diseases. 2016 Oct 1;16(10):e214-24.
  5. Dev V, Adak T, Singh OP, Nanda N, Baidya BK. Malaria transmission in Tripura: Disease distribution & determinants. The Indian journal of medical research. 2015 Dec;142(Suppl 1):S12.
  6. Dutta P, Khan SA, Chetry S, Dev V, Sarmah CK, Mahanta J. First evidence of dengue virus infection in wild caught mosquitoes during an outbreak in Assam, Northeast India. Journal of vector borne diseases. 2015 Dec 1;52(4):293.
  7. Dev V, Sharma VP, Barman K. Mosquito-borne diseases in Assam, north-east India: current status and key challenges. WHO South-East Asia journal of public health. 2015;4(1):20-9.
  8. Sharma VP, Dev V, Phookan S. Neglected Plasmodium vivax malaria in northeastern States of India. The Indian journal of medical research. 2015 May;141(5):546.
  9. Sharma VP, Dev V. Biology & control of Anopheles culicifacies Giles 1901. The Indian journal of medical research. 2015 May;141(5):525.
  10. Mishra N, Prajapati SK, Kaitholia K, Bharti RS, Srivastava B, Phookan S, Anvikar AR, Dev V, Sonal GS, Dhariwal AC, White NJ. Surveillance of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum in India using the kelch13 molecular marker. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. 2015 May 1;59(5):2548-53.
  11. Kushwah RB, Mallick PK, Ravikumar H, Dev V, Kapoor N, Adak T, Singh OP. Status of DDT and pyrethroid resistance in Indian Aedes albopictus and absence of knockdown resistance (kdr) mutation. Journal of vector borne diseases. 2015;52(1):95-8.
  12. Dev V, Mahanta N, Baruah BK. Research Note Dengue, an emerging arboviral infection in Assam, northeast India. Tropical Biomedicine. 2015;32(4):796-9.

Address and Contact Details of Field Unit

ICMR- National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
2nd-3rd Floor, H.No.78, Jawahar Nagar Road, Near ESIC Hospital
Oppt. Bimla Bibah Bhawan Jayanagar, Dist: Kamrup (M)
Guwahati-781022, Assam, India
Phone: +91-361-2361213, +91- 8168597006,
Email: nimrguwahati[at]

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