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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh ranked sixth highly malarious state in India. The state accounted for 6% of the country population and 15% of the country’s tribal population and also contributed about 5% of malaria cases in the country. Anopheles culicifacies is the primary vector of malaria in the state. People living in tribal-dominated hilly forested areas are highly vulnerable to malarial infections due to geo-climatic factors and poor access to health facilities. The Field Unit (FU) was opened in 1986 at Jabalpur with aim to understand the transmission dynamics of malaria and to develop eco-friendly, cost effective and sustainable model to control malaria in the state particularly hilly, inaccessible tribal dominated areas of the state. Since its inception, the FU has carried out number of studies including bio-environmental control of malaria in district Mandla which was adopted in the state programme. Reported resistance in P. falciparum against Chloroquine in central India which was further considered by the programme in drug policy formulation. Evaluated several malaria rapid diagnostic test kits (RDTs) and advocated for the use of bivalent RDTs for on spot diagnosis of malaria particularly hard to reach areas. Malaria control by intensive surveillance and mass blood screening in district Balaghat was carried out. Based on the insecticide susceptibility test studies and reported resistance in malaria vectors against DDT and Malathion, it has been recommended the use of synthetic pyrethroids for vector control. Also provided technical support and capacity building to the state programme by imparting training programme to medical officers, malaria inspectors, technical supervisors, laboratory technicians and students. Carried out situation analysis and outbreak investigations of malaria, dengue and chikungunya and socio-behavioural studies of the tribals. Evaluated efficacy and durability of various Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets in malaria endemic areas of the state. Studies have been conducted to estimate the burden of malaria during pregnancy in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkand states. A successful malaria control intervention programme was carried out in highly malarious districts Betul, Balaghat and Mandla using intensified surveillance, mass screening, indoor residual spray with synthetic pyrethroids, and community mobilisation.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. S. K. Chand, Research Scientist & Officer In-Charge
  2. Ajay Saxena, Assistant Research Scientist
  3. Arvind Jaiswal, Assistant Research Scientist
  4. M. P. Singh, Senior Technical Officer
  5. M. T. Khan, Health Educator
  6. Kiran Awasthi, Lab Technician
  7. V. S. Yadav, Technician
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Assessing the hidden burden of asymptomatic malaria in tribal area of Madhya Pradesh
  2. Treatment seeking behaviour for febrile illness and associated dependent factors in different tribal groups of Madhya Pradesh
  3. Sensitization of Unqualified Medical Practitioners (UMPs) in district Shahdol, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Betul and Sheopur (PVGT area) of Madhya Pradesh
  4. Improvement of health delivery system and utilisation among Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) of Madhya Pradesh by strengthening and capacity building of community level frontline health workers like ASHAs.
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

  1. Mrigendra Pal Singh , Sunil Kumar Chand, Kalyan Brata Saha, Neetiraj Singh, Ramesh C. Dhiman and Lora L. Sabin. Unlicensed medical practitioners in tribal dominated rural areas of central India: bottleneck in malaria elimination. Malaria Journal (2020) 19:18
  2. Mrigenedra P. Singh, Sunil K. Chand, Arvind Jaiswal and Ramesh C. Dhiman (2018). Trends of dengue fever in Madhya Pradesh, India. WHO Dengue Bulletin
  3. Kalyan B. Saha, Priyamadhaba Behera, Hrishikesh Munshi, Bal K. Tiwari, Shiv K. Singh, Uma C. Saha and Mrigendra P. Singh. What affects utilization of malaria control services? A qualitative approach to understanding community perception in highly malarious Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India. J Biosoc Sci. 2018: 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S002193201800038X.
  4. Mrigendra Pal Singh, Kalyan Brata Saha, Sunil Kumar Chand, Lora L. Sabin. The economic cost of malaria at the household level in high and low transmission areas of central India. Acta Tropica 190 (2019) 344–349.
  5. Sabin L, Hecht EMS, Brooks MI, Singh MP, Yeboah-Antwi K, Rizal A, Wylie BJ, Bondzie PA, Banos M, Tuchman J, Singh N, Hamer DH. Prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy: what do pregnant women and health care workers in East India know and do about it? Malar J. 2018 May 18;17(1):207. doi: 10.1186/s12936-018-2339-9.
  6. Singh MP, Chand SK, Jaiswal A, Savargaonkar D, Anvikar AR. Diagnostic ability of community health worker for malaria diagnosis in field using different variant of bivalent malaria rapid diagnostic test kits. J Vector Borne Dis. 2018; 2:
  7. Hari Shankar, Neeta Kumar, Rajat Sandhir, Sanjay Pandey, Saurabh Singh, Priyanka Verma, M. P. Singh, Tulsi Adhikari, Suneeta Mittal, D. N. Rao. Differential Iron Status and Trafficking in Blood and Placenta of Anemic and Non-anemic Primigravida Supplemented with Daily and Weekly Iron Folic Acid Tablets. Ind J Clin Biochem (2018); 1-11.
  8. Singh MP, Saha KB, Chand SK, Anvikar A. Factors associated with treatment seeking for malaria in Madhya Pradesh, India. Trop Med Int Health. 2017 Nov;22(11):1377-1384. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12973. Epub 2017 Sep 28. PubMed PMID: 28891591.
  9. Bharti PK, Shukla MM, Ringwald P, Krishna S, Singh PP, Yadav A, Mishra S, Gahlot U, Malaiya JP, Kumar A, Prasad S, Baghel P, Singh M, Vadadi J, Singh MP, Bustos MD, Ortega LI, Christophel EM, Kashyotia SS, Sonal GS, Singh N. Therapeutic efficacy of artemether-lumefantrine for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria from three highly malarious states in India. Malar J. 2016 Oct 13;15(1):498. PubMed PMID: 27737665; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5064902.
  10. Singh N, Mishra AK, Chand SK, Bharti PK, Singh MP, Nanda N, Singh OP, Sodagiri K, Udhyakumar V. Relative Abundance and Plasmodium Infection Rates of Malaria Vectors in and around Jabalpur, a Malaria Endemic Region in Madhya Pradesh State, Central India. PLoS One. 2015 May 13;10(5):e0126932. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126932. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25970291; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4430516.
  11. Singh N, Bharti PK, Singh MP, Singh R, Yeboah-Antwi K, Desai M, Udhayakumar V, Muniyandi M, Hamer DH, Wylie BJ. What is the burden of submicroscopic malaria in pregnancy in central India? Pathog Glob Health. 2015 Feb;109(1):30-8. doi: 10.1179/2047773215Y.0000000002. Epub 2015 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 25627878; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4445293.
  12. Sharma RK, Singh MP, Saha KB, Bharti PK, Jain V, Singh PP, Silawat N, Patel R, Hussain M, Chand SK, Pandey A, Singh N. Socio-economic & household risk factors of malaria in tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh, central India. Indian J Med Res. 2015 May;141(5):567-75. PubMed PMID: 26139773; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4510754.
  13. Krishna S, Bharti PK, Chandel HS, Ahmad A, Kumar R, Singh PP, Singh MP, Singh N. Detection of Mixed Infections with Plasmodium spp. by PCR, India, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Oct;21(10):1853-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2110.150678. PubMed PMID: 26401635; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4593445.
  14. Chaturvedi N, Bhandari S, Bharti PK, Basak SK, Singh MP, Singh N. Sympatric distribution of Plasmodium ovale curtisi and P. ovale wallikeri in India: implication for the diagnosis of malaria and its control. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2015 May;109(5):352-4. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trv015. Epub 2015 Feb 25. PubMed PMID: 25716936.

Contact details

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
Nagpur Road, Garha
Jabalpur 482003.Madhya Pradesh, India.
Phone: +91-761-2678717, 2672900
Email: sk_mrc2001[at]

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