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ICMR-NIMR Field Unit: Rourkela, Odisha

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.

Research Staff

Research Staff

  1. K. Padhan, Research Scientist & Officer In-Charge
  2. A.K. Das, Technical Officer
  3. P. Pradhan, Health Educator
  4. D.M. Padhi, Health Educator
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Vulnerability assessment and adaptation measures towards potential impacts of climate change on malaria on hot spots of India.
  2. Evaluation of the clinical performance of the StandardTMQ Malaria/CRP Duo Test for the diagnosis of malaria and detection of C - reactive protein in finger prick blood of febrile patients.
  3. Safety and efficacy of 5- aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride (5-ALA-HCl) and Sodium Ferrous Citrate (SFC) in patients with uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria.
  4. Evaluation of safety and efficacy of Curcumin (Biocurcumax capsule) as an adjunct drug to standard therapy [(Artesunate) + (Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine) tablet] for treatment of uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria.
Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

Recent Research Publications (last 5 years)

  1. Escalante A, Ferreira MU, Vinetz JM, Volkman SK, Cui L, Gamboa D, Krogstad DJ, Barry AE, Carlton JM, Eijk AM, Padhan K, Mueller I, Greenhouse B, Pacheco MA, Vallejo AF, Herrera S and Felger I (2015). Malaria Molecular Epidemiology: Lessons from the International Centres of Excellence for Malaria Research Network. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 93 (Suppl 3): 79-86.
  2. Eijk AM, Ramanathapuram L, Sutton PL, Nandini P, Choubey S, Mohanty S, Asokan A, Ravishankaran S, Priya GS, Johnson JA, Velayutham S, Kanagaraj D, Patel A, Desai N, Tandel N, Sullivan SA, Wassmer SC, Singh R, Padhan K, Carlton JM, Srivasatava HC, Eapen A and Sharma SK (2016). The use of mosquito repellent at three sites in India with declining malaria transmission. Parasites & Vectors, 9: 418.
  3. Uplekar S, Rao PN, Ramanathapuram L, Awasthi V, Verma K, Sutton P, Ali SZ, Patel A, Priya GS, Ravishankaran S, Desai N, Tandel N, Choubey S, Barla P, Kanagaraj D, Eapen A, Padhan K, Singh R, Jain A, Felgner PL, Davies DH, Carlton JM and Das J (2017). Characterizing Antibody Responses to Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum Antigens in India Using Genome-Scale Protein Microarrays. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases DOI: 10.1371.
  4. Pradhan S, Pradhan MM, Dutta A, Shah NK, Joshi PL, Padhan K, Sharma SK. Daumerie PG, Banerji J, Duprac S, Mendis K, Murugasampillay S, Valecha N and Anvikar A (2019). Improved access to early diagnosis and complete treatment of malaria in Odisha, India. PLOS One: 14 (1).
  5. Eijk AM, Sutton PL, Ramanathapuram L, Sulivan SA, Kangaraj D, Priya GS, Ravishankaran S, Ashokan A, Sangeetha V, Rao PN, Wesmer SC, Tendel N, Patel A, Desai N, Choubey S, Ali SZ, Barla P, Oram R, Mohanty S, Mishra S, Kale S, Bandyopadhya N, Huck J, Valecha N, Singh OP, Padhan K, Singh R, Sharma SK, Srivastava HC, Carlton JM and Eapen A (2019). The Burden of sub-microscopic and asymptomatic malaria in India revealed from surveys and clinic studies. Scientific Report, Nature Research, 9:17095.

Contact details

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research Field Unit
Sector 5, Rourkela
Odisha - 769 002, India.
Phone: +91-661-2956014
Email: kpradhan4[at]

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