Malaria is life threatening disease caused by the plasmodium parasites. There are five species of the parasite, out of which 2 – P. falciparum and P. vivax pose the greatest threat. The disease is characterised by appearance of symptoms 10-15 days after the bite of the infected female anopheles mosquito. The symptoms start as fever, headache and chills. These might be mild and easily missed. In people with severe malaria, if untreated, these symptoms may progress rapidly to develop cerebral malaria, respiratory distress, multi organ failure and even death. According to the World Malaria Report 2017, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, an increase from 211 million cases in 2015. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 445 000 in 2016, a similar number to the previous year. The globally recognised strategy to fight malaria consists of prompt diagnosis and treatment, vector control using Indoor Residual Spray and use of long lasting insecticidal treated bed nets (LLIN). A sensitive and robust surveillance system enables us to catch the early infections and index cases that are crucial towards disease progress in the community. Rational use of anti-malarial drugs and parallel efforts towards capacity building and behaviour change of the community plays a key role towards malaria elimination.
Malaria Elimination Demonstration Project (MEDP) is a first-of-its-kind Public-Private-Partnership between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP), and the Foundation for Disease Elimination and Control of India (FDEC-India), which is established by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. as a not-for-profit entity. The unique feature is the focus on public-private partnership where all partners share resources and responsibilities that contribute towards the success of the project. The support we receive from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) and the inter-sectorial participation of local panchayats, civil society and other departments of the government contribute towards the accomplishment of goals of the project. The suc...Read More
Three party agreement partners - Government of Madhya Pradesh and Indian Council for Medical Research and FDEC India.
The project has constituted a group of remarkable individuals who advise us on scientific, public health and operational issues of the project. The group meets once a year to review the progress of the project. Each year, along with members of the group, several observers from organisations working in similar interests are also invited to the meeting as special invitees.View Members
Dr. Altaf Lal
Acting Project Director
Dr. Lal is Senior Advisor for Global Health and Innovation, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited, India. He serves on the board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board (RBM), Asia Pacific Leader’s Malaria Alliance (APLMA), and Foundation for Disease Elimination and Control of India (FDEC-India). He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Sun Pharma Healthcare Society. He is also the Acting Director of the Malaria Elimination Demonstration Project. He has served as the Director of US FDA India Office; Technical Director, Decade of Vaccines Collaboration; Chief Executive Officer, Hilleman Laboratories; U.S. Health Attaché and Regional Representative for South Asia at the U.S. Embassy in India, and Chief Malaria Vaccine Section at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA. He has over three decades of experience in infectious disease research, vaccines and immunization, biotechnology, global health, product safety, and policy matters. Dr. Lal has worked towards building bilateral and multilateral partnerships, which has led to significant growth and collaborations at academic, institutional, industry and government levels. He is recipient of the Life Time Achievement award and Gugnani Oration Medal from the Indian Society of Malaria and other Communicable Disease and India Association of Epidemiologists, Public Health Ambassador Award from the National Centers for Disease Control, and HIV/AIDS Ambassador Award from the Central University of Hyderabad, FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation Award, Unit Citation Award, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Oceanic Service, James H. Nakano Citation, National Center for Infectious Disease (NICD), CDC & Outstanding Scientific Contribution to Public Health Award. In his illustrious career, Dr. Lal has published over 220 papers.Read More
Dr. Harsh Rajvanshi
Dr. Rajvanshi is a trained clinician with a Masters in Public Health specializing in epidemiology (top of the class) from the Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal University. He is currently serving as Head of Operations, Chief Epidemiologist and M&E Officer for the project. Based at Mandla, he is responsible for all operational and technical activities of the project along with supervision of all epidemiologic and data collection aspects of MEDP. He coordinates with the State of Madhya Pradesh, Indian Council for Medical Research – National Institute for Research in Tribal Health and National Institute of Epidemiology on behalf of FDEC-India. He is also responsible for briefings to the District Collector, Chief Medical and Health Officer, District Malaria Officer, DG ICMR, and Director NVBDCP. Dr. Rajvanshi has authored more than 15 papers in peer reviewed journals and is also the Co-Founder and Editorial Chief of International Dental Journal of Students' Research and Journal of Public Health & Allied Sciences. He has presented more than 50 research papers and ideas in conferences and events.He is also the recipient of the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Senior Student award, Famdent Outstanding Student of the Year award, Best Outgoing Student award (from his alma mater), Top 14 Student Clinicians of India by ADA/Dentsply amongst several others.Read More
Mr. Nisar comes with more than 12 years of public health experience, of which nine years have been in the field of malaria program implementation. He has worked extensively in the highest endemic regions of Madhya Pradesh and has a deep understanding of government health programs. At MEDP, he is the head of field operations with a staff of 25 Malaria Field Coordinators directly reporting to him. He leads selection, training, supervision and implementation of the operational plan at ground-level. He works with the state to help them in monitoring and implementation of vector control measures such as Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) and Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Bed Nets (LLINs). He also has deep understanding of field staff dynamics, challenges faced in ground level implementation of public health programs and training/assessment of ground level health staff. He was also the principal investigator for all malarial-related deaths in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.Read More
Mr. Jain is a post graduate in Social Work (MSW) from Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal University, Manipal. He is currently working with the Foundation for Disease Elimination and Control of India as an Officer-Administration for Malaria Elimination Demonstration Project. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He has two years of hands-on experience as an Accounting Manager with a strong record of noteworthy attainments in increasingly more responsible management position during his short career in ICAP Enterprise, which is a 3 star certified tally partner.Read More
Accounts and Supply Chain Officer
Mr. Sahu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He has 7 years of experience in various fields like Customer service, Collection, Finance & Accounts, Accounts Payable, Back office operation and office administration. He oversees the entire financial accounting, budgeting and supply chain management of drugs, diagnostics and logistics in the project. He is a LEAN certified professional along with proficiency in AS 400, Oracle, SAP, Gencollect, Storeman, CM Pro and HR Pro. He has been awarded with several excellence awards in performance, handling major accounting transitions, process developing etc. during his tenures at NCML (National Collateral Management Services Ltd.) and Genpact.Read More
Mr. Telasey has Bachelors in Information Technology and he is also an Oracle Certified Professional Java SE6 Programmer. He has experience in handling epidemiological big data sets and has worked at Indian Council for Medical Research – National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (ICMR NIRTH). He is working as the IT officer and supervises the data entry for the project. He is also the primary support for mobile application surveillance tool – SOlutions for Community Healthworkers (SOCH) and is the project’s go-to-guy for a wide range of IT related issues. He is also proficient in SPSS, STATA, Photoshop, CorelDraw, CS Pro and database management.Read More
10 December 2017
ASHA needs assessment
12 December 2017
Progress update of MEDP at Directorate of Health Services, Bhopal
14 December 2017
Training of newly recruited Village Malaria Workers (VMWs) and Malaria Field Coordinator (MFC)
31 December 2017
Training of Village Malaria Workers (VMWs) in Information Education Communication (IEC) and Behavior Change Communication (BCC)
16 January 2018
Visit by Zilla Panchayat President
18 January 2018
Refresher training on LLIN Observation
20 January 2018
Revision of Surveillance data (hard copies) reporting system
29 January 2018
10 February 2018
Project Update at Health Committee meeting of Zilla Panchayat, Mandla
25 February 2018
Entomological field visit by ICMR – National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH)
28 February 2018
Introduction of Data Entry Roster in the office
01 March 2018
IEC/BCC material developed
09 March 2018
Participation of Pulse-Polio initiative of GoMP
15 March 2018
Project updates to high-level stakeholders
24 March 2018
Second Malaria Elimination Advisory Group (MEAG) meeting
04 April 2018
Induction training of new field staff
13 April 2018
Mobile application pilot training
25 April 2018
World Malaria Day 2018 and participation in the National Panchayati Raj Diwas
30 April 2018
ASHA needs-assessment report submitted to GoMP
10 May 2018
MEDP featured in the CSR supplement of Hitavada
11 May 2018
Visit by Directorate of NVBDCP New Delhi and Directorate of Health Services Bhopal
16 May 2018
National Dengue Day 2018 celebrated
21 May 2018
Visit by Sun Pharma officials to MEDP – Mr. Brajesh Choudhary, GM CSR Vadodara and Mr. Arun Dhuriya Manager Mumbai
01 June 2018
Entomological visit by ICMR NIRTH, Jabalpur
01 June 2018
Malaria month activities with GoMP
12 June 2018
Fever load estimation study started in District Hospital, Mandla
16 June 2018
Indoor Residual Spray round 1 begins
05 July 2018
School-level IEC BCC activities started
14 July 2018
Launch and training of the mobile application surveillance tool – SOCH (Solutions for Community Health workers)
15 July 2018
MEDP mid-year review meeting
31 July 2018
Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) round 1 completed
04 August 2018
MEDP participated in Swarojgaar event by GoMP
21 August 2018
Introduction of a 30-point checklist for the field staff
05 October 2018
MEDP received Best Public Health Initiative award at Asian Leadership Awards in Mumbai
14 October 2018
Fifth Entomological Investigation by ICMR - NIRTH
24 October 2018
Training of newly recruited Village Malaria Workers
13 December 2018
MEDP awarded in the ‘Eat Right India’ movement by District authorities and FSSAI
15 December 2018
MEDP invited to the National IEC/BCC Consultation Workshop by NVBDCP & Malaria No More in Guwahati
10 January 2019
Dr Neeru Singh Memorial Lecture at 14th International Conference on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases from 9-11 January 2019 at Bhubaneshwar.
15 January 2019
IEC/BCC 2019 calendars distributed.
17 January 2019
Meeting with the H’ble Chief Minister Sh. Kamal Nath and PS Health Dr Pallavi Govil.
17 January 2019
IEC/BCC re-orientation training by ICMR NIRTH.
02 February 2019
Sixth entomological investigation by ICMR NIRTH, Jabalpur.
26 February 2019
LLINs distribution in Mandla district
19 April 2019
Third Malaria Elimination Advisory Group meeting concluded at ICMR NIMR New Delhi.
24 April 2019
MEDP participated in the Investment Case for malaria meeting and the launch of Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) in New Delhi.
25 April 2019
World Malaria Day celebrations at Mandla and New Delhi.
03 May 2019
Seventh Entomological visit by ICMR NIRTH
11 May 2019
Awards ceremony conducted to facilitate best performing field staff of MEDP.
15 May 2019
MEDP invited to HBHI meeting in Bhopal.
01 June 2019
MEDP observed ‘malaria month’ with District Malaria Office in Mandla
06 June 2019
Mass screening and treatment exercise completed.
15 June 2019
Indoor Residual Spray started in Mandla with supportive supervision by MEDP
20 June 2019
09 July 2019
Mid-year refresher trainings.
30 July 2019
ICMR NIRTH’s entomological investigation visit completed.
31 July 2019
Indoor Residual Spray round one completed.
12 August 2019
ASHA training module.
20 August 2019
MEDP featured in the Business India’s CSR issue.
28 August 2019
10 September 2019
28 September 2019
MEDP invited at the 30th National Congress of Parasitology and Global Summit for Malaria Elimination.
01 October 2019
FDEC India awarded with Mahatma Award for Social Good for MEDP Mandla.
15 October 2019
Indoor Residual Spray round 2 completed under supportive supervision of MEDP Mandla.
24 October 2019
MEDP supports the state for the upcoming RAHAT medical camp in Mandla district and management of other vector-borne illnesses like Dengue.
25 October 2019
Quarterly entomological investigation completed by ICMR NIRTH Jabalpur.
14 November 2019
Rotary’s RAHAT medical mission in Mandla
18 November 2019
The award winning MEDP poster at the sixth National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Healthcare Systems in India.
18 November 2019
Healthcare Systems in India in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
03 December 2019
Mass Screening and Treatment (MSAT) completed
07 December 2019
MEDP showcased at the Chutka health and wellness festival by our partner – ICMR NIRTH.
24 December 2019
Focal sprays initiated by MEDP Mandla
31 December 2019
Mid-year review of MEDP concluded at IIC, New Delhi
20 January 2020
Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) post-distribution usage survey
21 January 2020
MEDP participated in the pulse-polio immunization drive by Government of Madhya Pradesh in Mandla.
22 January 2020
Refresher training for MEDP staff on staining of fixing of blood slides at ICMR NIRTH, Jabalpur.
02 March 2020
MEDP Mandla presented as a scientific poster at IPHACON 2020 at AIIMS New Delhi
13 April 2020
Tracking of migratory cases
17 April 2020
Fighting against COVID-19: Distribution of face masks, Check-post duties etc.
24 April 2020
District administration designated Essential Services status to MEDP for supporting Government of Madhya Pradesh during COVID-19 pandemic
25 April 2020
World Malaria Day social media campaign and local media coverage.
27 May 2020
Tracking, Treatment, Investigation of a Left Against Medical Advice (LAMA) malaria positive case by MEDP Mandla.
02 June 2020
June observed as malaria month in collaboration with Government of MP.
18 June 2020
Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) round one begins in Mandla district.
10 July 2020
Training of new VMWs
15 July 2020
Kill Corona initiative
18 July 2020
Entomological investigation by ICMR NIRTH
30 July 2020
Ring-type Mass Screening and Treatment (MSAT) around all the cryptic cases
02 September 2020
Indoor Residual Spray round 2 begins with supportive supervision from MEDP
18 September 2020
MEDP manuscript published in the Malaria Journal
28 September 2020
Distribution of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) initiated with supportive supervision from MEDP
20 October 2020
FDEC India progress report
28 October 2020
ASHA needs assessment data collection
26 November 2020
Two manuscripts published and two manuscripts accepted in Malaria Journal
31 December 2020
IEC/BCC reorientation training conducted for MEDP field staff by ICMR-NIRTH Jabalpur.
08 January 2021
Fourth manuscript as part of the thematic series published and one accepted in the Malaria Journal
25 January 2021
IEC/BCC end-line data collection started
28 January 2021
Fifth manuscript published and three more accepted as part of the thematic series in Malaria Journal
30 January 2021
One-on-One training of ASHAs completed
02 March 2021
A total of nine manuscripts have been published as part of thematic series in the Malaria Journal
04 March 2021
ASHA needs assessment and IEC/BCC KAP assessment data collection completed for Balaghat district