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Centre for Epidemiology and Parasitic Diseases

Mailing address ::

Centre for Epidemiology & Parasitic Diseases, 22, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi 110054, 
Tele Fax no., 011-23912961

Email: epiddiv@gmail.com
     
Name, Designation & Contact Details of the Head of the Division ::

Dr. Anil Kumar, MD, Joint Director & Head
Tele No.(O) 011 23912961
 Fax No.(O) 011 23912961
Email: headepidncdc@gmail.com            

     

Other Officers in the Division

::
  1. Dr. C S Aggarwal, Additional Director
  2. Dr. Aakash Shrivastava, Sr. CMO 
  3. Dr. Arti Bahl, Deputy Director
  4. Dr. Tanzin Dikid, Deputy Director
  5. Dr. Himanshu Chauhan, Assitant Director 
  6. Dr. Ananya Ray Lashkar, Assistant Director
Broad outline of activities:
    • Provides technical support to State government for investigation and control of disease outbreaks, rapid health assessment during disasters.
    • Organization and coordination of training courses in Epidemiology to develop trained health manpower. World Health Organization has recognized the division as “Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Training” since 1996.
    • Development of teaching materials such as Modules, Manuals etc. on disease surveillance and outbreak investigation of Epidemic prone Communicable diseases.
    • Providing technical support to various National Health Programmes in the form of developing guidelines for control, manpower development, and evaluation of different components / indicators.
 
 
Branches under technical supervision of the Division:
  1. National Centre for Disease Control, (Field Practice Unit), Alwar (Rajasthan)
  2. National Centre for Disease Control, Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh)
  3. National Centre for Disease Control, (Southern India Branch), Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)
 
Units within the Division
Sl. No
Unit
 
1
Integrated Health Regulations (IHR) / Public Health Legislature  
2
Field Epidemiology Training Programme & Computer Lab
3
Disaster epidemiology / Zoonotic Diseases & Bioterrorism
4
Master of Public Heath (Field Epidemiology) course & Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
5
Vector & Water Borne Diseases Vector & Water Borne Diseases
 
Unit 1 : IHR/Public Health Legislature: Broad outline of activities

(i) International Health Regulations

IHR (2005) have come into force on 15th June 2007. Effective implementation of IHR would require establishment/ strengthening of core capacities needed to detect, report and respond to all public health events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern; close collaboration between different Ministries/Departments at National and State level and other stakeholders; examination of national/ state laws and other related issues. In this regard, the Government of India has designated NCDC, Delhi as ‘National IHR Focal Point’.

(ii) Examination of National Laws: Public Health Emergencies Act

The existing ‘Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897’ came into existence in pre-independence period. Considering the changes in the field of public health, an urgent need was felt to repeal the existing ‘Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897’ and simultaneously enact a new ‘Public Health Emergencies Act’. The new ‘Public Health Emergencies Act’ expected to take care of public health emergency situations in the country arising as a result of disasters and bio-terrorism incidents besides dangerous epidemic diseases including newly emerging infectious diseases.

(iii) Involvement and support to the National Health Programme(s):

IHR 2005 implementation works in close collaboration between different ministries/departments/ National health programmes and other stakeholders..

 
Unit 2 : Field Epidemiology Training Programme Broad outline of the activities

(1) Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP) – 3 Month

It is a tailor made programme for participants from countries of South East Asia Region to strengthen the epidemiological skills.

The training covers modules on Principles of epidemiology, Introduction to biostatistics, Disease surveillance, Outbreak investigation and response, role of the laboratories in public health, Emerging infectious diseases, Communication and health promotion, International health regulation, Basic computer applications, and Field practice.

(2) Regional Training Programme on Prevention & Control of Communicable Diseases- One month

The division conducts one-month training programme every year for Paramedical workers from the countries of South East Asia Region in prevention and control of communicable diseases. This training programme aims at enhancing epidemiological skills of health workforce in the South East Asia Region for rapid response during communicable diseases outbreaks

 
Unit 3 : Disaster Epidemiology/Zoonotic Diseases & Bio-Terrorism: Broad outline of the activities
  • Support surveillance of zoonotic communicable disease on routine basis and rapid response as and when required
  • Involvement and support to the National Health Programme(s): Work in close collaboration between different ministries/departments/ National health programmes and other stakeholders.
 
Unit 4 : Master of Public Health Course & Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology: Broad outline of the activities

A two-year Master of Public Health (Field Epidemiology) course has been started by NCDC in affiliation with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. It is the flagship training programme of the institute started with a mission to strengthen the technical capabilities & skills of health personnel and develop Public Health Services in the country by training a cadre of Professional Field Epidemiologists. The following competencies need to be developed by the scholars:

  • Design, implement and evaluate public health surveillance systems
  • Carry out outbreak investigations, surveys and research using epidemiological and statistical principles.
  • Design and implement environmental assessment using appropriate sciences like microbiology, bio-technology and entomology.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate public health programme by utilizing the skills and techniques of management sciences.
  • Design and Implement Communication Strategies for public health action.
  • Design and conduct training programmes.

 

Unit 5 : Vector & Water Borne Diseases : Broad outline of activities

  • Support surveillance of Water Borne (Cholera, ADD, Hepatitis, etc) & Vector Borne (Malaria, Filaria, Dengue, JE etc) diseases
  • Involvement and support to the National Health Programme(s): Provide technical support to National Health Programmes concerning Water Borne (Cholera, ADD, Hepatitis, etc) & Vector Borne (Malaria, Filaria, Dengue, JE etc) diseases, assisting State government for investigation and control of disease outbreaks.
 
Department of Parasitic Diseases
Mailing address :

Department of Parasitic Diseases,  NCDC, 22, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi 110054
Tel/Fax : 011-23913028

Name, Designation & Contact Details of the Head of the Division :

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Jain, MD (PSM), DPH, Joint Director
Tel No.(O) 011 23913028
E-mail:
Fax 011 – 23913028

 

Other Officers in the Division :

Dr. S. N. Sharma, Joint Director
Dr. T. G. Thomas, Joint Director 

 

The Branches under technical supervision of the Division

 
  • Kozhikode  Branch, National Centre for Disease Control, Kerala (formerly RFT&RC, Kozhikode)
  • ajahmundry Branch, National Centre for Disease Control, Andhra Pradesh (formerly RFT&RC Rajahmundry)
  • Varanasi Branch, National Centre for Disease Control, Uttar Pradesh (formerly RFT&RC Varanasi)
 
Broad outline activities of the department:
The department of Parasitic Diseases is nodal agency for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Yaws Eradication Programme (YEP) and Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GWEP) in the country. It undertakes surveys, manpower development and research to support National Vector Born Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) for lymphatic filariasis elimination. This department also provides teaching materials.
 
Units within the Division
Sl. No
Unit
1
Yaws Eradication Programme (YEP)

 

2
Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GWEP)
3
Lymphatic Filariasis
4
Soil Transmitted Helminths
 
Unit 1 : Yaws Eradication Programme (YEP)
  • Yaws Eradication Programme (YEP) was launched as a centrally sponsored scheme in 1996-97 in Koraput district of Orissa, which was subsequently expanded to cover all the 10 endemic states (Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Gujarat) during 9th Plan period.  
  • Elimination of Yaws was declared on 19th September 2006 by Hon’ble HFM.
  • Steps to take the sero-survey following the Yaws elimination have been initiated to confirm that transmission of Yaws has stopped in endemic areas of the country. 
  • Sero-survey in 1-5 years age group of children are being undertaken in erstwhile affected areas.
 
Unit 2 : Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GWEP)
  • World Health Organization certified India as guinea worm disease free country in February, 2000.
  • However, routine surveillance and IEC is continuing till global eradication of the disease.
  • No case has been reported so far.
 

Unit: 3. Lymphatic Filariasis (LF)

  • Govt. of India launched the National Filaria Control Programme in India.  The operational components are implemented by the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control programme while the Research and Trained man-power development is undertaken by the National Centre for Disease Control.
  • National Centre for Disease Control is imparting 10 days and 5 days   training courses at its branches Rajahmundry, Kozhikode and Varanasi for technical staff and officers involved in the control lymphatic filariasis.
 
Unit: 4. Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH)
  • Since 1963, NCDC has been conducting STH surveys in different parts of the country.  From 1999, WHO sampling methodologies and Kato-Katz technique for stool sample examination were conducted in different ecological zones of the country:
  • To find out the effect of de-worming in school children and
  • To find out the appropriate regime for effective interval of de-worming,
  • Additionally this study could be used for quantifying the STH contribution in school absenteeism and effect on cognitive abilities, physical growth and nutritional growth.

 

Routine activities of various units

  • Central survey team of department conducts filariasis survey
  • to know the transmission of filariasis in non-endemic areas of the country
  • to know the present status of filariasis in endemic areas of the country
  • to determine the extent of prevalence, type of infection and their vectors
  • to evaluate the effectiveness of control measures applied either to human population or their environment
 

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