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Division 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
Fax 011 – 23913028


Other Officers in the Division


Dr. T. G. Thomas, Joint Director
Dr. Vinay Garg 


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

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Yaws Eradication Programme (YEP)



Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GWEP)


Lymphatic Filariasis


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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