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Division of Parasitic Diseases

        Mailing address



Department of Parasitic Diseases,  

NCDC, 22, Shamnath Marg,

Delhi 110 054
Tel/Fax : 011-23913028

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




Dr. Sudhir Kumar Jain, MD (PSM),

Additional Director,
Tel No.(Off) 011-23913028
E-mail: dpdncdc@gmail.com
Fax 011 23913028


       Other Officers in the Division



Dr. Vinay Kumar Garg, Deputy Director, 

Dr. Ankur Garg, Assistant Director,

Tel No.(Off) 011-23909316
E-mail: dpdncdc@gmail.com

       The Branches under technical supervision of the Division

       Kozhikode  Branch, National Centre for Disease Control, Kerala (formerly RFT&RC, Kozhikode)

       Rajahmundry 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 of activities of the department:

The department of Parasitic Diseases is the nodal agency for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Yaws Eradication Programme (YEP) and Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GWEP) in the country. The department is also the national nodal agency for prevention and control of Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) in the country and undertakes countrywide surveys to map prevalence and intensity of STH in school children. It also 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

         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 11 endemic states (Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Gujarat, Telangana) during 9th Plan period. 


   Elimination of Yaws was declared on 19th September 2006 by Honorable HFM.


   In post elimination phase apart from ongoing activities three new activities were started:

Sero-survey among children to assess cessation of transmission of infection for 3-5 years

Rumor reporting

Investigation & cash incentive scheme to encourage voluntary reporting of the cases by the community.


  WHO declared India free of Yaws on 5 May, 2016 & formal announcement of the same was made by 

   Honorable HFM on 14th July, 2016


  India is the first WHO member country to achieve this milestone.


  Routine surveillance and IEC is being continued


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 is achieved.


  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 imparts 10 days and 5 days   training courses at its branches Rajahmundry, Kozhikode and Varanasi for technical staff and officers involved in the control of lymphatic filariasis.


  NCDC branches also support the state health departments in their Filaria control efforts.


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 have been adopted for stool sample examination and surveys have been conducted in different ecological zones of the country.


  NCDC has recently finished the countrywide mapping of the STH prevalence and Intensity among school children.


  This country wide STH survey would support the National Deworming day activities and help in monitoring the effect of de-worming in school children and to find out the appropriate regime for effective interval of de-worming.


  Additionally these surveys could be used for quantifying the STH contribution in school absenteeism and effect on cognitive abilities, physical growth and nutritional growth.



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