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)


  • Work with district malaria staff to demonstrate elimination of malaria from 1233 villages of Mandla district


  • Identify collateral benefits on other vector-borne disease, such as dengue.
  • Demonstrate benefits of intersectoral and team work approach.
  • Propose cost and time effective stragegy for malaria elimination and business plan for elimination initiative to rest of the state.

brief summary

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 succ...Read More


Three party agreement partners - Government of Madhya Pradesh and Indian Council for Medical Research and FDEC India.

Malaria Elimination Advisory Group(MEAG)

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

Malaria Elimination Demonstration Project (MEDP), Mandla

PPP Project By govt. of MP, ICMR & FDEC India

AIM: Demonstrate Malaria Elimination From 1233 Village of Mandla District

meet the Core team

  • Dr. Altaf Lal

    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

  • Vinay Telasey

    IT Officer

    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

  • Amit Sahu

    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

  • Dr. Mrigendra Pal Singh

    Program Officer

    Dr. Mrigendra Pal Singh, PhD (Health Economics) has over 35 years of experience in the field of public health research. Dr. Singh trained from various national and international institutes on diseases epidemiology. He is well versed in conducting and management of quantitative and qualitative research, epidemiological study and analyzing the data using biostatistical tools and techniques. He has worked with investigators at various institutions, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Boston School of Public Health, Boston, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London. He has more than 50 research papers in peer reviewed journals. During his tenure at the ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), he also served as master trainer for the medical officers, peripheral health workers, laboratory technicians for the capacity building under malaria and other vector borne disease control program.Read More

  • Mr. Vikesh Thakre

    IEC/BCC Officer

    Mr. Vikesh Thakre holds Bachelor's degree in science and Master's degree in sociology. He has 5 years of experience in community mobilization and health awareness by conducting IEC/BCC activities particularly for malaria. He worked in tribal dominated hilly forested and inaccessible areas of Madhya Pradesh. He also worked for capacity building of village level community health workers for malaria control program.Read More

  • Mr Rajan Poriya

    Research Assistant

    Mr Rajan Poriya has master degree in life science (Microbiology) from Rani Durgavati University Jabalpur, MP. He has experience in various molecular biology techniques, such as DNA Isolation, PCR, GEL Electrophoreses, DNA sequencing, and analysis.Read More

project timeline

August 2017

November 2017

December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

January 2021

March 2021

10 August 2017

Training of field staff

30 August 2017

The T3 rollout

10 November 2017

Training of Trainers (ToT) for IEC/BCC

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

LLIN Observation

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

17 September 2018

Cluster Combination Approach (CCA) exercise – Mass screening

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

10 November 2018

Mass screening done at Kanha National Park (Tiger Reserve)

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 March 2019


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

A glimpse

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.

15 February 2020

5. MEDP participated in the Aadimahotsav festival in Mandla.

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