An ICMR Cell has been established in 2000 for the application of Remote sensing and geographical Information Systems (GIS) for the Epidemiology and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases at the Vector Control Research Centre, Pondicherry. This cell functions in close collaboration with other ICMR Institutes, Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre (RRSSC) Bangalore (ISRO), National Anti-Malaria Programme (NAMP), and Directorate of Health Services of all States and Union Territories of India.
Objectives of the Cell
- Mapping of Vector-Borne diseases, distribution and stratification
- Identification of the Risk Zones
- Space-Time cluster Analysis
- Developing early warning system
- Generating decision making tools for the control of vector-borne diseases.
|Recently the process of mapping for lymphatic filariasis (distribution and stratification) has been accomplished. The important outcome of this exercise include:
Needier updating the data in many areas of the country, with the maps suggesting the areas where the re-surveys will require to be done
Represents an important contribution to the current global efforts to garner support among governments and international agencies to undertake the control of this disease in endemic countries.
Ongoing Programme (2000 - 2003)
Project on the Application of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Epidemiology and control of Lymphatic Filariasis has been launched in collaboration with the RRSSC of Indian Space research Organization, Bangalore. The other collaborating agencies include the National Anti-Malaria programme (NAMP), New Delhi and the Directorate of Health Services of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Pondicherry.
The objectives of this project are
To produce filariais distribution maps for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry
To identify the environmental risk factors in relation to occurence of disease and Pondicherry.
to develop tools for decision making towards the control of filariasis, using RS & GIS.
|By the end of this programme, it is expected to obtain
Mapping of filariasis distribution and stratification
- Identification of risk zones
- Logistics for control / elimination programme