Military Malaria in Northeast Region of India (Review Paper)

  • Sunil Dhiman Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur
  • Indra Baruah Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur
  • Lokendra Singh Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur
Keywords: Malaria, armed forces, paramilitary forces, Plasmodium, Anopheles


Malaria has always been a pernicious problem of serious health hazard in the northeast region of India. The problem is worst for military and paramilitary forces deputed in all the states of this part of country. The forces are deployed for a short time generally from non malarious regions and thus become highly vulnerable to acquire the malaria infection. Several potential malaria vectors with very high vectorial capacity and high slide positivity rate in civil population manifold the chances of infection. In the present review, the incidence of malaria in the armed forces and paramilitary forces are discussed in detail and minimal measures for the control of malaria in northeastern region have been suggested.

Defence Science Journal, 2010, 60(2), pp.213-218, DOI:

Author Biographies

Sunil Dhiman, Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur
Presently working at Medical Entomology Division, Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur, on xenomonitoring of malaria parasite, development of herbal products for mosquito control and repellent impregnation of military uniform.
Indra Baruah, Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur
Presently, working as Scientist D and Head, Medical Entomology at DRL has isolated a potential entomopathogenic Bs strain from northeast. His area of work includes taxonomy of vector mosquitoes and their
biological control.
Lokendra Singh, Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur
Presently, he is Scientist G and Director, DRL. He was deputed to Antarctica during 1994-95. He has made outstanding contribution in the development of bioremediation system for human waste at extreme low temperature.
How to Cite
Dhiman, S., Baruah, I., & Singh, L. (2010). Military Malaria in Northeast Region of India (Review Paper). Defence Science Journal, 60(2), 213-218.