Vector Born Disease Control Programme
One of first NGO to conduct Micro Filaria Night Blood slide Collection Survey and Entomological survey under National Filaria Control Programe, Assam, many camps in remote tea gardens and tribal areas of NE India. Before 2005 we were confined in kazringa, especially forest guards combat with malaria. Slowly
Green earth is one of the key players in combating Malaria in the High Risk belts of Northeast India. we are the First to organise Night Camps on filarial under the guidance of Jt. DHS NVBDCP (M), Assam
We had been entrusted in anti malaria campaign for a month along with District Health Society, Nagaon by then Deputy Commissioner. We had camped for blood slide collection, RDK, and Specialised suggestion referring to Nearest Health Institute. We had been working in the malaria prone pockets of Northeast Starting from Nagaon- Karbianglong border in Assam. In India chloroquine resistance was first detected in 1973 in Karbi-Anglong district in Assam19 and in 1974 in Nowgong district of Assam. Gradually it has spread towards the west and south, covering almost the entire country20. Currently the chloroquine resistance is severe in northeast and southeastern regions in India with high morbidity and mortality. The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) recommends chemoprophylaxis for selective groups in high P. falciparumendemic areas. Use of personal protection measures including Insecticide Treated bed Nets (ITN) / Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) [SeePersonal protection measures] is encouraged for pregnant women and other vulnerable population including travellers for longer stay. However, for longer stay of Military and Para-military forces in high P. falciparum endemic areas, the practice of chemoprophylaxis should be followed wherever appropriate, e.g. troops on night patrol duty, and decisions of their Medical Administrative Authority should be followed. Recommendation for Short Term Prophylaxis (less than 6 weeks): Doxycycline, 100 mg daily in adults and 1.5 mg/kg for children more than 8 years old; it should be started 2 days before travel and continued for 4 weeks after leaving the malarious area. Doxycycline is contraindicated in pregnant women and children less than 8 years. Recommendation for long-term chemoprophylaxis (more than 6 weeks): Mefloquine 5 mg/kg bw (up to 250 mg) weekly; it should be administered two weeks before, during and four weeks after leaving the area. Mefloquine is contraindicated in cases with history of convulsions, neuropsychiatric problems and cardiac conditions. Malaria contributes to 3.60% to 7% of all hospital admissions in Assam. Both Plasmodium falciparum and P vivax occur in abundance, but P falciparum (the killer parasite) accounts for more than 60% of cases. We are gradually trying to control the disease outbreak trough facilitation and Education through Info-edutainment for healthy lifestyle.