Research Centre, Jodhpur
constitutes about one seventh of the globe land surface. In India about 70% of
its arid zone lies in the state of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, 60% of its area is
desert and 40% of the total population resides there with population density
ranging from 6-178 person per square kilometer.
is characterised by extremes of temperature, scanty rainfall and low vegetation
and less availability of water for drinking and irrigation.
the health needs and health problems of the desert population, Indian Council of
Medical Research established the Desert Medicine Research Centre at the land
allotted by the State Government.
promote research into health problems of the desert population.
promote research into human adaptation to hostile extremes of the climate.
develop health surveillance and monitoring system, also taking into account
of various development activities.
develop an alternate system of the health care delivery system.
build-up technical health manpower in this region.
interact with local agencies and health authorities to help them to find
solution to health problems in the region
Thrust Areas of Research
SOPHISTICATED AND MODERN FACILITIES
reaction-using high illumination
Microscope UV light.
through electronic monitor
attached with microphotograph system.
||Reagent/Media preparation under
||Laminar flow Hood
||High speed centrifugation at sub zero temperature upto
||Preservation/incubation of a biological material at
desired level of ambient temperature in the range of 5-60*C.
||General Laboratory facilities
such as measurement of pH,
temperature distilled water preparation etc.
||pH meter and other
basic lab. equipments
||RA-50 Analyser, to carry out
||Micro-balancing of objects
||Electronic balance I
Sputum Culture for M.tubetctlosis
||Sputum Smear Examination for M. tuberculosis.
||ELISA Tests for HIV etc.
received from WHO
assist post-graduate students of Medical College, Jodhpur for carrying out
Officers with MBBS and MD ( Community Medicine) are available, which provide all
essential clinical support to various
and computation facilities
Institute has one Pentium-Il Computer and three 80/386 Computers. One of the
computers is attached with a modem and a telephone for faster and speedy
communication (e-mail) through National Informatic Centre (NIC), Jodhpur. The
Centre is utilizing this facility for correspondence at National and
International level, for research programmes on Health, Communicable/
Non-Communicable diseases and other Medical related topics and documentation.
This mode of communication is also utilized for conferences symposia and
workshops going to be held in various research organizations. Apart from the
above the computers are also utilized for drafting letters for correspondence,
preparing reports data storing of various research projects going on in the
Institute with relevant software packages like word star d-base- III plus,
BASIC, and EPI INFO-6 under D0S Environment and MS- word, MS-EXCEL and power
point in WINDOWS-98 Environment. The Computation of salary, budget etc. are
also being done on computers.
"WHO-DMRC Training Programm on Occupational Health" for Medical
Doctors of Jodhpur were organised on 12.3.99 and 16.12.99 respectively.
survey conducted in the year 1986-87 in Jodhpur, Jaipur and Bikaner district
helped in understanding of the local health problems in relation to prevailing
profile and vector biology.
Drought Survey conducted in six desert districts of Rajasthan in the year 1987
helped in assessing the impact of drought on the health and nutritional status
of the desert population.
A concentrate distributed to about 85,000 individuals including children in
Barmer district showed successful utilisation of the Camp approach in
controlling Vit. A deficiency problem in the desert.
study conducted on tribals in three tribal districts of Rajasthan had thrown
light on socio-demographic profiles and dietary intakes of the tribals along
with their major prevailing health problems.
expertise help to the State Government in understanding and controlling of the
local health problems such as malaria, guineaworm disease, silicosis,
tuberculosis and opium addiction.
problems of the salt workers in Rajasthan were assessed with the help of camp
approach conceived at the Centre.
vectors of malaria, filaria, Japanese Encephalitis and dengue fever for the
desert areas. Their prevention and control measures were also studied.
was shown that in desert areas in conduction of Health and Nutrition Surveys
and in provision of Health Services like Vit.A distribution, Vaccination etc.,
the population density assumes a critical role to plan reaching people in
hamlets situated miles apart.
Survey 1995-96 Rs. 1,60,000.00
Survey 1997-98 Rs. 4,56,000.00
Survey 1998-99 Rs. 6,45,000.00