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IDSP Milestones





A pilot project titled National Surveillance Program for Communicable Diseases (NSPCD) initiated & coordinated by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) formerly National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and was implemented in 5 districts on a pilot basis. This was expanded to 101 districts by 2004.


In 1998, The Govt. of India approached the World Bank to initiate a disease surveillance project.

Sept, 2000

The project preparation commenced with a meeting at Hyderabad in September 2000, attended by representatives from Central Govt., 4 State Govt., WHO, CDC, NIH, USAID, DFID and other national agencies like NCDC (formerly NICD) and ICMR.

June, 2001

In June 2001, a National level workshop was conducted in New Delhi to reach the consensus.

March, 2003

Central Surveillance Unit (CSU) was established (at Nirman Bhawan) in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

March, 2004

Expenditure Finance Committee approved the proposal for IDSP on 23rd March 2004 with an outlay of Rs. 408.36 Crore with 75% share coming from World Bank through soft credit under IDA.

Sept, 2004

Approval from Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was got on 17th September 2004. The project Development Credit Agreement (DCA) was signed by the GOI and the World Bank on September 23, 2004.

Nov, 2004

World Bank funded project titled “Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP)” was Launched.

July, 2005

Development of comprehensive guidelines for involvement of private sector and medical colleges.


For the operational ease, the administrative unit was relocated at NICD under the leadership of director NICD as Project Director (PD). A Senior officer (ADG level) was designated as National Project Officer (NPO) to coordinate the project activities.

Sept, 2005

VSAT installations initiated by IDSP through ISRO in phased manner.

Mar, 2006

EDUSAT earth Station with Central Hub established and inaugurated by Hon’ble Health Minister along with SSUs.

Apr, 2006

Data reporting through e-mail started.

June, 2006

IDSP was administratively and financially merged with NCDC.

Aug, 2006

National Informatics Centre (NIC) requested to provide feasible solution for ICT component after ISRO communicated that the allotted bandwidth of 8 Mhz is not sufficient for 800 sites planned initially.

Nov, 2006

“Focus state Strategy” was applied to monitor the success of the project implementation in 14 identified states.

Jan, 2007

The fifth component was added to IDSP’s component .i.e Avian Influenza.

Feb, 2007

Tri-partite MoU signed with NIC, NICSI & IDSP for ICT support. And architecture of IDSP Portal for weekly reporting was initiated.

Sept, 2007

CDC Review of the IDSP, 6-17 Sept 2007

Sept, 2007

Weekly reporting of disease alerts/ outbreaks through IDSP by States/UTs initiated.

Nov, 2007

A weekly compilation/summary of outbreak reports was introduced, which became boon in the management of epidemics like Avian Influenza (H5N1), H1N1 Pandemic, Chikungunya, JE, Dengue etc.


Making of IDSP as part of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2007-08.


IDSP initially aimed to support peripheral laboratories and microscopy centers also but discontinued as these are being strengthened by disease specific programs, like NVBDCP and RNTCP. In 2007-08, it was decided that the programme would only support District Public Health Laboratories (DPHL) and above (State, regional and national).


Infectious Disease Hospital Network and Urban Surveillance in 4 metro cities were included.

Feb, 2008

24X7, toll free call centre (1075) established to receive disease alerts from all over the country.

March, 2008

IDSP/NCDC in consultation with WHO designed a special 2 week FETP.

April/May, 2008

Data reporting started on Portal as a pilot in April 2008 and in May 2008 the portal was uploaded for all the sites. Data reporting formats (P&L) were revised.

June, 2008

Sharing of Weekly summary of outbreaks reported through IDSP with the Stakeholders and other higher officials including Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), started.

July, 2008

Media Scanning and Verification Cell (MSVC) established for detection of early warning signals/unusual health events through various media. The information is shared with the districts affected to investigate and take action.

Aug, 2008

Govt. approved the proposal of contractual appointments of 766 positions in Jan 2008 and the same was approved in 4th NRHM-MSG in Aug 2008 meeting. MoU signed with NHSRC for recruitment of the approved positions in Aug. 2008. Interviews were held in Nov. & Dec. 2008.


Due to limited availability of microbiologists to operate the labs and availability of equipment it was decided in 2008-09 to initially support only 50 District Public Health laboratories.

Jan, 2009

Revision of “P” and “L”: During 2008-09, it was decided that in P form, age and gender specific data for cases will not be collected; and also the data element on deaths was deleted as it was being captured in the new NRHM-HMIS formats.  List of conditions under surveillance were also revised giving more focus for outbreak prone conditions. Decision was taken to limit the analysis of “S” form data at PHC and district only.

March, 2009

Reporting surveillance data through portal started.

June, 2009

Competency Assessment Tool for monitoring the quality of outbreak investigations by IDSP was introduced.


Draft plan prepared and initial ground work done during 2009 to initiate Referral Laboratory Network for diagnostic support during outbreaks by involving Medical Colleges and other apex public and private laboratories.


Inclusion of 19 Regional Director (RD) offices and 8 NCDC branches for IT connectivity under IDSP

Nov, 2009

Restructuring Mission of the World Bank for restructuring and extension of project.

March, 2010

Project Restructured

April, 2010

Restructured IDSP project implemented. As per the re-structured project, the World Bank provided funds from 1st April 2010 for Central Surveillance Unit and nine States (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan). The domestic funds used for the remaining twenty six States/UTs.

April, 2010

The Referral Laboratory Network initiated in the World Bank funded nine States.

May, 2010

Ministry authorized all State Health Societies for decentralized recruitment of sanctioned positions at State/Districts levels w.e.f. 1/6/2010.

Sept-Nov, 2010

Exercise for assessment of consistency in data reporting done at CSU for Uttarakhand state as a pilot in sept. 2010. In Nov. 2010, automated report was developed and uploading on portal to generate the consistency for different levelsdata reporting for monitoring.

Jan, 2011

Since, Jan 2011, only portal data are being monitored and used for outcome indicators and for sending feedback report to SSU/DSU

Feb, 2011

The restructuring and extension of the IDSP for 2010-11 & 2011-12 was approved by Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) on 28th February 2011.

May, 2011

Block level data entry module in portal developed and piloted in 2 blocks of Gujarat; Choyrashi (Surat) & Babna (Amreli).

Sept, 2011

Data entry at block level started in Chhattisgarh.

Sept, 2011

Recruited additional contractual manpower in CSU of IDSP for the speedy progress of the project.

Feb.- March, 2012

A Joint Implementation Review (JIR) of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) was conducted by the World Bank with technical support from the World Health Organization (WHO) during February 20 – March 16, 2012.

Oct,. 2012

Continuation of the IDS Project as Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) as a central scheme during 12th Plan Period (2012-17) was approved by Empowered Programme Committee (EPC) of NRHM on 04.10.2012.

Jan., 2013

Continuation of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) was approved by Mission Steering Group (MSG) of NRHM and HFM on 04.01.2013 with an outlay of Rs 640 Crore for all States/UTs in 12th Plan Period under NRHM.

Aug., 2013

Strategic workshop on Disease Surveillance: A two day workshop was held on 8th & 9th August, 2013, Delhi, with the objective to develop a road map for strengthening IDSP implementation in 12th Plan Period and identifying the role to be played by public health institutes/Medical Colleges in disease surveillance.


The Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC) is established under IDSP to strengthen the outbreak detection and response capacities of the states and districts by utilizing state-of-the-art information technology.


National Review Workshop held from 26th to 28th November 2014, at NCDC, Delhi and 14th -16th May 2015 & JMM in Nov – Dec 2015.


Block level data entry in phased manner in the country.


Offline data entry at IDSP portal in phased manner in the country.