Why has a need of a National Health Research Policy arisen now? Though history of health research in India goes beyond 1911, when the Indian Research Fund Association, the precursor of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was established, the country did not have a policy to guide research until the ICMR formulated its Health Research Policy in 2007.

Integrated Disease Vector Control (IDVC) project had
its beginning in Kheda district of Gujarat way back in 1983.
With the demonstrated success of malaria control using
environmental approaches in select villages of Nadiad
Taluka, the project jointly funded by the Indian Council of
Medical Research and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare