Medical Entomology and Parasitology

Department of medical entomology and parasitology started its activities in 1949 when the institute was established as Institute of Hygiene and Preventive medicine, to bring into reality the theoretical concepts of disease prevention. The development of the department was based on the lines of the department of medical entomology and parasitology of the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Liverpool school of hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Since its beginning the department has trained many postgraduate and undergraduate students. The department has run many projects with respect to the subject of medical entomology and parasitology with special emphasis on mosquitoes, houseflies and other arthropods of medical importance along with protozoa and helminthic infections. It has more than 80 research publications of national and international fame on its credit. The research has been based on field studies and surveys.


The main objectives of the Medical Entomology and Parasitology Department are:

  • Develop epidemiological surveillance tools and strategies for prevention and control of vector borne diseases
  • Take a leadership role in technology transfer finding to the operational settings
  • Generate evidence based information system useful for policy formation changes
  • Establish and strengthen local/national/international linkages and networking
  • Undertake human resource activities to meet local/national/international challenges
  • Develop better tools and strategies for the vector bone/parasitic disease control/ elimination/eradication utilizing existing or newer tools
  • Epidemiological investigations of vector born diseases for optimizing intervention strategies.
  • Rapid response surveillance
  • Provide technical assistance for development of strategy for effective prevention or control of vector born diseases and vector/other arthropod nuisance
  • Provide platform for free expression of all the ideas and concepts that are likely to alleviate suffering from vector borne diseases
  • Human resource development


Following activities are carried out by the department:

  • Training workshops on dengue vector identification and surveillance to health workers at different levels
  • Research to evaluate emergence and increase in number of aedes aegypti mosquito in different towns of Lahore with change in weather
  • Teaching the postgraduate students of MPH, M.Phil (community medicine), MMH and MMCH
  • Teaching and diagnostic laboratory training of the different paramedical categories like F.Sc. (Lab medical technology), B.Sc. (Hons), Sanitary Inspectors and Dental Hygienists
  • Providing guidance for research towards thesis to the postgraduate students
  • Laboratory services to carry out basic blood, urine and stool tests along with sophisticated parasitological investigations

Future Plans

  • To carry out sophisticated parasitological investigations
  • To develop projects in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and other aid providing agencies
  • To organize field staff with respect to collection of samples from school children and other institutions
  • Technical assistance for development of strategy for effective prevention and control of vector borne diseases like Dengue fever and Malaria
  • To remodel and re-establish insectary
  • To assess whether or not the appropriate measures are being carried out to control the arthropod borne diseases


Dr. Saima Ayub
Assistant Professor
Head of Department
Muhammad Asif Mahmood
Dr. Mursleen
Dr. Huda Sarwar