Following successful completion of the Phase-I, KalaCORE (KC) is implementing phase II to sustain the achievements and integration of achievements into the The National Kala-azar Elimination Programme (NKEP).
The National Kala-azar Elimination Programme (NKEP) in Bangladesh needs support to achieve complete and sustainable elimination target within the set time frame. The activities of the KalaCORE project for successful tackling of visceral leishmanisis (VL) in Bangladesh are based on the requirements of the NKEP. These have been developed during several pre-project meetings of KalaCORE members with programme personnel, development partner(s) like WHO and VL experts from different national and international institutions. The activities include:
1. Support national programme in better staffing and capacity building. KalaCORE will support the programme with 5 Upazila Kala-azar Coordinator (UKC) will be based in district/upazila; one monitoring & evaluation officer, one logistic & supply chain officer, one data management officer with experiences in web based designing will be seconded in CDC, Dhaka at central level; one physician, one nurse and one medical lab technician for the SKKRC of Infectious Disease Unit, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital in Mymensingh.
2. Supporting training of tertiary level health facilities in VL elimination strategy with emphasis on VL and PKDL cases management and referral. Seventeen public medical college hospitals, 19 private medical college hospitals, 23 district hospitals and three missionary hospitals in VL endemic areas will be trained under this activity .
3. Development of VL outbreak management strategy in relation to NKEP. The project will strengthen existing national VL elimination programme by defining and developing a comprehensive and evolving VL outbreak management strategy; identification of outbreak management team; and capacity building of the team for its proper implementation. The project will train about 410 staffs from central and upazila level to engage them in the outbreak management activity. The new strategic plan will be implemented in 100 VL endemic upazilas of 26 districts with approximate population of 30 million.
4. Comprehensive strategy for sensitising the community and local health workers on kala-azar across endemic regions in Bangladesh. An estimated nine thousands public health workers, 1500 formal private doctors, 10,000 informal health care providers will be trained in VL and PKDL detection, diagnosis and referral . All these trained health care provides will be involved in scale up existing BCC / IEC activities of the programme. In addition 5000 high school head teachers in VL endemic areas will be sensitized on BCC/IEC process.
5. Strengthening Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) surveillance using existing web based surveillance system of the National Disease Management Information System of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of Bangladesh. About 450 Government staff at central, district and sub-district levels will be trained under this activity.
6. Project monitoring and evaluation is to assess the project in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability in order to improve its functionality.
7. Office space support to NKEP for arranging working space for the seconded staffs up to March’2018.